Like every Friday, Media Create released its top-50 and full analysis of the Japanese market trends for last week, and we get some interesting information on Team Ninja’s NiOh.
While the game sold 75,477 copies in its debut week, that paints only a partial picture. Media Create reveals that it had the highest sell-through rate among the top three, with 90.68% of the initial shipment selling to customers, painting a situation in which the game was close to selling out.
Interestingly, we learn that pre-orders were really low despite the final demo released close to launch. Even during release week, pre-orders were less than 30% of the shipment, but in the end most of the copies found a warm Japanese home probably due to the positive reviews coming from the west just before launch.
Media Create almost mentions that the situation is similar to what happened with Demon’s Souls in February 2009, with only about 40,000 copies sold in the first week (and 95.21% sell-through rate). For that reason, the firm expects solid long-term sales for NiOh as well.
Incidentally, NiOh wasn’t the only game close to selling out last week, as the other two titles in the top three weren’t much farther as well. Dragon Quest Monster Joker Professional (which ranked first), sold-through 90.56% of the initial shipment, and Four Goddesses Online: Cyber Dimension Neptune sold-through 88.91% of its debut allocation.
It’ll be certainly interesting to see if NiOh will have a long sales tail in Japan as Media Create predicts. We certainly believe that the game deserves all the success that it can get, as you can read in our full review.
If you want to learn more about the game, you can also check out the patch notes for version 1.03. The latest story trailer and a recent TV commercial will also give you a further glimpse on the game’s twisted version of Japan during the Sengoku Jidai.
NiOh is currently available worldwide, exclusively for PS4.