Valkyria Largely Ignored by U.S. Gamers
Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles was never expected to be a huge hit in the U.S.–Japanese tactical RPGs aren’t exactly lighting up the charts these days.
Nevertheless, pockets of gamers admired the stylish PS3 exclusive for its unique look and interesting mix of real-time and turn-based tactics. Those fans might like to know that the game sold just 33K units in the U.S. during November, according to NPD Group.
NPD’s David Riley told Edge the game didn’t manage to crack the top 100 game SKUs for November, whose software sales roster was ruled by titles including World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, Gears of War 2, Wii Fit and Call of Duty: World at War.
Valkyria Chronicles released on November 4 in the U.S. The title first shipped in Japan in late April, where it performed much better, shifting 77K units in its first week. It debuted at number three behind blockbusters Mario Kart Wii and Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, according to Media Create.
But in a U.S. shopping season that included such commercial heavy-hitters, it’s no surprise that this uncommon title was lost in the shuffle.