According to a Cake, Catherine Sold 200,000 Units its First Week

Posted by Alex (1824 posts) -

Whenever I have a conversation with someone about Atlus and the games the notoriously niche publisher puts out, the conversation always devolves into some permutation of, "Yeah, but how do they make money?" For as great as many of Atlus' titles are, the company almost exclusively deals in oddball Japanese role-playing nonsense that treads pretty far off the beaten (mostly beaten by Square Enix) path of games that American audiences acknowledge the existence of, let alone actively want to play.

The elucidating cake in question.

After reading today's news that Catherine, the Q*Bert-meets-anime/mumblecore (animumblecore?) game Atlus mostly recently brought to American audiences, sold 200,000 units in its first week of retail, I may have to stop asking that question. Now, to be fair, this information comes from Atlus' Twitter feed, and specifically from a picture of a cake. In celebration of the milestone, this cake had the sales numbers emblazoned in icing for all to see.

Unfortunately, as we all know, cakes are by far the most unreliable of all dessert treats, known for providing consistently apocryphal information and constantly double-dealing for the pursuit of their own nefarious gains. Perhaps if this information had come on some manner of pie, or spelled out in chocolate chip cookies, then we could rely upon it. But a cake? They're like the Robert Ford of desserts.

Seriously though, whatever you may have taken away from the experience of Catherine, it's always good to see games outside the mainstream norm of "shoot that guy" and "stab that dude" find success. Given the massive retail disappointments that were Child of Eden and Shadows of the Damned, this does at least give us some hope that Japanese weirdness can still succeed in America. Especially if there's marketing for it.

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#1 Posted by Alex (1824 posts) -

Whenever I have a conversation with someone about Atlus and the games the notoriously niche publisher puts out, the conversation always devolves into some permutation of, "Yeah, but how do they make money?" For as great as many of Atlus' titles are, the company almost exclusively deals in oddball Japanese role-playing nonsense that treads pretty far off the beaten (mostly beaten by Square Enix) path of games that American audiences acknowledge the existence of, let alone actively want to play.

The elucidating cake in question.

After reading today's news that Catherine, the Q*Bert-meets-anime/mumblecore (animumblecore?) game Atlus mostly recently brought to American audiences, sold 200,000 units in its first week of retail, I may have to stop asking that question. Now, to be fair, this information comes from Atlus' Twitter feed, and specifically from a picture of a cake. In celebration of the milestone, this cake had the sales numbers emblazoned in icing for all to see.

Unfortunately, as we all know, cakes are by far the most unreliable of all dessert treats, known for providing consistently apocryphal information and constantly double-dealing for the pursuit of their own nefarious gains. Perhaps if this information had come on some manner of pie, or spelled out in chocolate chip cookies, then we could rely upon it. But a cake? They're like the Robert Ford of desserts.

Seriously though, whatever you may have taken away from the experience of Catherine, it's always good to see games outside the mainstream norm of "shoot that guy" and "stab that dude" find success. Given the massive retail disappointments that were Child of Eden and Shadows of the Damned, this does at least give us some hope that Japanese weirdness can still succeed in America. Especially if there's marketing for it.

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#2 Posted by Matoya (416 posts) -

Neat

#3 Edited by Vinny_Says (5630 posts) -

nice, getting mainstream recognition finally....

#4 Posted by Cincaid (2948 posts) -

Great for Atlus.

So...Persona 5?

#5 Posted by Rudeboy217 (1760 posts) -

Delicious

#6 Posted by Sayishere (1838 posts) -

Im glad, the game deserve some praise, despite its difficulty.

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (34598 posts) -

Cue the Portal jokes in 3, 2, 1, GO!

#8 Posted by LiquidPrince (15606 posts) -

So fucking stoked. Catherine is one of the best games I've ever played... and I've played a ton of games. So happy for them!

#9 Posted by Ragdrazi (2283 posts) -

Cake sourcing is the new crowd sourcing.

#10 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19154 posts) -

According to Nich Maragos over at Atlus, the game actually didn't sell 200k copies in retail but shipped 200k copies.

#11 Posted by JonDavis (610 posts) -

I don't trust desert treats.

#12 Posted by Slaker117 (4835 posts) -

Dammit Alex, stop making me smile with your writing.

#13 Posted by ckeats (489 posts) -

"Unfortunately, as we all know, cakes are by far the most unreliable of all desert treats, known for providing consistently apocryphal information and constantly double-dealing for the pursuit of their own nefarious gains."

I laughed.

#14 Posted by TekZero (2638 posts) -

It's too sweet to lie. 

#15 Posted by Axelhander (159 posts) -

Bothers me when games like this do well.

#16 Posted by NekuCTR (1663 posts) -

Cant wait for Persona 5. those sale numbers will probably be bananas.

#17 Posted by Landon (4115 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ said:
According to Nich Maragos over at Atlus, the game actually didn't sell 200k copies in retail but shipped 200k copies.
Are you saying THE CAKE IS A LIE?!?!?!?!?!?.....I'm sorry...
#18 Posted by sixpin (1277 posts) -

Alex, how dare you besmirch the character of cake! Any adverse allegations as to the quality of cake and any cake related sales numbers are obviously lies and speculation spread by pie.

#19 Posted by JetForceGemini (174 posts) -

Nice, but I hear it fumbles too frequently to work ;)

#20 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

The fact it sold more than Shadows Of The Damned is a crying shame.

#21 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2661 posts) -

@JonDavis said:

I don't trust desert treats.

Like... cactus cakes? Armadillo pie?

#22 Posted by CookieMonster (2408 posts) -

No way.

#23 Posted by ToxicFruit (1713 posts) -

Good for atlus

#24 Posted by DumbFounded (45 posts) -

Very nice! I just wish they had announced it for Europe sooner as im guessing many people who were interested probably imported it, may delay their cake over the pond!

#25 Posted by tgammet (88 posts) -

Cake over pie, bitches. I said it.

#26 Posted by Count_Zero (299 posts) -

@Landon said:

@FluxWaveZ said:
According to Nich Maragos over at Atlus, the game actually didn't sell 200k copies in retail but shipped 200k copies.
Are you saying THE CAKE IS A LIE?!?!?!?!?!?.....I'm sorry...

Technically, Alex Navarro strongly implied the falsehood implicit in the cake in the article. We're all just making it explicit.

#27 Posted by cooljammer00 (1285 posts) -

Mmm, if I was stuck in the Sahara I could go for some cake with a half naked girl on it.

#28 Posted by JetForceGemini (174 posts) -
@Napalm said:
The fact it sold more than Shadows Of The Damned is a crying shame.
Thank EA for that :/
#29 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (2950 posts) -

A game that deserved to sell well actually did!  Fantastic news.

#30 Posted by Eirikr (1006 posts) -

I give that cake two stars.

#31 Posted by UberExplodey (904 posts) -

great. now give me persona 5.

#32 Posted by Bestostero (2758 posts) -

mmm erotic cakes

#33 Posted by LiquidPrince (15606 posts) -

@Axelhander said:

Bothers me when games like this do well.

Cause you suck?

#34 Posted by Lelcar (591 posts) -

I'm happy for Atlus. Catherine is a sweet game.

#35 Posted by brocool (701 posts) -

Rum and Coke for everyone!

#36 Posted by SumDeus (1857 posts) -

When I read the tweet I thought it was referring to a pie chart as a cake. But no, that's a cake.

#37 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2661 posts) -

@Axelhander said:

Bothers me when games like this do well.

I was going to say you are a bad person, but then I looked at your profile and saw you've been playing a bunch of DW Gundam 3. So it turns out you just don't like games.

#38 Edited by Luke (1609 posts) -

If these sales numbers are considered good, than that may be a good thing because more games in this "style" (graphics/animation/story) need to be made.    
 
With that said, I never ever want to actually "play" a game like this ever again.  The gameplay portions in Catherine are not to my liking at all, personally.  Being frustrated constantly playing a game on Normal Difficultly isn't so bad I guess, I kinda liked it at times because challenges are a nice change of pace and all, but the thing that sucked about Catherine (to me) was the gameplay got really boring really fast.  
 
Catherine needed more to it in my opinion.  Like maybe one or two more types of gameplay elements, completely unrelated to anything to do with puzzles/etc.  
 
I really hope they've moved-on to working on Persona 5 in this style of graphics/animation/story telling and these sales numbers could mean just that :)  

#39 Posted by Homeslice (470 posts) -

I can't wait for that desert treat from thatgamecompany.

#40 Posted by Bigheart711 (1250 posts) -
AWESOME! :D
#41 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5235 posts) -

I only trust Choco Tacos.

Also good on ya Altus.

#42 Edited by mewarmo990 (821 posts) -

Yep, there was a huge marketing push behind Catherine, which helped a lot.

THERE BETTER BE SOME CAKE LEFT WHEN I GET TO WORK TODAY. Damn testers.

#43 Posted by xombi242 (179 posts) -

Oh man! This is awesome. It sold more in it's first week than even Demon's Souls. Nice job!
@Haru48: I sure as hell can't wait for P5 as well!

#44 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4969 posts) -

@Rolyatkcinmai said:

@Axelhander said:

Bothers me when games like this do well.

I was going to say you are a bad person, but then I looked at your profile and saw you've been playing a bunch of DW Gundam 3. So it turns out you just don't like games.

OOOOOHHHHHH SHIT!

#45 Posted by Tophat666 (229 posts) -

YES!!!!!!

Make that crazy Atlus money for Persona 5.

Great to see this game do well so quick, hope the good sales continue.

#46 Posted by shinluis (426 posts) -

So basically Alex is saying the cake might be a lie then.

#47 Posted by Juicebox (485 posts) -

grrr someone is gonna say that cake is a lie .

#48 Posted by kollay (1923 posts) -

I'd lick it.

#49 Posted by WJist (311 posts) -

I'm glad I live in a world where weird games like this and No More Heroes can exist without causing some kind of singularity. 
 
All NPD numbers should be on cakes, btw.

#50 Posted by kollay (1923 posts) -

@Juicebox said:

grrr someone is gonna say that cake is a lie .

You just did. Now how do you feel?

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