As you probably know, last year, Atlus released in America one of the toughest games of this generation, to the pleasure of all of us hardcore gamers. Demon’s Souls was a tight and sophisticated dungeon-crawler that was indeed not for the casual gamer, but offered a lot of quality content to those who decided to invest in the merciless world of Boletaria.
Some months later, the same publisher released another hardcore jewel in the form of 3D Dot Game Heroes; a blatant rip-off of the Legend of Zelda series. The game took everything that was cool from Zelda and give it its own personality and humor, for an amazing result.
Turns out, both games seem to be complete financial success. Demon’s Souls is currently Atlus US’s top selling title (380.000 units sold), while 3D Dot Game Heroes managed to sell six times what the publisher expected. This means the game sold 160.000 units, which is a huge contrast to the 25.000 Atlus USA estimated.
This might be just raw numbers, but they also symbolize what costumers are beginning to appreciate; more games that are inherently innovative while exploiting the strengths of old-school gaming.Here’s hoping these numbers encourage Atlus to keep releasing quality content here in America, like Catherine; the first HD game from the Persona team, which is expected to sell 150.000 units on both the X360 and the PS3.
Other numbers for Atlus include a great japanese performance for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable, as well as Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City (220.000 and 140.000 units sold respectively).