Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus Moves 120,000 Copies

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Five days following its release in Japan, Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus on the PlayStation Vita has sold 120,000 copies between boxed retail copies and downloads, the game’s publisher, Marvelous AQL, have announced. This makes Shinovi Vs. the fastest-selling game in the series thus far.


For comparison, here’s how the Senran Kagura games released for the Nintendo 3DS did in their first week:


(2011) Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls – 52,206

(2012) Senran Kagura Burst: The Crimson Girls – 69,084


So, why is Shinovi Versus doing so well? There are a few possible reasons.


First, the Vita game’s fan-service elements have seen a significant upgrade from their 3DS predecessors, which undoubtedly helped push sales. Second, the Senran Kagura anime began airing in Japan earlier in the year and has likely exposed more people to the series. And finally, Shinovi Vs. was also released the same week as the PlayStation Vita price cut.


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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.