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One Piece: Unlimited Series Moves Over 1 Million Copies In Japan

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    Namco Bandai have shared a trailer for One Piece Unlimited World: RED on the Nintendo 3DS, alongside an announcement that the Unlimited series of One Piece games has sold over 1 million copies in Japan.

     

     

    The Unlimited games so far are: One Piece: Unlimited Adventure (2007), One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Episode 1 (2008) and One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Episode 2 (2009). Each of those games was released for the Wii. In 2011, Namco Bandai ported the two Unlimited Cruise games to the Nintendo 3DS as a single package.

     

    1 million copies across a three games (and presumably the 3DS port as well) isn’t much of a feat, but considering that the Wii software market was stagnating rapidly by 2009, it is somewhat notable, and presumably entirely thanks to the popularity of One Piece as a brand.

     

    One Piece Unlimited World: RED, however, should fare much better than the Unlimited games before it. It’s a Monster Hunter-esque title being released on a platform with an extremely broad audience, and—more importantly—a healthy software market. It also helps that the game is being released relatively close to the holiday season (November 21st), which is when popular titles tend to see an increase in sales.

    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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