Last week saw two major releases in Japan—one on the 3DS and one on the PSP. On the 3DS was Kid Icarus: Uprising, which reintroduced the series to players after several years of absence. Uprising sold 132,526 copies in its first week.

 

To put things into perspective, Media-Create report that this was 77.49% of the game’s first shipment. That’s a pretty strong start, and if the game sees good word of mouth, it has a chance of selling more and more over the next few months.

 

The big PSP release, however, wasn’t so lucky. Sega released Black Panther 2: Yakuza Asura Chapter, and it sold 104,937 copies in its first week. That number isn’t too far behind Kid Icarus, but the difference is that Sega shipped way more copies of Black Panther 2—copies that are now sitting unsold on shelves.

 

Media-Create say Black Panther 2 only sold through 58.60% of its first shipment. This is far lower than the first Black Panther: Yakuza, which sold approximately 172,000 copies in its first week, selling through 72% of its shipment.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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