Here’s How Xenoblade And Metroid: Other M Did In Japan

By Ishaan . January 23, 2011 . 1:30pm

This past week, we came across a page out of Japanese sales tracker Media-Create’s 2010 report, highlighting the sales of thirteen Wii games released in 2010, including Xenoblade, Zangeki no Reginleiv and Metroid: Other M.


During its first week, Xenoblade sold close to 83,000 units. Media-Create’s figures indicate that it ultimately went on to move nearly twice that amount. Meanwhile, Metroid: Other M, which debuted around 45,000 units, sold about 71,000 copies by the end of 2010.


We suspect this list is likely part of a larger ranking of new Wii releases in 2010, although there’s no way to be 100% certain without the rest of the report, which we don’t have. Here’s the list of figures we found:


Rank Title Total Sales Publisher
06. Kirby’s Epic Yarn 386,780 Nintendo
07. Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road Victory 275,273 Square Enix
08. Xenoblade 161,161 Nintendo
09. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles 156,176 Capcom
10. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Everyone’s Party Sandaime 140,288 Namco Bandai
11. Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes 120,797 Capcom
12. Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes OOO 82,693 Namco Bandai
13. Metroid: Other M 71,410 Nintendo
14. Zangeki no Reginleiv 53,317 Nintendo
15. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 49,974 Konami
16. Karaoke Joysound Wii Super DX 38,090 Hudson
17. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 36,295 Konami
18. Flingsmash 35,913 Nintendo

  • Japan is weird it’s hard to judge what’s good or bad. I assume the top 4 would be good? With the rest being bad to horrible. To bad about Xenoblade, and Zangeki no Reginleiv they are good games. Nintendo bring them over so you can make that money!

    • The top 4 one would be the ones with more history (sequels, spin off, etc). Japan (and all the world) normally doesn’t treats new IPs very well… So we can’t expect to see new games very high.

    • Assuming, this is a “Wii games released in 2010” list, I believe the top 5 would be Wii Party, Galaxy 2, Super Mario All-Stars, DK Country Returns and Mario Sports Mix. Wii Party is about 1.5 mil, and Galaxy 2 is at least 800k-ish. The others are in the recent weekly sales posts.

      There’s no way to be 100% sure if that is what this is a list of though, which is why we decided to play it safe and not speculate too much. 160k for Xenoblade is…okay, I guess? It isn’t great compared to even Tales, but I wouldn’t call it a bomb either.

      • Kaishounashi

        It’s on pair with Xenosaga 3, which was 181k. Not bad, but not really good either, specially when comparing with Xenosaga 1 and 2.

        But it was a lot better than soma bringer on DS, another Monolith game that never crossed overseas.

      • vadde939

        I think Xenoblades sales weren’t too bad. It only sold about 50k or so less than Tales of Graces and that was from an established series.

        • malek86

          Considering that Xenoblade probably got that name specifically to try and attract the Xeno fans, it looks like it wasn’t too successful. Then again, the Xeno series had been falling since the first game, so maybe these sales are ok.

        • HarryHodd

          Tales of Graces didn’t sell very well for a Tales of game though.

          • vadde939

            Graces sales weren’t great but they weren’t too bad either considering how terribly buggy the initial release was managing to sell almost as much as Hearts and Innocence was something. Graces is getting a budget reprint on March 24th too so that might give it a bit of a boost.

          • Because they knew a PS3 version was right around the corner. And they were right.

          • vadde939

            Yeah the PS3 port was pretty much inevitable regardless of sales. After all Symphonia had great sales on Gamecube but they still ported it to PS2. Since Namco aren’t quite stupid enough to have released the port on the 360 the PS3 was really the only place for it to go.

          • HarryHodd

            Hindsight 20/20

          • HarryHodd

            Actually it doesn’t matter. His comment was that Xenoblades sales weren’t too bad because they were 50k from Graces an established franchise. I’m just saying that Graces probably isn’t a good stick to measure from.

  • Guest

    Nintendo should bring Xenoblade and Reginliev over here!

    And Square Enix should bring over Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road Victory!

    but instead we get….flingsmash…

    • Zero_Destiny

      Want Dragon Quest, want Xenoblade, want Last Story :( Oh well let’s just keep our fingers cross since Nintendo wants to push Wii another year or two let’s hope their smart and focus on more hardcore-ish gamers as well.

    • PurpleDoom

      Battle Road Victory might come out. There was a leaked GameStop listing awhile back, and Nintendo seems pretty bent on getting other Dragon Quest stuff to the West.

    • Yeah I would love DQMBVR too, and Joker 2 Professional while they’re at it.

  • Kaishounashi

    [edited by mod — no source]

    • Could you provide a source for this please? I hope it doesn’t happen to be off of a forum or something. If that’s the case, I’m going to have to edit your post. We don’t pull stuff off forums around here. Hope you understand. :)

  • Fonic

    A shame Xenoblade didn’t do better. Still hoping for an official release date outside Japan.

  • Wow thats all Sengoku Basara did on the Wii, the PS3 version, I guess sold at least 3 times more if my memory serves me right in these articles. Gran Turismo 5 destroyed the Epic Yarn in sales showing that gamers in Japan have spoken and believe that real life driving simulated racing is a much more enthralling experience than an easy creative guided platform experience.

    But seriously, I thought Wii sales of games would be higher this year, it is by far the system with the highest console sales, so high console sales beget high software sales.

    • Now I know your a fanboy! That’s the second time you compared GT5 to Kirby. Your comparing one franchise that at one time sold 15 million to another with a average of 2 to 3. It seems that Japan feels about the same about Kirby. It’s GT5 that the finally grown tired of!

      • Just…. ignore him.

      • I can assure you that I am perhaps the biggest Nintendo fan on this site. I was only stating that as I am greatly disappointed that Kirby didnt do so hot compared to Gran Turismo 5 as platform exclusives, and interpreting it as what Japanese gamers could potentially feel. As I stated in a past one, perhaps innovating Kirby in this manner to the Wii wasnt a great idea.

  • Flingsmash did surprisingly well considering its placements in the charts and it only came out a couple months back, it wasn’t ever in the top 20 IIRC, or even the top 30?

    How it did 35k is quite a mystery to me!

  • Not surprised that Other M did poorly. It was Metroid made for westners. Xenoblade’s medicore sales means chances of seeing it in the west are slim :( Hopefully I’m very wrong.

    Eh all the best Wii selling games have been the usual suspects. Maybe it’s time to plan a new console eh Nintendo :D

    • Its already announced for america

      • I never remember there being any formal announcement just the video on our Nintendo channel available and that was 2 years ago. Surely it cant take two years to localize the game…I think its been so long that they even removed the listing from places to even preorder after the name change.

        • Tatsuya1221

          This is more due to the fact that nintendo doesn’t like to post release dates almost a year in advance, a good example seems to be dragon quest 6, which has apparently been being worked on for a while but wasn’t really announced until recently.

          If you email nintendo there response is both xenoblade (monado) and last story are scheduled for release without a release date according to their automated service last i heard, then again i’m a tales fan so who knows?

      • I think there will be news in this year E3

    • gatotsu911

      I think the problem with Other M is that Nintendo took a franchise that has traditionally appealed to Western rather than Japanese audiences, tried to add in a bunch of elements that they thought would make it appeal to the Japanese, and in doing so ended up losing both. Japanese audiences didn’t care for the run-and-gun gameplay while Western audiences didn’t care for the overwrought cutscenes, “delicate flower” portrayal Samus and increased linearity, and in the end neither was satisfied. Also – and I’ve been trying forever to deny this, but it’s really reached a point where it’s incontrovertible – it’s on the Wii, and the Wii user base have habitually demonstrated that they are not interested in games that aren’t either casual titles, kids’ games or retro platformers (not million-selling interested, anyway). I’m sorry, Nintendo fanboys, but it’s true.

    • vadde939

      Xenoblades sales are far from mediocre. They’re pretty decent sales for new IP in this age where people only seem to care about sequels.

      • HarryHodd

        When you say sequel does a new iteration in a franchise like the Tales of series equal a sequel? Cause honestly I think Xenoblade could be considered within the Xenosaga franchise. At least thats what the developer and title could lead one to believe.

        • vadde939

          Xenoblade was just a last minute name change to try and cash in on the Xeno name. It’s completely unrelated to the Xeno series and was never really intended to be part of it. Most game series even if the story of each iteration is seperate are connected by common elements like with Tales it’s the skits, battle system, anime-style visuals etc.

          • HarryHodd

            I got ya. I’d say Tales of falls within the definition of a sequel. Since it’s a known quantity.

            As far as your original post goes I would call xenoblades sales mediocre when compared to the sales of White Knight Chronicles which did ~350k.

      • Skua

        It depends on how you look at it. Just because the status quo is horrible doesn’t mean this is a particularly decent result either (it just reinforces marketing opinions that this type of product is hopeless regardless of quality and long past its prime). After all, Nintendo’s goal has been to rejuvenate the market and increase the Wii’s appeal to traditional gamers, so Xenoblade remains a flop in that respect.

        I’d say that the number is mediocre but entirely expected given the state of the Japanese game market (which has gradually spiraled toward irrelevancy over the past decade).

        • To sell almost 200,000 units in japan alone though with not much of marketing campaign is pretty darn good though if you ask me (plus like you said the Japanese market is pretty much progressing into a handheld centric market now). I still really want this to come out in America & Europe because I think they could easily sell another 200,000 units or more if they market the game right (this and Last Story could sell if marketed right).

      • TyeTheCzar

        If they sell so well, then why again is Nintendo depriving us of good Wii RPGs again?

        • vadde939

          Because Nintendo US and EU are stupid. Nintendo Japan has been pretty good to core gamers recently.

      • thebanditking

        Yeah that did pretty well for what it is, but poor Metroid bombed. Which is not good reinforcement for getting Nintendo to pull from their other franchises, at this rate we will never see a proper Star Fox or F-Zero. It does the opposite telling them on to two Mario’s and Zelda’s will do, and thats unfortunate

    • TyeTheCzar

      Metroid for Westerners? Metroid never did that well in Japan thanks to most Japanese gamers being scared of not having their hand held every second in the game(with the exception being Metroid Fusion and Zero Mission). Metroid Prime is the most “Western” Metroid out there. Other M was just a canon-killer.

    • thebanditking

      Nintendo are in a tough spot with the Wii, they waited out the early HD era and now that its established its hard to say a new home console from them would succeed. Even harder to get 3rd party support for it, but if they go next gen (higher the PS3 specs) too soon they risk being out classed when Sony and MS release their next consoles a year or so after (ala Dreamcast). Not to mention online is here to stay and Nintendo have lost significant ground in that area, and building a online network (even without dedicated servers) takes time, and from what we have seen they have not even started working on that.

  • Whoa, wait, Xenoblade came out?!

    • Ladius

      In Japan :P

  • karasuKumo

    I haven’t touched the Wii for ages. I was hoping for Xenoblade to come to the UK. I’m hoping for The Last Story to get here too -_-” I should really learn the Japanese alphabets lol.

  • Guest

    I’m assuming all the source questions are relating to someone posting a US release date for Xenoblade – the only mention I could find of one was here:

    Note that this should be taken with a whole shaker of salt even (though it’s a fairly reputable site) because not only do they not mention a source, but they also describe the game as having “shooter elements and first-person gunplay” which Xenoblade has absolutely none of.

  • Aiddon

    why am I getting the feeling that people are going to post this all over message boards just so they have a reason to bash Other M AGAIN?

    • Overly innovative unenjoyable games just dont beget good sales. Though the answer with more substance is that maybe the target market just isnt over there?

      • Aiddon

        that’s not what I was talking about. At all.

        • clearly

          • Aiddon

            Had I said “why didn’t this game sell well?” your comment would have made sense. But I didn’t. Your response MADE NO SENSE

  • gatotsu911

    Goddammit Siliconera, I saw Xenoblade in the headline and my heart skipped a beat. You gotta stop doing this to me.

  • Hraesvelgr

    I wouldn’t really say Xenoblade did “poorly”, as it’s a new IP for the Wii and I doubt it had a terribly high budget (don’t mean that as an insult to the game).

    • HarryHodd

      “for the Wii” is a good qualifier. I’m not saying Xenoblade did poorly but I’d say it did alright.

      • malek86

        This. It didn’t sell much, but compared to other RPG efforts on the Wii, it’s actually one of the best-sellers.

        I’m afraid that, even when DQX eventually comes, it will be too late to revitalize the genre on the console.

        • HarryHodd

          When the Tales series and Ni No Kuni went PS3 I think that did it for the Wii as far as this gens RPG machine.

          • vadde939

            Well there is still The Last Story and Dragon Quest X on the way for the Wii so I don’t think RPGs are completely dead on the Wii just yet.

          • HarryHodd

            There is also Earth Seeker and Izuma Eleven. RPGs aren’t dead on the Wii but I don’t see too many jrpgs being announced for Wii from 3rd parties from here on out. Will be interesting to see what Rune Factory Oceans does, my guess is the PS3 version will outsell the Wii version.

          • thebanditking

            I am not entirely sure about that S-E has been very quiet about DQX and I would not be surprised if it did not switch platforms by now. Not saying it will return to PS3 (even though I would love to see a DQ game with HD cell shaded graphics) but at this point with the Wii’s RPG market the way it is I can see DQ X shifting over to 3DS.

        • Yea I honestly think DQX should just be moved to either the 3DS or to Nintendo’s next home console seeing as by the time it comes out which would probably be next year unless they are well underway for it to come out this year it just wouldn’t be worth the release if brought out late in the Wii’s life cycle right now…

  • Zero_Destiny

    I’m glad Kirby’s doing pretty good (even if it’s not in the top 5). It was a fun game. Still really hope Xenoblade will do at least well enough for a localization, I would love to give my Wii some RPG love, besides Arc Rise Fantasia it’s all been platformers and VC games for my Wii recently. So a new RPG would be SO great.

    • vadde939

      Didn’t Arc Rise Fantasia only sell about 60k in Japan? If that was enough for localization then Xenoblade should be localized too.

      • If Nintendo is bringing the game over, then perhaps Xenoblades sells in JPN are just too low for them. Then again, Nintendo did say this year for the Wii they have games coming that we would need to see to be believed, so Im guessing any game is up for coming over regardless of sales in other territories.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Well I’m not talking about numbers = sure fire chance that it comes USA, just saying I hope that the game isn’t going to scare away localization companies. , especially since Arc Rise was localized poorly on the cheap but then again I think XSEED was originally going to localize it so maybe I’m paranoid lol

  • PrinceHeir

    hopefully we get Xenoblade, i would definitely like to buy Other M(since it has Dual Audio) but i don’t have a modified wii :(

    • Aoshi00

      Not to mention it has a totally rad slipcase w/ Samus’s face hidden in the helmet (the back cover is the zero suit) and the inside cover is reversible! So w/ dual track it really is the definitive version.. I wouldn’t have known if you hadn’t brought it up :) They put a lot of thought to it, too bad the game appealed to neither Jpn or the West..…I think Xenoblade should have a good chance being localized since the tentative title Monado was up before.. Not sure about Last Story, they did pass on Archaic Sealed Heat before, another title from Sakaguchi, which was one of my fav DS games.

    • PrinceHeir

      wait is that your copy of the game Aoshi? O_O

      love the cover, did you played it on a modified wii or you bought a separate JP wii?

      don’t make me jealous Asohi-kun :(

      it’s kinda funny when the wii is finally getting some huge support from developers yet nintendo ignores them.

      please nintendo step up your game, you already have tons of support of developers, all you have to do is support them back ^^

      • PrinceHeir

        oh and yeah i kinda like Other M

        it may have some faults but it was still a solid entry to the series.


        if the story was set before Super Metroid. they can make adam’s death the reason how Samus become what she is today, that would have been perfect for her background but what’s done is done.

        still love the game though ^^

      • Aoshi00

        Nah, I just looked up images on the net to show you :) because you can’t see the cover is that cool from regular pictures. I was surprised how awesome the box art and slipcase were (Last Story seems to have the same thing w/ the slipcase and inner cover according to the artist). I got a Jpn Wii when the black one first came out (I’m not tech savvy so I don’t want to mess w/ custom firmware or homebrew and such to brick my system, I used the freeloader disc swapping at first before damned Nintendo disabled it w/ their updates), there were a few imports I wanted to play like Disaster and Fragile which hadn’t come out at the time. I have them side by side and call them ebony and ivory lol… I recently got the Golden Eye gold classic pro too. I got a black one before, but the glossy black constantly attracts dust, smudges, and finger prints it’s ugly to look at, so the matte gold now is perfect. I’m going to use it to play more Last Story and Xenoblade.. but maybe Last Story would be best played w/ the remote since there’s no force feedback w/ the classic unfortunately..Adam.. I like to see the mellow side of tough chicks, maybe Samus was a bit too much. I also like the game though, and the Jpn voice sounded a bit tougher, I haven’t played too much in Jpn yet, just saw the intro. Like when Lightning tugged at the back of Snow’s coat, I imagine that he would turn around and hug his “sis” :) Or Hope would get some motherly love from her.. maybe those are better for doujinshi lol..

        • PrinceHeir

          why does always the Wii has colorful box cover and such :

          well i kinda like to see samus weakness. i think it was just done poorly. well what’s done is done so that’s that ^^

          lol at FFXIII. actually i though lightning would hug snow XD

          • Aoshi00

            I think Lightning actually cried and leaned on his back right, I couldn’t see it clearly in the sunset.. anyway, cuddling w/ his future sis in-law is hawt :) Now I really wonder what happened to Snow in the sequel, he’s probably a family man alrdy.. the effort he took to save his girl, there’s no way he would wait :)

  • puchinri

    Xenoblade’s sales aren’t bad (considering that’s a six month period). Either way, I just hope we get the game still (and Last Story). I still need to pick up Kirby and DKCR too. If we get Xenoblade, Last Story and RFO, my Wii is going to be seeing a lot more use than it does now (and Kirby and DKCR could hold me over until those titles come out).

  • Happy Gamer

    hmmm thought zenoblade will be published here

  • Phoenix_Apollo


    It’s like they don’t want me to like them anymore or something…don’t they want my money? I’m a sucker for Monolith Soft games.

  • If this games want to get profit, bring them to the westerners or at least non-Japanese … they will really really love them …

  • silver_baron

    As we all know, popularity in one region is no indication of a game’s chances to come out in another region. Barring maybe Captain Rainbow, nothing Nintendo has produced this generation has been “too Japanese” or “too niche” to bring over in the way that, say, [email protected] or Love Plus might be, with the possible exception of Captain Rainbow. At this point I’m convinced that they just have a blindfolded monkey throwing darts at a localization dartboard with a helping of apathy for anything not Blue Ocean enough or not from an established IP. (though IP doesn’t even count for much now, it looks like we’re not going to get the Fire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo remake ;_;) At least the blindfolded monkey manning the EU dartboard seems to have slightly better accuracy.

  • comparatibely…Xenoblade did pretty well. Those numbers are brutal.

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