This Week In Sales: Killer Is Really Dead

By Ishaan . August 7, 2013 . 2:30pm

Period: The week of July 29th – August 4th (2013)

Top-seller: Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 119,154

Nintendo 3DS sales: 17,747 | Total sales: 8,467,477

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 57,940 | Total sales: 3,522,996

PlayStation Vita sales: 17,702 | Total sales: 1,759,489

Wii U sales: 10,038 | Total sales: 1,026,429

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week’s best-seller in Japan was a game that slipped under everyone’s radar—Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life by Namco Bandai. This is a game where you play as a Mii and get to interact with a number of Disney characters. Check out the trailer below for an idea of what it’s like:



Meanwhile, the previous week’s best-seller, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, has reached the very impressive milestone of 300,000 copies sold by its second week—and that’s actual copies sold, not just shipped to retailers. It should be interesting to compare sales with those of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney at the end of the year.


Finally, this week’s other major release, Killer is Dead, the latest game from Grasshopper’s Suda51, didn’t fare nearly as well. The game sold a meagre 17,709 copies on PlayStation 3—that’s a lower debut than Lollipop Chainsaw and even No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 119,154 New 3DS Namco Bandai
01. 02. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies 40,2013 290,419 3DS Capcom
05. 03. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 32,537 176,230 3DS Nintendo
06. 04. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 21,313 1,330,780 3DS Nintendo
New 05. Killer is Dead 17,709 New PS3 Kadokawa
04. 06. The Witch and the Hundred Knights 16,131 65,340 PS3 Nippon Ichi
New 07. MIND≒0 15,575 New PSV Acquire
07. 08. Youkai Watch 13,819 115,119 3DS Level 5
03. 09. Dragon’s Crown 13,772 84,855 PSV Atlus
02. 10. Dragon’s Crown 13,714 118,074 PS3 Atlus
08. 11. Fantasy Life Link! 10,487 28,721 3DS Level 5
10. 12. Pikmin 3 10,342 145,735 WiiU Nintendo
13. 13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 9,620 3,354,784 3DS Nintendo
14. 14. Donkey Kong Country Returns 8,481 235,176 3DS Nintendo
09. 15. LEGO City Undercover 7,772 25,971 WiiU Nintendo
18. 16. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 7,595 850,134 3DS Nintendo
011. 17. Earth Defense Force 2025 7,445 230,292 PS3 D3 Publisher
12. 18. The Little Battlers Super Custom 7,287 45,325 3DS Level 5
New 19. Shiratsuyu no Kai 6,187 New PSP Idea Factory
16. 20. Hoppe-chan Tsukutte Asonde Puni Puni Town!! 6,016 14,853 3DS Nippon Columbia


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • Cheesy04

    Was expecting the not-so-good results of Mind=0

    • Renaldi Saputra

      even the rating on amazon was pretty bad..

  • almostautumn

    Not only Killer doing the flop, but Mind=0 also— and that’s really not a good sign for localization. E.X. Troopers and Earth Seeker also flopped and were never localized, but both were excellent games that really could have succeeded in the west.
    Still, Japan never seems to buy into Grasshopper titles, and why on Earth that is blows my mind. Without question, whenever I find Suda51 has an involvement with a project I buy it; you’re guaranteed an experience like no other, and really how this can be so widely shrugged off just confuses me.

    • AkuLord3

      Ummm Low sales in japan has nothing to do with Localization and E.X. Trooper didn’t get ported over because of text was part of the game’s art so they have to redone things in order to translate stuff. Got to get your facts right yo~

      • almostautumn

        That’s called “Hard-Coded;” get your facts right, homeboy.

        And you’re insane to think that a game being targeted primarily towards a specific region (East) and bombing there doesn’t have an impact on whether or not a game gets localized. If the game, which is tailor-made to interests in the East, fails— then why on Earth would a company try to localize it for what is essentially a “Population Numbers” game in the west? Some companies are willing to take chances, particularly Xseed, but in regards to Capcom— come on, you’ve surely read some of their Press this year; they’re not taking any chances, and there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
        As for Earth Seeker, Kadokawa didn’t have a Western Publishing House at the time, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t have sought one out. That said, the game bombed— so really, are they honestly going to go getting into so expensive an endeavour of securing a western presence with a game that may very well fail again?

        Puh-leeze; I’m all over gaming sites, dawg :P

      • Hidayat246

        I think the big reason why E.X Trooper never come to west because the sales not “…text was part of the game’s..”

        E.X is capcom games remember that

    • D H

      Not everybody wants something different, though. While I’ll play anything that interests me, I’d also be interested in having a game I like have a sequel that comes out that doesn’t change anything but, say, the story, environments and enemies. And then I’d like another, and another, etc. It’s something that some people don’t get, but I can’t really explain either. It’s why I just kind of roll my eyes whenever someone mentions CoD or Mario or Zelda or whatever being the same thing; this is why I like them, so I could care less what other people think.

      Meanwhile, I’d imagine there are people who fell the same way I do about that, but don’t care to try things outside their comfort zone. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just their own personal opinion. There’s also the rather unfortunate conundrum where if a game doesn’t have completely-as-realistic-as-possible graphics and actually tries to have any kind of style of its own, it’s regarded as something not worth investing time into. It’s just a matter of opinion thing, really. Not everybody likes the same things. Not every likes the different things.

      Sadly, the ones that suffer though tend to be the ones that like the more abstract, out-of-the-box stuff, but that’s a different issue altogether… (also, for the record, I couldn’t care less about the developers, producers, composers, etc. It’s all a matter of “does anything I see here appeal to me.” Those blind pick ups in my opinion really just feels like people are saying Speilburg, Keiji Inafune, Miyamoto, Sakaguchi, etc. can’t do anything wrong…)

  • Suicunesol

    It just looks like a slow week to me. Fantasy Life: Link isn’t doing so hot either.

    Yet 3DS sales rose this week. x_x

    • Guest

      This 3DSLL bundle maybe?

      • Suicunesol

        Which bundle? A disney magic castle bundle?

        Yeah, that’ll do it.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Not really surprising. FL sold very well originally, so most folks probably opted to get the Link update on eShop.

  • Guest

    Disney is popular enough in Japan, uh?

    On Ace Attorney, let’s see how it holds in the next weeks…
    For what it’s worth, I’m glad to see Youkai Watch still hangin’ there!

  • ChiffonCake

    Ah, that sucks for Killer is Dead… hopefully it’ll fare better over here.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    It came out at a very bad time

  • AkuLord3

    Sucks about Killer is Dead…though most of the time Suda51 games don’t seem to fare well in Japan sometimes :c

    • Guest

      If Suda51 and Platinum Games team-up, sales for their game would be inversely proportional to the enjoyability xD

      • almostautumn

        Excuse me if I’m wrong, but Plaitnum is in the EXACT same boat as Grasshopper; their games flop in Japan, but exceed in the west.
        I don’t have the time to look up sales of Madworld and the like right now, but I’m almost positive it’s genuinely the same case between the two studios— and it’s equally crazy because, in my mind, Platinum and Grasshopper are the only two Major studios really pushing the envelope. Arguably Monolith Soft, but they take forever to come out with stuff :P

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          You’re going to get bombarded with Monolith Soft soon

        • Heavensmile

          mgs rising did fairly well in japan

  • Nice to see at least that Witch is hanging in there. Ace Attorney too. And Dragon’s Crown!

  • Solomon_Kano


    Man, I really hope it does better in the west. :'(

    • mirumu

      I don’t think it’s surprising at all to be honest, or especially bad.

      It’s the highest debut for any Grasshopper SKU in Japan aside from Lolipop Chainsaw. Heroes’ Paradise only looks better if you combine the two SKUs. The 360 sales for that game were surprisingly high (Check Ishaan’s link).

      It outsold every No More Heroes game on Wii, Killer 7 and Shadows of the Damned. Most of those were only in the 9k to 15k range on debut.

      • Solomon_Kano

        It’s certainly not surprising, I’m just always sad at how low the numbers on Suda’s debuts are lol. You’re right though.

      • I don’t think it’s fair to discount the 360 SKU of No More Heroes. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how many consoles you shipped on—just how many copies you sold. Plus, NMH was a port of an older game, which makes this look even worse in perspective.

        You also have to keep in mind that the original NMH (on Wii) was likely made on a lower budget, being an SD game. The same applies to Killer 7. Shadows of the Damned bombed hard everywhere, though, yes.

        • mirumu

          I see what you mean, although that port did sell better than the original game and it’s sequel on Wii. I do wonder as well if NMH:HP itself would sell as well on 360 in Japan today either. A lot has changed since 2010. Even Lolipop Chainsaw couldn’t shift that many copies on 360 two years later despite vastly higher PS3 sales. Even if Killer is Dead sales maintained the same PS3/360 ratio as Lolipop Chainsaw the 360 numbers wouldn’t make the top 20.

          There were also more new and big selling releases in this week when compared with the week NMP:HP released into.

          I’m certainly not trying to claim Killer is Dead did well, but these numbers don’t seem that unexpected or terrible to me.

  • Nanaki

    I definitely felt a Kingdom Hearts-vibe after watching that trailer. I wouldn’t mind playing it.
    I really hope that KiD is supported more here in the West. It seems like the scheduled release might have come at a bad time for Suda51.

  • The type of game Killer Is Dead is, it will do better in the West.

  • z_merquise

    Good to see Dragon’s Crown still selling. I read that the game is selling out even here in my country.

    Could it be that Atlus release limited physical copies of the game which was why it looked so low in 2nd week?

  • Anna Scruton

    Man, that Disney game looks pretty legit. I’d love to play it!

  • Demeanor

    I really hope Killer is Dead and Dragon’s Crown can pull some satisfying numbers in the West. How were KiD’s reviews on Japanese game magazines anyway? Was it bashed?

  • DesmaX

    Nice to see Hundred Knights still strong there.

    And, ouch for Killer is Dead… But I guess they really do sell better in the West (I mean, Kadokawa really seemed focused to release this in the west as fast as possible)

  • Brion Valkerion

    Don’t forget it/they launched around Dragon’s Crown, which sold well across two platforms. Might MIND 0 and killer might be sellers in a few weeks.

    • That isn’t usually the case for a game of this sort. It doesn’t appear to have any features that would help give it a long tail.

  • I would play the heck out of Disney Magic Castle: Happy Life. So adorable.

  • Ereek

    Good to see that Witch and the Hundred Knights has some legs and didn’t spike down immediately.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    I’m curious about the Disney castle game, is it any good?

  • Lazulis

    A PSP game? Hmm….yup, it’s an otome game. Shame about KiD & Mind though. Witch, Dragon’s Crown and AA5 are doing well so that’s good.

  • Lazulis

    A PSP game? Hmm….yup, it’s an otome game. Shame about KiD & Mind though. Witch, Dragon’s Crown and AA5 are doing well so that’s good.

  • A Japan only Disney game….

    Sucks for KiD but I’m not sure what people were expecting. Grasshopper games are more popular in the west. NMH became a franchise because of the success it saw over here, not in Japan. They should hit their target stateside.

    Glad to see Yokai Watch doing well for Level 5. Pikmin has unfortunately dropped off but that was never gonna do gangbusters either. Dragon’s Crown take 9 and 10 is nice to see.

  • andref

    Could its rating have been a factor, since I remember its rating is equivalent to adults only rating here. Or am I mistaken?

    • British_Otaku

      It is rated CERO Z there, I hear it is similar to AO in the sense of being much less accessible in stores. It may be a factor.

  • andref

    Could its rating have been a factor, since I remember its rating is equivalent to adults only rating here. Or am I mistaken?

  • Altritter

    No real surprise there; Suda games often do pretty poorly in Japan. Hopefully we’ll be able to pick up the slack.

  • Göran Isacson

    Man am I glad to know that Dragons Crown sold well digitally too, because this sales drop seems a bit harsh… though perhaps it will remain around that level until next week, and this position is simply it’s “sweet spot”?

    Relieved to see Phoenix Wright is still selling though, and the Mario and Luigi game seems to stay a solid course, but man… Mind and Killer. Killer I can sorta get, maybe Suda is just more keyed into western markets desires, but you’d think Mind would sell a bit more than that, being a JRPG and all. Harsh realities of trying to sell a new brand, maybe?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Its a Vita game. And thats before these people get a grasp of how it plays.

  • fool

    Honestly, after playing Shadows of the Damned and Lollipop Chainsaw, I ain’t getting Killer Is Dead until Killer is $15

  • AndyLC

    We know that there’s some guys (mostly ex Capcom) that do better in the US than Japan… but how about the reverse? Is there some US game that does better in Japan than in the west?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      None whatsoever,

      • AndyLC

        Maybe if Billy Herrington made a videogame…

    • mirumu

      I think it’s possible. The Japanese PSN store has a western game section which last time I looked didn’t have a single game I recognized.

    • Brandonmkii

      It’s tough to gauge that really. America is WAY HEUG compared to Japan. We’ve got a ton of people. Even a pretty bad game can sell more in NA than a great game overseas.

  • Kevin Schwarz

    Not surprised with Killer is Dead, it looks boring, really, and the only good thing in my opinion is the artstyle.

  • leingod

    Suda’s games always have a bit of a hard time garnering an audience, and I bet Lollipop Chainsaw’s less-than-stellar gameplay had a part to play with Killer is Dead’s debut I guess… some gamers may be weary to try anything Suda after that.

  • Rogerrmark

    This game looks pretty awesome,and I don’t even like beat ‘n ups.What’s wrong with people?…

    Joke,however it’s a must buy title for me :x

  • Alex

    This is what happens when marketing spoils the entire game. I stopped following the trailers and previews. The spoilers are ridiculous.

  • Asura

    First time I don’t feel bad for Suda. I hope his next game is better. I also hope people FINALLY stop calling elements his games parody when they aren’t for whatever game he works on next.

    • Ethan_Twain

      Would you rather people take the storytelling in his games at face value? …because that wouldn’t hold up. Not even CLOSE.

  • Pyrofrost

    I will just leave my post concerning this game from another site here, since it basically addresses the same thing.

    Guys, I wouldn’t worry so much about Killer is Dead. Suda depends on
    Western sales for his games like these. Just look at his previous
    similarly themed titles.

    Week 1 numbers according to media create:

    >Killer 7 – 11,000 (PS2) (GC v. didn’t make the chart)
    >No More Heroes – 11,700 (Wii)
    >No More Heroes 2 – 11,373 (Wii)
    >No More Heroes: HP – 15,760 (PS3)
    >No More Heroes: HP – 15,153 (360)
    >Shadows of the Damned: – 9,145 (PS3) (360 v. did not make the chart)
    >Lollipop Chainsaw – 53,347 (PS3)
    >Lollipop Chainsaw – 14,422 (360)

    *it’s safe to call Lollipop Chainsaw an isolated case for obvious reasons*

    But yeah, none of his games were ever hits or chart busters in Japan,
    even over the broad ‘niche’ gamer crowd. However, I’d say Killer is
    Dead is in a really comfortable spot compared to his previous titles
    (excluding Lollipop)

  • Taking into consideration that I’ve never played a Suda51 and they don’t do well in Japan, (as aforementioned in the comments below,) should I reconsider picking up Killer is Dead: Fan Edition? Because I could easier take those funds and pre-order Pokémon X and Y.

    • XiaomuArisu

      Good Question
      Its depends.Does the game looks interesting to you?Do you like the style,the battlemechanics,ost or the characterdesign?
      Do you like games which are pretty weird sometimes and break the fourth wall? Suda51 games are bloody too and violent.
      His games are hit or miss.
      There are some people which hated No More Heroes,I liked it.
      Lolipop Chainsaw too is a game with some problems,but a friend of mine liked it.
      So what are your tastes? What did you thought after you saw some Gameplay?

      • After playing KoA:Reckoning, The Last of Us, Sleeping Dogs, DE:HR and LoZ:OoT I’ve been on an action rush of recently.

        The game does interest me mainly from its aesthetics.

        I like to own a variety of games that appeal to me in different ways. So a bit of fourth-wall-breaking antics would be a nice change to the usual I have.

        I prefer RPGs first anf foremost (mostly turn-based) but have become more open to trying ones outside of my comfort zone, too. From the little I’ve seen iirc, the game looks good and the battle system looks interesting. I haven’t been watching more of the trailers since it seems quite spoiler-ish.

        Edit: I do like the premise of titles: Lollipop Chainsaw and (especially) NMH.

        • XiaomuArisu

          Well to me KiD looks like a darker and edgier NMH,so it could be to your liking.
          Well I already pre-ordered it,maybe I can tell you how it is after playing it.
          From the Last of Us to Kid is an interesting change…
          After The last of us I started playing Neptunia mk2XD
          We gamers are an interesting folk

          • I’m going to keep my pre-order, for now, cos the contents is too good to drop atm. I hope it is (to my liking).

            Neptuia mk2. I still need to get that – I’ve only played Victory. Loved it.

            Aren’t we? :D

          • XiaomuArisu

            Yes we are,yes we are!
            the problem with neptunia is i only can play it when Im alone…
            “why are you playing Girls? is that a girls game?
            You arent a girl so why are you playing a girl game?
            Is that a panty? Why are they showing little girls in bikinis?
            Why dont you take a seat over there?”

          • Fortunately for me, though I play in my room, playing games like Neptunia draw no concerns from my family. :P

  • wat_wat

    Basically, it sold like a Grasshopper game. That’s too bad. the game looks awesome.

    3DS continues to tear up the charts. I had no idea Disney had so much selling power in Japan. Well deserved, Nintendo.

  • Yan Zhao

    Odd that Killer is Dead sold so little. Game looks amazing. It’ll probably do better in the west like most Suda51 games.

  • Lemon

    Wow, I wasn’t even aware of Disney Magic Castle launching, so I’m surprised by its sales figures. Then again, Disney is very big and very much loved in Japan (I love you, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea) so I guess the target market for this game would be eager get it.

    That said, I’m sad Killer is Dead didn’t sell so well. It seemed to have gotten quite a bit of marketing so I was hoping it would sell at least around Lollipop Chainsaw’s figures.

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