Media Create has reported that The Last of Us has managed to sell a significant portion of its initial Japanese shipment, which will be seen as a huge plus for Sony.
Western games don't often sell that well in Japan, but Naughty Dog's often seem to excel. The Last of Us is no exception to this, as it has managed to sell 117,645 copies in its first week, which was 88.01 percent of its initial run.
These sales figures place it slightly behind Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, but ahead of the original Uncharted and Uncharted 2. It should also be noted that The Last of Us was rated as a CERO Z, which is the highest possible rating and is usually considered a sales blocker. There have also been reports that despite the high rating, certain parts of the game have been censored.
In related news, Naughty Dog has just pushed live patch 1.02 for the game, which removed an erroneous phone number from the single player campaign. It also addressed numerous issues with the multiplayer that had arisen, such as players being punished if the host disconnected.
It will be interesting to see how sales of The Last of Us continue in Japan, but it certainly won't hinder the game's worldwide sales, which are expected to be strong. This further disproves the theory that launching a new IP towards the end of a console generation is a bad idea. It's a perfectly fine idea if the game is good enough.