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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Did Better Than Retailers Expected In Japan


Dragon Ball Xenoverse was recently released in Japan, and the game sold 44,221 copies in its first week on PlayStation 3, and another 34,690 copies on PlayStation 4. In their weekly supplementary report, Japanese sales tracker Media Create shares a little more insight into how it performed.


Media Create says that the game sold a total of approximately 80,000 copies across four platforms. Total sales of the PS3 and PS4 versions amounted to 78,911 copies, so the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions barely made a dent in Japan. (Although, obviously, those and the PC version of the game are meant for the Western market, rather than the Japanese one.)


Meanwhile, the PlayStation 3 version of the game sold through 89.25% of its shipment, while the PlayStation 4 version sold through 89.14% of its shipment. Given the high sell-through, it would appear that the game has outsold the expectations of retailers.


Initial sales of Dragon Ball games are usually around 50% of accumulated sales, so Dragon Ball Xenoverse should hopefully end up selling around twice as much as its launch week sales in the long run.


Food for thought:

80,000 across four platforms for a Dragon Ball game was “better than retailers expected”. Make of that what you will.

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.