JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R Has Surprisingly High Sales In The US While MultiVersus Falls Off The Charts Completely

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R Has Surprisingly High Sales In The US While MultiVersus Falls Off The Charts Completely

And apparently there are still people who don’t own Smash Ultimate yet.

Fighting games can still probably be seen as somewhat of a niche genre in the grand scheme of the industry, but that niche seems to be growing all the time with the number of additional titles now consistently topping the charts.

The NDP Group recently released their September 2022 sales data, which revealed that JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R was among the top-selling games in the US last month, while MultiVersus fell off the chart completely.

JoJo’s fighting game managed to end the month in the top 10 overall at number 8, beating Elden Ring, which is pretty impressive considering the slew of other big game releases in September like FIFA 23, Splatoon 3 and The Last of Us: Part 1.

For individual consoles, All Star Battle R ranked among them, all reaching number 6 on Xbox, 9th on PlayStation, and 10th on Nintendo Switch.

Even though the JoJo franchise is probably more popular than ever in the West, these results are still quite surprising given that All Star Battle R is an enhanced re-release of a game released nearly a decade ago.

It also certainly shows that a fighting game can sell well without rollback netcode in 2022, but we don’t really see All Star Battle being a sustained success beyond launch.

Without a solid online connection and a lack of broader community push, JJBA: ASBR will likely end up going down the same path as the original release where fans enjoy fan service for a short while and move on.

Hopefully, these early high sales figures will spur Bandai Namco to create an all-new JoJo fighting game in the future to take full advantage of this worldwide popularity.

As for who’s not here, MultiVersus failed to chart at all for the month of September, which is a pretty big drop from its first 2 months – although that’s not bad news. in itself.

The new fighter for the Warner Bros. platform. launched as the top game in the US in July before dropping to 5th in August.

It was also an impressive feat for the title because the NPD trails their ranks in dollar sales, so it wasn’t just based on MVS being a free game.

However, when looking at NPD’s August sales, it becomes quite clear why MultiVersus has failed 3 months in a row.

The NPD Group apparently only counts MultiVersus sales through its Founder’s Pack Edition purchases only, so any money spent on the game itself doesn’t factor into its performance.

Everything is probably still going very well for the game given that it broke several records when it was released. We just won’t know how well he’s doing without WB telling us.

Perhaps even more impressive than JoJo and MultiVersus, however, is the continued sales success of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the game is now almost 4 years old.

Also, Sora was released as the final character over a year ago.

Smash Ultimate was still the 4th best-selling Switch title in September and 17th for the whole year in terms of dollars made for Nintendo.

So don’t expect 28.8 million copies to stop growing anytime soon.


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