The Wonderful 101 Will Launch With Just 30,000 Copies In Japan

By Ishaan . August 19, 2013 . 12:30pm

Japanese retail blog Sinobi has shared that it appears Nintendo will be shipping about 30,000 copies of The Wonderful 101 for the game’s launch in Japan.


As you can probably tell, that isn’t a large number—certainly not the figure you would expect of a high-profile Wii U exclusive—and doesn’t indicate good things about how much Nintendo expect the game to sell.


In a way, it makes sense—after all, The Wonderful 101 is a complicated game to explain. Hopefully, the game finds a larger audience over in the west.


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  • AuraGuyChris

    They’re basically Sentai Heroes. Doesn’t Japan love those with a passion?
    (Or is it the giant mechas.)

    • It’s always the Zords.

    • 하세요

      Perhaps they’re tired of them now D:

    • Ying

      It could be because the Wii U hasn’t sold a lot.

    • Aoshi00

      It does, but the game actually reminds me a bit of that indie game “The Last Guy” too, where you hordes of people away from zombies :)

      I would like to get this as my 2nd game for the Wii U (only have Mario), was going to wait a bit till price drop (saving moolah now), wonder if this would get rare later on if Jpn only shipped so few copies.. just love all the games from Platinum like Bayo, Vanquish, Anarchy Reigns, and this, and then Bayo 2..

    • Mugen555

      Apparently they love Kamen Rider more than sentai, especially kids.
      The reason why there are more Kamen Rider game than Super Sentai game

  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    “In a way, it makes sense—after all, The Wonderful 101 is a complicated game to explain.”


    • Mugen555

      I kinda curious how is this game is complicated to explain?

  • garf02

    further my theory that is was plat/kamiya who asked ninty to make this games.
    also N must be aiming for digital sales, given its cheaper

    who the hell is Sinobi BTW?

    • malek86

      A blog that generally covers a lot of stuff about videogames in Japan, usually mostly about retail. They also used to have sell-through ratios for many games, but for some reason their info has dried up a bit lately.

      • garf02

        ill rather wait till wednesday next week for sales charts.

        • malek86

          Well, they give info that M-C doesn’t show, such as first week shipments and sell-through ratio.

          • British_Otaku

            Especially looking forward to a high sell through ratio here, Yakuza 1 + 2 HD had it’s reason to get only 2000 shipped on the Wii U (it was never going to chart first week like that). I would like to see a bigger second print run with Nintendo recognising they were playing it too safe.

  • subsamuel01

    Not surprising seeing how platinum games don’t really sell well in Japan.

  • redhood56

    So it should take a while to sell out then!*comedic drum noise* But seriously this is a bit odd for nintendo, I guess they are chasing those digital sales then.

    • ronin4life

      They have a history of low shipments since long before digital. It’s called “Let’s try not to jump the gun and make a crap ton of stuff people won’t buy”.

      Not a lot of companies are good at this.

      • Pyne

        case in point: Microsoft and its horribletastic Windows rt tablet.

  • Man, I hope Nintendo gets proven wrong about their expectations and it sells out.

  • Guest

    So are those numbers due retailers only ordering that much; or Nintendo just making 30.000 copies with low expectations?

    EDIT: OK, reading the other article about Spike/Chunsoft, I get it. It’s Nintendo playing safe, that would explain the lack of powerful marketing on their part, well, let’s hope demand exceeds those figures. Sadly Japan it’s the only territory where that kind of game can sell well…

    • SiliconNooB

      Sending the game out to die…

      • TrevHead

        Might be, or they might be keeping stocks low to keep the RRP high in hopes that the game will get a 2nd wind when ppl buy the console for Nintendo’s killer Apps

    • It could be either one. It works both ways. Sometimes retailers can have more influence or less, depending on how much influence the publisher has. All we know is that 30k copies are being shipped initially.

  • Sango

    Probably would have sold more as a launch title. I hope Nintendo can turn the Wii U around like the 3DS.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Not from what I see to how people are taking to the game from their own experience

      • Sango

        I have to disagree seeing as how much the Wii U sold during launch.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Well… look at the first trailer for this game and look at that trailer from around launch then look at the latest game trailer

          • Sango

            If the game was available at launch the trailers that are out now would have been out before the game was even released back then.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu


            You can see the difference in the work they’ve done

  • Daniel Williams

    considering what happend to my xenoblade and metroid prime trilogy. I may pick this up just because

  • JustThisOne

    Seems a bit odd. I kind of expected this game to be a bit more popular, at least 50k copies seems more reasonable. But what do I know about the dealio over there anyway. I’m not even sure how the marketing is going on over there.

    Hope they sell out then! :>

  • Minos

    That is more or less the number I was expecting actually.

  • GameTaco

    I guess we shouldn’t worry too much. Maybe they’re hoping it’ll be a larger success overseas.

    Either way, I was contemplating passing on this until Christmas what with my financial situation… But if this might be an unexpectedly rare game, maybe I’ll just preorder it so as to “show my support” and get more on shelves.

  • garf02

    what if.. is a typo and its actually 300,000?

    • Unrealistic expectations.

  • Smooosh

    Hope it sells well, looks like such a cool game. :/

  • Jeffrey Thrash

    I don’t want this to be like Xenoblade Chronicles, where I ignore the game and end up wanting it later, inconveniently when the game becomes hard-to-find and expensive. I’ll prove Nintendo wrong!

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Its available for download so…. Not gonna happen

      • Jeffrey Thrash

        I keep forgetting that you can download games on the Wii U. Nonetheless, my Internet is slow at best when it comes to large downloads, and the game is coming out a little over a week before my birthday, so physical copy it is!

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          WiiU games download in the background.

          I take it you didnt get a deluxe wiiu then

  • TheExile285

    I hope it sells out.

  • TrevHead

    Wow 30k is a very very small print run for Plat’s most ambitious game yet.

  • Vicar In Ubuntu

    A real system seller here, ladies and gentlemen!

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Next week is going to be interesting. I wonder if Nintendo is shipping a little here to make sure that they don’t take too much risk and going to come out with some promotion in December to turn this title into Evergreen titles.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Wow. :I

    Platinum’s last original game (Anarchy Reigns) sold like shit, so I can certainly see the line of reasoning here, but I’d have hoped that with that good ol’ Nintendo marketing power this would do better. Guess this explains why TW101 didn’t get that good ol’ Nintendo marketing power — they aren’t expecting it to sell. Unless this is some bizarre plot to drive up digital sales, but Nintendo isn’t stupid.

    I really, REALLY hope this sells out. Platinum deserves that. At LEAST that.

    • British_Otaku

      24,000 combined between the PS3 and 360 for Max Anarchy is pretty poor. Still this is more comparable to Madworld as it is an exclusive for one platform which is relatively young (Madworld being CERO Z, like Anarchy Reigns being D and Wii selling better off in two years aside)…

      Madworld got 3000 copies sold in the first week, so we will probably have better numbers… >_>

      On digital, Nintendo are banking on some sort of digital deal for every region but North America, maybe it will work even if we will need to hear Nintendo announce it.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Still confused as to why Nintendo set that deal up in all regions but one, but ah well. Maybe they’re waiting til we get closer to launch to unveil it?

        Yea, I guess we can take solace in the knowledge that it’ll do better than Madworld (I will CRY if it does comparably — CRY lol) at least, but yeesh. I expected Nintendo’s usually great marketing to finally give an original Platinum title the kind of push they were deserving of. Instead, we’re looking at about the same push they were getting with Sega.

    • Frankly, I think Nintendo’s more interested in Bayonetta 2. That’s the one they’ll make an effort to push because it’s an easier game to explain. TW101 is just way too complicated to convey through commercials. That’s why they needed that 20-minute Nintendo Direct dedicated entirely to it.

      At one time, I thought that TW101 was Nintendo’s big Platinum exclusive, and that they also just happened to save Bayonetta 2 because PG were wiling to take a reasonable deal. But now, I think it’s the other way around. Bayo 2 was probably the main thing, and they probably greenlit TW101 to let Kamiya have his fun.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Looking at it now, that certainly seems to be the case. While I can definitely understand Nintendo putting more stock in the game with a built-in fan base, it makes me question why they took on TW101 at all just for… this.

        Like why not leave it to another publisher? This certainly doesn’t appear to be any real boon to them if it’s apparently set to do so little, so why shoulder it to begin with? Just seems odd to me. Given the Bayo deal had to do with them saving the game from Sega, it’s not like they needed another Platinum game to make it happen. I just… I dunno.

        • Like why not leave it to another publisher?

          No one wanted Bayonetta 2. What makes you think anyone would want TW101, which looks even more absurd and hard to explain? :P

          • Solomon_Kano

            Bogus, man haha.

            To be fair, I’d imagine it was less nobody else wanting Bayonetta and more nobody else thinking to try dealing with Sega for it — Sega (of America) doesn’t even like dealing with Sega, by all appearances lol.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Sega of America stinks.

            They did put the 4 page advert in game informer though

  • Doesn’t matter anyway, Nintendo already paid Platinum Games the development cost of the game. So, if the game doesn’t sell well enough it only hurts Nintendo. But, considering Nintendo had a lot of money in the bank, it doesn’t really matter for them not to mention WiiU had a pretty hardcore fanbase that are very loyal and will buy everything that had Nintendo Seal of Quality on it. I’m sure it’ll at least sold 80% of the initial shipment. :D

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Hey that could be money they could use to make another game

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