Japanese Indie Game Recettear Sells 300,000 Copies Since Launch

By Ishaan . September 9, 2013 . 6:10pm

Japanese shop-management game Recettear has sold 300,000 copies since its launch three years ago, Carpe Fulgur have revealed on their website.


Additionally, Carpe Fulgur’s other projects, Chantelise and Fortune Summoners, have both been “very successful” as well, according to the localization studio.


“All our products have, to date, turned a profit for us inside of six months, and then proceeded to produce nothing but pure profit from there on out,” Carpe Fulgur write on their site, adding that the studio “will not be going anywhere for a very long time.”


Carpe Fulgur are presently translating The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC for Xseed, who will publish the game in the west on PC and PSP.

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  • School Idol Addict

    Only 300K ?
    I was expecting more then that from all the talk i heard about that game in the internet… i guess lot of peoples pirated that game…

    • Ethan_Twain

      Well, it was also part of a humble bundle at one point wasn’t it? That definitely gets more copies out there without running up individual sales numbers.

      Also, gotta remember that the internet makes echo chambers. It’s easy to think something is popular reading websites by or for the people who like that specific thing. I mean, if I only read Siliconera I would think that Hatsune Miku is a big deal around here!

      • School Idol Addict

        If i had only heard about that game on a few websites i would agree with you, but i heard peoples talk about this games on hundreds of different sites.

      • We haven’t been part of a Humble yet, no. Just a number of sales on Steam over the years.

        • Ethan_Twain

          HEY! A first hand response from the team is not what I was expecting. Thanks much for answering the question.

          And I mean, as long as I have the ear of the actual studio doing the job, thanks also for making release on Steam happen for the Legend of Heroes release. I’m one of those folks who will be able to play that for the first time on the PC platform, and I’m grateful for the opportunity.

    • chibidw

      What are you, Capcom? :P

      • School Idol Addict

        If i was Capcom i would have said i was expecting 5M copies and only 300K sales meant no one was interested in that game :P
        I only said i was expecting more then 300K, but 300K is really good.

        • Barrylocke89

          Just remember that despite all of the talk for the game, it’s still very niche. 300K is a LOT of people. Hell, when the game hit 100K, THAT was a lot of people.

          Think of it this way. The United States has a little over 300 Million people living in the country. Let’s hypothetically say that 50% of the sales for this game came from the USA with the remaining 50% coming from other countries. that means 150,000/300 million Americans bought this game. That comes out to 1/2000 Americans owning this game.

          Remember, this is including every registered American. Not just fans of niche Japanese games, not just PC gamers, not just gamers in general, not even just people that speak enough fluent English to understand the games localization. There is 1 game for every 2000 Americans. Period.

          When you think of the numbers like that, especially while factoring in the people that (unfortunately) pirated this cool game, that’s a LOT of interest in a small Japanese indie game localized by 2 or so people.

          • WyattEpp

            It’s better than that, even: As of the last numbers shared (late last year, IIRC) there were “only” 50 million Steam users.

      • AuraGuyChris

        HE MUST DIE, HO!

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Shiiieeet I was gonna say the same thing before I read your comment. A+!

  • TrueDefault

    I wish more people would give this game a chance.

  • CirnoLakes

    And people say this sort of thing can’t be successful. Those are pretty good numbers.

    • Ugh… I wanna click the Up thing, but it’s at 9…

      • Barrylocke89

        There! I did it for you, it’s September 10th for me now :P

  • PoweredByHentai



    Capitalism, ho!

  • Guilherme Matheus Silva

    I loved that game, but I have never finished it…

  • Tom_Phoenix

    I’ll gladly add a +1 to that number once it comes to GOG (and it should).

    Anyway, congratulations to Carpe Fulgur. The game certainly has a very novel idea behind it.

  • ronin4life

    Love this game.

  • brian


  • I love these guys and look forward to their future projects. It seems like PC might be the way to go for JRPGs, and I’ll definitely buy them on Steam. I wish we could get Vita or 3DS releases of them as well, though. :)

    So glad they’re doing Trails in the Sky!

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Carpe Fulgar, I’ve never heard of you before but I fucking love you!

  • Warboss Aohd

    JRPGs + Steam = Everyone Wins

    • Arcana Wiz

      yes, pc needs more jrpg love…. actually everything needs more jrpg love!

      • Warboss Aohd

        Steam Sales can make dat happen

    • CirnoLakes


  • Arcana Wiz

    glad that this did well ^o^
    jrpgs going well are never bad news.

  • Umar Ver 1.OBJECTION

    Congratulations !! How I wish this game was ported to Vita or another Handheld too

  • Draparde

    Ironicly i think Recettear is the only Carpefluger game i don’t own…..i’ll probably grab it at some point though~

    • TrevHead

      You really should make the time to play it. It’s unique gameplay was popular with even general western players not just Japan game nuts.

  • Monterossa

    I hope more jRPGs will be on Steam in the near futre.

    • TrevHead

      Well we are getting a steady steam of PSP ports. But on the indie front the greenlight system isn’t doing Japanese indie/doujins any favours. From the few I’ve seen they’re western made and tbh look rather naff or are gimmicky or milk nostalgia way too much, totally lacking in charm that all good Japanese JRPGs have..

      • Warboss Aohd

        100 gamez were just greenlit

        all at once

    • EinMugenTenshin

      You should look out for Agarest.

  • Freud_Hater

    ‘So! I have an item shop! And stuff! And it’s all cool and awesome!’

    I love Recette so much XD

  • NRool

    Honestly this game was by far one of the greatest surprises to me, I went in blind, bought it simply on a whim, and well, now, I’ve never been able to put it down, I’d simply die for a 3DS port, I know that’s unlikely and probably a bit dumb, but hey, Portable Recettear? I know I’d buy

  • TrevHead

    I love Carpe Fulgur for been the first small budget/ indie Japanese game on Steam and proving to Valve that there is a market for these games on PC and not just aload of torrent downloaders.

    Dunno how CF managed to persuade Valve to give Doujin a chance. They must have a magical girl on the dev team to puru puru Gabe with a spell or something.

    It’s also good to hear that they continue to sell years after release, probably something alot of Japanese console publishers envy. CF’s games still regularly pop up in game recommendation especially at Steam Sales.

  • TrevHead

    Can we have an update on Territore? I know doujins can take along time but surely we are close to release?

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I got me a Recettear shirt at Otacon. Feels good.
    Also I’m not surprised it has, considering it sells like hotcakes during steam sales time.

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