Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost Is Another Cash Cow For Bandai Namco

By Ishaan . February 10, 2014 . 5:30pm

Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost sold 269,940 copies when it was released last week, and sales tracker Media Create says that it sold through 80.83% of its initial shipment.

 

Although launch sales of the game weren’t as good as those of its 2011 predecessor, Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. (350,000 copies), one can say that Full Boost has gotten off to a great start nonetheless.

 

This is because, unlike its predecessor, Full Boost wasn’t released in December, close to the year-end holiday season where games typically see increased sales. Additionally, the game enjoys the highest sell-through rate of any game in the series since the PS2 instalments. Very impressive indeed.

 

Retailers pitched in regarding why the game may have sold as well as it did, too. According to Media Create, retailers mentioned that a number of high school students that played the game’s arcade counterpart (which began operation in April 2012), bought the PlayStation 3 version.

 

This spring, Namco will release the next arcade instalment in the series, titled Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost, and Media Create have high expectations for the series’ future.



  • Sav

    though it’s better, this series is becoming dynasty warriors gundam.

    every year or two another rehash.

    i would rather have a proper another century episode entry or something since R didn’t do the previous 2 games much justice with the crappier gameplay.

    a definitive gundam/mech game with 100′s of suits would be awesome too, with fast melee/gameplay.

    how i wish zoe 3 didn’t get canned, would have been great.

    • Brion Valkerion

      But not a single one of those games is similar aside from having giant robots/mechs lol. In fact each one is a different company and genre haha. Its only their first sequel/update, and it was a two year gap between them. Hardly DW status.

    • http://simplephilistine.wordpress.com/ Arla

      Extreme VS (2011).
      Extreme VS Full Boost (2014).

      Hardly a yearly rehash.

      • Godmars

        but its not just those titles. The series itself has been around since the PS2 as “Gundam vs”. That’s seen at least three versions with at least one released in the west.

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      what are talking about dude? Extreme Versus don’t play nothing like DWG, or ACE.
      And if you are talking milking the Gundam franchise this is happening since the 80s

      • KnifeAndFork

        Yeah besides Star Wars, Gundam holds the record for franchise with most games

    • Godmars

      Yeah, but at least DW has seen more Western releases…

    • Ferrick

      somehow i get the feeling that you’ve never played armored core 4/A ._.

    • Radit Raditz

      “though it’s better, this series is becoming dynasty warriors gundam.
      “every year or two another rehash.”

      “a definitive gundam/mech game with 100′s of suits would be awesome too, with fast melee/gameplay.”

      Yet another person who bash a game that he didn’t play…

      • ZEROthefirst

        Just ignore him, he’s one of Siliconera’s trolls. All you have to do is click on his username and see everything he does… he doesn’t aspire to much.

    • KnifeAndFork

      I do wish From Software would get their act together and give us a proper HD Another Century’s Episode HD games instead of that horrible A.C.E R (which btw I heard was bad because they really didn’t make that one: B.B Studio did; that’s why the controls were so messed up and the presentation looked so cheap in comparison to the PS2 games)

      Though with this Extreme VS Full Boost….despite not being a yearly release like you said; I can’t help but feel like they shoulda just waited for a proper PS4 Maxi Boost port which with the added power of the PS4, could get a proper port that wouldn’t be dumbed down (like actual animated portraits that instead were removed in Full Boost PS3 version due to causing lag cause the PS3 ‘couldn’t handle it’)

      Not to mention I feel Namco has been taking advantage of this DLC, Anisong Editions DRM and Freemium ride (not just this game others too) and now we are paying more for stuff we didn’t have to in the past like licensed songs and unlockables.
      As well as online pass…

      Anyways judging by what you described what you want, there’s also Gundam Breaker but that is also import only. And not everyone likes that one…

    • Rizzi

      Just get Gotcha Force on the gamecube.

      100s of characters
      shooty guys
      Melee guys
      flying guys
      Beam Guys
      Hero guys
      novelty guys
      Support guys
      Robot guys
      Knight Guys
      Samurai Guys
      Ninja guys
      Cockroaches
      Dragons
      Megazords

      Same gameplay, more variety, a western release and no microtransactions.

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    So we can say that GEXVS is the spiritual successor of Virtual-On

  • KnifeAndFork

    And it could enjoy more sales if they localized and properly marketed it…

    • Renaldi Saputra

      I don’t think so, different preferences in games between Japan and western

    • DaiRaiOh

      Not really. You underestimate how much it would cost just to license the voices and music alone.

      • eilegz

        but then it dont have original voice or music at least on dynasty warrior gundam which its why it have a horrible dub, translation and generic music.

        it is that hard to leave it like that and put subtitles.

  • xe7en

    I know it’s highly unlikely but I want this game to be released on the west.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Bandai has gotten very xenophobic about their Gundam franchise aside from DW Gundam (where they don’t have to put in as much investment money since Koei makes those). They did shut down their Bandai Entertainment Western division last year…
      Promoting Gundam online via YouTube streaming channels though gives a tiny ray of hope from them…

      • Spirit Macardi

        You’d think though that they’d let someone else pick up the anime license by now. There’s no way you can convince me that Funimation or Viz wouldn’t love to get their hands on a series like that; even just the rights to the existing episodes.

        I mean, they’ve already transferred the rights of other Sunrise properties that Bandai had like Code Geass, Big O, Outlaw Star, etc. So it seems odd that Gundam would remain in limbo.

      • Kaihedgie

        The question is: why have they gotten xenophobic? Especially when the franchise from now and today features a lot of American characters. Hell, Amuro himself is American, so what’s the deal.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          displaying american characters doesn’t mean it will appeal western more, there have been a lot of anime like that

          • Kaihedgie

            Perhaps, but there is also the fact that Gundam features a lot of English terminology. Having watched a great deal of the shows, the Japanese voice actors never refer to key terms by any Japanese equivalent they might have, but instead in full English. Colonies, weapons and even nicknames are spoken in English. Hell, episode 5 of Unicorn starts out with an English-speaking person over the radio. Characters of Japanese decent are also never referred to by their family name first, not even in official/promotional material. There are very few anime that use English extensively in the original Japanese, but Gundam goes that little extra mile.

            Big stretches, I know, but it’s still something to consider.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            those things, too, have been done by some anime that even don’t get a shine in western (well, mostly had never aired in US). I give an example: Legendz Yomigaeru Ryuuou Densetsu..

            the anime background settings are in New York, most of the characters name are American name, it’s 40% english speaking in the anime, it used american jazz themes as many of the background music, and many more American/western related..

            but almost nobody in the western especially US know about it

          • Kaihedgie

            This is Gundam we’re talking about though.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            I only replied to your statement “There are very few anime that use English extensively in the original Japanese, but Gundam goes that little extra mile.”

            you maybe just don’t know that some of those anime didn’t get a shine in western

          • Kaihedgie

            Well you haven’t named any anime as famous as Gundam though. Or at least anime that have a localization history

          • Renaldi Saputra

            that being said, some of those anime didn’t event get a shine in western.. but for Legendz, it got an english version manga by Viz, but still it didn’t appeal more people..

            maybe this is same when goes to gundam, I know at least some of gundam anime had got quite popular in US, but having more English terminology I think doesn’t help much

          • Noctis Lee

            wtf u know noting of anime/manga there are ton of anime have non-japanese and non-american character like italian,french,spanish,german,chinese,middle east does that mean to appeal them to watch? no! there just wanted to make the character race to fit the story.. -_- same goes for video games.. Resident Evil,Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Guilty Gear, Blazblue, Metal Gear etc those character is non-japanese still more japanese play them then oversea..

      • Chogokin

        Being scared of losing money is a bit different than being scared of foreigners.

        • Kaihedgie

          What’s to stop them from making a Gundam Wing game now of all times? I’m pretty sure that’ll get the US dollars reeling in droves. After all, they’ve done a significant amount of work for Wing what with the blu-ray release, the several gunpla and the still on-going Frozen Teardrop story.

          • DaiRaiOh

            Because Wing has it’s fanbase, but it’s not really popular enough to warrant it’s own game, even in Japan. More so considering Frozen Teardrop is dragging it’s name through the mud ever more as that thing is near universally hated by a community that treats all things Gundam related as polarizing.

    • Shippoyasha

      I would recommend importing it. It’s not a very text heavy game and even people with little to no language proficiency most likely can enjoy a ton of it. The game specific threads around the net can help with the intricacies of the game.

      • xe7en

        Yep. I actually played the earlier version on the psp and played the hell of it. I think there was a story/mission mode where pilots were sort of interacting. Now I know it’s just a minor part of the game but I’d appreciate it even more if I can understand what they are saying.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      licensing is hard, even though not as hard as SRW games

      • DaiRaiOh

        While not as hard, it is financially a near guaranteed loss. The sheer amount it would cost just for the music and voices would be a killer, especially for what is essentially a niche game in the West

        • Renaldi Saputra

          I think so

        • ZEROthefirst

          I almost don’t want these games to come to the west because of the loss of music. I’m sure it would be just like the Dynasty Warriors Gundam games, we get English voice actors and such but the music has been completely changed.

          • DaiRaiOh

            Sadly, even with a dub, would still be costly. The DWG series cut costs by reusing dialogue from previous games and didn’t actually have a lot of new spoken lines. They can’t get away with that for this game on account of how many characters in it that haven’t been in any previous games in the US and voice acting that many characters can be costly if they don’t rely on the local voice actors.

          • ZEROthefirst

            True, I wasn’t thinking about that.

    • 永次

      I hope not.

  • God

    As long as i am able to destroy enemies with the ability to self recover, allowing the deceased Dahall and his Gundam to keep on resurrecting, who I’m positive, have aquired abilities of the Dark (Devil) Gundam “WITH THE HELP OF KYOJI!!” using my hand that is burning red and glows with an awesome power that tells me to grab victory, “MY LOVE, MY ANGER AND ALL OF MY SORROW!!!” Everything is okay with the world

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 禍津水樹

    I’m waiting for the best version

    • Ferrick

      sooo wait for 3~4 years for Maxi boost ?

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 禍津水樹

        I’m not in a hurry, feel free to buy me a copy though

        • Ferrick

          why would i buy you one XD

  • 永次

    Playing since Thursday, like 10 hours/day, I have all the GvsG (since Renpou vs ZEON to FB) and I can say this is the best gundam, and game ever, is freaking awesome, Byking and Bandai-Namco are gods.
    The seiyuus did heir best job, the BGM is the best, gameplay is balanced, complete, deep and competitive, Arcade is hard (8 level), the only bad is the Full Boost Mission compared with EXVS.

  • megaten666

    Okay. Seriously now: Gundam is cool. But the sheer amount of Gundam games is just insane.
    Waiting for at least one true, cool Bleach Musou or Bleach VS
    *after years of waiting, megaten666′s skeletal remains can be found in his chairs*

    • 永次

      No.

      • megaten666

        Oh god, I assume taking away the possibility of a Gundam game would probably hurt you a lot :/ Don’t be ridiculous.

        • 永次

          No.

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      bleach is almost dead as a franchise just accept it

      • megaten666

        And Gundam is just boring tech-blah-blah with even more boring soap-opera scenes. Now, how does it feel? I stated my simple and honest wish for a game, not for the treasures of Fort Knox :/ (and my opinion resulted in glorious downvotes, figures)

        • Ni ~Algidus~

          I don’t know how it feels bro, because i just don’t care. Bleach got a musou style game and two fun to play 2D beat ‘em up on the psp, SEVEN fighting games on psp, Four DS games, GBA games, GCN and Wii and some ps2 and ps3 games. If the franchise is dead in the gaming world blame Kubo for destroying its own cash cow.

        • WhyWai

          But it’s true that Bleach has lost appeal, so Bleach game is no longer profitable.

    • eilegz

      we got a bleach musou or it plays like that but it is not good. and yeah i want a proper bleach musou maybe when the series its finish

  • Nate

    I have this game. If anyone wants to play online together my jp psn is NateSan07 I also chat with skype when I play @nates4christ

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