Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Sold To Junior High Students And Above

By Ishaan . May 5, 2014 . 11:01am

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment made its debut in Japan on April 24th, and the game sold 145,029 copies in its first week on store shelves. Japanese sales tracker Media Create reports that the game sold through 82.58% of its shipment.


In comparison, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment on PSP sold sold 138,180 copies in its first week, with a sell-through of 92.96%, so Hollow Fragment has debuted slightly higher than its predecessor.


According to retailers, the vast majority of people that purchased Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment were junior high school students and above. This audience overlaps with the main purchasers of the PlayStation Vita this past year.


Media Create say one can surmise that people that bought Infinity Moment have steadily switched to Hollow Fragment.

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  • Renaldi Saputra

    even those who are under 15 purchased the game?

    • 하세요

      It could be a more “recommendation” rating system over there. I’ve seen kids buy various games rated M over here without a parent. I’m no games salesman so I have no idea if there are laws regarding them.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        but in Japan, those ratings were concerned very much

    • Shady Shariest

      Quite likely. Unless they follow PEGI (Or that other one no one remembers) there’s a good chance it works like Haseyo said.
      Those two systems usually spread the enforced age-limitations.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        but in Japan those ratings were concerned very much

        • Shady Shariest

          Meh, Then there is the human element…

    • pimpalicious

      Would this game be the equivalent of a Teen rating?

      • Renaldi Saputra

        depends, Senran Kagura which is CERO D got T rating in the west somehow

    • Wappuli

      CERO-rating is just giving a recommended age.
      CERO-Z and both EOCS-ratings are the only ones that are restricted from sale to anyone younger than their corresponding age-value.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        so only CERO Z that was fully restricted?

        • Wappuli

          From CERO, yes.

  • I-e-on

    I’m not surprised at all.

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    No surprise here, I can’t wait for my Vita download.

  • nonscpo

    Whatever helps move vitas is a good thing, not surprised by the demographic.

    • Pyrotek85

      Releasing the first game on PSP might have been a smart move on their part. It’d be interesting to know how many systems it helped move too, or whether it helped influence a purchase at all.

  • Really looking forward to this! I’ve got my 46$ up and ready in my PSN account for when this comes out :) …. it’s going to be for 40$, right? o.o

    • pimpalicious

      I would expect it to be $40. Not sure if there’s paid DLC for the game though.

  • Liamv2

    My body is ready for this game.

  • Land of Green Pasture

    and for now I just want my Taiwanese copy to be arrived *safely*

  • Kami nii

    I have the Limited edition total worth it!! Now I’m getting the Eng ver. upon release! :D

    • Isamu Daison

      You lucky dog! I’d luv to get the LE then sell the Asian copy!

  • Isamu Daison

    This game is gonna sell like hotcakes! BN is gonna wish they’d released a LE to get more money from the fans!

    • Ladius

      The Asian English version does have a limited edition, in case you’re interested. It’s also the only localized version to have a physical release, provided the localization is the same as the US one (but there is no reason to think otherwise).

      • FTM

        I’m interested in that. I’m an old-soul, and so I’ve gone physical with every Vita game I could so far (Dokuro, Orgarhythm, PD;f, and New Little King imports). But I wonder about this Asian release; wasn’t Ragnarok Oddysey also an ‘English Asian version,’ but this meant menus as translated, with only some text available in English?

        If anyone has some info on this, please share.

        • Ladius

          Apparently, both Namco’s Taiwan division and Playasia confirmed that version to be fully localized. I don’t think there’s any official English confirmation regarding that, though, so you could wait till the Asian English version is out in order to hear from those who imported it day one.

          • Pyrotek85

            Any word on how it would work with DLC with a US PSN account? That’s the main hangup I’d have with getting the physical release at the moment.

          • ikr, I want to import the asian version, but I want the dlc too!, but if the dlc is just some extra costumes Idon’t really mind, what I want is dlc that update he game’s content like lvl cap, new area, or new boss

          • Ladius

            The US DLCs won’t be compatible with the Asian version, most likely. The update, however, could be compatible if it’s released as a patch instead of a DLC, since you can update games regardless of regions.

          • Pyrotek85

            I’ll probably wait until release for confirmation then.

      • Isamu Daison

        Yes but the Asian one has limited English subtitles. The NA & EUROPEAN version is the only English dub being produced! The Taiwanese version is the only one with Full English subtitles and there is no LE as yet for it!

        • Ladius

          Has there been any official confirmation about the US version getting an English dub? I don’t remember reading anything about it. The European version still has to be announced, too.

          Also, from what I read the Asia English version’s contents are those announced for the Taiwanese release. The source used by Playasia for the version they’re selling (including the Asia English limited edition sold on Playasia that I mentioned before, now out of stock) is by Namco Taiwan, at any rate.

          The non-English Asian release is already out, but it’s clearly marked as a regular Asian version.

        • darke

          I agree, I don’t recall them announcing any dub. And given I recall the release window is pretty quick after the JP release they probably won’t have time to. But you could be lucky.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    They’re preparing for their own harems.

  • Atwa

    Sword Art Online and Junior High, sounds about right.


    • darke

      That’s clearly because the primary schoolers were far too mature to play such a childish game.

      Anyway, the reason it’ll likely be selling to middle-school and above, is that it probably lacks furigana on most if not all kanji like most games targeted at that level; the games targeting lower grades have ruby on pretty much every kanji so the younger children can read them.

    • fairysun

      Call of Duty games were intended for mature audiences, but ….

  • Drew Hendrix

    Um can Kirito date Leafa

    • yes he can in the game. Btw I don’t like Suguha but I like Leafa, kinda weird since they are essentially the same person hahaha

  • tubers

    I’m guessing the PSP’s install base was at least 4 times higher compared to the PSV when the SAO PSP released. Pretty good it seems.

  • Bigabu Beaze

    So does the Japanese version of hollow fragment has infinity moment in the game?

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      It’s not like they recently added it in, Infinity Moment has always been part of the Hollow Fragment for the Vita ;)

      • Bigabu Beaze

        Sweet thanks!

  • NegativeZero

    In a shocking twist, the game sells primarily to the demographic the game is designed for?

  • Bryan

    That graphic… *drools*

    • Duc PC-QB

      Too bad that was just CG cutscene

      • Bryan

        I just want to game… NOW! *Cries*

  • David García Abril

    [Insert “Those teens are in for disappointment later in life” joke here]

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