Persona 5 Is Now the Best Selling Release in Atlus History, in Japan

Two weeks ago, it was reported that Persona 5 was the fastest selling game in the Persona series, in Japan, after selling 337k copies within three days.

Atlus also recently celebrated over 550k shipped copies of the game, which means that many units were sold to retailers.

This week, new Media Create sales numbers have been released showing that the game, as of now, is the best selling game Atlus has released in Japan since the company was founded 30 years ago.

437,929 copies (including the PS3 and PS4 versions together) have been sold-through, from September 15 to October 2, 2016.

This Week’s Sales

This week’s Media Create sales numbers for Persona 5 are the following (this week’s sales / life to date sales):

  1. [PS4] Persona 5 {2016-09-15} — 22,814 / 332,785
  2. [PS3] Persona 5 {2016-09-15} — 7,266 / 95,010

The Famitsu sales tracker numbers:

  1. [PS4] Persona 5 {2016-09-15} — 20,572 / 339,484
  2. [PS3] Persona 5 {2016-09-15} — 7,376 / 98,445

Best Selling Atlus Games Comparison

Using historical Famitsu sales tracker data, Persona 5 sits at the top of every game Atlus has released in Japan with 437,929 physical copies of the game sold to consumers.


The data used for this graphic, in a descending order of the six games with the most sales, can be seen below:

SystemTitleRelease DatePrice (yen)First Week SalesLTD Sales
[PS4]Persona 5{2016-09-15}(¥8.800)264,793339,484
[PS3]Persona 5{2016-09-15}(¥8.800)72,974 98,445
[PS1]Persona [PlayStation the Best]{1997-06-27}(¥2,800)10,97017,935
[PSV]Persona 4 Golden{2012-06-14}(¥7,329)152,499332,003
[PSV]Persona 4 Golden [PlayStation Vita the Best]{2015-02-05}(¥4,298)3,05739,230
[PS2]Persona 4{2008-07-10}(¥7,329)211,967294,214
[PS2]Persona 4 [PlayStation 2 the best]{2010-08-05}(¥2,940)64,685
[SAT]Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner{1995-12-25}(¥6,800)355,656
[PS1]Persona 2: Innocent Sin{1999-06-24}(¥6,800)170,577274,798
[PS1]Persona 2: Innocent Sin [PlayStation the Best]{2000-09-14}(¥2,800)3,4703,470
[3DS]Shin Megami Tensei IV{2013-05-23}(¥6,980)184,811259,177

Digital sales are not included in these numbers. Bundles and limited edition releases are.

Persona 5 was released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan on September 15, 2016. It will release in North America and Europe on February 14, 2017, and in traditional Chinese and Korean in 2017.

  • Vallen

    Oh, no digital sales in these numbers, so I’m sure it’s close to 500K with digital versions of the game. Plus when it gets a worldwide release, as a whole it should be over 1 million~ yey for the success!

    • Bobby/Godless

      I don’t think it’ll sell that high in the states. I hope it does though.

      • James Jeans

        Based on pre-orders and general media attention/hype, annalists believe Persona 5 is going to easily eclipse sales numbers of any Atlus game sold in America prior to this.

        There’s a very real chance that Persona 5 is the one that brings Persona into the American mainstream zeitgeist (as Final Fantasy VII did for that series back in the mid-1990s).

        • Bobby/Godless

          I’d love it if it happened. I highly doubt it though but we’ll see

          • Elli

            its late but dont worry anymore. It sold 1.5m in few days of release worldwide and shipment now nearing 2m!… all in few month of west release too

        • Oseas

          There’s little chance that’ll happen. FF7 was a standout because no other game at the time could compare in “coolness”, graphics, length, and gripping story. It really did stand out from the pack since it dared to be ambitious, and thus people couldn’t shut up about it. The only other game that compares in ambition and explosion in popularity is the Souls series, particularly Dark Souls when all the built-up praise finally convinced From Software to make a PC port.
          P5 looks engaging, stylish as fuck, and from my impressions had some gripping drama. But I don’t think it has that “I didn’t know games could DO that” quality that FF7 and Dark Souls had when they were released. P5 is polished and refreshing, but it isn’t revolutionary.

        • finalmoose

          I love Persona as much as the next guy, but I don’t think its going to be as huge as some people are thinking(still easily going to be best selling in the series!), and I think its a major stretch to compare its potential success with FF7’s. I could never in my wildest dreams see Atlus marketing P5 as hard as Square pushed FF7. Sure P5 gets featured in a magazine article or grabs some headlines on mainstream gaming news sites occasionally, but we damn sure aren’t going to see any P5 TV commercials or Pepsi deals… But, here’s hoping my skepticism is wrong and P5 sells a gafillion copies :)

      • Cid Styles

        Persona always sell really close or a bit better in US than Japan.

        So there will be no surprise if there is a million units sold including US only…
        am more worried about Europe, since there is only English language.
        Yet, Persona 4 Golden did sell quite well in the end despite the fact it
        was on a popular-less system..

        So depending the European and “rest of the world”. success, the main question is wether the game can reach 1.5 or 2 million LTD !

        • Bobby/Godless

          I really hope it does! It’d be awesome if it hit 3 mil

        • Skorm94

          Most people here in europe play games in english though. Really depends on which country but most (young) people’s english is pretty good.

      • Jab__661

        If I remember correctly, Persona 4 Golden actually sold better in the US ( even though Vita sales are bad everywhere outside of Japan), so I don’t think it’ll be shocking if it sales close to one million in the states. It might sale 2 million world wide, so there’s a lot to be optimistic about!

  • Kevin Kingston Killson

    So…. no Persona 3 FES in the chart?

  • Note5

    Is this gonna be Atlus’ first million seller Persona?

    • Vortic

      P4G sold about 1.5-2mil already

      • Note5

        I meant front loaded million seller

        • Elli