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



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:


Lw Tw Title Tw. Sales Tot. Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Lost Planet 2 85,000 New PS3 Capcom
01. 02. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 62,000 1,064,000 DS Square Enix
New 03. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen 57,000 New PS3 Konami
02. 04. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 34,000 672,000 PSP Konami
New 05. Lost Planet 2 33,000 New 360 Capcom
New 06. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen 21,000 New PSP Konami
New 07. Fullmetal Alchemist: To the Promised Day 21,000 New PSP Namco Bandai
03. 08. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 18,000 3,843,000 Wii Nintendo
New 09. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen 14,000 New PS2 Konami
04. 10. Tomodachi Collection 14,000 3,221,000 DS Nintendo


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 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.