This Week In Sales: Vanquish, No More Heroes 2, And Super Mario Collection

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SEGA can’t be very pleased given that Vanquish got off to a rather miserable start in Japan. How miserable? Well, let’s compare sales to PlatinumGames’s previous multiplatform title, Bayonetta and see how it holds up:


System Bayonetta debut Vanquish debut
PS3 93,000 (approx.) 48,318
360 45,000 (approx.) 11,204


Ouch. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise at this point, given the kind of game Vanquish is. One could point to several reasons for its slow debut, not the least of which are its extremely fast pace and animated camera.


Another non-surprise was No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle, which opened at a low 11,373, including the impressive “Hopper’s Edition,” which comes packed with an impressive list of bonuses, including an animated movie.


Meanwhile, PlayStation Move software got off to a slow debut in Japan as well, with Beat Sketcher being the highest-selling Move game at 22,165 units. Resident Evil 5: Alternate Edition fizzled out with a mere 9,399 units.


The big story of the week, of course, is that Pokémon Black/White have finally been removed from the #1 spot by the release of the Super Mario Collection Special Pack. We wouldn’t be surprised to see them crawl their way back up eventually.


The top-20 software sales ranking for the week of October 18th – 24th is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Tw. Sales Tot. Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Super Mario Collection Special Pack 307,755 New Wii Nintendo
01. 02. Pokémon Black / White 81,915 4,243,312 DS Nintendo
New 03. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 63,675 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 04. Vanquish 48,318 New PS3 SEGA
02. 05. Kirby’s Epic Yarn 35,633 127,913 Wii Nintendo
New 06. Medal of Honor 25,365 New PS3 Electronic Arts
03. 07. Lord of Arcana 24,939 94,872 PSP Square Enix
New 08. Beat Sketcher 22,165 New PS3 Sony
New 09. FIFA 11: World Class Soccer 18,995 New PS3 Electronic Arts
06. 10. Wii Party 15,895 1,138,627 Wii Nintendo
10. 11. Kingdom Hearts Re:coded 14,995 141,748 DS Square Enix
New 12. Big 3 Gun Shooting 12,653 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 13. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle 11,373 New Wii Marvelous
New 14. Vanquish 11,204 New 360 SEGA
05. 15. Red Dead Redemption 10,454 107,347 PS3 Take Two
New 16. Resident Evil 5: Alternate Edition (w/ PS Move) 9,399 New PS3 Capcom
New 17. Medal of Honor 6,958 New 360 Electronic Arts
15. 18. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP The Best) 6,371 456,266 PSP Capcom
New 19. Sports Champions 6,349 New PS3 Sony
07. 20. Macross Frontier: The False Diva (Hybrid Pack) 6,123 176,892 PS3 Namco Bandai


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

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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.