Shin Megami Tensei IV Tops Japan's Sales Charts

Shin Megami Tensei IV Tops Japan's Sales Charts

Shin Megami Tensei IV Screen

The latest entry in the role-playing franchise sold 188,562 copies in its first week of Japanese sales.

While the Persona games have enjoyed some success in North America, the mainline Shin Megami Tensei series that started it all has remained something of a cult property. In other parts of the world, however, that couldn't be less the case. The game enjoys considerable popularity in its native Japan, a fact well displayed by Shin Megami Tensei IV's recent debut at the number one spot on Japanese sales charts.

Released only last week on the 3DS, Shin Megami Tensei IV has sold more than 188,000 copies, beating out other popular titles like Resident Evil: Revelations which debuted at numbers three (PS3), ten (Wii U) and eleven (360), respectively. The game's release would also seem to have done wonders for the 3DS XL (LL in Japan) in the region. Sales of Nintendo's extra-large handheld almost doubled in the period following Shin Megami Tensei IV's debut.

There's a good chance we won't see quite the same performance when the game hits American shores on July 16th. That said, there's always hope that the game could defy its past performances. Despite the arguable niche status of JRPGs in North America, Fire Emblem: Awakening sold a solid 180,000 copies in its first month at American retail, setting new records for the franchise. Shin Megami Tensei IV, for its part, looks like it's shaping up into a really interesting game, so we're hoping it finds similar success.

Source: Gematsu

Note: It has been demonstrated that recent years have seen the Shin Megam Tensei's sales improve in North America. This means Shin Megami Tensei IV might do better when released in the United States than originally represented.

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And those are much deserved sales for Fire Emblem!

Glad to hear SMT IV's doing well over there. We've still got nearly 2 months of waiting to do over here! :(

(And that's the US. I am sure Europe will get the game by at least 2015 :P)

It's not surprising SMT has been getting more popular. Ever since Square Enix decided to run the Final Fantasy brand off a cliff, gamers have been looking for other games to fill the JRPG-shaped hole. The SMT series have always been high quality games, and the Persona series has ramped up awareness of the franchise. If the game gets good reviews (previews have all been positive so far) then I expect the game will sell incredibly well.

Looking forward to it. Also, the sales numbers on Persona 4 and Devil Survivor referenced are out-of-date by four years. Here are updates.

Persona 4: 340,000 NA, 360,000 JP, 80,000 EU
http://www.vgchartz.com/game/24780/shin-megami-tensei-persona-4/

Devil Survivor: 120,000 NA, 120,000 JP
http://www.vgchartz.com/game/30981/shin-megami-tensei-devil-survivor/

And for posterity's sake, Persona 4: Golden: 130,000 NA, 260,000 JP
http://www.vgchartz.com/game/62901/persona-4-the-golden/

If you look at P4: Golden's numbers, North America is about keeping pace with Japan's sales over time, and Devil Survivor sold identically in both regions, with its sequels selling better in North America than in Japan, I think its inaccurate to say that the franchise is significantly more popular in Japan than in NA.

I'm not sure of the ratio of gamers in Japan as opposed to gamers in North America, so I can say whether or not SMT is actually more popular percentage-wise in one region or another, but its clear that it sees about equal sales in both regions.

Cool, Love the SMT games even if they were hard as hell. I beat all 3 of them... eventually. (for reference the Shin Megami Tensei part is not on games like persona outside of japan. So I'm referring to just the "core" SMT games.}

Not surprising, given that SMT is pretty much one of the big game series over there, after Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.

MarsAtlas:
Looking forward to it. Also, the sales numbers on Persona 4 and Devil Survivor referenced are out-of-date by four years. Here are updates.

Persona 4: 340,000 NA, 360,000 JP, 80,000 EU
http://www.vgchartz.com/game/24780/shin-megami-tensei-persona-4/

Devil Survivor: 120,000 NA, 120,000 JP
http://www.vgchartz.com/game/30981/shin-megami-tensei-devil-survivor/

And for posterity's sake, Persona 4: Golden: 130,000 NA, 260,000 JP
http://www.vgchartz.com/game/62901/persona-4-the-golden/

If you look at P4: Golden's numbers, North America is about keeping pace with Japan's sales over time, and Devil Survivor sold identically in both regions, with its sequels selling better in North America than in Japan, I think its inaccurate to say that the franchise is significantly more popular in Japan than in NA.

I'm not sure of the ratio of gamers in Japan as opposed to gamers in North America, so I can say whether or not SMT is actually more popular percentage-wise in one region or another, but its clear that it sees about equal sales in both regions.

I'm surprised how few copies Persona 4 sold over here in the EU. I hope it doesn't stop Atlus from localizing SMT 4, as that would stop me from playing it, what with the 3DS being region locked and all. And Persona 4 Golden only sold 30000 in the EU. And, Devil Survivor 1 and 2 were never actually released here in the first place. Why no love for the EU, Atlus?

MarsAtlas:
Looking forward to it. Also, the sales numbers on Persona 4 and Devil Survivor referenced are out-of-date by four years. Here are updates.

Persona 4: 340,000 NA, 360,000 JP, 80,000 EU
http://www.vgchartz.com/game/24780/shin-megami-tensei-persona-4/

Devil Survivor: 120,000 NA, 120,000 JP
http://www.vgchartz.com/game/30981/shin-megami-tensei-devil-survivor/

And for posterity's sake, Persona 4: Golden: 130,000 NA, 260,000 JP
http://www.vgchartz.com/game/62901/persona-4-the-golden/

If you look at P4: Golden's numbers, North America is about keeping pace with Japan's sales over time, and Devil Survivor sold identically in both regions, with its sequels selling better in North America than in Japan, I think its inaccurate to say that the franchise is significantly more popular in Japan than in NA.

I'm not sure of the ratio of gamers in Japan as opposed to gamers in North America, so I can say whether or not SMT is actually more popular percentage-wise in one region or another, but its clear that it sees about equal sales in both regions.

Thank you for the more recent numbers! I'm glad to see the series is doing better here than I'd believed it to be.

"Game franchise that is extremely popular does well in the country it's popular in. This is somehow News."

Notice my avatar and the fact i'm a massive SMT Fan. I have played every single game that got released outside japan, and even some that didn't thanks to emulation, and fan translations, like the 'Last Bible' games.

I think im gonna import a 3ds from the states if atlus(or whoever they sublicence with for 3ds games in europe) dont bother bringing shin megaten out in europe, its bad enough they didnt release devil survivor here for some random reason but if they choose to skip the 4th game then i guess import is my only way to play.

Please release in EU, Please release in EU, ETC.

Seriously though I live in the UK all I could wish for is SMT4 in some timely fashion, I had to wait for Devil Survivor 2 for ages and to be honest the only copy of Devil Survivor 1 I can find is Overclocked. Honestly I don't think we got brilliant Strange Journey over here.

If throwing money at my screen would help me get this one here quicker I would.

@broken-serenity

We got Overclocked and the sequel but yeah wish we got the first one when it was originally out in the US.

I hope no one is surprised. Im glad to hear the series is doing well, but this was expected. I'll be more surprised if it does so well in the US (which I hope it does as an atlus fan).

I'm sure it'll do very well here (relative to actual sane expectations for a niche handheld title). Persona 3 and 4 have only increased in awareness thanks to word of mouth over the years, so I can imagine people new to the "core" SMT wanting to pick this up for their 3DS. Actually, I'm glad that the core of some of these franchises are moving forward on handhelds (Dragon Quest, SMT, etc.). The budgets are lower, people don't care about not having hyper next-gen graphics on a lot of these titles, and it allows the devs to experiment and properly cater to the niche and still make money. I wonder if one day in the future we saw Atlus become what Square was back in the PS1 days.

Well, I already ordered the first run edition and it should arrive as soon as I get home from holiday! Being a huge Megaten nerd, this makes me happy!

Glad to see it is doing well and hope it sees strong sales in the west, considering the series is becoming much more popular lately.

I also might be picking up an XL when I head over to America, considering that the old one hurts my hands and the XL doesn't have the fingerprint magnet material.

Still, great news.

I don't think anyone is surprised by this news, TBH. I may be picking this up, though I really have to be in the mood for it's super Japanese offerings in order to really enjoy it. I'll be watching to see what happens.

Happy to see the series doing well but why only on the 3ds dammit (yes, yes, probably exclusive deal) but if you want increased sales there are other consoles and handhelds...yes I'm also miffed about the new fire emblem being on 3ds as well but I'm still not going to buy 1, I need my money for other things plus my current game bottleneck to get through.

The only game I have ever preordered months in advance. Given the fact that it's Atlus, I probably won't be disappointed.

Frostbyte666:
Happy to see the series doing well but why only on the 3ds dammit (yes, yes, probably exclusive deal) but if you want increased sales there are other consoles and handhelds...yes I'm also miffed about the new fire emblem being on 3ds as well but I'm still not going to buy 1, I need my money for other things plus my current game bottleneck to get through.

More platforms to port to or develop the game for might mean higher costs that Atlus/Index Corp. just can't afford right now. I think the 3DS was the most cost effective option while also being the most profitable given the 3DS's surging popularity.

From what I've seen of the game, it's every bit as good as it probably would have been on another system anyways.

Fappy:
And those are much deserved sales for Fire Emblem!

Glad to hear SMT IV's doing well over there. We've still got nearly 2 months of waiting to do over here! :(

(And that's the US. I am sure Europe will get the game by at least 2015 :P)

NIS just announced that it will hit EU very soon. Most likely they're gonna do what XSEED and Ninty did for the rainfall games and just change the region lock, maybe change some words/terms, like what happened with Mario Party 8 and the word spaz.

It's getting hard and hard not to get a 3DS.
>_>

SMT4
SMT:DS2
PKMN:X/Y
etc

>_<

Amazing... The WiiU Version of Resident Evil: Revelations actually charted in Japan. And I know that RE:R topped the charts in the UK (Though I don't know if it was the WiiU Version). I'm kind of expecting the WiiU RE:R to be in the charts this week.

OT: Great for SMTIV.

Fappy:
And those are much deserved sales for Fire Emblem!

Glad to hear SMT IV's doing well over there. We've still got nearly 2 months of waiting to do over here! :(

(And that's the US. I am sure Europe will get the game by at least 2015 :P)

2 months for a game being localized is way better than say the 2 years it took for Tales of Xillia to get localized. At least Atlus seems to care about its fanbase unlike Namco Bandai and arguably Sqeenix.

As soon as this game comes out here I'm dropping everything to buy a 3ds. It's getting too damn expensive to keep up with all these console jumps the series is making. I swear if SMT switches to xbox I'm gonna flip.


...........huh.

Eric the Orange:
Cool, Love the SMT games even if they were hard as hell. I beat all 3 of them... eventually. (for reference the Shin Megami Tensei part is not on games like persona outside of japan. So I'm referring to just the "core" SMT games.}

You know there's a Shin Megami Tensei If... and a SMT Strange Journey. While Strange Journey was a smaller ds title, SMT If... is core enough to be featured in SMT x Fire Emblem.

deserteagleeye:
As soon as this game comes out here I'm dropping everything to buy a 3ds. It's getting too damn expensive to keep up with all these console jumps the series is making. I swear if SMT switches to xbox I'm gonna flip.


...........huh.

Eric the Orange:
Cool, Love the SMT games even if they were hard as hell. I beat all 3 of them... eventually. (for reference the Shin Megami Tensei part is not on games like persona outside of japan. So I'm referring to just the "core" SMT games.}

You know there's a Shin Megami Tensei If... and a SMT Strange Journey. While Strange Journey was a smaller ds title, SMT If... is core enough to be featured in SMT x Fire Emblem.

Huh, never heard of that SMT if game. Well I guess not that one. But SMT 1,2, and Nocturne I have.

Not so sure about strange journey. Played that one too but I'm not sure if it's considered one. I don't think the Japanese title had the SMT part.

Eric the Orange:

Huh, never heard of that SMT if game. Well I guess not that one. But SMT 1,2, and Nocturne I have.

Not so sure about strange journey. Played that one too but I'm not sure if it's considered one. I don't think the Japanese title had the SMT part.

Well Aeon Genesis is getting close to finally translating it so that's something to look forward to as well.
http://agtp.romhack.net/project.php?id=smtif
Also there seems to be some Strange Journey cameos in SMTIV.

Megami Tensei 2 is my favorite game of all time. It's kind of my life's dream to someday remake that game. It's like the Bible part 3 or 4. It's literally biblical in proportion anyway. Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei being a remake of the first two games is probably the most accessible version of MT2 and hence technically superior, though an imperfect translation.

Next to that Megami Ibunroku Persona is the closest thing to fine art that has ever been produced in game form. I am still not convinced the series' concept artist is responsible for the really wonderful compositions in this game.

My next favorite thing in the franchise is the original anime based on the first book in the original Megami Tensei light novel series. Its the best visual treatment Megami Tensei has ever received.

That said at some point the video game concept artist (since day 1) Kazuma Kaneko had a seizure or something (edited: not literally) and the games led by him (there have been a couple new lead artists taken on over the latter years) have been very underwhelming and just pretty tasteless (generally in their excess) ever since. The Shin offshoot while every bit as authentic as the original games just feels sacrilegious on some level. And the trend has continued since 3 and now 4 veers so far away from the MT formula. I have given up on the games more or less. 3 was cool as a gaiden but ultimately a slog. If you could party with devils in the Deep Zone it would've been more enjoyable.

As for the Persona line. 2 was a major let down due if for nothing else to its chunky pixel ugliness compared to its absolutely beautiful predecessor. And Persona 3 while an interesting take, was really crippled by reusing the devils from SMT3 instead of having a proper selection of original Personae. That ruined the game out of the gate. That and making game over contingent on the main character staying "alive" at all times.

This entry continues in the offbeat direction. Atlus is making so few proper games anymore. Would it kill it to commit to a proper Megami Tensei game? Even if the Shin must be kept around. One of the most interesting offerings was the MMO Megami Tensei Imagine, but after a year or two of running the Shin was tacked onto it too. It was the first game with tenuous connections to the original (pre-Shin) series and it shined a lot for that.

EDITED: I just realized that I finally deleted Imagine from my harddrive only last night while running diagnostics to figure out why it wasn't coming out of suspension. But my (gaijin) account had become inaccessible long ago. I even updated the client and tried to play again with a new and improved satellite internet service a little while back.

Tanis:
It's getting hard and hard not to get a 3DS.
>_>

SMT4
SMT:DS2
PKMN:X/Y
etc

>_<

Get A 3DS XL, why? Why Not?

So far my fav is SMT: Devil Survivor on DS, i may get overclocked.

Belzera:
Please release in EU, Please release in EU, ETC.

Seriously though I live in the UK all I could wish for is SMT4 in some timely fashion, I had to wait for Devil Survivor 2 for ages and to be honest the only copy of Devil Survivor 1 I can find is Overclocked. Honestly I don't think we got brilliant Strange Journey over here.

If throwing money at my screen would help me get this one here quicker I would.

@broken-serenity

We got Overclocked and the sequel but yeah wish we got the first one when it was originally out in the US.

I'm in Australia, so PAL as well. The original DS wasn't region locked, just the 3DS, so you can import the US versions of Devil Survivor, Devil Survivor 2 and Strange Journey and they'll work just fine. I have Devil Survivor and Devil Survivor 2 which I picked up through a local store which imports any games that work on PAL consoles (so any DS or PS3 games they think will sell, regardless of region).

I did actually import a US 3DS though to play Devil Survivor Overclocked (loved the original that much) and so I'll be picking up SMT4 for that. Devil Survivor Overclocked did receive a PAL release recently though which made me feel a bit silly about getting the US 3DS - I'd just assumed it would never get a PAL release.

Red X:
So far my fav is SMT: Devil Survivor on DS, i may get overclocked.

Go for it, I loved the original too but I got Overclocked and have to say, the 8th days are thrilling, the new demons and abilities are a big help, the game looks crisp and clear and the voice acting is great (Midori is very obnoxious most of the time though) It can also be turned off if the voice acting isn't to your liking (I always left it on)

We also can't forget Devil Survivor 2: Break Code (A 3DS remake of Devil Survivor 2 that is much like what happened to Devil Survivor 1) and Soul Hackers (released recently)

Wow, 3DS is great for SMT fans right now!

TizzytheTormentor:

Wow, 3DS is great for SMT fans right now!

it's goood for RPGs in general :)

 

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