Xenoblade Chronicles’ Sales Numbers Point to a Bright Future for X on Wii U

By Furious Francis 

When looking at sales numbers, most people would agree the magic number to get to is one million units sold. Of course publishers would love more than that, but it’s a safe bet that your game could turn into a franchise if you hit that one million mark. However, not all games are given the opportunity to sell that much.

Whether it’s a limited print, staggered release dates, or under-stocking, not all games that are considered a success ‘need’ to reach one million units sold. A perfect example of this is Xenoblade on the Wii. I don’t take VGChartz  numbers as 100% accurate, but it can give us an idea of how well a game has sold.

Xenoblade on the Wii had a hell of a time being released outside of Japan. It came late into the Wii’s life and took almost two years to be released worldwide. But when it was released, boy did the fans react. It was sold out in Europe for weeks, in America, the only place you could purchase the game was from GameStop. And it wasn’t like they had a ton of copies, there was limited stock as well.

Fast forward to now, the game has sold over 800K worldwide despite being limited to one retailer in North America and sold out in Europe for weeks. The American sales were the most impressive, with about 400K people purchasing the game in the region. Some might be thinking 800K is not good, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Nintendo had limited copies of the game so they didn’t spend a ton of money on the print. It only went to one retailer in America so Nintendo saved money on shelf space and labor. And the game  practically sold every copy produced in North America and Europe. There’s basically no left-over unsold copies. Nintendo got all the money for all the games printed. Xenobalde is so difficult to find, the starting price is at $124, then goes all the way up to $400 on Ebay.

There were no sales or deals on the game either, most of them sold for a full $50, so Nintendo and GameStop made maximum profits. There was no marketing for the game, no commercials or even adsence ads. Yet it was still able to surpass games like PlayStation All-Stars, that had a Robot Chicken TV spot, adsence ads, and more hype from mainstream media like N4G, VG247, and IGN.

To further prove my point that 800K was an amazing number for this game, Monolith Soft recently moved to a bigger facility and hired more people. You don’t hire more people and get bigger facilities if your games aren’t bringing in the money. Retro Studios and Next Level Games can attest to that.

The Last Story was brought over to the US by XSEED, and they boasted it as the best-selling localization they have ever done. Guess how much it sold? A little over 500K. So 300K lower than Xenoblade, yet it was sold in more stores, and is readily available. XSEED was very happy with the sales and that was just at 500K. So Xenoblade’s 800K is fantastic considering the circumstances.

In January, Nintendo showed off Monolith Soft’s next title, X. And it looked phenomenal. If Xenoblade can sell 800K with no marketing, limited numbers, and at the end of a consoles life cycle, Monolith’s Soft’s X could be one of the Wii U’s biggest sellers if Nintendo actually markets and makes it readily available everywhere (which I’m positive they will).

X is probably heading toward a 2014 release, by then the Wii U should pick up momentum. Many people will probably purchase a Wii U just for  X, especially if there is a bundle. I think Nintendo was shocked to see how many people actually wanted to play Xenoblade Chronicles, I don’t see them making the same mistake with X. There will be marketing, commercials, and a push to bring the game to all Wii U owners around the world. I fully expect X to be a smash hit and revolutionize the RPG genre.

What do you guys think? Are you excited to hear more information on X? Put your thoughts in the comments below.

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42 Responses to Xenoblade Chronicles’ Sales Numbers Point to a Bright Future for X on Wii U

  1. tjb says:

    i have had the pleasure of having a younger nephew who happened to purchase xenoblade when it first came out, I was about to order it for 100+ from amazon. he came up and showed me the game, i freaked. my nephew played the game at a friends house and picked up the game in anticipation of getting a wii specific for this game. he never got a wii and kepted the game in his closet still with the plastic wrap. That was age 11. years later and we finally got to play and finish the game. After it was all said and done, he stood up ,and said" it was worth every penny and well worth the wait."

  2. […] doesn’t mean 100,000 sales.” Of course, Xenoblade Chronicles actually went on to sell fairly decently, to the point that it’s now a rare game stateside. That said, we do understand what Fils-Aime […]

  3. koopzilla says:

    Does VGChartz only take retail games into consideration? The game was also available straight from Nintendo's online store, which if not included would mean even more copies sold. It could even be a significant number as many people refuse to buy from GameStop.

  4. chrisjac123 says:

    Thanks guys for all the support. I really love to discuss about games. I will be looking forward to all of the news and share my thoughts on it. Thanks again, I'm really happy to be here with you.

  5. chrisjac123 says:

    I'm new here. I'm a new Nintendo fan. I was a Playstation guy but I got tired because in my opinion a lot of their games are almost the same. I still like the Ps3 but I discovered that Nintendo is awesome. No, I'm not a child, I am 27 years old, but after the SNES I leave Nintendo because my brother bought a Playstation. Since then I played ocassionaly on a Nintendo platform, but never own one. That change when I bought a Wii. I stared to play games like Super Mario Galaxy, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Dk Country, etc. and I fell in love with Nintendo. I'm new here and I'm glad I find this site because I want a place when we, as gamers, can have a mature conversation and enjoy what we like, games. I'm from Puerto Rico, so forgive me if my english is not the best. I'm looking forward to make new friends here. Thank you

    • Furious Francis says:

      No problem! I love Puerto Rico by the way. Your English is fine! And Welcome to the site, I look forward to reading more of your comments!

    • timg57867 says:

      Pleasure to meet you! I've a straight Ninty fan since my parents got me a Gamecube (very underated console). Yeah, I'd probably never go on the Internet if I hadn't found this site. Be assured that as soon as a troll pops up, Francis stamps them out! The way MOST sites SHOULD! :)

  6. Chrisjac123 says:

    I'm with you link. I love this site because it not bias aginst Nintendo. Thanks Francis for all the information you bring to the site.

  7. Ray01 says:

    Great article Francis.
    I'm seriously hoping that Nintendo releases Xenoblade Chronicles (& Metroid Trilogy) on the Wii U eShop. I'm just having the worst of luck finding it. );

  8. bigchad says:

    great article Francis. Xenoblade Chronicles is fantastic. i can only see X ironing out small flaws in the original and delivering so much more than i can even imagine.

  9. Foxshot says:

    Amazing article Francis! Now you got me even more Hyped for X lol

    Xenoblade is my most favorite game of all time. I believe the quality is up to par with Chrono Trigger and FF VI. The game is very fun and rewarding. And don't even get me started on the Story. All beautiful.

    X is looking to be Takahasi's most ambitious title. Trust me, when Takahasi and Sorya Saga tell a story.. they tell a fucking story!

  10. timg57867 says:

    You should do more articles Francis! You've been kinda taking a backseat to Ricard…

  11. timsdeece says:

    Playing Xenoblade right now, managed to pick it up in gamestop a month back for 25 euro :D

  12. jesgrad07 says:

    This keeps happening to me. I made the mistake of not getting the Metroid Prime Trilogy. Now if I want it I have to pay 59.99 for a used copy, if I can find one. I didn't get Xenoblade when it first came out and now copies are being sold too high for me. I hope they make more prints. Or release the game for the Wii U and put it on the Wii U eshop. I didn't even get a chance to play it and I really want to.

    • pm60 says:

      OMG IT HAPPENS TO ME ON SO MANY GAMES TOO!!! its really annoying and a shitty feeling to think you missed out on something great to play. a release on Wii U e-shop would probably be smart as it makes people want to buy the next game more as the first is so great. e-shop release with pro controller and game pad support and also with the old input support would be great and I'd buy it as soon as it releases. maybe a quick post on Miiverse could get us that?

  13. Intel says:

    I’m truly excited for X. Xenoblade Chronicles surpassed all my expectations and what a breath of fresh air of an rpg it is. Even the little details shows they put care like how your weapons and equipment appear in cutscenes (even in flashbacks it remembers what you wore). Or how the text and the bottom syncs so well with the pacing of talking that it’s neither too fast or slow. The memorable fights, the fist pumping midboss battles, true open world. There are barely any invisible lines. You see it most likely you can get to it. The staggering amount of side quest. The gameplay was solid and easy to get into. And I just had to say this: it’s an rpg but there are no health potions, ever. Only pure determination and teamwork will save you that and retreating lol. And the lands you explore aren’t like level grinding areas. They’re a freaking ecosystem! Some creatures are low level and non aggressive but woe onto those who think that applies in every nook and cranny in this game. Wow just freaking wow.

  14. Englishbob69 says:

    As a big Nintendo fan is xenoblade worth the £60+ that there asking for same for the last story as that's a lot of money for Wii games but you do pay for quality after all

  15. darkgamer001 says:

    Xenoblade (the first one I mean) really deserves a reprint…or a Wii U download version

    • pm60 says:

      I know right! maybe if enough gamers request it it will happen. notice Nintendo's been listening to gamers a lot recently with pro controller support on new super Mario bros u and a better battery for the game pad. I bet you they are also thinking about or already producing an E-shop release for bayonetta.

      • darkgamer001 says:

        I'd really want that to happen. Even though I have a PS3, I didn't get Bayonetta (yet)…when Bayonetta 2 was announced on the Wii U, I decided to hold out for a possible eShop release of the first title

  16. Link says:

    I've been reading articles on here for quite a while and really enjoy the gaming news without all the BS. Figured I'd dig out an old account and chip in a bit.

    On topic, I got Xenoblade in the last two weeks of my summer vacation when it came out in Europe…and put 150 hours into it in those two weeks for a 100% playthrough. What a game, it blew my mind. I'd sure hope it showed everybody that JRPGs actually are viable in the West as long as the budget stays reasonable. X is my most anticipated, announced game right now not only because of Xenoblade but also because of Monolith Soft's past games as Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean is my favorite RPG of all time. I have extremely high hopes for X and no doubt that it won't live up to them. Now excuse me while I watch the trailer again…dat soundtrack.

  17. timg57867 says:

    This article pretty much sums up how I have always felt about Xenoblade's performance. =)

  18. RicardJulianti says:

    I am definitely excited for it, and I haven't even played Xenoblade yet…good thing my little bro bought it when it was available in stores. I am going to need to set aside time in order to play it before X comes out for sure.

    Considering it was shown off in the NA Direct in January and the gangbuster Xenoblade sales in the US (around half?!?), getting X localized in a timely manner shouldn't be an issue. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it runs at 60fps as well….

  19. TheToasterNinja says:

    I know the trailer for X has as more views the what Xenoblade sold.

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