Bandai recently released their financial results for the full 2010/11 fiscal year and it is interesting to see how well some of their games have sold. They are known for releasing games based on popular Japanese animated properties such as Naruto, Dragon Ball Z and Gundam but they have had some surprising high quality critical successes with Enslaved and Majin. Below are their top 9 selling games during the last year (400k cut off point).
- Tekken 6: 1.15m
- Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2: 1.1m
- Ben10: Ulimate Alien: 0.83m
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West: 0.73m
- Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2: 0.58m
- God Eater Burst: 0.47m
- Despicable Me: 0.47m
- Gundam Musuou 3: 0.46m
- AKB1/48: 0.4m
Surprisingly Tekken 6 a game released in 2009 was number 1 (not a good indicator of the sales performance of their other games actually released in 2010/11). Enslaved claimed 4th place with 730,000 units sold but a significant amount of of them were likely sold at a discount. Enslaved was the only game in the top 9 based on an original concept. I have a soft spot for games developed by Ninja Theory and I commend Namco Bandai for picking up the publishing but it deserved better (at least a million).
Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is nowhere to be seen as is Splatterhouse. And Demon’s Souls published in the EU by Namco Bandai did not break 400k, which is not surprising considering just the EU. On a side note it would be nice to see global sales figures of Demon’s Souls (SCE published it in Japan and Atlus in NA) and whether such a niche game could be viable commercially.