The arrival of Clannad‘s English release onto Steam has seemingly racked up enough popularity and sales to see it achieve a higher “top sellers” ranking than that of Call of Duty and GTA V, an unforeseen event considering the western market’s love for violence and mindless shooters.

The legendary visual novel had managed to achieve this English release thanks to the donations of numerous thoughtful backers on its Kickstarter (accumulating a massive total of $541,161), the notoriety from the campaign likely being one reason why the game is selling so well.


The wealth of steam reviews available for the game seem to have taken a clear stance in regards to its quality:

“Warning: Disliking this game is punishable by death.”

“I said the 50 tissues in front of my computer was from masturbation, but it was in fact tears from playing this VN.”

“i cri evrytiem ;_;”

“It will make you cry, it will make you laugh and it is very much worth the price being asked for it. ”

Would Cry Again.”

“Seeing Clannad on Steam is like a dream coming true. This is a masterpiece by every meaning of the word. I’ll be playing it for as long as I can.”

The legendary visual novel has seen to a decline in the ranking hours after its release, but has yet to dissipate completely – Clannad can be purchased now.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not to piss on anyones parade but the surge up the charts is down to people redeeming their steam keys from crowdsourcing the project.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    this game must be worse than tales of zestria that game sucks really bad. Life is Strange is the game of the year for me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should remake Tales of Legendia instead of doing more Tales games. Give it a better battle system and expand on what's on the mainland. The entire game takes place on one floating island, and they show you the map near the end of the game showing a huge fucking continent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 27/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    "considering the western market’s love for violence and mindless shooters."

    are you serious? why would you even say something that.

    just looking at the top sellers right now shows

    South Park: The Stick of Truth, turn based rpg
    Elite: Dangerous, open world space game
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, open world rpg
    Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, open world rpg

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 28/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    This series is awful. I have played vns for porn and comedy, this has neither. this is also not how relationships work. no not even in japan. people in love have sexual encounters. that's how things work. this is fantasy world drivel.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:36 28/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Visual Novel. Fiction. Fantasy. Japan. I fail to see what the problem is here.

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    Comment by Cytryz
    15:59 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really liked the anime. I bought the dvd for it.. However I don't think I'd want to buy the visual novel. I saw a bunch of those on steam but idk. if I was going to try one I'd rather it not e 50$. I rather put down 50/60$ for a game like Uncharted 4 or maybe another entry into the SoulCalibur series. A mario galaxy 3 I'd throw money at. The thing all those have in common is they are quite interactive. If I was going to buy a visual novel I feel like I'd get a better deal from a manga book. But idk, maybe I'll try to find one for like under 10$ that's really good to sway my line of thought.

    It's still cool to see anything that I happen to like to be on the top of the list. By anything I mean anything that's not necessarily popular where I live. IE just about everything japan related lol.

    Tired of seeing COD on the top. Shooters get boring really fucking quick. The only way I find them to be interesting is if they bring some fun storymode to the table like Uncharted, MirrorEdge, Bioshock infinite, metal gear solid,

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:20 04/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    …Are you serious? VNs in Japan regularly go for $90+. This is cheap. Good luck finding anything good for $10 that wasn't made like 10 years ago.

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    Comment by TheSwordUser
    19:30 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    SteamSpy data from just now

    Owners: 1,838 ± 1,036

    Well uh....not exactly as great as you'd expect, even if its 50$ game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:56 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    SteamSpy doesn't update immediately. Those are probably the people who owned it before the official release. (like Kickstarter backers)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even worse, since most of them are simply redeeming the code they got when kickstarting...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    $50 for a glorified book?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 04/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    …Are you serious? VNs in Japan regularly go for $90+. This is cheap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    A glorified book that gives you more hours of pure entertainment compared to the 2~3 hours you get in most $70 triple a games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:10 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    > 2-3 hours on most games full piced games.

    haaahaha. No.
    fuck off m8

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    49.99 for this shit? Fuck that. Clannad isn't even remotely emotional.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I disagree. Clannad is plenty emotional. If you count how angry and frustrated you are at how awful it is.

    Comment by Anonymous

    lol looks like this anon is correct.

    Clannad will always evoke emotion one way or another.

    Tears of sadness, tears of joy, tears of frustration, tears of anger, tears of boredom. It's gonna get your fuckin' tears one way or another.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:36 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heartless bastard...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:20 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow, they got $541,161 from kickstarter and they still sell it for more than actual games?

    you virgins really will buy anything wont you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:29 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Everyone look; we got an edgelord here! It's very rare that we get to see one being so edgy in its natural environment!

    No it's not, kill yourself fag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow anon, are you by chance mad?

    You really shouldn't be surprised by this, I mean just look how people are still buying each CoD clone (whoopsie I meant iteration) Activision spits out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    He makes a point though, the translation is done. It doesn't need to be this expensive. They're basically artificially inflating the price to bleed out as much $$$ as possible from the fans before the innevitable price crash. I bet by this time next year, it'll be under $10.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Except in the defence of CoD, as repetitive as that garbage is, it _is_ new garbage. Clannad was what, an official english translation and higher res scenes? That's a fucking rip off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Defends Call of Duty with small changes, complains about clannads small changes.

    yeah sorry clannad isn't a multi million dollar backed by 13 year olds you got us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:20 04/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    …Are you serious? VNs in Japan regularly go for $90+. This is cheap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:58 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    not really sales, but keys being claimed. Although, outdoing those old games even for a bit is an achievement.

    well, I'll wait for my physical copy to arrive :-p


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    Comment by X_Bacon
    20:30 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    They don't take off-site copies into account for the Top Sellers, only those bought directly on Steam.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    $49.99 for a visual novel? how about fucking no

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 04/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    …Are you serious? VNs in Japan regularly go for $90+. This is cheap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clannad is better than those 2 games combined.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:24 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    dirt is better than call of duty

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:48 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. At least dirt doesn't have a remake every few months:D

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:47 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    To you maybe. Not to people who don't give half a shit about vn's. And I say this as a guy who loves vn's and don't give an ounce of shit about cod or csgo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    $50 for VN is a fucking joke, people outside japan didn't look at this a reasonable price don't compare japanese pricing to western pricing where they're VN's are too overprice because no regular user will buy a $50 for a VN except if you're a fucking weeaboo. This price tag is clearly targeted for the fans and weeabos only.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 04/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL, okay then.

    Comment by Anonymous

    GTA V is better than those two games combined.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    And my faith in humanity plummets to all-time lows...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 25/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    VN's aren't my thing. I did like the anime though, so there's that.

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    Comment by XxLolimasterxX
    06:53 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Gee...I'm all about Piratebay no Steam and so on..But it is clearly obvious Clannad would achieve this.

    1. Fans are strongly captivated by the beautiful story and moments of the franchise
    2. Eager fans would buy anything at low or high price of the likes of Clannad
    3. COD and GTA are now too-common-of-the-titles to keep on continuing the series
    4. Something with the likes of Anime and kawaii tragedy will deffo exceed the modern age companions easily

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    Comment by Ishmon16
    04:25 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    When I saw this shit a couple days ago I knew i wasnt going to buy it $50 for a story that tells itself? $10 more you can buy Fallout 4! Fuck that.

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    Comment by Trigrim
    04:59 26/11/2015 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yea I agree, why the fuck would I want to play shit like Fallout 4.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I disliked every single Key's games and Clannad wasn't any exception to this trend... Key's games only bore me but I can understand people liking them though I'll never what they like about them ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:11 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    *I'll never **understand** what they like about them ^^*

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Key games became popular with the mainstream because of the animu

    Comment by Anonymous

    >for a steam release

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    Comment by MARl0

    I'd totally buy this if it wasn't PC only.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hello very rare person that is the target audience for the steam machine

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    Comment by MARl0
    09:10 26/11/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just don't have a PC (I've actually never owned one). I use a Mac that I use mostly for design. And yes, I own game consoles as well.

    I would never buy a Steam Machine, because if I actually was to buy a PC some day, it wouldn't be an underpowered and overpriced Steam Machine.

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