Valkyria Chronicles Fares Poorly In U.S.
For the most part, gamers really do buy quality. But every once in a while, a top-quality title slips through the cracks, unknown to many a consumer and unfortunately ignored by even the most die-hard fan of the industry. Such is the sad situation of the recently released Valkyria Chronicles.
Despite averaging 87% at GameRankings with many scores over 9 - making it one of the highest-rated games of 2008 - Sega's strategy/RPG is selling very poorly in the U.S. The latest NPD numbers show the game only sold 33,000 copies in this country in November, and it had almost a whole month; Chronicles released on November 4. Admittedly, the timing was bad, as some of the biggest blockbusters of the year launched between October and November. This meant the game had to compete with the likes of Resistance 2, Gears of War 2, Call of Duty: World at War, Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Far Cry 2, and LittleBigPlanet. But even so, we would've hoped more RPG fans had discovered Valkyria Chronicles amidst the maelstrom of new releases. The NPD's David Riley told Edge that the game didn't even break into the top 100 game SKUs for the month, and that's just wrong. Obviously, such a title doesn't necessarily appeal to Western tastes, but even so, given the glowing reviews, one would've expected a better result. We suppose it just couldn't stand up to the big boys.
If you're wondering, it has fared much better in Japan, as expected. At last check it had sold 77,000 copies, although that number ought to be higher by now. It actually debuted at #3 behind Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G and Mario Kart Wii. Guess there's still a significant gap in gaming preferences between East and West.
Related Game(s): Valkyria Chronicles
12/13/2008 Ben Dutka