Nintendo’s JRPGs sell big, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 crosses 1.5 million units, Octopath Traveler sold 1 million units digitally in just three weeks [Update]

Nintendo has revealed updated sales numbers for a few of their recent games in their latest financial briefing.

They revealed that the Monolith Soft developed JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has crossed 1.5 million units sold, making it the most successful game in the Xeno-series by far. The original Xenoblade Chronicles sold just shy of 1 million units on the Wii while Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U sold around 850k.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is now the 10th highest selling first-party game on the Switch.

Monolith Soft’s Xenoblade team are currently working on a new project that series director Tetsuya Takahashi “wanted to make for a long time”. We can’t wait to see what they’re up to next. I just want them to remaster Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Switch, is that too much to ask for?

The Square Enix developed Switch exclusive, Octopath Traveler, also got some attention. Nintendo revealed that Octopath Traveler had sold a massive 1 million units digitally in its first three weeks, and they were taken aback by its success. The game was a surprise hit with both Square Enix and Nintendo unable to keep up with demand. Expect exact sales numbers from Square Enix soon. High digital sales from Octopath Traveler also contributed to Nintendo’s high digital sales, which they reported that their package games sold through 60% digitally.

Octopath Traveler was developed by Square Enix’s Business Division 11, the same team behind the criminally underrated Bravely Default series. They’re currently rumored to be working on a new entry in the series.

Update: That Octopath sell through number could be a mistake as some people are suggesting the number sold includes physical sales as well. We’ll update this article when Nintendo updates their website with the information.

Update #2: Yep, that was a mistake. Nintendo has uploaded the official docs.

Despite this being a completely original title, SQUARE ENIX announced that global shipments and download sales reached 1 million units within three weeks of release. According to them, both shipments and sell-through continued to climb after that, and sell-through has now surpassed 1 million units.

Still great news though!

Certainly is a good time to be a JRPG fan!

Danial Arshad Khan

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