Shin Megami Tensei V sales far outpace recent big RPGs’ UK launch sales

Atlus Shin Megami Tensei V sales boxed physical launch UK outpace better than Bravely Default II, Tales of Arise, Monster Hunter Stories 2 Nintendo publisher

Physical sales data for UK video games is out for the week ending November 13, 2021, and Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei V (SMT5) is doing exceptionally well compared to other big RPGs that launched this year. As relayed by GamesIndustry.biz, when it comes to¬†Shin Megami Tensei V sales, “Launch boxed sales are 60% higher than February’s Bravely Default II (also Switch), 43% higher than June’s Monster Hunter Stories 2 (Switch again) and 23% higher than September’s Tales of Arise (PlayStation and Xbox platforms).”

The fact that Nintendo itself served as the game’s publisher in Europe in lieu of Atlus or Sega (which published it in North America) may have played a factor in the game’s comparatively large success. However, the game is also just spectacularly good, as our review indicates. Granted, Shin Megami Tensei V still only finished in 9th place for most sales for the week, while Animal Crossing: New Horizons sits at #3, Mario Party Superstars sits at #7, and the Switch version of Minecraft is #8. But GamesIndustry.biz describes RPGs as “typically a niche genre in the UK,” so that shouldn’t be taken as discouraging.

Here is the rest of the GfK Top Ten sales data for the week ending November 13, 2021:

Last Week This Week Title
1 1 Call of Duty: Vanguard
2 2 FIFA 22
7 3 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
New Entry 4 Forza Horizon 5
4 5 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
New Entry 6 Jurassic World: Evolution 2
3 7 Mario Party Superstars
8 8 Minecraft (Switch)
New Entry 9 Shin Megami Tensei 5
6 10 Guardians of the Galaxy

It remains to be seen if this trend of SMT5 trouncing other RPGs continues globally and if that sales momentum can be maintained over time. For reference, as of August, Bravely Default II had sold nearly 1 million copies after having launched in February 2021 exclusively on Switch, and those numbers have surely shot up since it arrived on Steam on September 2. Meanwhile, as of last month, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin had sold 1.3 million units across Switch and PC after launching in July, and Tales of Arise had surpassed 1.5 million units sold across PlayStation and Xbox after launching in September.

If Shin Megami Tensei V sales can hold it together for a while, we could have a two million-unit seller on our hands here. Are you one of the players who already bought it? If so, make sure to check out our guides galore for beginners and veterans.

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!