Last week was a very special one for developer PlatinumGames and Nintendo and SEGA as their latest project together, Bayonetta Origins: Cherry and the Lost Demon, was released, but unfortunately it had a dismal debut week in Japan.
Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon was the only big premiere last week, which ran from March 13 to 19, 2023, so it was expected to have good sales, but it was the opposite.
According to the Famitsu report (via Gematsu), the exclusive Nintendo Switch title sold just 6,474 on its opening weekend.
Triple-A Nintendo games like Kirby, Pokémon, and Splatoon often sell tens of thousands of copies, but for a fairer comparison, Bayonetta 3, which debuted in October 2022, sold 41,285 in its top 3 days in the Japanese market.
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Bayonetta Origins was left to duty in Japan
Scandalously, Minecraft, a game that is more than 10 years old and that came to Nintendo Switch in 2018, also sold more than Bayonetta Origins, precisely 198 more units.
We have repeatedly pointed out how Nintendo Switch can no longer sell as much in Japan because it has already distributed more than 25 million in the region, but it is different with software, precisely because of this argument it is striking that Bayonetta Origins has been so low on the list. : where are the more than 25 million users?
In case you missed it: PlatinumGames wants to expand the Bayonetta Origins sub-series with more games.
This is not a problem with the Japanese market in general, but with Bayonetta Origins, since other titles like Splatoon 3 and Pokémon Scarlet & Violet sold much more despite having debuted months ago.
It is unknown why Bayonetta Origins did not attract Japanese audiences. Perhaps it was his different proposal than usual in the franchise, his childish aesthetics, or perhaps Japanese players simply want to avoid having children at all costs.
Either way, this is bad news for this nascent subseries, as those responsible for the project have expressed that they want it to continue, but there must be support from the fans. And the bad news extends to the fans of the series in general, since these bad numbers could scare SEGA and Nintendo and curb support for the development of this IP.
As for consoles, there was not much movement: the PlayStation 5 is still at the top, although it sold a few tens of thousands of units less than last week.
Next we leave you with the list of sales of Japan.
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe — 25,201
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet — 15,306
Splatoon 3 — 12,100
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — 9245
Minecraft — 6672
Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon — 6474
Hogwarts Legacy (PlayStation 5) — 5622
Nintendo Switch Sports — 5507
OCTOPATH TRAVELER II (Nintendo Switch) — 4707
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — 4289
PlayStation 5 — 34,156
Nintendo Switch OLED — 33,150
Nintendo Switch — 9798
Nintendo Switch Lite — 6637
PlayStation 5 Edición Digital — 6255
PlayStation 4 — 1115
Xbox Series X — 497
New Nintendo 2DS LL — 138
Xbox Series S — 58
What do you think about the dismal performance of Bayonetta Origins in Japan? Do you think Nintendo is encouraged to continue with this series despite poor sales? Tell us in the comments.
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