Yakuza 1 and 2 HD was released on Wii U in Japan last week, and the sales numbers have now been released … and they’re not good. According to Dengeki’s sales charts, which run from Aug. 5-11, the game couldn’t even crack the top 50.
To make matters worse, the game was apparently outsold by Battlefield 3, which took the 50th spot and only mustered 1,878 unit sales. Seriously, could the game have sold that bad? However, the one silver lining in all this is Yakuza was released on Aug. 8, so technically, the game didn’t enjoy a full week on the shelves before its first week’s sales numbers were reported. Even still, though, a series as popular in Japan as Yakuza should have sold well more than 1,800 copies in the four days following its release.
We can only assume the worst for the series’ future in the West, as fans had been hoping the HD remake would have been successful enough in Japan to convince SEGA to bring it to the West, even as a downloadable version. Moreover, this can’t be good news for those hoping for a Yakuza 5 translation either.