Media-Create’s Words Of Wisdom On The Last Story


Our weekly sales column earlier this week reported that Mistwalker and Nintendo’s The Last Story debuted in Japan with 114,722 units sold in its first three days on the market.


Japanese sales tracker, Media-Create, reveal that while The Last Story had a special Wii bundle, sales of Wii hardware were only 19,448 units, which means that most people interested in the game already owned a Wii. This isn’t surprising in the least, considering the number of Wii consoles sold to date.


Interest level in The Last Story is higher than it was in Xenoblade, which sold 83,000 units during its first week. Incidentally, a significant portion of this interest in Mistwalker’s game comes from…you guessed it…women in their twenties.


This is a trait The Last Story shares in common with other recent releases such as Ni no Kuni and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix. Next week’s sales column should give us a better idea of how the game is doing and whether or not word-of-mouth is helping its sales any.

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.