Kuroko’s Basketball Performs A Slam Dunk; Sells 82% Of Shipment


One of the few new games released in Japan last week was Kuroko’s Basketball: Miracle Match for the PSP, based on the Japanese manga and anime series. The game charted at the #4 spot, selling 37,430 copies. Chalk that up as another success for a licensed Namco Bandai game.


Sales tracker, Media Create, say that Kuroko’s Basketball sold through 82.22% of its stock in its first week. Television and word of mouth were primarily responsible for the game’s sales. Surprisingly, Media Create mention a large number of women in their 20s and 30s bought the game.


As reported earlier in the week, Run for Money Tousouchuu, another game based on a TV series, has been doing well for Namco Bandai as well, and has sold out at least twice since its release.


Other upcoming anime games from Namco include: Saint Seiya Omega, Digimon Adventure, the two Accel World games, One Piece: Romance Dawn and more. Like Kuroko’s Basketball, most of those are for the PSP.

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.