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August 27, 2011 / Ryan Robba

Xenoblade Chronicles – European Sales Revealed – What are the chances of it coming to the US?

Well…is this the final blow to American RPG fans?

Nintendo Of America’s President Reggie Fils-Amie stated that Xenoblade Chronicles would come to the US only if it performed well critically and in terms of sales in Europe. It ticked the first box – as the game currently has a fantastic 91/100 on Metacritic, with major gaming sites like IGN giving the game an excellent score of 9/10. However, the games seems to be under-performing on the sales aspect, which, we are sure Nintendo cares about more. Despite topping pre-order charts on several online retailers like Amazon, the game managed to sell a respectable, but not very impressive, 30k units in it’s first week in Europe.

This figure is only the first week – sales could increase in the second, or could remain at this level for months to come which would accumulate to high amounts – however this is unlikely.

To make a comparison to similar-ish games for Wii in Europe, Final Fantasy The Crystal Chronicles: Echoes sold just 12k in it’s first week (so Xenoblade out-performed this), however, Monster Hunter 3 sold 74k in Europe in its first week – despite being a franchise that has traditionally sold terribly outside of Japan.

So, whilst hope is not totally diminished, we remain sceptical about Xenoblade Chronicles being shipped over to the US, even though NOA would likely have very low costs as voices were already translated for the UK version.



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  1. Thomas Wier / Aug 27 2011 18:27

    Soooooo…what’s your source? And how many units were shipped?

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