The NPD has just released their sales data for the month of March, and though it’ll hardly come as a surprise to most, the results aren’t looking good for SEGA’s robot-themed third person shooter. Binary Domain has reportedly sold just 20,000 copies in its first full month on North American shelves, while Mass Effect 3, despite a significant amount of fan backlash, managed 65 times that, selling 1.3 million for the month, not including its digital sales.
On the handheld front, Kid Icarus Uprising on the 3DS sold 140,000 copies after 8 days on shelves, while Resident Evil: Revelations reportedly moved 122,000 for the month. No Vita games seem to have charted.
Though Binary Domain managed a solid debut in its native Japan, it has struggled to find similar success in the West, despite the aims of the development team to create a franchise with worldwide appeal. New IP by their very nature can be a tough sell in today’s risk-averse economic climate, and with an incredibly minimal marketing campaign and decent but unspectacular reviews from the press, Nagoshi’s latest was unable to find its audience in the wake of the far better-promoted Mass Effect 3: another futuristic adventure with third person shooting mechanics and a heavy emphasis on story.
Even with its strong debut, Mass Effect 3 was unable to rescue the month of March in the eyes of the NPD, who’s reporting a 26% decline of software sales year-over-year, though with the group continuing not to track digital numbers, the relevance of such a figure is debatable.