(Japan) 80% of Shin Megami Tensei IV’s Shipment Sold in First Week

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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Shin Megami Tensei IV First Print Edition

Atlus is riding very high right now, as the newest addition in the Shin Megami Tensei series, Shin Megami Tensei IV, has sold 188, 562 copies in the first week after its release in Japan.  This enormous success was further illustrated when Japanese sales tracker Media Create revealed that this was 80.14% of the game’s shipment. It was the highest selling title of that week.

This is quite an incredible feat for Shin Megami Tensei IV, as the mainline SMT series has not seen a new title since Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne; an almost ten year hiatus. There was an added bonus, as Shin Megami Tensei IV, also beat its predecessor in first week sales as well. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne saw only 75.7% of its first weeks shipment sell out in its 2003 release, which was about 185,000 units sold.

This early success should push Atlus to further develop the Shin Megami Tensei series, which has proved it can continue to maintain high sales numbers. The series however, still has not made the enormous splash in the West as it has done in Japan, but interest is on the rise.

Atlus has been pushing to market the Shin Megami Tensei franchise in the West recently, hoping to find the same fortune it had in Japan. We will have to see if Atlus will be successful in its venture when Shin Megami Tensei IV gets released on July 16 in North America. Europe was promised a localization as well, but no release date has been confirmed just yet.

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  • Shin Megami Tensei is an awesome series. This comes as no surprise to me.

  • GHNeko

    I wonder what the japanese are saying about the game so far.

  • Gary65

    Is the one that’s a crossover with Fire Emblem?

    • Nelson Quintanilla

      No :p

    • Ghaerdon

      It’s this series that will have a crossover with Fire Emblem on Wii U, so yes. But not just this game.

  • taekk

    I’ve already imported my copy from Amazon Japan on the 3ds LL limited edition. Just need some time to dig into it.

  • MagicantFactory

    >the mainline SMT series has not seen a new title since Nocturne
    Have we forgotten about Strange Journey already? Hell, there are even references to SJ in IV.

    • Tiredman

      Journey isn’t mainline, its an off shoot. That is why Nocturne is called Shin Megami Tensei 3, and this new game is called Shin Megami Tensei 4. There are plenty of off shoots of the franchise, even Persona is one. So the Author had it right, this is the first new game in the main-line Shin Megami Tensei in 10 years.

    • Ghaerdon

      I have to admit that I am more eager to see Persona 5 finally popping out. They have confirmed that it is indeed coming, and if I remember right it will be coming to PS3. I have to admit that I don’t feel like getting this one ’cause they’ll publish it in Europe so much later; if they screw their customers over like that, I won’t support it :/.

    • Tiredman

      I am kind of persona’d out myself. I prefer the Nocturne style games, and Digital Devil Saga style as well. I kind of wish the platform choice was reversed and this game was coming out on ps3 with P5 on handheld. Though since I am a sucker for this particular line of games, I can’t vote with my wallet because I can not not buy a Shin Megami Tensei game.

    • Ghaerdon

      I DO have to admit that not releasing this game on a “big” console feels very strange, after nocturne and all the rest of this series. Also, I really feel like they need to innovate Persona or it won’t top Persona 4 golden(yeah, well, they probably won’t anyway).

  • formerroadie

    Sweet. Got mine pre-ordered!