This Week In Sales: Ghosts, Samurai And Doctors

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Judging by sales of Hakuouki: Junsouroku, for better or worse, it appears Idea Factory have a limited loyal audience that are invested in the series, but expansion beyond this existing demographic doesn’t seem to be taking place.

 

For the sake of comparison, Hakuouki: Yuugi Roku, a minigame compilation released for PSP in May, moved 15,569 units in its first week. Unlike the PSP game, Junsouroku is a mainline visual novel entry, but still debuted with lower numbers. One reason for this could be that Junsouroku is a tweaked compilation of Hakuouki: Shinsengumi Kitan and associated fan-disc, Hakuouki Zuisouroku, both originally released for the PlayStation 2.

 

The top-ten for the week of June 14th – 20th is as follows:

 

Lw Tw Title Tw. Sales Sys. Publisher
02. 01. Super Mario Galaxy 2 52,978 Wii Nintendo
New 02. Ghost Trick 23,977 DS Capcom
New 03. Art Academy 20,949 DS Nintendo
01. 04. Xenoblade 20,810 Wii Nintendo
03. 05. Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City 20,682 PS3 Take-Two
New 06. Tamagotchi no Pichi Pichi Omisecchi 17,401 DS Namco Bandai
08. 07. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen 16,055 PS3 Konami
09. 08. Tomodachi Collection 13,953 DS Nintendo
10. 09. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen 13,250 PSP Konami
New 10. Hakuouki: Junsouroku 13,076 PS3 Idea Factory

 

Meanwhile, Super Mario Galaxy 2 returned to the #1 spot while Xenoblade took a dip. Interestingly, the game at #3, Art Academy, an art training game, is a DSiWare-to-DS retail port. It contains both Art Academy: First Semester and Art Academy: Second Semester and is Nintendo’s first DSiWare-to-retail conversion.

 

Slightly lower in the chart, Konami’s soccer games appear to be benefiting from the World Cup effect. And at the other end of the spectrum is Atlus’ Hospital — you may know it better as Trauma Team — which debuted well outside the top-ten at #19.

 

Thanks to fevh in the comments for reminding us that Hakuouki: Junsouroku is a compilation, not a new 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.