This Week In Sales: The Wonderful 101 Isn’t Doing So Wonderfully

By Ishaan . August 28, 2013 . 1:30pm

Period: The week of August 19th – August 25th (2013)

Top-seller: Masou Kishin III: Pride of Justice – 39,255

Nintendo 3DS sales: 16,053| Total sales: 8,526,471

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 35,044 | Total sales: 3,643,867

PlayStation Vita sales: 11,507 | Total sales: 1,807,998

Wii U sales: 7,030 | Total sales: 1,055,456

<< Last week’s software sales chart

 

Last week’s highest-selling game in Japan was Namco Bandai’s Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin III – Pride of Justice for the PlayStation 3. The game sold about 40,000 copies at launch on that platform.

 

Meanwhile, another “high profile” release was PlatinumGames and Nintendo’s The Wonderful 101, which didn’t even manage to crack the top 10. The Wii U exclusive sold a mere 5,000 copies, with Wii U sales dropping for the week as the Obon holiday effect from the week prior wore off.

 

As previously reported, Nintendo shipped very few copies of the game to retailers in the first place, so either the publisher or retailers themselves (likely both) probably expected low sales of the title, and they weren’t wrong.

 

Finally, Conception II for the PlayStation Vita and 3DS launched in Japan last week as well. The game sold about 20,000 copies on Vita and an additional 5,000 copies on 3DS. Spike have primarily been marketing the Vita version of the game, and shipped more copies of that version, too, so the sales divide isn’t surprising.

 

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

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin III – Pride of Justice 39,255 New PS3 Namco Bandai
01. 02. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 20,881 227,508 3DS Namco Bandai
02. 03. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 20,339 264,977 3DS Nintendo
New 04. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin III – Pride of Justice 18,929 New PSV Namco Bandai
New 05. Conception II 18,878 New PSV Spike Chunsoft
03. 06. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 15,585 1,394,763 3DS Nintendo
New 07. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara 14,480 New PS3 Capcom
06. 08. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 8,448 3,386,386 3DS Nintendo
07. 09. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 7,639 878,384 3DS Nintendo
08. 10. Youkai Watch 7,084 143,796 3DS Level 5
04. 11. One Piece: Romance Dawn 6,712 47,210 3DS Namco Bandai
09. 12. Pikmin 3 5,741 171,401 3DS Nintendo
14. 13. Mario Kart 7 5,262 2,106,522 3DS Nintendo
New 14. The Wonderful 101 5,258 New WiiU Nintendo
05. 15. Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies 5,232 327,996 3DS Capcom
New 16. Conception II 5,072 New 3DS Spike Chunsoft
10. 17. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D 5,003 258,457 3DS Nintendo
13. 18. Fantasy Life Link! 4,481 48,874 3DS Level 5
12. 19. Hoppe-chan Tsukutte Asonde Puni Puni Town!! 4,280 33,857 3DS Nippon Columbia
15. 20. Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition 4,280 549,364 Wii Namco Bandai

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.

 



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  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    What even? Wii U sales were supposed to stay above 10K with hit titles like Pikmin and W101. Surely it cant just be holiday effects?

    Didnt realize New Life was nearly a four time million seller.

    • British_Otaku

      I imagine, once sales slow down for a system.
      They slow down, even if some people got a Wii U for TW101, clearly it isn’t enough to offset the general drop from the period and Pikmin’s rush after a few weeks.

      • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

        Reckon they’ll pick up again in early 2014? I know a couple of guys who work in the marketing department for Nintendo UK and though they love their jobs I can only imagine they are having a difficult time with pushing sales of the Wii U atm. Thank God they really enjoy their work.

        Fingers crossed the sales of The Wonderful 101 pick up some within the next month.

  • Tincho D

    Too bad.

  • subsamuel01

    Wow this is sad, when your own country won’t buy a game.

  • AuraGuyChris

    This better not have been caused by butthurt Platinum fanboys boycotting the company for putting Bayonetta in Nintendo territory.

    • Anime10121

      Why would the sales of a Wii U exclusive be effected by fans of other consoles being upset about another Wii U exclusive? Those people likely never had a Wii u to begin with so there would be no way for it to effect TW101s sales.

      • British_Otaku

        Unless they stole most of the Wii U owners’ wallets…
        >_>
        Okay, I kid I kid.

        • CirnoTheStrongest

          Time to contact the organization!

      • AuraGuyChris

        I guess you’re right.
        This seems to be a new genre altogether anyway. That might have been the case instead.

        • Lightthrower

          How about…. no one has a WiiU! Thought about that?

    • http://www.isfuturebright.com/ Silvio Carréra

      I think it’s more a matter of timing. Other great games are coming out now and the Wii U’s user base is very small.

  • O.O

    *sigh* well, it seems it’s ONLY 1st party nintendo games which sells on wiiu, Goodluck sonic

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      while I don’t really care for the game, to be fair, it’s MUCH more of a “western” sort of game than Sonic is. I think Nintendo/Platinum games were delusional if they thought that this would sell well in Japan. But I’m sure they realized it wasn’t really built for a Japanese audience.

      • AkuLord3

        Actually did they? i don’t see how they wouldn’t think some people wouldn’t be interested and its not like Japanese people don’t like to try out Western things though the game has a Sentai feel so yeah and they only put out 30,000 copies so its not like they were expecting big numbers anyway

        • CirnoTheStrongest

          From what I’ve seen of the game, it doesn’t really have a ‘Sentai” feel. But someone who’s actually played it would be a better judge of that.

          I’m not saying they were expecting it to completely bomb or anything, but I’m sure they realized that the sales difference between the “western” and ‘eastern’ markets would be pretty large.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      wrong Splinter Cell Blacklist is on Top 20 Wii U eShop North America

      • Solomon_Kano

        That’s cool, but that doesn’t come with any kind of numbers to tell us how well it did. Perhaps the #1 game sold 100k, but it just as likely could’ve sold 10k for all that tells us. Even if it did sell 100k, maybe the #2 sold 15k. Lists like that don’t mean much without individual numbers to back them.

        I remember people got excited when Darkstalkers Resurrection made it to the top 20 on PSN, only to find out it didn’t sell well at all.

        Movies have made it to #1 at the box office and still flopped, after all.

    • British_Otaku

      Not the Wii U, but Sonic Unleashed sold better on the Wii than the PS3 and 360 despite it being a much worse version… >_>
      Third party games can sell, usually not being a new IP helps.
      Monster Hunter is probably the big one in Japan.

    • Guest

      Well… Wonderful 101 is first party…

      The thing is how this game is perceived by the public in general thanks to poor marketing decisions, if they know its existence at all, and add Wii U poor sales, that doesn’t account a considerable install base; even Pikmin 3 has struggled to reach just 170.000 units sold.

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        Yeah forgot to mention that also

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      Oh yeah and The Wonderful 101 is a Nintendo IP

  • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

    They may have got it Digitally

    • British_Otaku

      I don’t remember where I saw it, but the collective sales for first week including digital hit around 6,500 apparently. I’m not sure what the average for digital to physical is, but I think that’s more than usual on the digital side.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Probably not. As we learned from Dragon’s Crown, Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus, Luigi’s Mansion, and Fire Emblem: Awakening, Japan doesn’t tend to embrace digital — regardless of platform — unless they absolutely can’t get a physical copy (as all 4 of the aforementioned games were selling out at retail).

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    It was never really a Japan sort of game. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      That isn’t true at all. The game is being pushed as a sentai-esque title in Nintendo’s marketing. The problem is that the game is simply too complicated to explain and that the target audience doesn’t own a Wii U.

      • ReidHershel

        As much as I hate to say it, it is kind of true. I don’t a Wii U, played the demo at my friend’s house, had no idea what to do. AND I PLAY JRPGs.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Yeah, I still remember at E3 2012, people thought it was PlatinumGame’s own take on Pikmin. It’s an incredibly difficult game to communicate to even people like us.

          • ReidHershel

            Even though I liked the demo, I have to say this is probably Platinum Games’s lowest quality title, at least Madworld was rigid and focused.

          • British_Otaku

            I don’t see how any Platinum game can be worse than MadWorld especially one that has so much depth and substance, mixes up the gameplay much more, doesn’t have the commentary and music fighting for your attention for most of the game and has solid multiplayer and extras on top of the campaign. >_>

            I suppose you are speaking about your experience of the demo, but I recommend you play again and grasp some of the finer mechanics like here:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRdRo5MxaJY

        • EmoryM

          Why the ‘AND I PLAY JRPGs’? They’re usually slow and (mechanically) simple.

  • NTaiyokun

    Well, then there was SRW…

  • JonathanisPrimus

    Wondeful 101′s name came from it’s ability to sell 101 copies.

  • Grape Monet

    If Nintendo had such low expectation for the game, and if they aren’t going to give it the marketing push it needs, why did they even bother publishing it?

  • Warboss Aohd

    well, ya better advertise it over in da west if ya don’t want a repeat performance Nintendo.

    • British_Otaku

      Some would say it’s too late as the game debuted in the UK at 14th place (individual platforms like the above) or 22nd place (combined platforms, otherwise it beat Disney Infinity Wii U >_>).

      Source: http://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.jsp?c=p%2Fsoftware%2Fuk%2Farchive%2Findex_test.jsp&ct=110015&arch=t&lyr=2013&year=2013&week=34
      Not that we have any numbers for the UK, just a few charts and Nintendo’s word in the future if they want to let us know how well it actually did in Europe, not just the UK.

      • Warboss Aohd

        replace ‘West’ wit ‘America’ then/

        • British_Otaku

          Replace “West” with “anywhere but the UK and Japan”.
          We don’t have that much feedback on Europe and Australia in general.

  • Prungy

    The Wonderful 101 is listed as a 3DS title in the chart. Also Conception II for Vita isn’t listed as New in the total sales column.

  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    The Nintendo massacre continues

  • Arrei

    How strange. Does Platinum not possess much brand loyalty in Japan?

    • British_Otaku

      *Disclaimer: I’m posting this without looking for another source, please look for news if it looks fishy, I’ll edit*

      I don’t know, the games they make are vastly different and the install base size difference between the PS3 and 360 (150 million, not all in Japan) and the Wii U (3.6 Million, not all in Japan) is massive.

      Unchecked sales on first week, below, I’ll change them or dismiss them if you can find one off figure. I’m tired. Have mercy.

      Metal Gear Rising: 335,791 (PS3)
      Bayonetta: 138,430 (PS3) + 66,211 (360) = 204,641
      Vanquish: 51,705 (PS3) + 11,798 (360) = 63,503
      Infinite Space: 40,266 (DS)
      Anarchy Reigns: 21,199 (PS3) + 4,170 (360) = 25,369
      The Wonderful 101: 6,663 (Wii U)
      Mad World: 4,651 (Wii)

      Metal Gear sold because it had the Metal Gear brand pushing it and solid marketing. The others vary quite a bit for sales, but I’m used to people thinking numbers in the 40K+ region is good.
      The 6,663 for TW101 is Famitsu’s count apparently…

      Source: http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/17057/article/super-robot-wars-conception-ii-sneak-into-japanese-top-10-wonderful-101-trails-behind/

      • Alexander Marquis Starkey

        Well you gotta wonder if it’s just a difference in what Japan likes. A lot of Platinum games use fairly realistic art and Japan seems to be at a point where anime is the style that sales.

        • British_Otaku

          If it was just based on visual style and theming with “anime” being the best selling thing, E.X Troopers (17K on 3DS and 8K on PS3 first week last year) would have done better.
          Super Sentai is definitely a thing in Japan, so it’s definitely a slow week, having a single day to sell and the small install base which gave us these numbers.

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    Hopefully 101 does better in Europe and NA.

  • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

    Not really surprising, unfortunately. This game screamed “cult classic” from the moment it was revealed.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Platinum games released a title that’s unique and high quality but is selling horridly?

    Shocker.

    • Arcana Wiz

      sadly this is the truth, hope that platinum can escape this “curse” with bayo 2.

      • Ethan_Twain

        I think that the sequel to a game that released only on competing platforms, in a relatively niche genre, and exclusively on the Wii U is not a game that will fare much better than this at all.

        • Auvers

          I guess maybe there was something to Capcom not wanting anyone to make new games and only sequels. People don’t always take well to new ideas. I haven’t even seen much fan art for this, it’s so sad.

          • Solomon_Kano

            When you think about it from that perspective, it’s kinda funny in a sad way.

            Their best-selling original game (Bayo) did about as well as Okami (which sold too poorly to get a sequel back then, at 1 mil). Their best-selling game overall is, while not in the strictest sense of the word, a sequel (to a long-standing IP, at that).

            I love Platinum to death and commend their commitment to new IP over sequels, but we’ve certainly seen how well that commitment’s actually done for them.

          • http://www.isfuturebright.com/ Silvio Carréra

            You’re so right. I really love their games and own almost all of them except for the DS one. I hope they are able to keep making new IPs :)

  • Suicunesol

    Didn’t The Wonderful 101 come out on the 24th? That means this 5k sold is only one or two days worth of sales.

    The number of copies sold, though unlikely, could possibly increase.

    • British_Otaku

      It released two days later than the other games which just debuted yes.

      • TheExile285

        Really? No websites are saying that which is really weird. Maybe It’ll do like 20k in a full week?

        • British_Otaku

          Sites would have to spend a few paragraphs in our place making a hypothesis and some excuses for every single game, if they had to look at circumstances like what day did each game release on, what holiday is it after or close to, did the recent politics or disaster have an effect and so on… >_> If it was easier to find TW101 in stores in the UK, it would have gotten a few more copies sold, they had a lovely midnight launch for Splinter Cell and Saints Row, not sure if the store clerk knew what Wonderful 101 was when I check on one of the weekdays (not Friday).

          20K in total by a full week? It’s common that sales slow down gradually for most things and the first day (Fridays in the UK, perhaps in Japan too are the fastest ones), I wouldn’t be that surprised if it hit 10K next week which would probably be the result of good word of mouth as much as having more time in the second week, 20K doesn’t seem very likely unless word of mouth is really good. If you play Game Dev Story, you will get a sense for how rare sales jumps are.

    • malek86

      I don’t think that, even if it increased to another 5k in the next week, it would be any less disappointing.

  • d19xx

    Doesn’t bode well for Bayonetta 2. :(

  • Arkana

    Why is W101 listed as a 3DS game? Seems like a mistake to me.

  • Guest

    Sad to see how bad W101 did, I didn’t expect that kind of bad :P

    But the good news is that the game is really fun, if you have a Wii U or plan to get one at some point, try playing The Wonderful 101, it’s a pure distilled gaming experience! ;)

  • Göran Isacson

    No words.

    Only tears.

  • TheExile285

    Man everything did poorly. Was expecting more from Conception 2.

    • British_Otaku

      First week, the original Conception on PSP got 29,846 and over time it was enough for them to have confidence in a sequel on the Vita and 3DS.

      They didn’t hit as hard this time, but given how small the Vita’s install is, they may continue the series there, not so sure about the 3DS as the demo I played implies the port is pretty lazy as far as the interface goes even if it works.

      It seems to be a slow week overall for whatever reason, even the Wii U’s sales slowed down to the point, Videogamer titled their article such “The Wonderful 101 slows down Wii U sales in Japan”: http://www.videogamer.com/wiiu/the_wonderful_101/news/the_wonderful_101_slows_down_wii_u_sales_in_japan.html
      >_>

      • Suicunesol

        It’s because it’s the week after the holidays.

  • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

    I’m rather disappointed. I personally still can’t wait to get my own copy of Wonderful 101. You’d think there’d be some market appeal, given how Japan seems to love it’s superheroes.

    • Arcana Wiz

      it’s bad for platinum, i mean it’s like almost all if their new games have bad luck!

      • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

        I think this is a genuine case of when installed user base really matters. Also the time of year for releasing the game isn’t the best one. Furthermore the revised FFXIV got released at the same time so yeah, troubles and stuff…

    • equalequation

      I don’t think this is the sort of superhero aesthetic that appeals to Japan, sadly….I mean, it has color-coded heroes and everything, but the first thing that came to my mind wasn’t ‘Oh man, tokusatsu!’ but ‘Amecomi? Wow that’s new!’

      And I’m not even Japanese!

      • gomas

        “I don’t think this is the sort of superhero aesthetic that appeals to Japan” two words “super sentai”

        • equalequation

          I said ‘tokusatsu’, didn’t I? Super sentai is part of tokusatsu. This does NOT look like tokusatsu, aside from the color coding. It’s superhero, but it’s not ‘the superhero that Japanese kids want’. (I watch tokusatsu, yes. More of a rider fan than a sentai fan, but I’ve watched enough of them.)

          Drop by Japanese message boards, they say pretty much the same thing. That it looks like an American game and American superheroes, instead of a Japanese one.

          • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

            Hmm, that might be why, I guess. I did think Super Sentai myself first, though, but I guess there’s too much of an “American” flair…

          • equalequation

            Well, I wouldn’t say it’s the reason why it has poor sales. While American-looking games traditionally have poor sales in Japan, it’s most likely a combination of factors for the Wonderful’s sales. I’m just saying that its ‘superhero factor’ wouldn’t be that much of an attractive feature to the Japanese the way Western players might see it, that’s all.

          • gomas

            In any case, anyone picking this game for its “super hero aesthetic” is a retard, and not picking it up for the same reason is retard X 2

  • Guest

    Wii U needs an Animal-Crossing-New-Leaf kind of hit to boost the system sales… I wonder which game that could be; and what will be Nintendo’s next move?

    • Arcana Wiz

      maybe mario… XD

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      I feel like in the case of Wii U, it isn’t going to be any of the usual suspects. It isn’t going to be Mario 3D World or Mario Kart 8. I think Wii U will probably find itself in the same spot PS3 was at the start of this console cycle, which means that it’s going to take a steady stream of core games over a period of several years for it to settle into a somewhat steady selling pace.

      • Anime10121

        Agreed, right now, in my mind, the Wii U is failing on so many fronts it aint even funny (I bought one launch month, and STILL have yet to find a game to buy). PS3 was pretty much the same, bought one lauch year and although I had a couple games, the killer apps didnt start hitting until a little over a year after its release (Devil May Cry 4 and MGS 4).

        The Wii U’s moving just a tad slower with releasing ITS killer apps (at least to me) next year with X, Smash, and Bayo2. I’ll at least own 1 game this year when Sonic hits though, so its not TOO bad, its just a really slow start.

        I am however hoping the Wii U picks up steam though, I’d like to see it as a safehaven for any and all Japanese devs that are afraid to jump into the higher tier (tech wise) consoles. I’d like to see the smaller devs stay on Wii U if they cant succeed on PS4One. Hopefully things turn around starting next year with its triple triad of awesome releases.

        Oh and Nintendo, GIMME A DAMN KIRBY WII U!!! Thank you come again :D

  • Arcana Wiz

    i’m really sad for wonderful 101, but you know it’s nice to see the vita in the top 5 charts once a while, and i really hope that platinum games can archive success with bayonetta 2, they really deserve it.

  • Spirit Macardi

    All I know is that I’ll be supporting this game with all my heart and money. Getting it day one, and if any DLC comes out I’ll get that too.

    I loved the demo, and the simple fact that it’s a spiritual successor to Viewtiful Joe is enough to sell me on it.

  • malek86

    Conception 2′s sell-through is even lower than the original. This can’t be good for Chunsoft.

    • alangato

      Hey, I think this game is made by Spike, even though Chunsoft and Spike merged in 2012 to become Spike Chunsoft…

  • Kelohmello

    I’m sorry to see this be the case. I hope it picks up in the future. Also hope Bayonetta 2 does well too. I’m definitely getting my hands on W101 as soon as I can however.

  • GH56734

    Sales lower than Captain Rainbow, which was considered a “flop”.
    Hopefully there will be a plot twist.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Good ol’ Wii U

  • Auvers

    Beat by romance dawn, that’s really sad.

  • Solomon_Kano

    5k… it opened even worse than Anarchy Reigns (their worst opening, as far as available data shows).

    I can only hope it does better in the west.

    • Kitestwinblades

      Anarchy Reigns was priced so well too!
      Still dying to play some Deathball time to time :<

      • Solomon_Kano

        One has to wonder if that helped them or hurt them. I know I was willing to pay $60, so if it still sold poorly at $30 it’d be a real ssame.

  • KuroNathan

    I think the poor 101 sales is probably related to the low Wii U sales, but the low wii u sales is due to not many good games out at the moment compared to other systems. If that’s a result of game companies not wanting to make games on the system then it might just end up as a vicious cycle like it was for the vita for a while.

    Clearly this means Inafune needs to bring another ground breaking flashy game to the wii u.

  • WhyWai

    hardcore niche game on casual aiming console.predictable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Wait it barely even sold 20% of its initial shipment? Damn. But I read here somewhere that company like Compile Heart and Nippon Ichi don’t know what they’re doing with their games and catering for Otaku audience will one day backfiring them if they don’t expand it soon but even them can sold games 6 times the number of TW101. SHOCKING!

  • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

    101 bombed more than i expected. well, the game has a difficult to make a link even with people like us. I just don’t what to say about the game, I just can’t get interested in it for some unknown reason.

  • GriffithOfTheHawk

    Platinum Games stubbornness with action games and games without a broader appeal will cause their (final) demise. You’d assume Clover’s closing would have teached them something but no.

    They already burned themselves with Sega and i guess that if Bayonetta 2 doesn’t sell as well as expected they will with Nintendo too. The only “success” they have is with Konami so a sequel to MGR is a given. But after that ? Who will be willing to finance them when their games bomb one after another ? Just imagine the budget of a PS4 or Xbone game and the effects of poor sales on an editor : instant closure.

    Platinum should embrace digital distribution and edit some of their games themselves like Level 5 is doing with the Guild series.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

      But this game is available in digital download so I’m not sure what you meant by Platinum should embrace digital distribution.

      • GriffithOfTheHawk

        I mean self publishing games on eshop, psn, xbla with no physical version.

    • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

      Yes it doesn’t make positive business sense but Platinum Games have the tenacity to create original titles and release them so people like you, me and many other gamers can enjoy the ideas they come up with.

      Do you want an industry ruled by countless sequels with minor improvements and copycatting each other in the future?

      I’ll keep buying Platinum Games titles thank you.

      • GriffithOfTheHawk

        No, i want Platinum Games to succeed and survive and become the new Level 5. Clearly their business model is wrong. I like their games but i’m sure that with the talent they have they can ALSO tackle other genres than action games. Genres that sell more.

        The number one platform right now in Japan is the 3DS. Where is PG on that front ? They could release “small” and less risky games on it to keep the cash coming and not rely on a publisher.

        Also, sequel is not a bad word for me. I like both original games and sequels, if they’re done right.

  • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

    So Platinum Games moves on from SEGA at the end of the publishing deal after somewhat dubious relations. They find a home with Nintendo.

    They get on developing games exclusively with Nintendo and their first title sells this much upon its first week of release. I can see the relationship going the same way.

    PG needs to find the right publisher who can get behind their vision wholeheartedly. Either they go back to where they started with Capcom, self publish in future or they find where they are meant to belong (perhaps Namco Bandai would be a good publisher to be attached too? They seem pretty liberal for their size).

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      Who would pick up publishing this companies games when they just seem to consistently not sell well? A company would do much better saving their money and investing in in house games instead of platinum games.

      • British_Otaku

        I’ve gotten used to people saying Ninja Theory and Platinum Games don’t have anything that sells well, but it’s always about how the games are promoted and the circumstances behind the game.

        A new IP from either one, exclusive to one slow selling platform? Heavenly Sword or The Wonderful 101.
        A spinoff/reboot of a much beloved franchise? Metal Gear Rising Revengeance or DmC: Devil May Cry.

        The latter sold much better due to the name recognition, even if they didn’t set records for either franchise. The former naturally didn’t do so well.

        Other issues could be how niche the individual games are? Technically, Bayonetta excludes more people by being rated high among the age ratings and it’s themes but got a good amount of attention JUST because Devil May Cry fans knew what to expect. This has a small install base to work with, is similarly ambitious but isn’t as clear to the audience.
        I get the feeling that it’s more on the promotion and circumstances than “this developer never sells well”.

        • TrevHead

          A big problem is that Platinum rely on Publishers to fund their games so they lose IP rights and can’t properly make money from the cult following that has risen from ppl picking up the originals dirt cheap and wanting more.

          Hopefully SEGA will let Platinum make a Vanquish 2 and release it multiplatform including PC.

  • TrevHead

    Such a shame 101 is under performing. I don’t have the cash ready to but I’m gonna buy a UK copy soon just to show my support.

    Besides these games have future collectors items written all over it, as years from now retro gamers will be singing Plat’s games to high heaven since by then they won’t let the fact that the WiiU is a failing console put them off a good game.

  • Judo

    Well, I’ve always had the impression that Platinum Games’ games always did better outside Japan, I’m assuming(and hoping) that the game does better in other territories.

    Also, both Masoukishin III and Conception II sales are kinda on the low side, then again these charts tend to ignore digital sales.

  • ShadowDivz

    Sux for platinum hopefully bayonetta 2 does well…or gets ported to a sony console…

  • NatT96™

    Ouch.

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