Here’s a bit of news that doesn’t come as a shock: the latest Pokémon game, Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition topped the Japanese DS charts according to Media Create’s weekly retail chart with 172,027 units sold.
But there’s a twist to those numbers.
Now here’s the part that’s a little shocking. According to several retailers, the game isn’t following the expected pattern and appealing to children. Instead Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition is selling well to adults. One retailer’s report collected by Siliconera said, “the entirety of buyers at his store consisted of college kids.” Another agreed that “[sales] only picked up at night, which is when adults started to arrive at the store.” Of course these are just anecdotes and don’t represent the whole picture, but it’s still worth noting.
I can see why the strategy RPG that mixes Nintendo’s creatures with Japanese warlords might appeal to older gamers as it doesn’t have the manic collect-them-all nature of the original Pokémon series. I hope this one makes its way to North America. The image of samurai and scythers mixing it up in a turn-based, isometric strategy game is just too awesome to miss.