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3D Dot Game Heroes Off To Strong Start In North America

You know, Square-Enix might want to take a page from Atlus' admittedly smaller and more modest book: the hardcore long-time gamers do exist and they do like to play games the way they used to be.

Gamasutra's weekly Sailing the World piece, which covers the five top-selling games for each major gaming platform, has noted that 3D Dot Game Heroes was #1 in North America for its first week of availability. Using information taken from the various Amazon branches around the world, they have determined that Atlus' retro throwback has been the top seller of the past few days, even managing to top past blockbusters like God of War III and the more recently released Super Street Fighter IV. Of course, 3D Dot Game Heroes was the only one on the list to launch this week so it makes perfect sense to assume it'd be more popular, but even so...we're talking about a little 2D-turned-3D old-fashioned Zelda adventure. If nobody wanted to relive the past, it wouldn't sell at all, now would it? By the way, the reason you don't see it on the Japanese charts is because the game was out there last November. After doing up the review, I personally think there's something wrong with you if you don't like it.

'ahem' Does anyone else find it the slightest bit humorous that the #1 game for the Xbox 360 in the past week was still Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2...? Okay, maybe it's just me.

Related Game(s): 3D Dot Game Heroes

5/14/2010 10:36:20 AM Ben Dutka

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Mr Bitey
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:55:39 AM
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Judging by the pre-order numbers, I wouldn't be surprised if 3D sells close to Modnations numbers. Which is amazing considering it's a small niche title vs a heavily advertised one. Sounds like the game deserves the success. I can't wait to get it.

And no. I'm not surprised 360 owners only buy/play COD. It's a shame though, because Alan Wake looks decent.

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Kevadu
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:43:15 AM

I wouldn't go that far...there are demographic differences, I think. The kind of people who are into games like 3DDGH are more inclined to preorder.

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VicTheMighty
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 10:33:53 AM

But here in Canada ModNation Racer isn't advertised at all... It isn't even on our upcoming releases poster for the end of the month lolll XD.
(those posters are done by futureshop execs and we don't have a saying on them)

But the 45$ price tag on this small game was also appealing. I bought a copy aswell and MADE A PIKADOT scholar LOL. Now I just have to find out how to share it.

Anyway for our territory, Modnation didn't receive more advertisement than 3D dot game. And everyone is supprised when I tell em they will be able to get a mariokart-ish kind of game on their ps3 at the end of the month. Sony better do a better job with letting people know about their products T-T

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BTNwarrior
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:57:58 AM
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It's a shame I'm waiting to get my amazon credit from RDR and SMG2 to get this game, I've got the excitement jitters waiting for it

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fluffer nutter
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 2:53:56 PM

I'm waiting for my Amazon credit and then I'll be ordering 3DDGH for sure.

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Mamills
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:11:05 AM
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i picked up my copy on Tuesday, and the chick at EB Games was telling me it is sold out at a lot of stores. i was lucky, as i was there someone canceled their preorder so i got it

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kraygen
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:25:08 AM
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I look forward to trying this some day. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun. How many hours to beat it do you think the average person would take?

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SayWord
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:44:16 AM

There is tons to do in the game. If you fly through it without exploring, doing mini games collecting hidden items it'll probably take you 10-15 hours. But to completely finish the game and get platinum trophy, probably around 30-50 hours.

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Kevadu
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:44:56 AM

I haven't beaten it myself, yet (still have a ways to go...), but I think I've heard 15-20 hours for the main quest. But there's a lot of optiona side content, too.

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kraygen
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 7:27:51 PM

that is good news, I always do my best to leave no stone unturned.

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Swim_Irr
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:26:30 AM
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Haha. That is pretty damn humorous. It's funny to see how north America is pretty much the only part of the world that supports MW2. Alan wake is nowhere to be found on the NA list.

That shows the maturity of the xbox gamers right there.

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 12:14:11 PM

Alan Wake doesn't release until May 18th...

Edit/ May 18th in NA.

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Swim_Irr
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 12:41:06 PM

Hmmm this is true. *facepalm*

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Jawknee
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 1:28:26 PM

I'm sorry but Alen Wake looks blagh, guy looks lik he's wearing the couch my mother abd father bought in the 70's.

The game isn't even in HD. it's sub HD like FFXIII and Splinter Cell C.

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Highlander
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 2:39:34 PM

Almost all 360 games render at sub-HD levels. The *only* HD console in town is the PS3.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:38:11 AM
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Actually, I was looking at some charts and it seems like Mediocre Warfare 2 is pretty big in EU. Regardless, I plan to contribute to the strong sales numbers when I buy 3D Dot Hero's.

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Swim_Irr
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:42:00 AM

EU is all of Europe right? Cause these charts were just the UK I think.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 11:58:41 AM
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I'm busy at the moment but all I can think about is getting back to DotHeroes and moving onto the next dungeon. Yes, SE needs to take a page from this book and cater to us old fans of old mechanics. I think I dreamt in 3D pixels last night :)

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 12:21:02 PM

I love it when a game has that kind of effect on me.

I am picking this up at lunch today. Can't wait.

Been craving to put in the original Zelda on the NES, but perhaps with 3DDGH, I will find it uneccessary to do so.

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Jawknee
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 12:38:18 PM

Build your own Link and it feels just like a Zelda game. You can also download a Link from Gamespy but their Link kinda sucks. I was able to create a better one.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 3:22:38 PM

I seem to have trouble with the character creator so I'm using a prefab, but I'll work with it. How do I get Gamespy's Link to work? Flashdrive it?

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Jawknee
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 3:35:41 PM

Yea just copy the root folder titled PS3 onto a thumb drive or your PSP(if you have one) stick it in your PS3 then go into the Save Utility folder on your PS3, go into the external storage device and you should see 3 files. Then just copy each one. If you need to find the file just google Play as Link in 3D Dot Game Heros. The Gamespy/IGN link should pop up.

I made my own Link by taking some old 8 bit shots of Link, front and profile, then made a grid over him in MS Paint then I followed that. I did the profile first then expanded outward for the front view.

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 3:41:50 PM

Jawknee showing off some talent. Way to go.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 5:06:35 PM

Thanks Jawk, you're runnin the show. I can use the character creator but I'm certain it would take me about 4 hours to build one guy.

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Jawknee
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 5:39:37 PM

LOL it took me almost 4 hours to create the Link i created from scratch. It takes time but it was actually a lot of fun.

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Alienange
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 7:02:28 PM

You get a new game and spend 4 fours with it's character creator? O_o LOL!

I'm just teasing man don't get all upset. I'm just jealous because I don't have 3DDGH yet.

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SuMtOnE
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 12:07:24 PM
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Picked this game up yesterday... after work... with a 20 dollar off from Best Buy rewards... this cost me $21. and some change =)

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BeezleDrop
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 12:25:53 PM
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@ Swim_Irr,

I believe it is all of Europe, regardless it was surprising. Being an American I expect most of the mindless gamers here just to be hypnotized by generic MW2 action. It seems like most of, excluding 2 well known MW Fanboys, that the gamers on PSXE do appreciate variety and realize crap when they see it.

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Jawknee
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 12:36:51 PM
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This game is just to freakin awesome! Did anyone else meet the girl in the castle in the beginning who asks you if you want to trade 3D Dot for Demons Souls because its too hard? lol

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Jawknee
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 12:42:53 PM

Some how it knows I'm playing 3Dot on a Slim PS3 as well. I think this is my new favorite game for the month.

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Swim_Irr
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 12:46:45 PM

Haha. Ya there's plenty of references like that. It also mentions a mech game alot.

And in reply to your reply. It said that about the slim to me too, but I have a fat.

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Jawknee
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 12:58:55 PM

aaahhh..i see...so Altus just assumes everyone has a Slim. haha

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Swim_Irr
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 1:07:26 PM

If this was the xbox, they'd probably be right cause all our fats would have red ringed by now.

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Jawknee
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 2:26:15 PM
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"'ahem' Does anyone else find it the slightest bit humorous that the #1 game for the Xbox 360 in the past week was still Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2...? Okay, maybe it's just me."

PS3 has no games. ;)

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coverton341
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 2:35:48 PM
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This game must be selling well; I can't seem to get my hands on a copy at all. Every Best Buy in the area is out even though some of them say that have it in stock on the website, all the Gamestop's in a 25 mile radius are out, Target is out of stock, I even went as far as to check K-Mart and it is gone from there as well if they ever even had it in stock. There are no Wal-Marts close by so yeah I am left waiting for stores to restock next week. Gives my wallet a rest though.

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Alienange
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 7:04:30 PM

GameStop was supposed to get a large shipment of these but the Xbox version has been delayed.

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Highlander
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 2:37:25 PM
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Regarding this "'ahem' Does anyone else find it the slightest bit humorous that the #1 game for the Xbox 360 in the past week was still Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2...?"

Humorous yes, but puzzling also. I'd have thought that MW2 would have burned out by now in terms of unit sales. I mean, really, how many 360 owners had not already jumped into MW2? Are there no other games around for 360? Are 360 game sales that poor that an older (yet popular) title can still claim the #1 spot? How many copies sold?

Just, weird...

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Jawknee
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 3:24:50 PM

Maybe their 360s disc drive is eating up their copies faster then first thought and they're going out to replace them. Haha

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 3:47:39 PM

Either that or they are buying multiple copies. Some people have a sickness in terms of having to buy SOMETHING. Sadly for them, Xbox is the one with "no games", so to itch that desire to buy a game, alas they buy the same one over and over.

And before you tell me that can't be true, I bought a new copy of Haze in the clearance bin for $11.00. The sickness evidently can touch us all. I may never open that game because thanks to Sony and the PS3, there are too many games coming out than I can keep up with. But something made me, forced me to pick it up, and give the teller my credit card. I am telling you there are forces out there stronger than you can imagine.

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Swim_Irr
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 3:52:02 PM

thought mass effect 2 would have been on the 360s list... Weird

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Rings0fUranus
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 3:15:18 PM
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i'm stuck in the desert...:(

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 3:49:49 PM

...on a horse with no name. It felt good to get out of the rain. La la, laaaa, la-la la la lah.

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Alienange
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 7:06:24 PM

I'm going to be stuck in the desert on Tuesday... but in a different game.

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Rings0fUranus
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 5:26:42 PM

@my worst - lol, yeah! didn't think of that... :)

@alienange - i believe i'll be there as well!

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LunarJ
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 4:30:19 PM
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Ok... I guess I put this one off too long. Gonna pick up a copy tonight!

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 4:42:25 PM

lol, it just came out on Tuesday.

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piratedrunk
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 4:52:33 PM

too long!

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Alienange
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 7:07:04 PM

Didn't know I could have even MORE respect for Popeye.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 5:05:22 PM
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Stupid Parallax didn't help on the forest temple puzzle, figgered it out on my own.

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Scarecrow
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 6:01:44 PM
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Hope it sells really well
This is how the rpg series should be handled

And who doesn't love ATLUS? These guys are purely 'bout creating/publishing great rpg experiences

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Alienange
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 7:12:34 PM
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Well MW2 is a great game which is why the 360 version is still selling really well . However, looking at the top 5 PS3 games, I must say I'm very happy to have the system that not only plays MW2, but EVERY great game of this generation. Anyone blowing $300 on an Xbox these days are investing in the next Betamax.

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Jawknee
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 11:35:01 AM

Good game or not, i think it more of a confirmation that the 360 is dying a slow painful death. It's got nothing going for it at the moment except a few new shooters that aren't even in HD. haha

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Alienange
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 12:36:57 PM

Precisely

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dbyzforce
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 8:08:48 PM
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I ordered mine from Dell.ca, cause I got a $10 discount on the game, but shipping was delayed. So I rented a copy this weekend till I get mine. Looks like an amazing game!!

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Deleted User
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 9:36:48 PM
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Just picked it up today. I laughed when one of the guards asked me to go to Area 7 to find Superb Joe. A nice little reference to Bionic Commando.

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Geobaldi
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 2:58:37 AM
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Other than Sam & Max, and the Monkey Island games, this is the most I've laughed in a game. So far the hardest laugh has come from up in the volcano area. There's a nice little Goonies reference lol.

Nice to see it selling well also. This is as close to Zelda as you can get without playing Zelda. Unless you make your own with the RPG Maker program on PC. Though I'm curious if it's more of the older gamers that's picking it up due to the nostagia involved. Especially since a lot of the newer gamers are more interested in graphics and shooters it seems.

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___________
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 4:22:10 AM
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:( according to EB its not releasing here.
GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!
AU, AGAIN! getting the middle finger.

anyway, hopefully this will show to developers that there are people out there that prefer playing games the way they use to be.
hopefully this will encourage developers to release more old styled games, like 2D platformers.
fingers crossed!!!!!!!!!!

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Mavfan321
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 11:40:05 PM
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I have to get this eventually, I love Zelda and this seems like a great homage. Also I recommend Super Street Fighter 4, it's a steal at $40.00.

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chedison
Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 3:22:21 PM
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I'm skeptic of picking this up. Mainly because, even though I did play a few of the games they seem to be referencing, I'm worried I wont enjoy it as much because of the references I wont get.

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