Shin Sangoku Musou Sales: Xbox 360 vs PS3

By Spencer . November 15, 2007 . 4:25am

dw6.jpgShin Sangoku Musou 5 (aka Dynasty Warriors 6) made its debut on Sunday, an odd choice since most games in Japan are released on Thursday. The sales numbers are out and if you add up the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions, Koei’s most recognizable series sold 210,000 copies. That puts Shin Sangoku Musou 5 barely behind Mario Party DS, which sold 235,000 copies. Since Mario had a few extra days on the market the sales data makes sense.


However, I’m not that interested in how well Shin Sangoku Musou 5 sold in comparison to other games. I wanted to see how it sold against itself. This is the first time Koei has released a Shin Sangoku Musou game simultaneously on a Playstation platform and a Microsoft console. So how did the 360 version fare? Terribly, with only 22,000 copies sold. The Playstation 3 release sold 188,000 copies, which translates to roughly 8.5 copies of the PS3 version for every one copy of the Xbox 360 version.


Is this more gloom and doom for the Xbox 360 in Japan? Not necessarily, but it does show Xbox 360 owners in Japan either a.) prefer the Playstation 3 version when a multiplatform release comes out or b.) they aren’t that interested in Shin Sangoku Musou 5. Perhaps, Xbox 360 owners in Japan are interested in the Western-oriented games the Xbox 360 has become a home for. Wouldn't that be an interesting turn of events?

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  • Aoshi00

    Even though the 360 ver. has achievement and a more robust online community, personally I would pick the PS3 version as well if there are two (like the Simpsons game) since I’m much more comfortable w/ the PS controller, not sure if that’s a trivial factor or not.

  • TT

    interesting, I always prefer the ps3 version since the ps3 runs quiter, looks better on my tv than my 360 and is always region free(I live in Japan) but the one thing I like better about 360 is the controller. only if it is a 2d game do I prefer the ps3 controller.

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