Super Smash Bros. released in Japan a few days after the science fiction shooter Destiny, but still managed to outsell the property by a large margin. Both highly-anticipated titles made huge splashes in completely separate, exclusive markets in Japan, which is encouraging to Bungie and Activision as developer and publisher, respectively, for Destiny. Nintendo, being in their hometown so to speak, expected sales to be high despite the trepidation behind their Wii U console. Destiny has already posted massive sales numbers across the world since its release a week ago, while the handheld fighter has yet to grace Western shelves.
Destiny, releasing as a Playstation exclusive in Japan only, received a warm welcome as the property sold a combined 140,780 units across Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 platforms. Current-generation sales accounted for 91,277 of the aforementioned number and the weekly sales charts had the Playstation 4 and 3 editions of the shooter on the second and third positions, respectively. The reasoning behind the Sony exclusivity of Destiny in Japan can be seen in the sales of Xbox One, for the week that numbered at 3,015 between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14. Xbox 360 has sold only a few million units as well, making distribution of the game on either platform costly.
Super Smash Bros. outsold Destiny and all others by a multiple of 10 in only a few days in Japan. The newest fighter from Nintendo flew to and off shelves on Sept. 13, two days after Destiny released in the territory, and effortlessly blew past 1 million sales over the weekend. That includes 944,644 sold on the first day across physical and digital mediums. This is only the third game for 3DS to surpass that milestone so fast in Japan, joining the popular Monster Hunter 4 and Pokemon X and Y, which is counted as a single title. Those latter games are seen as slam dunks in the Japanese markets, making Super Smash Bros.’ inclusion enough for Nintendo to share it themselves, which rarely happens.
Destiny, given these sales numbers, is one of the most popular Western-based properties of the year in Japan. As a separate market, there are separate interests that usually do not include a number of games that land millions of sales in the U.S. and Europe. Watch Dogs sold millions in the U.S., but only 90,000 in Japan. The Last of Us: Remastered, a critical darling, has barely reached 40,000 units sold and the yearly football game, Madden NFL 15, was not even released in Japan.
Destiny’s Japanese release, though good for the territory, was not indicative of the millions of units sold elsewhere during the first week of release, but Super Smash Bros. may be a different case. Traditionally, a new entry in the series has sold well in Japan but blown up in America for about 50 percent of total sales. Europe also, according to previous iteration sales numbers, buys in tandem with Japan, giving a projected opening of 4 million units sold should those all remain consistent. However, some experts are expecting Super Smash Bros. for 3DS to outsell Brawl, the Wii edition of the fighting game that sits at about 13 million units sold, easily. The game comes out for the U.S. and Europe on Oct. 3 for 3DS with the Wii U version’s release date still up in the air.
By Myles Gann