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Modern Warfare 3 May Be Stifling Ni No Kuni In Japan

It's happening everywhere. Japan isn't immune any longer.

While the shooters still aren't quite as popular in the Land of the Rising Sun, the lure of Call of Duty is global. And it means that little games like Ni no Kuni can't really compete.

According to Andriasang, first-week sales for Level-5's colorful new RPG came in at 65,000 units, which represents only 40% sell-through of retail stock. At the same time, the best selling game of the week was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which hit 179,000 units sold on the PS3 alone. That's 75% of retail stock, by the way, which means it'll start being sold out soon. For the record, Black Ops sold 125,000 in its first week, and MW2 sold 104,000.

So these days, it's not a good idea to launch a JRPG at the same time as a new CoD...even in Japan.

Related Game(s): Ni no Kuni

Tags: ni no kuni sales, ni no kuni japanese sales, modern warfare 3, mw3

11/25/2011 10:47:48 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (28 posts)

Lotusflow3r
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 11:00:49 AM
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“a standard PlayStation 3 copy of the game will set you back ¥8,800, which converts roughly into £70 and this is without “special edition” gubbins”

Must have impacted sales in a negative way.

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Underdog15
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 11:38:36 AM
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I hope sales turn around.

How's it scoring in reviews over there?

I have really high hopes for this game....

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Looking Glass
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 1:48:51 PM

The Japanese reviews of the game have been pretty good as far as I know.

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Jawknee
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 2:16:03 PM

38/40 from Famistu.

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Highlander
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 11:42:54 AM
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I *&^%ing hate Call of Duty.

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Highlander
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 1:03:58 PM

Awwww...look at the little CoD fanboys coming out to play. Someone dissed their game and now they have to downvote it. Awww....aren't they cute....

As it I care? Call of Duty is the most destructive game (to the gamin industry and culture) ever. A great game it may be, but it's also a terrible blight on gaming.

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Deleted User
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 1:33:00 PM

I think I can even put names to who has been thumbing you down, Highlander.

The truth of the matter is that MW3 is the same game people have been playing for years. Same engine and graphics, same controversial segment, same online modes, etc. Yet the sheep don't like it if somebody disses their precious CoD in the same vein that Beliebers hate it when people criticize their God, Justin Bieber.

I'm sure CoD is a good game. It's just that some people have already played it in 2007 and 2009.

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 5:41:48 PM

"2007 and 2009" I know it's MW1 and MW2, I played both but own one out of the two.

Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 11/25/2011 5:42:49 PM

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Excelsior1
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 12:09:43 PM
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Just wow is all I can really say. One game to rule them all.

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Beamboom
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 2:29:56 PM

cod, not wow.

;)

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 12:28:35 PM
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To much Call of Duty is bad for ur health, hahaha.

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Jawknee
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 12:48:03 PM
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Shameful.

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Clamedeus
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 1:11:30 PM

Indeed.

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Looking Glass
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 1:48:10 PM
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Actually, I think there may be another factor in play here. In Japan Ni no Kuni was actually released on the Nintendo DS almost a full year before it came to the PS3. I think that it's a distinct possibility that at least some people chose to pass on the PS3 version (at least for now) because they've already played the DS version.

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Lotusflow3r
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 1:56:18 PM

This and as i said above, Ni No Kuni costs double the price of a standard game in Japan thanks to the book.

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Nas Is Like
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 7:10:24 PM

Yeah, but Call of Duty haters are quick to dismiss that or not accept the fact that there may have been other factors involved for Modern Warfare 3 doing well.

You know how it is. Ignorance is bliss.

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Jawknee
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 1:57:55 PM
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Yunno, this also had Zelda to contend with. Would be interesting to see how its sales stack up against MW3. I image many Japanese gamers may have been holding out for Skyward Sword. Its preorders we're pretty high. Especially for the more expensive Wiimote bundle. If I could only buy one game this month and had to choose between Ni No Kuni and Zelda, I'd get Zelda and Ni No Kuni later. Maybe they should have waited until December to release it.

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BikerSaint
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 2:15:13 PM
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For anyone curious, here's more Japanese stats according to Media Create.....

Here's the full top 20 Media Create sales chart covering Japan, November 14 through November 20.

[PS3] 01. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (Square, 11/11/17): 180,372 -- NEW

[NDS] 02. One Piece Gigant Battle! 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/11/17): 116,062 -- NEW

[PS3] 03. Ni no Kuni (Level-5, 11/11/17): 67,032 -- NEW

[3DS] 04. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 11/11/03): 62,318 (499,250)

[PS3] 05. Saints Row The Third (THQ Japan, 11/11/17): 36,222 -- NEW

[PSP] 06. Final Fantasy Type-0 (Square Enix, 11/10/27): 30,543 (682,173)

[360] 07. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (Square Enix, 11/11/17): 30,467 -- NEW

[PSP] 08. Hatsune Miku Project Diva Extend (Sega, 11/11/10): 30,042 (214,715)

[PS3] 09. Sengoku Basara 3 Utage (Capcom, 11/11/10): 25,771 (149,968)

[PS3] 10. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (Capcom, 11/11/17): 22,436 -- NEW

[PSP] 11. Ore no Shi wo Koete Yuke (Sony, 11/11/10): 21,497 (115,582)

[WII] 12. Pokepark 2 Beyond the World (Pokemon, 11/11/12): 19,246 (55,031)

[WII] 13. Kirby Wii (Nintendo, 11/10/27): 18,671 (236,039)

[360] 14. Saints Row The Third (THQ Japan, 11/11/17): 15,380 -- NEW

[360] 15. Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary (Microsoft, 11/11/17): 13,106 -- NEW

[PS3] 16. Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD (Konami, 11/11/10): 12,721 (52,464)
[WII] 17. Just Dance Wii (Nintendo, 11/10/13): 12,477 (216,255)

[PSP] 18. Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami, 11/11/03): 9,742 (69,362)

[WII] 19. Wii Party (Nintendo, 10/07/08): 8,559 (2,022,866)

[PS3] 20. Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts, 11/11/02): 8,094 (150,265)

In hardware, the 3DS was once again the top selling system, although it didn't outsell all other systems combined this week.

PS3 and PSP both saw double the sales this week, presumably due to the release of new colors. For PS3, Level-5 released a Ni no Kuni hardware bundle featuring a gold colored system and Sony released Splash Blue and Scarlet Red color variations. PSP saw a new Red/Black Value Pack.

Here's the full hardware chart covering November 14 through November 20.

1. 3DS: 96,219 (103,962)
2. PSP: 41,069 (23,472)
3. PS3: 40,085 (22,919)
4. Wii: 13,613 (11,782)
5. DSi LL: 1,813 (1,751)
6. X360: 1,763 (1,531)
7. PS2: 1,291 (1,294)
8. DSi: 897 (909)
9. DS Lite: 31 (20)


http://andriasang.com/comz23/media_create_sales/

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Jawknee
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 2:33:45 PM
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The 3DS is a pretty awesome piece of hardware. I'm glad I got one finally. Mario 3D Land is a lot of fun.

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Jawknee
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 2:40:18 PM

Oops, this was supposed to be a reply to Bikers post.

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booze925
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 4:28:59 PM
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eh... oh well, its unavoidable no?

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Lawless SXE
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 6:09:30 PM
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That's just... terrible. Well... at least we're getting it one way or the other. Thank you Namco!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 6:43:58 PM
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Itll sell better here.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 8:21:44 PM

That's confident.

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Dancemachine55
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 9:29:35 PM
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What a shame. Ni No Kuni deserves better than this.

Played MW3, finished it, returned it.

Campaign was better than MW2, but the game just felt exactly the same as the last 4 Call of Duties. No point keeping it.

Ni No Kuni sounds interesting though. I haven't played it, but I like Level 5 and all their RPG's. I have no doubt this would be a great game, but I think I'll wait for Ben's review.

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Beamboom
Saturday, November 26, 2011 @ 5:04:59 AM
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I don't understand the issue here, please bear with me folks and enlighten me if you can:

MW3 is topping *every* sales charts in every country across the entire planet - why is it seemingly so surprising that it also includes Japan? Is Japan a country where no FPS has managed to sell until now?

And how is the sales of mw3 related to Ni No Kuni? I mean - MW3 has outsold every single other western title too? So what? Should we say "Skyrim deserves better than this", "Deus Ex deserves better than this", "<insert your western title here> deserves better than this", etc? I don't get it.

If we look at the numbers, Ni No Kuni sold 65k while mw3 sold 179k. That's 2.7 times more than Ni No Kuni.

If we translate that to the US sales this is the equivalent of a first week sale for any given title of 4.4 million compared to MW3's 12 million. 4.4 million! That's hardly a flop in my book?

What *is* the fuzz here?


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___________
Saturday, November 26, 2011 @ 5:16:53 AM
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and that ladies and gents is why were drowning in shooters!
as the saying goes, vote with your wallet!
so sadly we have no one to blame but ourselves!
as cliffy B said, haters will hate all the way to the store.

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keiichimorisato
Sunday, November 27, 2011 @ 6:17:32 PM
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well i though that since miazaki and studio ghibli is extremely popular that the sales would be through the roof well i hope this doesn't discourage studio ghibli from doing more games and maybe doing some of their own.

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