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DmC Launch Sales Bust In Japan, Performs Worse Than All Predecessors

Posted on Thursday, January 24 @ 19:27:14 PST by Jonathan_Leack

Devil may fail?

Media Create's figures for the week of January 14th to January 20th place DmC: Devil May Cry at the top, but even that's not quite enough. With fewer than 116,000 units sold across two platforms, it has failed to meet even the lowest first-week sales numbers in Japan for the series. Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening has now moved to being the second worst performer with over 190,000 units sold in its first week, a respectable margin over its younger—and stranger looking—brother.

Below are the top 20 selling games on the list:
01./00. [PS3] DmC: Devil May Cry <ACT> (Capcom) {2013.01.17} (¥6.990) - 110.429 / NEW 
02./01. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) - 97.448 / 2.283.756 (+17%)
03./00. [PSP] Digimon Adventure <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.01.17} (¥6.280) - 47.807 / NEW 
04./02. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2012.07.28} (¥4.800) - 17.803 / 1.873.642 (-18%)
05./03. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) <ACT> (Capcom) {2012.11.15} (¥3.800) - 13.728 / 184.139 (-7%)
06./06. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone - Neppuu / Raimei <RPG> (Level 5) {2012.12.13} (¥5.500) - 12.019 / 391.389 (-13%)
07./04. [3DS] Tousouchuu: Shijou Saikyou no Hunter-Tachi Kara Nigekire! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.07.05} (¥5.040) - 11.684 / 399.382 (-20%)
08./05. [3DS] Paper Mario: Sticker Star <ADV> (Nintendo) {2012.12.06} (¥4.800) - 11.055 / 495.922 (-24%)
09./08. [WIU] New Super Mario Bros. U <ACT> (Nintendo) {2012.12.08} (¥5.985) - 9.598 / 441.708 (-23%)
10./07. [PS3] Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2012.12.20} (¥8.190) - 9.365 / 216.811 (-30%)
11./09. [WIU] Nintendo Land <ETC> (Nintendo) {2012.12.08} (¥4.935) - 8.740 / 270.917 (-25%)
12./10. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.07.12} (¥5.040) - 8.408 / 393.485 (-16%)
13./12. [PSP] One Piece: Romance Dawn - Bouken no Yoake # <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.12.20} (¥5.980) - 8.068 / 281.853 (-11%)
14./14. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 <RCE> (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.800) - 7.547 / 1.954.951 (-7%)
15./13. [PS3] Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Dubbed Edition <ACT> (Square Enix) {2012.12.20} (¥7.980) - 7.379 / 106.853 (-16%)
16./11. [PS3] Yakuza 5 # <ADV> (Sega) {2012.12.06} (¥8.800) - 6.493 / 561.073 (-33%)
17./15. [3DS] Magician's Quest: Magical Town <ETC> (Konami) {2012.12.20} (¥4.980) - 6.045 / 133.846 (-25%)
18./17. [3DS] Pokèmon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity <RPG> (Pokèmon Co.) {2012.11.23} (¥4.800) - 5.873 / 421.881 (-18%)
19./26. [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.11.29} (¥5.040) - 5
DmC was certainly no stranger to controversy prior to release, and it appears that did more harm than good. We found the game to be delightful, so it's safe to say that poor execution isn't a factor. You can't blame the genre, either, when God of War III was able to break 1.2 million units sold in the same time frame only two years ago. Yep, DmC is just a sales bust (so far).

In case you're wondering, the Xbox 360 version sold less than 5,724 units while the PlayStation 3 version sold precisely 110,429. The question is who's doing worse in Japan, Microsoft or the new Dante?
Related Games:   DmC: Devil May Cry
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