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The Little Battlers W Sees Low Sell-Through On Both PSP And Vita


The Little Battlers W, a sequel to 2011’s The Little Battlers, got off to a less-than-admirable start in Japan last week. The PSP version of game sold 77,457 copies, while the PlayStation Vita version sold another 16,842 copies.


Even the combined sales of both versions were far lower than first-week sales of the original The Little Battlers game on PSP, which sold 166,187 copies at launch.


Sales tracker, Media Create, say that the PSP version of The Little Battlers W sold through 44.87% of its shipment. Meanwhile, the PlayStation Vita version sold through 56.30% of its shipment. For comparison, The Little Battlers on PSP sold through 80.47% of its shipment when it released in 2011.


It should be noted that the PSP version of The Little Battlers W will likely continue to sell in the weeks to come. This is a franchise aimed at kids, and  has a successful ongoing anime series and other media that will drive sales.


For perspective, The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost—an updated version of the original game for the Nintendo 3DS—had a sell-through of 43.48% in its first week, but continued to sell over the next several weeks, and did rather well for itself. In fact, it’s still in the Media Create top-50 chart for last week at #36.


In light of Explosive Boost—and Boost, the update before it—it’s also quite likely that we’ll see an updated version of The Little Battlers W at some point in the future, giving Level 5 a way to draw more sales out of the game.

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.