This Week In Sales: Zangeki no Reginleiv Is In For A Dynamic Price Slash

By Ishaan . February 21, 2010 . 1:50pm

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Last week was interesting in Japan, although, not in a positive way. None of the week’s new releases debuted particularly well, Zangeki no Reginleiv barely debuting in the top ten at the #9 position. Zangeki no Reginleiv is Nintendo’s first CERO D game in Japan, and was a relatively low-profile release, considering a rather limited number of copies appear to have been shipped.

 

Reginleiv debuted with 21,956 units sold. For comparison, Sin & Punishment 2 sold around 10,000 in its opening week and dropped off the charts soon after. The online multiplayer mode and the promise of MotionPlus probably helped give Zangeki no Reginleiv a bit of a heavier push, although, perhaps the gushing blood and flying torsos weren’t for everyone. Still, the fact that the game sold in the same range as Sacred 2 is rather disturbing.

 

God Eater held firm at the #1 spot for the second week in a row. The top-ten for the week of Feb 8 – 14 is as follows. More tidbits following below it:

 

LW TW Title Tw sales Tot. sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. God Eater 110,235 405,640 PSP Namco Bandai
02. 02. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie 79,462 1,175,722 DS Square Enix
04. 03. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 58,590 3,321,881 Wii Nintendo
New 04. Prince of Tennis -More Sweet Edition- 44,353 New DS Konami
05. 05. Tomodachi Collection 37,682 1,647,836 DS Nintendo
New 06. Quiz Magic Academy DS 31,813 New DS Konami
06. 07. Wii Fit Plus 28,720 1667594 Wii Nintendo
03. 08. Star Ocean: The Last Hope International 25,873 97,899 PS3 Square Enix
New 09. Zangeki no Reginleiv 21,956 New Wii Nintendo
New 10. Sacred 2 21,600 New PS3 Spike

 

MadWorld also saw its Japanese debut last week. It, however, fared far worse than any other notable release and debuted at the #33 position selling somewhere in the range of 3,000 units — around the same as Love Plus, which was probably on more than a few Valentine’s Day shopping lists.

 

Love Plus’s situation is extremely interesting. For all the media hype and promotion the brand has received, the actual game itself has only sold somewhere in the range of 200,000 units to date. Konami have already announced an updated release, titled Love Plus +, indicating that they intend to take an iterative approach to expanding the franchise.

 

In my opinion, a development pattern similar to Pokémon — new release followed by updated release, followed by the next game — would make sense, given the effort that would be required for each new game. We’d also like to point out that "love" is about as universal a concept as one could come up with. The possibilities for different games targeted at different age groups and demographics are vast, and we’re confident Konami plan to demonstrate this in the years ahead.


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  • Saturnus

    That giant in that pic kinda reminds me of something from Bayonetta, I like it. Zangeki no Reginleiv looks pretty cool, I want it. Too bad my love for the Wii has slowly dwindled, hopefully once I get some form of income I can reinvigorate my interest in it, there are quite a few games that interest me. But PS3 and DS are constantly coming first lol.

  • http://twitter.com/cocainexplosion Doctor_Rabbit

    I hadn’t expected MadWorld to do well, but… wow. 3,000? I guess bloody stuff doesn’t do well over there or something, considering all the other super violent games selling poorly over there.

  • malek86

    One thing I don’t understand about Nintendo. They cook up a game that is at least interesting on paper, and then they don’t advertise at all. And of course, it doesn’t sell much. So they leave it to rot in just one country. Think Fatal Frame 4, Captain Rainbow, S&P2… and not just Japan. There’s the whole Excitebots ordeal too.

    Usually, when you make a game, you want it to be successful, right? So why don’t they advertise? I mean, it’s not like they aren’t swimming in money…

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    Apparently Love Plus is getting it’s own manga series, too
    http://kc.kodansha.co.jp/magazine/index.php/90005
    How’s that for expanding? I’ll be looking forward to what they include in the new game, but I probably won’t pick it up unless it’s something beyond the Tamagotchi-girl idea. Poor Aoshi00 hasn’t gotten a chance to get to the first game, yet :P

    Sin & Punishment 2 just came and went, huh? Hmm… I really need to look into the first game. Just one of those things I hear a lot about but for some reason never get to it myself.

    • cowcow

      awesome shooter

      • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

        I saw gameplay videos of S&P2 and thought it would play like Rez, which was great. I haven’t heard if that would make it to consoles outside Japan, but for now I have to make time for the first game. Really should have gotten to it sooner…

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          S&P2 was confirmed for the U.S. long ago. It was even playable at E3 last year, and it’s got a vague “Q1″ listing on their last schedule.

          Since people seem to be interested, this is a good time to mention, running a search for the game on Siliconera will bring up a playtest and the entire translated Iwata Asks feature on the game. I try to plug that whenever I can…it’s such a fascinating read. :)

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