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Return to Popolocrois Fails To Attract The Harvest Moon Audience In Japan

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On June 18th, Marvelous released Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale in Japan, and the game sold 46,491 copies in its first week. Japanese sales tracker Media Create reports that Popolocrois saw a sell-through of 58.99%.

 

That’s a slow start compared to the two prior Harvest Moon games on Nintendo 3DS, 2012’s Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (81,131 copies sold at launch with a sell-through of 74.23%) and 2014’s Story of Seasons (130,782 copies sold at launch with a sell-through of 73.07%).

 

With this information at hand, one can surmise that due to being a Popolocrois game, Return to Popolocrois failed to capture the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons audience.

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.