PS3 Ni no Kuni Sells Only 40% of Stock in Japan

It seems that the fantastic looking PS3 version of Ni no Kuni hasn’t done particularly well in Japan, selling only 40% of its retail stock, with first week sales of about 65,000 units. It wasn’t the only game to suffer, with One Piece Gigant Battle 2 selling 45% of its stock. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fared much better, however, selling 179,000 units on PS3 alone.

There’s a lot of excitement for Ni no Kuni here at TSA, and next year can’t come fast enough.

Source: Andriasang



  1. Any idea what the Japan reviews were like?

  2. I’d have thought they would’ve been much more excited about it. Impressive number from CoD considering I wouldn’t have imagined it to be their sort of thing at all. Still, I’m really excited about Ni No Kuni personally.

    • The Japanese are famously individual, but there’s also a large following culture of loving all things western among some younger generations. Even if it’s not that, the games popularity in Europe and the states alone will give it a reputation that will naturally spawn curiosity.

      It could of course just be that it’s a decent game.

  3. Definitely one of my anticipated games for next year.

  4. that’s a shame, the game looks amazing.
    Level5 have made some of my favourite rpgs over the years and and i just love Studio Ghibli.
    so for me this is almost as big a deal as Square and Disney making a game together.

    i can’t wait to get my hands on the game.

    • “almost as big a deal as Square and Disney making a game together”

      So I’m guessing you loved Kingdom Hearts then?

      These sales really are a shame, what I can’t get a grasp on is why they’re so low – this is a Studio Ghibli branded product were talking about here. The economy cannot be that bad over there.

  5. Maybe it was just to normal for those wacky Japanese . On a serious note would the poor sales affect the European release.

  6. The next Ico? A cult hit, perhaps?
    Who cares, I’m buying it when it comes out over here.

    • Was about to say… Sadly, sales don’t always correlate with quality.

  7. Does this have anything to do with the absurdly high retail price?

    “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”

    I know I wouldn’t buy this game at this price. I’d really like to play this but I would wait until the price drops.

    • Totally agree. Surely the publishers must have considered the retail price as a barrier to sales? If it’s going to have an equivalent price tag when it hits Europe, then it’s not going to be a big seller. Especially considering that in Japan, sales have a “consumption tax” of 5% on the value of the item, which would be replaced by VAT/TVA/MwSt in the EU – so I would expect that £70 to be more like £84 on the shelves.

      • The prices are never equivalent, everything entertainment related (physical goods at least) generally costs a lot more in japan. Sometimes an order of magnitude more, their prices for anime in particular are absolutely ridiculous, $500 for a single show’s blu-ray set, anyone?

      • Even if you don’t convert the price. Compared to other games it must be pretty steep otherwise there wouldn’t be any news about it, right?

      • Ooh, I’d forgotten about that. Greedy slags.

  8. Hope this comes to Europe, I think it’s only coming out in the US>

  9. That’s a shame, although all my favourite games this gen have flopped so I take that as a good omen for me personally :\

  10. This and Last Guardian are my most anticipated games for next year. Shame sales figures are not so good, but I will climb over small childern and old ladies for this game. I guess the upside is I may not have to…

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