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Bayonetta 2 is tanking in Japan

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If there’s one thing that the Wii U needs right now, it’s third-party games that can fill the gap between first-party Nintendo releases. One such game is Bayonetta 2, a title that would not even exist had Nintendo not intervened and given developer Platinum Games the capital to get it done. The game arrives next month in the western world, but it’s out right now in the east. And it’s tanking. Horribly.

After a day on retail shelves, Bayonetta 2 has managed to only sell 38 828 units in Japan. That puts it in third place, behind games such as Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 3DS and Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke, also on the 3DS. Still, almost 39 000 units sold doesn’t exactly sound bad, now does it?

To put it into perspective however, you’ve got to look at how the top two are doing. The Japanese Software charts (via Gematsu), have Super Smash Bros selling 321 363 units during the September 15-21 period, while Yokai Watch 2 has sold over 56 000 units within that time period. Yokai Watch by the way, is this generation’s next Pokemon/Yu Gi Oh. Expect your little broodling to pester you endlessly for that kind of merch once the monster franchise gets an English dub and pimped out on TV.

And frankly, Bayonetta 2 deserves better. I’m under embargo right now so I can’t divulge any details, but the game does not deserve a third place debut that could effectively kill the franchise off. The game itself arrives on October 24. We’ll have a review ready for you before then.

Last Updated: September 25, 2014


  1. I think Famitsu Magazine gave it 40/40 and I see Edge magazine gave it 10/10 (as they did the first one). So it must be bloody good.

    Sad to hear its not doing well – but then Japan seems to have all but forgotten about the world of consoles. Handheld and mobile…


    • J_Joestar

      September 26, 2014 at 18:05

      well it seems like the pattern for Platinum games is typically get good ratings but not sell well.


  2. RinceThis

    September 25, 2014 at 14:51

    Nooo! This game deserves more love.


    • Hammersteyn

      September 25, 2014 at 15:00

      One female, no squids.


  3. RinceThis

    September 25, 2014 at 14:52

    Not enough ‘jiggle her assets’ functions to interest the Japanese market?


  4. Hammersteyn

    September 25, 2014 at 14:55

    Platinum Games must’ve gotten a very pretty penny from Nintendo.


    • RinceThis

      September 25, 2014 at 15:12

      Hope so. Sounds like they aren’t going to get much from the public…


  5. fred

    September 25, 2014 at 15:01

    Game is too hectic for old me , after Revengeance made me quit halfway , will skip it.


    • CypherGate

      September 26, 2014 at 08:48

      I feel your pain. Some games look great, but the gameplay mechanics are so over the top action madness that you cant keep track on whats happening on screen.


  6. allvalve

    September 25, 2014 at 15:32

    It’s only been out a couple of days. That quantity in 2 days actually seems pretty respectable.


  7. J_Joestar

    September 25, 2014 at 23:16

    Loved by the Critics, but not flying off the shelves.
    sadly it sounds like a typical Platinum reception…


  8. WolfyZA

    September 26, 2014 at 08:55

    24th October? Dagnaggit Iwas hoping for a early October release! Haven’t turned my WiiU on in almost 2 years, and now I finally have a reason to.


  9. Aki

    September 26, 2014 at 15:30

    M8, you realize that they were counting the sales from September 15-21. In other words, Bayonetta 2 sold about 40k in one day, not in seven days.


    • Aki

      September 26, 2014 at 15:37

      Not saying that 40k is that great because it’s not. However for a PG game and as a third party Wii U game, 40k in one day isn’t bad.


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