Capcom’s Monster Hunter Freedom 2 sells over 700,000 PSP games in Japan in 1 week

Monster Hunter Freedom for PSPCapcom’s Monster Hunter series is big in Japan. Known as Monster Hunter Portable there, the PSP monster battling adventure sequel uses locations and creatures from Monster Hunter 2 on PS2, however it also features a brand new storyline, created especially for the PSP. Not surprising since the series altogether has sold 2.4 million games worldwide.

While the American and European release date is sometime in September 2007. It was released in Japan on February 22, the sales list looked like this after a week:

1. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd (PSP) – 705,281
2. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri (PS2) – 80,000
3. Fire Emblem: Akatsuki no Megami (Wii) – 75,359
4. SimCity DS (DS) – 50,826

Sony released a gold-colored PSP to commemorate the game’s release, although the most popular colors were the previously released blue and silver PSPs.

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 uses a mix of adventure, hack ‘n’ slash, and RPG elements that sees players hunt bloodthirsty creatures throughout the land on their own, or with others. Multiplayer cooperative battles for up to four friends via wireless ad-hoc mode allow team building for the ultimate battle of man vs. beast.

Players can also fully customize their characters, building up their abilities with armor and weaponry as they make their way through hundreds of quests. And with built-in functionality to download future content, players will be able to extend their hunt with even more content and quests.

Here’s the new Monster Hunter Freedom 2 trailer:
Statistics from Thelastboss & IGN.