Mass Effect 2 Sells 8,864 Copies in Japan


It transpires that Bioware’s hit cover-shooter Mass Effect 2, which sold millions of copies and became the recipient of innumerable perfect scores and game-of-the-year awards, sold a pathetic 8,864 copies in Japan, being outsold by such blockbusters as Arcana Heart 3.

The translated version was finally released on the 13th of January 2011 as an Xbox 360 “exclusive.” Unfortuntely, in its first week it managed only 8,864 sales, coming 15th in the weekly charts, just behind Wii Fit Plus and narrowly beating Mario Kart Wii.

All this despite the Xbox 360 supposedly being the preserve of what few western game fans there are in Japan.

In fact, although there are apparently more Xbox 360s in Japan than ever before, sales for anything not involving gropeable anime girls are falling off into insignificance:

08/12/18 36,085 360 Fable 2
10/10/28 25,448 360 Fable 3

08/12/04 33,412 360 Fallout 3
10/11/04 24,146 360 Fallout:New Vegas

09/12/10 43,103 360 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
10/11/18 30,279 360 Call of Duty: Black Ops

09/05/21 17,502 360 Mass Effect
11/01/13  8,864 360 Mass Effect 2

Meanwhile the likes of IdolMaster and Dream C Club manage 50,000-100,000+.

Mass Effect 2’s pathetic sales have been attributed both to the all but complete death of the Xbox 360 in Japan, and to the increasingly inexplicable resistance of Japanese gamers to the hit games the rest of the world seemingly can’t get enough of.

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    Comment by Tokeijikaku
    07:44 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This boggles me. Tali is so moe.

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    Comment by Densetsuko
    14:12 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the top games show the priorities of the Japanese gaming community toward western games.

    Fantasy > Post Apocalypse > Military > Science Fiction

    Not to say that science fiction isn't unpopular at all (LoGH, Seikai no Senki, etc). I guess it might be different when applied to videogames.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    05:07 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Tokeijikaku I concur with you. There are the Asari and the sex jokes about them as well. I guess the Japanese just didn't give it a chance.

    It's like Anon above me said, if it doesn't have a pretty face Japanese won't touch it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, I wrote about that in regards to the First game bombing in Nippon! Bioware just can't get the hint about the market they're trying to infest~ Get a current otaku fans' favorite drawer to change all the characters into Anime love puppies for otaku fapping fun. The money will delude their banks within hours of release..
    Apparently such a advise is ignored yet Again. It aint ever going be done too~

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:50 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I completely agree, i'm pretty sure moeblob fans would love her if they gave the game a chance.
    The more eroge oriented players can always romance Mirandat ass, or just stare at her on screen and fap, she's always getting angles, and when she doesn't you can just move the camera around.
    And as for whiny male character, ME1 had Kaidan. ME2 has Jacob, to a lesser extent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:30 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    but shes got no face and is nobodys cat-size pet either
    in fact, i cant remember a japanese title where you could date anything like her
    kinda makes us the "sick" culture

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    Comment by Unlimitedbladeworks
    11:28 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What you mean date an alien? lol no, Japanese title have gone far lower then that I'm afraid.

    Besides I don't think dating Tali is "sick." It's presented in a tasteful way so what's wrong with it? Tali is my favorite pick out of all the girls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    all i was saying is that no matter what kind of alien/robot/whatever japanese present you with, it will have a cute face and tali basically has none

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    mine too. she's the most interesting and i was hoping there was going to be something in the first game but nothing happened, but my wish came true in the second game.

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    Comment by Unlimitedbladeworks
    07:39 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I guess it's not moe enough for japan. At least we bothered to localize it for them, unlike Japan who doesn't localize even half their shit.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Only because they think it would be the equivalent of Mass Effect 2's sales in Japan. That's obviously not true, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan has localized more of their games for us than what we've localized for Japan. Most of it has sold even poorer than what ME2 has sold when comparing population ratios. But continue falling into Artefact's trap and spouting butthurt ignorance if you want. Everyone else on the internet does.

    BTW, what Artefact doesn't tell you is that ME2 was the top selling Xbox360 game of the week.. and the ONLY Xbox360 game in the top 20.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Population ratios? lol

    As if that matters when counting revenue.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, then I would, like, have to think for myself. Just believing everything Artefact says is so much easier.

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    Comment by megaman007
    07:58 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lots of truth there, lots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    If only Mass Effect 2 had included swords, the male Shepard was a klutz, there were tsundere girls (possibly a non-blood related sibling) and the ship resembled a school setting then perhaps it could have been a hit...

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    Comment by shoranhimura
    08:34 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They suer like that Category

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:52 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jack is totally tsundere, especially if you romance her

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:58 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But she isn't moe enough. She's also had sex before, which means all the otaku would want to kill her and anyone who had a hand in writing the character.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah i agree with you on that, she's the antithesis of moe but this just exacerbates her tsundere-ness and takes it over the stop. someone should find her interesting, or have they all been captured by the moe brainslug?

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    Comment by Ray
    11:13 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am student Shephard and this is my favorite tsundere girl on Intergalactic School ship.

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    Comment by Majineko
    07:31 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    doesnt really matter. two different regions, two different cultures.

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    Comment by Lamberto
    07:38 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    If that was true, nothing exclusive to one particular culture would be found in others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    What do you mean "if that was true"? It is true. He's not saying that different regions have exclusive cultures that never bleed into one another, he's just saying it was received differently there because of cultural preferences.

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    Comment by Sodium Chloride
    08:53 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You do realise that people within a culture are not homogeneous and aren't exact clones of one another right?

    Culture can be loosely defined as a set of beliefs and behaviours that a group of people follow, but not everyone follows every single rule.

    Hence a culture can be divided further into subcultures.

    Within Japan there is a (relatively) small subculture that like American-style games (Xbox 360 buyers) and within that subculture is a smaller set of people who like WRPGs (the 8000 people who bought ME).

    Anyway we shouldn't be to surprise if a 360 game bombs there.

    There are relatively few 360s in Japan, early in it's life cycle it got out sold by the PS2 for heaven sakes, and recently a few weeks back by the god forsaken PSP Go.

    Oh yes, shooters don't seem very popular there, and ME is basically a shooter/RPG hybrid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Plus you have to count with the fact that its closely tied in sequel. Its not a game you can hop on on its 7th sequel without problems to understand story and the world like you can with FF.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Thats fucking bullshit, Mass Effect isnt Halo or Gears of War, its style is more similar to MGS and Resident Evil, which sell by the boatloads in Japan. There is no western machoman stereotype which turn off the japanese that you can pin on Mass Effect, I was giving them the benefit of the doubt but the japanese have just proven how full of shit they are when it comes to games.

    Enjoy your collapsing gaming economy fuck ups.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:29 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Obviously it didn't sell because there's no androgynous tweens with swords on the cover.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Mass Effect was incredibly overrated, but at least it wasn't complete shite, unlike Dragon Age.

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    Comment by megaman007
    10:19 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, Dragon Age sucked dicks. The promotional videos were killer, unlike the finished product.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:27 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)




    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    now if it had a loli...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    if it had lolli I would just stand to the fact you're sick and ronry,and no, I'm not raffing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:46 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, how I wish it did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:47 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Western games are just too overrated. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Like FF XIII or FF XIV? :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everything is overrated. Truth is in someone elses eyes something you love is garbage to them just a fact oh life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:11 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's not surprising given that Japanese gamers and otaku are resistant to change and borderline xenophobic. It's like they almost feel threatened by anything not presented in a anime styled presentation that caters with fanservice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Also, I'd like to point out that Japan likes Halo because it revolves around loli imouto.

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    Comment by John Smith
    07:34 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It just didn't have enough macho!

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    Comment by ドラグーン
    07:42 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That man with breasts at the cover seems macho enough to me

    Avatar of CC
    Comment by CC
    08:31 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    She's actually modeled after some australian actress [].. well her face is anyway.

    Avatar of Sodium Chloride
    Comment by Sodium Chloride
    09:06 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @08:47 20/01/2011

    I see people have downvoted you, but the in-game character model of Miranda really does kind of look like MJ - the black hair didn't help.


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even the Japanese character Kasumi looks kind of manly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 20/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Michael Jackson was an Australian actress? Whaa?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "Vegeta, what does the scouter say about their sales?"
    "They're... they're under nine-thousand."
    "Oh. That's possible. Must be depressing."

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Mass Effect is really not that good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:03 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This does not surprise me. There's world of difference in taste between what Japanese gamers want and what Western gamers want. We all know how badly God of War and Gears of War flunked in Japan, two games that were bestsellers in the West. Meanwhile the same can be said for all but a small handlful of Japanese games. How many units did you think games like Idolmaster and Arcana Heart 3 sold worldwide?

    We've also seen such debacles as Nier/Replicant in which a Japanese studio attempted to co-develop with Westerners and the gulf of creative ideas both sides had. The Japanese developers wanted an effeminate bishounen lead while the Western side wanted a manly muscular hero, resulting in two versions of the game being sold in respective regions. It's just impossible to make an RPG that can appeal to both Westerners and Japanese alike. So Japan can keep it's skimpy female damsels in distress. I'll keep my FemShephard and Lady Hawke heroines. K thx bai Nippon-jin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    you know, people in sankaku think their taste is best/ sadly

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