Grand Theft Auto V enjoys strong debut in Japan

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Pokemon may have beaten it to the top of the Japanese charts, but Grand Theft Auto V has redefined what a Western game can achieve in Japan.

The latest Media Create charts reveal that the PS3 version of Grand Theft Auto V sold 360,115 units in its first week – a new record for a Western-made title in the region.

Perhaps even more amazingly the Xbox 360 version debuted in ninth place with sales of 26,612 units.

The numbers also mean that GTA V has in one week eclipsed the last known lifetime sales numbers of its predecessor GTA IV in the region.

GTA V earlier this month became only the second ever Western developed game to score a perfect 40/40 in Famitsu (the other being The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim).

Of course, Pokemon was the week's big winner with combined sales of the X and Y releases totalling 1,866,570 units.

Also of note this week are the Japanese hardware sales, with Nintendo's Wii U shifting a worrying 3,276 units – that's 200 fewer than the PSP.