This Week In Sales: Lost Planet 2 Joins The Multiplayer Party

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    Seeing Lost Planet 2 on the PlayStation 3 debut at 85,000 units is immensely interesting. While western publishers have tried to make strides into the Japanese market with their own shooters, only a select few such as Halo and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty games published by Square Enix have exhibited any real signs of success.

     

    Considering Lost Planet 2 has already outsold its predecessor by far in the Japanese market, it makes one wonder if the increase in popularity had anything at all to do with the game’s greater emphasis on co-op multiplayer, a la Monster Hunter, which is a comparison many have made.

     

    The top-ten sales chart for the week of May 17th – 23rd is as follows:

     

    LwTwTitleTw. SalesTot. SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Lost Planet 285,000NewPS3Capcom
    01.02.Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 262,0001,064,000DSSquare Enix
    New03.World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen57,000NewPS3Konami
    02.04.Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker34,000672,000PSPKonami
    New05.Lost Planet 233,000New360Capcom
    New06.World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen21,000NewPSPKonami
    New07.Fullmetal Alchemist: To the Promised Day21,000NewPSPNamco Bandai
    03.08.New Super Mario Bros. Wii18,0003,843,000WiiNintendo
    New09.World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen14,000NewPS2Konami
    04.10.Tomodachi Collection14,0003,221,000DSNintendo

     

    While new releases for the week knocked Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker down a couple of notches, both games continue to hold up rather well in the top-ten. Peace Walker in particular is well on its way to outselling Metal Gear Solid 4, whose last publicized figures amounted to 680,375 units (excluding the “Best” version) in 200 days on the market.

     

    It’s worth noting that Peace Walker was also released on the PlayStation Network, whose sales are unaccounted for by Media-Create.

    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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