Dead Or Alive 6 Tops Japan’s Weekly Sales Charts With Only 26,000 Retail Units Sold
Dead or Alive 6

The sales for Dead or Alive 6 have not been the best coming out of the starting gate. The first week of sales in Japan have arrived, and the fighting game – despite topping the charts – only managed to do more than a fifth of the sales that Koei Tecmo achieved during the first week of launch for Dynasty Warriors 9 back in February of 2018.

PushSquare rolled out the weekly sales numbers from Japan courtesy of 4Gamer.net, which covered physical retail releases (not digital). At the top of the chart was Dead or Alive 6, which launched on March 1st, 2019. However, if you look at the actual sales numbers… it doesn’t look good. Check out the list below.

  1. [PS4] Dead or Alive 6 (Koei Tecmo, 03/01/19) – 26,442 (New)
  2. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 25,617 (2,909,033)
  3. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/19) – 24,436 (479,443)
  4. [PS4] Anthem (Limited Edition Included) (Electronic Arts, 02/22/19) – 20,368 (98,306)
  5. [PS4] Left Alive (Square Enix, 02/28/19) – 17,622 (New)
  6. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 12,864 (1,514,711)
  7. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 12,369 (2,154,698)
  8. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III (Limited Edition Included) (Square Enix, 01/25/19) – 10,983 (781,051)
  9. [NSW] Zoids Wild: King of Blast (Takara Tomy, 02/28/19) – 10,030 (New)
  10. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 9,900 (1,037,559)
  11. [NSW] Darius Cozmic Collection (Limited Edition Included) (Taito, 02/28/19) – 9,495 (New)
  12. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 8,986 (2,947,577)
  13. [PS4] Jump Force (Bandai Namco, 02/14/19) – 8,655 (103,020)
  14. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 8,638 (624,521)
  15. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 7,694 (1,307,507)
  16. [PS4] NieR: Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition (Square Enix, 02/21/19) – 6,625 (27,950)
  17. [PS4] Far Cry: New Dawn (Ubisoft, 02/15/19) – 6,000 (44,668)
  18. [PS4] Resident Evil 2 (Z Version and Limited Edition Included) (Capcom, 01/25/19) – 4,505 (348,778)
  19. [NSW] Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle of the Moon Exploration (FuRyu, 02/28/19) – 3,370 (New)
  20. [PS4] Catherine: Full Body (Limited Edition Included) (Atlus, 02/14/19) – 3,000 (61,855)

If you think that the numbers aren’t bad just because Dead or Alive 6 is first, keep in mind that it only moved 26,000 copies.

For comparison’s sake, back in February of 2018, DualShockers reported on the Media Create sales for the week ending on February 11th when Dynasty Warriors 9 released, Koei Tecmo’s other big title that came out on the PS4, Xbox One and PC last year. You can see the numbers below to get an idea of how well Dead or Alive 6 measured up to some of the big games from the previous year.

  1. Monster Hunter World – PS4 – 159,613/1,750,969
  2. Dynasty Warriors 9 – PS4 – 117,495/New
  3. Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet – PS4 – 75,623/New
  4. Splatoon 2 – Switch – 23,461/2,021,028
  5. Shadow of the Colossus – PS4 – 21,900/New
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 19,210/1,327,107
  7. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Switch – 15,755/129,815
  8. Dragon Ball FighterZ – PS4 – 14,237/82,968
  9. Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – 13,912/1,601,866
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 12,087/859,764
  11. Dragon’s Crown Pro – PS4 – 11,691/New
  12. Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon – 3DS – 9,654/1,548,683
  13. Mario Party: The Top 100 – 3DS – 6,436/155,782
  14. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Switch – 5,625/19,547
  15. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch – Switch – 4,512/114,728
  16. 1-2-Switch – Switch – 4,477/395,563
  17. Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Sword/Magnum – 3DS – 4,437/501,342
  18. ARMS – Switch – 4,322/364,806
  19. Pokkén Tournament DX – Switch – 4,320/222,781
  20. Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Ver. – Switch – 3,373/214,492

The game hasn’t fared much better on Steam’s side, either. According to Steam Spy the game has moved less than 50,000 copies.

The game’s lukewarm start is likely attributed to the poor marketing for the game,which was confused and inconsistent for months leading up to its release.

A lot of core gamers were unsure if Dead or Alive 6 would properly retain the T&A that the series was known for. Eventually it was revealed that the jiggle physics were present and that the sexy clothes made it into the game. However, issues about grinding for parts and the over-expensive DLC left a sour taste in the mouths of gamers.

At this point Team Ninja is going to have to work hard to recover the image of Dead or Alive 6 and make the fans as happy as possible, because even though it topped out at number one in Japan, it did so with rather pitiful sales figures.

(Thanks for the news tip zac za and Richard Pell)

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