Etrian Odyssey IV Sells 75% Of Shipment, Little Battlers Does Well, Too

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Etrian Odyssey IV on the Nintendo 3DS had the best opening week in the series to date when it was recently released in Japan. The game moved 95,506 copies in its first week, and sales tracker, Media Create, report that it sold through 75.68% of its shipment.


For comparison, Etrian Odyssey III, which has the second-best opening week in the series thus far, sold 87,765 copies in its first week on shelves in 2010. That number amounted to a 74.75% sell-through. Seeing as how Etrian Odyssey IV had both greater opening sales and a slightly better sell-through, it means the series is gradually reaching out to more people.


Meanwhile, also on 3DS, The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost sold 54,354 copies in its first week. That represents a 60.90% sell-through, according to Media Create.


This is particularly impressive because Explosive Boost is the third release of the very first Little Battlers title. Prior to this, The Little Battlers eXperience and The Little Battlers Boost were released for the PSP. The latter, which, like Explosive Boost, was an updated version, sold 60,727 copies in its first week, with a 43.48% sell-through.


Later this year, Level 5 will release The Little Battlers W, the actual second game in the series, for the PSP and PlayStation Vita. It would be very surprising indeed, if this game, too, didn’t see an updated release on the 3DS next year.

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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.