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Ni No Kuni Tops UK Sales Charts

Ghibli-powered RPG nets top spot.

Namco’s Ni No Kuni is this week’s best selling videogame. The game, which we talked about in some detail here, is a beautiful looking Level 5 developed role playing game with oodles of simply gorgeous Studio Ghibli animation thrown in.

“We expected good sales as the pre orders were close to shipment,” said Namco Bandai’s UK marketing director Lee Kirton. “In the end we have created a demand for this amazing game and have stock going out to channels this week.

“We have focused PR, marketing and the community has been brilliant. We have been solid with communication and reviews in the UK have been astonishing. We are very pleased, but ultimately it’s down to an incredible game from Level 5 and some strong communication from me and my team.”

Last week the game suffered from a broken download on the PlayStation Store, with many gamers frustrated at not being able to play the game despite several lengthy downloads. That issue is now fixed and the downloads (and pre-orders) are working fine.

Downloads aren’t counted in the official UK sales charts.

20 Comments
  1. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    good to see a quality original game top the charts for once.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 09:39.
  2. salvodaze
    Member
    Since: Dec 2012

    Addition to title: *Deservedly

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 09:44.
  3. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    Glad my contribution to such a beauty paid off

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 09:45.
  4. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    It actually sold out over here in Cork.

    Mind you, there’s only two places that were likely to sell it since HMV and GAME shut down- Gamestop and Smyths (Toy Shop). Both were sold out well before 4pm on release day when I went looking for a copy.

    This never happened before, but now it’s the 2nd time I’ve gone looking for a new game in the charts to find it had sold out (Need for Speed on Vita being the other game, which Gamestop still haven’t gotten back in).

    It really does look as though retail sales of games are at an end here, and it’s disappointing to say the least.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 10:46.
    • heedbaw
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Same here in the arse end of Glasgow. No Gamestation anymore. No stock in Tesco, and Asda & Argos don’t seem to have got any in at all. Those are the only local options now for games too.

      Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 10:56.
      • salvodaze
        Member
        Since: Dec 2012

        You guys should try living in Turkey :) Where the best option for disc is almost always the sexy art of importing. I received my copy on the 1st thanks to hkofferhouse shipping it 10 days early.

        Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 13:11.
  5. TheDeathAvenger
    Member
    Since: Forever

    No wonder mun, it’s flipping tidy en’t it!

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 10:47.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Haha, it really is!
      Now that I think about it, I haven’t seend any adverts for this game whatsoever. My brother only knew about it because I told him about it. Needless to say, both of us are extremely happy with our purchase. 7 Hours into the game and I can’t wait to spend more time playing it.

      Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 11:01.
  6. heedbaw
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Waiting patiently now. Couldn’t find anywhere in stock so I’ve got it downloading using a couple of cheap PSN cards.
    Anywhere that did have it seemed to be charging sillier money than the store. Play or Amazon have it for 57 quid.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 10:52.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Wow, 60 quid ad Amazon.co.uk while it’s only 50€ on Amazon.de. Usually it’s the other way around. Luckily I still had a 50€ gift card and only had to pay 10€ to get a copy from that store.

      Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 11:31.
      • mugsybalone
        Member
        Since: Aug 2008

        It’s £37.99 on Amazon.co.uk if bought directly from them, they’re out of stock at the minute though so 60 quid is the price to get it from an Amazon Marketplace-registered seller. But nice work getting it for €10!

        Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 11:51.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Ah, I thought that was the case but too lazy to actually check it myself.
        My brother and I kept our gift cards just for this occasion. Usually I don’t buy games in Germany because I prefer to play them in English but I knew Ni No Kuni gave me the option anyways so it was a no brainer.

        Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 12:32.
  7. Klart
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Just great!

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 11:23.
  8. Starman
    Member
    Since: Jul 2011

    This should be remembered when people say only triple A blockbuster mega-advertised games can sell these days.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 11:50.
    • Starman
      Member
      Since: Jul 2011

      Oh and the PS store download problem hasn’t been fully fixed. There’s plenty of people posting on the forum over the weekend who are getting ignored by support or fobbed off. The threads up to 128 pages now.

      Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 11:53.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        I’ve read that Sony put up a second download that patches the first download.

        Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 12:39.
      • Starman
        Member
        Since: Jul 2011

        The problem seemed to be that there was no definitive statement on it so it was all a bit Chinese whispers.

        Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 13:28.
  9. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Fantastic news. Charming demo and something that looks different to anything I’ve seen on the consoles as of recent.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 12:13.
  10. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Tidy! I’m playing it now see, and I already love it after just a couple of hours. A serious GOTY contender this ‘ere is mun!

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 19:03.

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