The Witcher Gear Solid

Never count out the western RPG genre in Japan. It might not star adorable slimes or fashionably-handicapped adolescents, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has already done quite well for itself on the other side of the Pacific. One week after its debut, published by Spike Chunsoft, the game sits number one on the sales charts with 67,385 physical units sold.

Granted, that isn't the highest number of games, especially when compared to the millions of units Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter push in their first weeks, but it's quite good when considering a pair of factors. One, the PlayStation 4 is still looking to establish itself as a force in Japan, and two, Japan rarely sees Western games debut at number one, a feat only Grand Theft Auto really achieves.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt didn't have tough competition either, but I would rather attribute the game's success as its own rather than as a circumstance. Check out the full list of games below.

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 67,385 New PS4 Spike Chunsoft
03. 02. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 11,898 167,176 PSV Sony
03. 03. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition 10,876 243,559 3DS GungHo
New 04. Lovely x Cation 1 & 2 6,835 New PSV 5pb
04. 05. Style Savvy 3 6,313 134,526 3DS Nintendo
06. 06. Mario Kart 8 5,758 995,065 WiiU Nintendo
01. 07. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 5,591 21,504 PS4 Square Enix
New 08. Abunai: Koi no Sousa Shitsu – Eternal Happiness 4,266 New PSV Asgard
09. 09. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 4,081 2,626,570 3DS Pokémon Co.
07. 10. Bravely Second 3,393 138,298 3DS Square Enix
12. 11. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 3,221 2,233,937 3DS Nintendo
11. 12. Mario Party 10 2,720 143,683 WiiU Nintendo
08. 13. Xenoblade Chronicles X 2,625 104,137 WiiU Nintendo
10. 14. Dying Light 2,518 46,969 PS4 Warner Ent.
14. 15. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 2,317 3,975,250 3DS Nintendo
13. 16. Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner 2,280 2,608,486 3DS Level 5
18. 17. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 1,989 638,100 WiiU Nintendo
15. 18. Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon 1,963 107,305 WiiU Nintendo
34. 19. Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair 1,861 42,589 PS4 D3 Publisher
25. 20. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 1,842 2,529,565 3DS Capcom

I'm currently playing through The Witcher 3 as well alongside Joey and Eric, and I can already tell I am going to have a different opinion than them.

I'm still very early in the game, but just as I did in Dragon Age: Inquisition, I feel like I am just hopping from waypoint to waypoint rather than getting lost in a truly expansive fantasy world. It's been a barrier I've had a hard time getting over in open-world RPGs in recent years, one I hope is totally destroyed by the time Final Fantasy XV comes out.

It's more fun and better paced than than Dragon Age so far, so hopefully I can break that feeling and truly enjoy it as the world opens up.