The Wonderful 101 initial Japanese shipment just 30,000 – rumour

Tuesday, 20th August 2013 00:12 GMT By Brenna Hillier

According to a Japanese retail report, Nintendo has released just 30,000 copies of The Wonderful 101 in Japan.

The news comes via Siliconera, but originated with Sinovi, a blog about Japanese games retail which has a spotty track record for accuracy with its sources.

It’s a significantly smaller shipment than one would expect for a new major release, and even allowing for inaccuracies, that the report went live at all suggests the shipment size is at least a little smaller than is usual.

A reduced initial shipment suggests either an attempt to drum up interest via artificial shortages or, more likely, that Nintendo has low sales expectations. That’s puzzling, given Platinum Games’ track record, but the Wii U install base is still quite small.

The Wonderful 101 has had some great reviews, although Dave found it a bit frustrating. It hits Europe on August 23, Japan on August 24 and North America on September 15.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. Biscuitpants


    #1 1 year ago
  2. KAP

    Shit gets incredibly real when you can’t even shift Nintendo new IP in Japan

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Clupula

    How is it puzzling, considering how poorly Platinum games usually sell on systems with exponentially bigger install bases?

    The only game they’ve ever had that was a hit in sales was Metal Gear Rising, and it was the Metal Gear name that sold that title, more than anything (despite it being incredibly fun and well-put togther).

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Professor Zoom

    Wii u is crap. I really hope it will fail. WOnderful ’101′ who the hell wanna play that? It looks like a PS2 game.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Dragon246

    Said so. Its not because of low expectations from Ninty end, its the case from the retailer side, who aren’t convinced that Wiiu games sell well after continuous failures of high profile games, latest being Yakuza. Pikmin too had a bad first week sellthrough, meaning that they overestimated demand.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Unknown_Gamer

    I Feel bad for Platinum games and monolith soft being controlled by Nintendo “Exclusivity” .

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Clupula

    Don’t feel bad for Platinum. They’re not owned by Nintendo. This is just one project Nintendo wanted to pay for. Platinum get their money, make their games, and move on. This flops. Bayonetta 2 flops, there will always be that Metal Gear Rising sequel/prequel waiting in the wings from Konami, there will always be other companies willing to pay them for stuff. Who knows? Maybe one day, Microsoft or Sony will pay them to make an exclusive for one of their systems.

    Okay, maybe Sony. Microsoft wouldn’t want a small Japanese company whose games don’t make money.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Dragon246

    ^” Microsoft wouldn’t want a small Japanese company whose games don’t make money.”

    You missed by CBOAT thread, didn’t ya?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. The_Red

    This really makes me question the Xbox / Platinum rumor from CBOAT. This also makes me curious on why the hell did Nintendo bother with this game in the first place if they weren’t gonna advertise or marketing and then release it just after the similar looking Pikmin.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. polygem

    @prof. this game makes me want to repurchase a wii. wiiu isn’t crap. in fact it is the most interesting and unique console out there. right now. i cannot feel the next gen yet. might just buy a wiiu again and wait things out from there. i cannot understand how people can complain about a fun looking game like this…but hey, there are lots of things that make me wonder about people.
    wiiu has an animal crossing plaza now. see. evidence. it can’t be crap.


    #10 1 year ago

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