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



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:


SystemBayonetta debutVanquish debut
PS393,000 (approx.)48,318
36045,000 (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:


LwTwTitleTw. SalesTot. SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Super Mario Collection Special Pack307,755NewWiiNintendo
01.02.Pokémon Black / White81,9154,243,312DSNintendo
New03.Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 263,675NewPS3Namco Bandai
02.05.Kirby’s Epic Yarn35,633127,913WiiNintendo
New06.Medal of Honor25,365NewPS3Electronic Arts
03.07.Lord of Arcana24,93994,872PSPSquare Enix
New08.Beat Sketcher22,165NewPS3Sony
New09.FIFA 11: World Class Soccer18,995NewPS3Electronic Arts
06.10.Wii Party15,8951,138,627WiiNintendo
10.11.Kingdom Hearts Re:coded14,995141,748DSSquare Enix
New12.Big 3 Gun Shooting12,653NewPS3Namco Bandai
New13.No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle11,373NewWiiMarvelous
05.15.Red Dead Redemption10,454107,347PS3Take Two
New16.Resident Evil 5: Alternate Edition (w/ PS Move)9,399NewPS3Capcom
New17.Medal of Honor6,958New360Electronic Arts
15.18.Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP The Best)6,371456,266PSPCapcom
New19.Sports Champions6,349NewPS3Sony
07.20.Macross Frontier: The False Diva (Hybrid Pack)6,123176,892PS3Namco Bandai


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and 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.