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Dark Souls II Sold Through 90% Of Its Shipment In Japan


Last week, Namco Bandai released Dark Souls II in Japan, and the game sold 255,197 copies on PlayStation 3 and another 5,950 copies on the Xbox 360, for a combined total of 261,147 copies.


Japanese sales tracker Media Create shared in their weekly report that Dark Souls II sold through 90.19% of its shipment on PS3. That means the game was nearly sold out at launch in Japan, and a few stores likely experienced shortages of the title.


Dark Souls II’s performance is very similar to that of its predecessor’s. When it was released back in 2011, Dark Souls sold 279,567 copies on the PlayStation 3, and sold through 90.09 of its shipment.


Media Create added in their report that some retailers indicated fans of the first Dark Souls comprised the majority of people that bought Dark Souls II. This means that the new game has managed to retain fans of the previous one.


Finally, Media Create share, the first game in the Souls franchise, 2009’s Demon’s Souls, eventually went on to sell 384,000 copies between its regular and bargain editions at retail. Meanwhile, Dark Souls ended up at 363,000 copies. Given that the series appears to be retaining its fans from game to game, it’s likely that Dark Souls II will end up doing similar numbers in the long run. Congratulations are in order for From Software.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.