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The Wonderful 101 only shipping 30,000 copies in Japan

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Japan is usually first in line when it comes to unusual game concepts, but it looks like that isn’t the case with The Wonderful 101. According to some reports, the game will have just 30,000 copies to sale in Japan for its launch week. This is surprisingly low considering Pikmin 3 sold 93,000 copies in just two days, which was around half the allotted stock for Japan.

The answer is most likely that The Wonderful 101 was built and designed to appeal to Western gamers moreso than the Japanese market. The game is currently launching on August 23rd in Europe and August 24th in Japan, with players in North America having to wait nearly a month later for September 15th.

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    Wow… That’s a REALLY low number. Wonder if we’ll see some kind of Xenoblade situation with this game in Japan

  • Nintyfan

    Potential good move, If Nintendo doesn’t expect the game to sell millions of copies, then there’s no point in printing millions of copies. They are budgeting it appropriately. If the game does sell well, Nintendo could always print more copies or people could just buy from the eShop.

    Hopefully they can ‘unite’ more than 30,000 copies!

    • Shaise

      Yeah what happens if more than 30,000 people in Japan purchase this? Will all stores & retailers be out of stock & then Nintendo will ship even more?

      • Squirrel09

        Yes, they will ship whatever the can supply according to the demand of the product (business 101: supply and demand)

        • Rcerboss

          Not at all. There’s a good chance they’ll just point people to their crappy digital service and tell them to download it there. I’d rather not have the game at all than have to pay $60 to have a digital version tied to a console that I can’t loan/share, or even play, with my friends and family. And even if it weren’t available digitally, your “supply and demand” did nothing for reprints of FE:RD, MPT, XC, or any other Wii game selling for over $100 on ebay.
          Maybe they will print more later… maybe they won’t. Personally I think, assuming the game doesn’t bomb (and it might, reviews haven’t been too good in comparision to other AAA titles coming out now) they will reprint more, but only after several months have passed. I think they’ll want to create an artificial shortage to force part of that day 1 crowd to buy digitally, like they’ve done with so many other games this year. I mean, printing/shipping games is a miniscule cost in the grand scheme of things, they are saving what amounts to pennies to me and you. This is just another clear attempt to force fans to visit their eshop, fans who otherwise wouldn’t touch the thing.

          • Elem187

            I don’t understand your silly arguement… It doesn’t make any sense.

            Without backwards compatibility having a system with what you are describing with sony/Microsoft is pointless.

            The situation is far worse on the x360/PS3, because of no backwards compatibility, so if you buy on the x360 or ps3′s digital store front, your purchases are tied to that console automatically….. Your not bringing all those purchases over to the PS4 and xBone because they are incompatible.

            Nintendo puts backwards compatiblity as a high importance, so you know their next console will allow you to transfer those purchases to your new console.

            They have contigency plans to help their customers retain their purchases when buying a replacement console. Its all tied to an account, they have a record of your purchases… the process is fairly simple, you contact Nintendo and they will help you recover all your purchases…. It might be cumbersome, but at least its not as bad as playstation and xbox where your purchases are literally stuck on the ps3 and x360 and wont be moving to your shiny new PS4 or xBone.

      • Michael DeVore

        Unfortunately that’s unlikely, but if it does then more will be made, or more will be sold on the eShop. It’s not doing very well for pre-orders, and the 30,000 is probably based on the best data they can get to gauge demand. If they are estimating 17k in the first week then the six week sales will come to about 29.6k so just about 30k. If sales hit 10k then it’ll sell 17.5k leaving a bit left over for holiday sales. They also might be estimating 1 sale of 101 for every 2 of pikmin since it’s a fair ways below where pikmin was for pre-orders and would be close to the 17k week one sales estimate. Since Nintendo makes a lot of sales on the holiday they are probably hoping it becomes a hit and pushes more holiday sales to make up for being behind pikmin in week 1 sale estimates. I like to use Google Trends to measure these myself, but that paints an even bleaker picture but does indicate that the US sales of 101 maybe higher than sales in Japan.

  • Baum 「ツリー」

    I wonder how Viewtiful Joe sold in Japan? I mean it definitely Looks like that and if that wasn’t too popular in Japan it’d be no surprise, that they want to Play it safe, right?

    EDIT: Looked it up ;)
    The Gamecube game seems to have sold relatively good (100.000 in its first week), but the sales for the PS2 Version were piss-poor (not even 10.000). I don’t know if there was a difference, but if it’s been just a port I’d understand why the Playstation Version sold so much less…

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      From my understanding the whole super hero craze over here isn’t as culturally significant over there. People in the west almost worship the idea of a super hero.

      That being said, expect six more Iron Man movies and I don’t think Hugh Jackman is done showing just how Wolverine he is at this point.

  • jiggs

    Maybe they’re pushing for higher digital distribution over there.

  • Linskarmo

    I wonder how this wil turn out. Those counted are just physical copies, aren’t they?

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Correct, digitally distributed copies are infinite at this point.

      • starwars360

        Ashley please will you banned a horrible troll called springer85

        Please banned him because he have no rights to be here and bashed and rude.

        For sake to save people keep coming back here. Because if he still here all times then some people will not come back because of annoyed trolls. You need to be like some other websites who will banned people who being trolls and bashed.

        It is good for you and other staffs on here and make sure every single trolls is banned.

        We all knew Trolls never be nice and mental lol

        • Guest

          I don’t visit this site very often because of the troll problem… Nintendolife bans the trolls immediately, it feels like the conversations there are far more mature and move a quick pace because everyone is discussing the topic at hand instead of being dragged into the mud.

      • Guest

        I second the banning of this troll. He adds absolutely NOTHING to the conversation, in fact he impedes it.

      • Elem187

        I second the banning of this troll. He adds absolutely NOTHING to the conversation, in fact he impedes it.

        I don’t visit this site very often because of the troll problem… Nintendolife bans the trolls immediately, it feels like the conversations there are far more mature and move a quick pace because everyone is discussing the topic at hand instead of being dragged into the mud.

  • Rafael Saldana

    They probably chose the number of copies according to the number of downloads the demo got, plus it’s just the launch week, if I went to check out a game I was somewhat interested in and it was sold out it would make me want it even more.

    • Jon

      yeah but you can only download the demo so really, going by the downloads for the demo is kind of…. a bad idea. I downloaded the demo but I want the hard copy

  • Razo_E

    Played and downloaded the demo, and it just wasn’t fun. Mindless button mashing.

    • Baum 「ツリー」

      Most games of that Kind CAN BE mindless button mashing, but get really complex, if you’re actually trying to do Combos ^^

      I remember playing Bayonetta for the first time ranting about how bad the game was. But as soon as I tried to learn all the Combos (after a month not even looking at the game) it’s been quite fun to Play it..and W101 is technically just like Bayonetta xD

    • Mark

      That’s just the demo. You can button mash no problem in the demo; for the real game, I doubt it, especially if you’re going for Pure Platinum medals.

    • Nintyfan

      Button mashing is for people who don’t know what they’re doing especially in fighting games so they button mash hoping to get something right. I respect your opinion though as people have their own likes and dislikes.

      • Razo_E

        I’ve been playing games since I was old enough to hold a controller, so that’s around 26 years of experience. I know button mashing games when I see them.

        • Ryan Butler

          Apparently not.

        • Jon

          I never found myself button mashing with the demo…..

        • Elem187

          Ninja Gaiden 3 was a button masher, to get at least somewhat good at W101, you need to be able to pull off massive combos, and that takes far more skill to pull off successfully.
          The more I play the demo the deeper the game gets…. so no, its not just a button masher. I would classify it as more of an action game with strategy elements tossed in to use the right unite power combinations at the right time…… and I have 35 years of gaming under my belt.

    • David Porter

      Downloaded and played the demo for about an hour. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out the controls. I mean, I spent a good amount of time in the options menu checking out the controls, trying to master them and shifting focus from the tv to the gamepad, back and forth… I ended up with a headache. This was a frustrating mishmash for me, and another reason I’m seriously disliking the idea of asymmetric play.

      I didn’t bother trying it with my Pro Controller. I just deleted it, and decided I won’t be buying it.

      It’s a shame, because this was a game I was looking forward to, but I just can’t get into it.

      • tomtank91

        So basically because your crap at games you won’t buy a decent game.

        • David Porter

          It’s ‘you’re’, you illiterate motherfucker.

          I said I won’t buy the game because I don’t enjoy the game. There’s no conspiracy, no deeper meaning.

          • tomtank91

            Getting angry because you can’t play games.

          • David Porter

            Getting angry because I posted a reasoned, detailed explanation as to why I couldn’t get into the game, and I got some douche bag “hurr your crap at games” response.

            I’ll never understand people like you. It’s like, if someone deviates from your myopic, tunnel-vision view of the world, they are an enemy. That’s absurd.

          • tomtank91

            No but seriously the game does have a learning curve and you shouldn’t give up on it if you were looking forward to it

      • Razo_E

        Yeah. I really wanted to get into it too, as I liked the concept. Too bad it just didn’t live up to whatever hype it had. I haven’t deleted the demo, and I may pick it up again. Maybe…..probably…….probably not…

  • SonicLucario

    The digital copies should help out the sales also

  • Clel

    And it’ll not me so much higher than that in the West if they don’t actually MARKET the game. Nintendo Direct is helpful, but that’s a 20 minute video talking about the game to those who are looking into it, not the common consumer. You need ADS!

    • Oni

      They have a demo on the eShop

  • http://facebook.com/dudezombieswhoa dporter6

    And the hits keep coming for Nintendo…

  • Rugmouse

    It does seem a bit low. Bayonetta sold 138,864 copies its first week in Japan (from VGChartz), then dropped to sub 30k it’s next week on the market. You’d think that gamers would be hyped to play a new IP from one of the publishers they like.

    Perhaps they indeed are trying to direct people towards the eShop – after all, it makes sense. Of course they want consumers to visit a platform that consists of only products that the big N stands to profit from!

  • http://Johnaguilera.prosite.com/ John Aguilera

    Well I guess I should preorder my copy tonight.

  • Bruno Ogawa

    I don’t really agree with the statement on this news. I think Nintendo might be relying in the great digital sales that has been shifting lately.If you see the graph of income percentage (of each type of product: physical games; digital games; video game console; etc) x months, you will see that, in Japan, the income bound to the digital games is already 10% of all Nnintendo’s earnings and is rising in a very fast pace.

  • Sora Morp

    wonder eyes red is like viewtiful joe

  • audi lover

    You cant excuse the facts moron yeah wii u aint selling but as long as twats like you aren’t buying, the wii u is alreday a success

  • Henry Hotspur

    Yeah, it could be that the game doesn’t really appeal to the Japanese market . . . or, more realistically, they could just be pushing digital sales even more. It’s happened before.

  • Thomas Fitzgibbon

    Really? The only reason why I’m not buying a PS4 at Christmas is because their is nothing that is worth investing in the console for at the moment, all I want so far is Mirrors Edge 2. It’s a bit like the Vita, great console but hardly anything on it that I want to try at this time.

    • springer85

      LMFAO!!!!

      • Thomas Fitzgibbon

        You seem to think differently. So what games on the PS4/Xbox One do you think we should all be excited for then?

        • springer85

          Forza 5,Battlefield 4,Call of duty ghosts,,Killer Instinct,Need for speed rivals,Ryse son of home those 6 Xbone One launch games are better than anything the gimmick u has had in 10 months!!

          • Thomas Fitzgibbon

            Ghosts is coming to the Wii U as well, duh! Killer Instinct looks rubbish, Forza 5? We don’t need another one right now, we didn’t even need 4, just DLC for 3. Who plays NFS that isn’t a chav? Battlefield’s campaigns are always soulless, slow and awful. Lastly do you see Wii U owners pop on to PS4/Xbox sites to bash those consoles? No, you don’t. But for some reason that happens in reverse. Is it jealously? Arrogance? Or do people like you just like simulating the role of an douche-bag?

          • tomtank91

            I agree especially with killer instinct and the fact it’s a F2P game with 1 playable character and the other 7 characters are DLC.

          • Jon

            Call of Duy ghosts will be on Wii U, BF4 is an updated BF3 clone, Ryse…. meh, looks like a button masher but I will admit, does look the most interesting out of all the games you listed.. Need for speed…. EA, enough said. Froza… another racing game. So…… what is in the launch that is worth it?

          • tomtank91

            Wowowo you can shoot down a whole building in BF4 now

          • Jon

            you could almost do that in BF3… so in BF4, you are left with rubble instead of a building frame.

          • tomtank91

            i know, i was joking

          • Erik

            Kinda like Jon said.. what else is there? All i see is just one game out of those you mention that might be good enough but other than that its just the same they release every year. The Shitbox will end up having problems because look what M$ did to the consumers, they make it tough to buy used games, making it “always online”, Kinect is required.. Until the turned it around a few weeks later and im PRETTY sure they lost their loyal customers. If you want to buy that system by all means go ahead! Hope you got a really good wallet on your hands until the release an update to change it back the way it was the first time around. If you think the Wii U is a joke and a gimmick, id say the Shitbox is a gimmick too, its just another cable box and M$ made a deal with the NFL and whats the point in that? Its also just more updated crap and space.. sooo.. What else is new to it other than new games and more FPS games? Sure the Wii U failed in a few areas and ill admit to that but Since Pikmin just came out in Japan and other regions, we are waiting to see what the sales say. If its higher than what you think its going to be, i highly suggest and go to the high mountains with a very load megaphone and shout “im a stupid guy that thinks Nintendo is shit! LMFAO!” Nintendo knew from the start that it wasnt going to perform well.. and its still early after its release and its not been a year yet. By the time 2014 comes around, trolls like you will probably just jump off a cliff :)

      • springer85

        LMFAO!!! i am so stupid!!!!

  • Emissario Zen-hai

    Querem fazer a japonesada comprar pelo e-shop.

  • D.M.T

    It’s only a failure if you compare to Wii but hey guess what? Every console looks bad compared to Wii’s launch because Wii is the fastest selling home console in history. Why don’t you compare Wii U to PS3 and 360′s sales in the same time? Because the PS3 and 360 sold worse than Wii U in their first 9 months. Nice try but you can’t fool me. Wii U isn’t a failure.

  • D.M.T

    Lol trolls. It’s just a matter of time before you get banned. Enjoy trolling here while you still can.

  • Jon

    don’t compare it to the Wii, compare it to the other systems and you’ll see it is around the same as every other console for sales.

  • Jon

    again, compare the Wii U with the 360 and PS3 and you’ll see the numbers are in the same area. I doubt any console will sell as well as the Wii at release.

  • Jon

    you need to learn the definition of a gimmick

  • Jon

    no blue ray… ok, cool, I’ll take a cheaper system, I already have a Blue Ray DVD player hooked up to my tv, I just hit the source button once and look, I am using my DVD player

  • Thomas Fitzgibbon

    You mean the console that has already sold better than the original PS3 model did? Look how the PS3 turned out now, it’s very successful, the same happened with the 3DS. Also you seem to be an Xbox gamer, please tell me whats it like to be f*@x!d over dozens of times by Microsoft with their stupid regulations that they only changed to compete with Sony and not for the benefit of their fan base? If I was you, I would be very cross and would feel betrayed. I don’t like bashing other people coz I don’t really have the insecurity of criticising others for their gaming tastes, I only do it to trolls coz it’s what they deserve really. Enjoy the £430/$500+ Xbox One with added payment for online (again), alongside some pretty sub-par games.

  • Luna Moonfang

    If you hit Ctrl+F and type “springer85″ in it, prepare to have a lot of results.

    • Michael DeVore

      He has one follower Guest10000000000000… same person?

  • Adam Porter

    look the reason that they aren’t shipping more units is because they don’t expect it to sell very well. at the end of the day there aren’t that many wiiU owners out there to buy the game. if 30000 copies sell in the first week you are talking about 3% of wiiU owners in japan to buy the game as soon as it hits the market. that’s not going to happen, if 10% of current wiiU owners buy it before 2014 i’d be impressed.

  • ItzameyaToad

    Nintendo is doing one of two thing’s, 1: not making more than they need to for a market that hasn’t been big purchasers of Kamiya’s games so they are playing it safe
    or
    2: They feel they can fall back on digital as alot of Pikmin 3′s sales where digital.

    Whatever the reasoning I am sure Nintendo has a good reason for it.

    • Adam Porter

      to be fair i think you are giving nintendo too much credit. the numbers add up for a 30000 copy launch, hell at just 35 dollars each that’s already over 1,000,000 gross in a week.

  • ItzameyaToad

    What the hell are you talking about? This article is talking about the Wonderful 101 expected to only have 30,000 on sale during it’s launch week and you come on this article with the same bs you always say. Please find the appropriate article to voice your stupid opinion you keep giving over and over and over again…Moron.

    • NkoSekirei

      ignore springer hes just plain retarded no one cares wat he says

  • FaTih

    Troll Detector Activated
    Scanning…Troll located !!!

  • Adam Porter

    clear te fuck

  • Yoboyjohn

    Oh just another ps fanboy mad that Sony is going down :)

    • springer85

      How did you know:o

      • Yoboyjohn

        It’s just pretty obvious.ever since Sony started losing millions and got on the road to bankruptcy,the ps fanboys have been more aggressive

        • zeldaboilover

          And apparently they blame Microsoft/Nintendo fans for everything that’s going wrong in the gaming industry while thanking Sony for everything right i.e. “Microsoft removed the drm policy thank you Sony!” Shouldn’t we be thanking ourselves since we were the ones that scared microsoft?

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  • SonicLucario

    Ok so what? Most people buy the hard copy of games anyway, and we can add an external hard rive to have even more the 500GB if we wanted too, once again you do not have a foundation to your arguments.

  • tomtank91

    At least 100,000 would have been good but 30,000 is ridiculous. Japan will love this game.

    • Elem187

      Doubt it… Japan is far more into JRPG’s, Monster Hunters, etc..
      Do pure action games really sell in Japan? I think TW101 will sell better to American children(their parents will buy it) than any other demographic.

  • Jon

    hmm, 1TB external hardrive for $40-$50 +Wii U for a total of $390 – $400 with a game and 10% digital purchase rebate until the end of 2014 or $400 for 500gb with no game…. hmm. Your thinking is narrow minded.

    • Rcerboss

      Actually, everyone getting PS4 gets 2 weeks of PS+ free, and therefore gets free games. But only for that 2 weeks. That’s the one and only advantage Nintendo has left in my eyes; I refuse to pay $50-$60 a year to play the games I already bought on the internet I pay for.

      Of course, tons of people can’t even get their WiiU to maintain an online connection long enough to even stream a youtube video, so it’s really not much of an advantage at all.

      • Jon

        really? I have watched countless hours of Netflix and and spent countless hours online on youtube or just browsing on my Wii U and I have had zero issues with staying connected except for when they are doing their scheduled maintenance or when my own internet starts to act up and honestly.. I don’t see many people complaining about that so maybe they need to check with their ISP or check their router firewall settings because I don’t have the greatest of internet and I get no issues so I assume Nintendo’s is fine and it is the peoples networks that is the issue.

        As for 2 weeks of PS+ free, that is obvious to why they do that. People will use their 2 week, then want it more and then pay for it. I’d much rather free online with 10% back from my purchases for the next year and a half (2 years total from when I bought it).

      • tomtank91

        I’ve got ps plus and it’s ok but not that good plus ps4 ps plus Will not have the ps3 downloads available for awhile

  • Gabe Hoffman

    I am guessing its part of a move to encourage people to buy the digital version

  • TheGamerGeek128

    “The Wonderful 101 was built and designed to appeal to Western gamers moreso than the Japanese market.”

    Really? I thought it was the other way around.

  • NkoSekirei

    ur the biggest crap here u troll go back to ur parents basement and play with ur barbie dolls and kens

  • crocodileman94

    Could someone ban this guy? He’s more annoying than knowledgeiswhatsup.

    • Elem187

      Its the same person.

      • crocodileman94

        I’m not sure about that. Their personalities are completely different.

  • NkoSekirei

    ur gonna be extinct troll after i go polish my troll weapons and unleash my hounds on u

  • NkoSekirei

    hey springer how about u stfu troll before ashley comes and bans ur @$$

  • NkoSekirei

    dont make us bitch slap u troll

  • Adam Porter

    you could be right, but i still hate you

  • Adam Porter

    hey jerry aren’t you a little old at 27 to be such an asshole, are you not getting laid?

  • springer85

    I am a dumbass

  • springer85

    LMFAO I am a fat nerd who lives in his moms basement!!!!!

  • springer85

    My sex life is utter rubbish

  • springer85

    Right, a no brainier, cause I have no brain!

    • Elem187

      At least you admit it.

  • springer85

    I suck

  • springer85

    Im a stupid

  • springer85

    I am a fat idoit dumb crap

  • kevin nun—-

    The Japanese don’t have unlimited cash Nintendo.

  • starwars360

    FUCK YOU!!!

    I loved my Xbox 360, Wii U and PS3. Hehehehe you cried you have no money to buy more consoles. I loved bully you since you shitty troll!!!! Sorry I not want bully but the fact I felt do it for you. Cos you keep complaints over and over for bashed on Wii U and PS Vita. God damned.

    I excited about Xbox One and PS4 too as well load of Wii U titles around Christmas. Love gaming. You not gamer. You came from CoD noob!!!

    I don’t care if I feed you into trolls but I do enjoyed read your stupid comments.

    We all knew what you said before. You are mental health problem. I can see it.

    Bye yes I agreed with all others that we hate you. You have no life lmfao. :)

  • devmiles

    i think this will be a very nice game but absolutely no system seller or earthshatering masterpiece. i heard the game is short, pikmin 3 was short too. nintendo lost sight and focus on many aspects with the wii-u and announce every game as a monstrous must have title while the fans are still waiting for starfox, metroid and zelda. it’s good to have a fresh breeze game like this but the big delivery of nintendo takes too long.

    • Elem187

      Yeah you are so right. Nintendo should just cancel Donkey Kong, 3D Mario, they only sold a combined 20 million copies last generation, they should just cancel those and make Metroid, Star Fox and F-zero instead because ALL of the last iterations of these games combined sold less than 1 million copies.

      Thank god you aren’t running a company, you do not understand the first thing about business… you and Obama have something in common.

    • tomtank91

      It’s not short, it’s 20 hours long in your first playthrough

    • tomtank91

      And the reason these games take so long is because of quality. You don’t want anyone be like EA and releasing yearly games

  • lonewolf88

    umm dude your crowding the comment section if you don’t stop i will flag your comments i can see 3 or 4 but you like 15??? what the craps wrong with you??????

  • HydePark1980

    “The answer is most likely that The Wonderful 101 was built and designed to appeal to Western gamers moreso than the Japanese market.” Why bother western gamers are only interested in playing games where the enemy can be placed in their crosshairs. Want proof just take a look at monthly game sales this past generation.

    • Elem187

      good point… Western gamers want brown and grey space marine games, everything else sells like crap.

  • Andrew Longo

    if they put more tiny women in bikinis it would sell a million copies

    • Elem187

      They already have a masochist dominatrix with a whip… would that work?

  • leafsfan73

    I’m thinking their trying to push people towards digital by holding back the number of physical copies available. Less copies to trade in a week or two to hurt the initial launch momentum of the game.

  • leafsfan73

    Trolly trolly trolly trolly. LOL. LMFAO.

  • Lars Jansen

    Well this game isn’t exactly exiting. I’m having a hard time understanding why this is hyped – I guess it’s just because it’s one of few games that are released

  • Cheryl

    The game needs more schoolgirls with big boobs and destructible clothing to sell in Japan.

  • THEMIGHTYDOOVDE

    It would seem that games like W101 are going to be ‘sleeping giants’ until Wii U sales pick up and THEN the big hitters start shifting huge quantities.

  • tomtank91

    Seriously I’ve seen the launch title’s of ps4 and I’m not getting a ps4 at launch. I’ll be waiting till the next fallout game is out like I did with ps3