Not quite Pokémon numbers, Gran Turismo 5's launch week sales were still plenty enough to land the long-awaited racing sim firmly in first place atop Japan's bestsellers list for the week ending November 28. With 430,707 units sold (by Media Create's count) in its first four days at Japanese retail, GT5 is well on its way to recouping development costs that were estimated at $60 million a year ago and becoming a commercial success for Sony.

But slow down, tiger -- Yamauchi's latest "game" is still far from topping the series' standout entry, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, which has amassed lifetime sales of 1.89 million units in Japan (14.89 million worldwide), according to developer Polyphony Digital.

Back to the present: Sony also enjoyed a tremendous spike in PS3 hardware sales last week in Japan, with 68,840 units sold -- nearly a 140-percent increase from the previous week. Complete Japanese software and hardware sales for the GT5 launch week are listed after the break.

Top 20 Bestselling Software Titles by Platform for Nov. 22–28**

  1. Gran Turismo 5* (PS3) [Sony] - 430,707 units
  2. Super Robot Taisen L* (DS) [Namco Bandai] - 129,054 units
  3. Mario Sports Mix* (Wii) [Nintnedo] - 84,983 units
  4. Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (Wii) [Nintendo] - 47,487 units
  5. Pokemon Black/White (DS) [Nintendo] - 43,227 units
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3) [Square Enix] - 31,354 units
  7. Super Kaseki Horider (DS) [Nintendo] - 26,195 units
  8. Dangan-Ronpa* (PSP) [Spike] - 25,564 units
  9. Power Pro Kun Pocket 13* (DS) [Konami] - 24,717 units
  10. Wii Party (Wii) [Nintendo] - 24,525 units
  11. Tongari Boushi to Mahou no Omise (DS) [Konami] - 22,395 units
  12. Little Busters! Converted Edition [Prototype] (PSP - 20,066 units
  13. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) [Nintendo] - 17,325 units
  14. Tactics Ogre (PSP) [Square Enix] - 16,794 units
  15. Trinity Zill O'll Zero* (PS3) [Tecmo Koei] - 16,551 units
  16. Winning Eleven 2011 (PS3) [Konami] - 16,371 units
  17. Winning Eleven 2011 (PSP) [Konami] - 15,832 units
  18. Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii) [Nintendo] - 13,878 units
  19. Minna to Kimi no Piramekino!* (DS) [Namco Bandai] - 13,197 units
  20. God Eater Burst (PSP) [Namco Bandai] - 12,983 units
*New release


Hardware Sales for Nov. 22–28 (versus previous week's sales)**

  1. PSP - 75,689 units (96,601 units) / -21.65% change
  2. PS3 - 68,840 units (29,058 units) / +136.91% change
  3. Wii - 41,267 units (27,851 units) / +48.16% change
  4. DSi LL (XL) - 28,370 units (21,836 units) / +29.92% change
  5. DSi - 26,548 units (20,550 units) / +29.19% change
  6. Xbox 360 - 4,329 units (7,083 units) / -38.88% change
  7. PSP Go - 1,675 units (1,816 units) / -7.76% change
  8. DS Lite - 1,539 units (1,904 units) / -19.17% change
  9. PS2 - 1,332 units (1,255 units) / +6.14% change

**Source: Media Create (Japan)

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.