This Week In Sales: Xenoblade

By Ishaan . June 20, 2010 . 6:13pm


The latest Media-Create numbers include data for a game we’ve all been waiting for: Xenoblade! Not fantastic numbers, compared to other RPGs, but not terrible either. Meanwhile, Super Mario Galaxy 2 hangs on to its high position for another week. GTA’s sales, given that this one isn’t being published by Capcom, are rather impressive, too.


The top-ten for the week of June 7th – 13th is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Tw. Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Xenoblade 82,952 Wii Nintendo
01. 02. Super Mario Galaxy 2 73,480 Wii Nintendo
New 03. Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City 64,249 PS3 Take-Two
New 04. Mega Man Zero Collection 21,736 DS Capcom
03. 05. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 19,593 DS Square Enix
New 06. Just Cause 2 18,795 DS Square Enix
02. 07. Fairy Tail: Portable Guild 13,586 PSP Konami
09. 08. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen 12,617 PS3 Konami
10. 09. Tomodachi Collection 12,229 DS Nintendo
11. 10. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 11,864 Wii Nintendo

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  • Ereek

    What are the total sales for DQM:J2? I know it’s well over a million now.

    • Somewhere around 1.1 million at the moment. I wish Enterbrain’s tracker was more timely. I honestly prefer that to Media-Create. :/

  • Aoshi00

    I just started playing Xenoblade the other day (P-A didn’t send me the pre-order bonus OST :(… I’m 8 hrs into it now, it’s awesome. Good chars, interesting story, good music, excellent gameplay (feels like very fast turn-based in real time, I was worried it would feel like MMO but it doesn’t), exciting and epic boss fights, lots of high quality cutscenes, good voice acting (Horikawa Ryo actually sounds great as Dunban, again exceeding my expectation, was worried he lost his mojo), etc, Takahashi doesn’t disappoint :) My only minor complaint is probably Shulk’ big blocky hands, a little like Xenosaga Ep2? but I put gloves on him lol.. Nier and this are some of the best RPGs this gen, no question about it.It might not be sci-fi, but it sure has lots of cool mechs in it.

    EDIT: another minor thing was when you are speaking to someone in town, others around you disappear, thought that was a little distracting..

    • Kaoro

      Thanks for the impressions!

      You’re not making the wait for Nintendo to (hopefully) localize the game any easier :).

      • Aoshi00

        No prob :) yea I hope they do, since Monado has been up on Amazon all this time.. and they better do a good job localizing it. The save anytime feature really helps a ton, you don’t need to worry about playing an hour in a long dungeon w/o finding any save point, or die and then lose an hour of progress, causing unnecessary frustration, yet all the battles are still exciting and fun (and fast)

        • vrakanox

          Really looking forward to it now. Thanks man.

    • MrRobbyM

      Glad to hear it! I pray for a speedy localization.

    • Hearing that come from you is very promising, given that you hold these games to a high standard. I can’t wait for it to get localized so I can play it, but at this rate, I don’t think it’s coming before next year. :(

    • EvilAkito

      Glad to head it. Nier is the only RPG I’ve really cared for this gen (not including portable games) and it’s good to hear that Xenoblade has turned out well. Now I just have to pray for US release, and preferably one that leaves that Japanese voice acting in tact since Japanese RPGs rarely ever have good English voice acting.

    • Pesmerga00

      Sounds great! :)

      I have been interested in this game for a while, but was hesitant about getting too excited. Mainly the battle system had me worried. The trailers didn’t do much to alleviate that either. Glad to hear that it is indeed better in action. I have been hearing a lot of good buzz about the game from others as well. I just hope to see that it gets localized………..competently. ~glares at Ignition~

      The environments are beautiful. Is the exploration as fun as it looks? You know with roaming and finding hidden treasure and secrets? It’s one of the big things I’ve been missing this Gen with RPGs. I think Blue Dragon was the last game that gave me even a small taste of it. Hopefully the game’s score will complement the exploration as well.

      The wait will be harsh. ;)

      • Aoshi00

        I had the same concern too at first, when I heard about action/real-time and a huge world, I was worried it would feel too MMO-like like FFXII, but it’s more like old RPGs, “back to the basics” like Soraya said in the interview, like Nier or Blue Dragon, just fun to play, you just get hooked. The battles are very much like a turn-based RPG (fast), except w/ more flexibility, like some moves are more effective by slashing the monsters on the side or going around their back, and some special moves break and make the enemies fall, or make them unconscious to go for some big damage, and there’s chain attack w/ your party too, it takes strategies and quick thinking to fight the tougher foes, feels very exciting w/ the rock soundtrack. And there’s the Monado vision thing, it’s like a warning hinting how to avoid some bosses’ serious attack, giving you a chance to avoid it. The atmosphere is great (you know something big is coming), makes me want to find out about the story more.The world is huge and everything in it looks beautiful, the scale of everyone living on these two gaints is conveyed very well and believable. It’s kind of like the first time I played Chrono Trigger, I was blown away by all the details in the environment, and Xenoblade makes me feel like that too. As for exploration, basically before you go out to roam the field you talk to NPCs to take on quests, usually they ask you to hunt some certain monsters or collect some items, rewards are money and items. Good thing is most of the time you don’t need to go back to find the NPC again to “complete” the quests, because that would be a lot of footwork and feel like boring fetch quests. There’s in-game trophies too like Star Ocean 4, seeing them pop up is pretty fun (like jumping off a bottomless cliff and die lol), but these are more reasonable and fun.Ignition CANNOT touch this game, too much dialogue for them to ruin :) It would be ashamed if they don’t bring this over, I know I’ve said it for Nier too, but I haven’t played an RPG that fun in a while.EDIT: I’m sure everyone knew alrdy, but every single piece of equipment from head to toe is reflected on screen and cutscenes, so it’s fun to dress people up like make Shulk naked or wear a heavy armor in a cutscene :) Plus save anytime anywhere is just perfect, and the load times are very quick, sometimes none at all. Plus changing night to day, day to night (different monsters), the bond btwn party members and townspeople, lots of stuffs to do.

    • Ah, you beat me too this. My copy arrived when I was out at E3. I unwrapped it, but haven’t started it… I went for Trinity Universe instead since that’s coming out sooner.

      But — to all readers we will have Xenoblade impressions. Probably Totori stuff too…

      • Aoshi00

        sry, hope I haven’t said too much, I know you were busy w/ E3 and everything :).., just wanted to share w/ everyone since the subject came up. I unwrapped the game the other day, saw the intro which was really awesome, but didn’t play it again until on Sat (btwn watching World Cup lol) and got hooked. W/ this and Sin & Punishment 2, I’m giving some love to my Wii again :)

    • RupanIII

      Cool.. I was afraid it’d be MMO-ish too

      • Aoshi00

        Hopefully the Last Story would still retain the turn-based feel despite in real time just like Xenoblade :) Right now deep/fun gameplay + exploration + Takahashi story + epic soundtrack FTW.

        • RupanIII

          Very cool, nice to hear about the soundtrack too

  • disappointed this wasn’t at E3, wasn’t Monado present last year??

    • Kaoro

      From what I remember, Monado was barely present last year. All I remember was it was almost a footnote on the Nintendo E3 site. I don’t remember it being mentioned during any keynotes or shown on the floor (I wasn’t there — just guessing based on what I read).This is why I am concerned Nintendo is dragging its feet localizing such an apparently massive game.

      • Yeah it was a stealth announcement much like Flingsmash (aka Span Smasher) and Line Attack Heroes. Flingsmash still lives and has a date for North America. Interestingly, Line Attack Heroes, much like Xenoblade, vanished from existence.

        I was a bit surprised Xenoblade or Monado wasn’t present, but Nintendo has it on their fiscal calendar with a TBA release time frame. Perhaps, they’re going to have a RPG wave with The Last Story next year?

        • Kaoro

          If I had to guess I would say that’s the case – they’re just waiting till 2011. They might even be using DQIX and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn to see gauge RPG interest, too.

  • holyPaladin

    Grats for Xenoblade although I hope number should be higher

  • epy

    Hope it stays in the top ten at least one month. Developers need to see games like this are still worth making.

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