Danganronpa Sells 85,000 Units, Spike CEO Grins Like Mono-Bear

By Ishaan . February 25, 2011 . 9:00am

It wasn’t too long ago that Spike’s Phoenix Wright-meets-Battle Royale style adventure game, Danganronpa, released in Japan. When the bizarre school thriller hit the Japanese market in December, it sold 25,564 copies in its first week.


That number is now somewhere in the range of 85,000 copies, much to the delight of Spike CEO, Mitsutoshi Sakurai, who announced the game’s success over Twitter, saying that three months later, the game continues to sell. Sakurai says that Spike will nurture their new franchise with care.


Genre-wise, Danganronpa is hard to classify. The game is a mix of adventure, shooting and investigation elements, and has been described by Spike as “psycho” and “pop,” but also “intellectual.” Confrontations between characters in Danganronpa take place in the form of rapid-fire battles.


Back when we interviewed the game’s scenario writer, Kazutaka Kodaka, he told us: “I dreamt of blending an intellectual, problem solving part and the action part of shooting game. The reason why I thought of this is because it’s a deliciously evil combo that no one will combine. And I thought this would be a brand new experience.”


A U.S. release for Danganronpa hasn’t been announced yet.

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  • You mean a US release hasn’t been announced yet? XD

    • Doh. Will fix. Thanks. ><

      • pridesin

        “A Japanese release for Danganronpa hasn’t been announced yet.”

        are you playing with us now???

    • yet

    • cj_iwakura

      Well, get busy then!

  • Guest


    please release to the U.S. now

  • I really wish it would come to the US but I from what I’ve seen, not many people are interested, which makes me sad :(
    I wonder if asking XSEED would work…

    Edit: I posted on XSEED’s Facebook page. They may or may not be interested but it doesn’t hurt to try, right? :)

  • You mean a NA release hasn’t been announced yet? XP

  • pridesin

    Danganronpa is a great game, there is no doubt about that.
    It has great story and awesome voice actors. Not wonder it sell very well.
    I hope this one release in the U.S and sell very well in the U.S, too. So we will get more visual novel games (or games emphasize on story).
    The 999 on DS did very well, I do not see why this one wouldn’t.

    • The only problem is it’s for PSP and the SCEA is notorious for their dislike of games anywhere close to VN form

      • Michael’s got it.

      • cj_iwakura

        Disgaea Infinite says hi.

        • Guest

          rare exception fueled by the niche success of its SRPG series

  • Chippel

    Great news. Unfortunately, words fail me other than: Give, GIVE!! (Us…)

  • Maaan this game is so good, how i would love to see this in english… but it will be hard with the part that you have to shoot the hiraganas to make a word… i mean, they would have to re-program all that part of the classroom courts..

  • JustaGenericUser

    I haven’t played the game, obviously, but it seems interesting. I hope the usual suspects will consider localizing this before the interest dies down.

  • MarkMario

    I </3 Monobear ._. (He's ebil)

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