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Sega says Sonic/Mario Olympics will sell 4 million copies

Sho_Nuff82

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http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7234&Itemid=2

Next-Gen.biz said:
Sega believes that Mario and Sonic at the Olympics will sell 4 million units, equaling the feat of the original Sonic title released in 1991.


Mario and Sonic at the Olympics, which goes on sale for Nintendo Wii in November, will pit Nintendo and Sega’s flagship characters against one another for the first time, and Sega believes it has a sure-fire hit on its hands.



Bloomberg reports that Masanao Maeda, a corporate director at Sega's gaming unit, forecast that the title will sell 4 million units, although he didn’t specify a timeframe for achieving the milestone.



The target is equivalent to almost 20 percent of Sega’s games sales during the last financial year ended March 31.



Sales of the title will no doubt be given a boost by next year’s Beijing Olympics.

So they're expective Wii Play/Gears of War type sales for this game. Lofty, but it should be huge in Japan and Europe at least.
 

TheGreatDave

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I wouldn't laugh it off, but it seems a little...ambitious. Sega being in charge of it outside Japan will mean it'll never be as successful as it could have been.
 

Kyoufu

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Sho_Nuff82 said:

Bloomberg reports that Masanao Maeda, a corporate director at Sega's gaming unit, forecast that the title will sell 4 million units, although he didn’t specify a timeframe for achieving the milestone.

But is he willing to take a ban bet?
 

gimz

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wow wii and ds version combine?

if its the case, i can see 1 million each for both wii and ds in Japan, and just need 2 more million for US and UK
 

PowerSmell

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Official license olympics game + Mario + Sonic + Mario & Sonic + Sonic & Mario + IN THE SAME GAME!!!! + Wii + NDS = At the very least 4 million.

This has cash cow written all over it. I don't think anybody should underestimated it.
 

gimz

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if they put the wii <-> Ds connectivity in the game

"connect your DS to your wii, to unlock new content on your DS!"

and people will be force to buy a wii
 

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tetrisgrammaton said:
from what i read i understand it to be both versions

Honestly I don't expect the Wii game to sell that well, and indeed, I actually think the DS version may bomb a little bit. Perhaps Im underestimating the hype for this game, but i can't see it having a big impact sales-wise.
 

GDGF

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If this becomes the new Wii Sports, I could see it happening. Nintendo should sweeten the deal by including a Wiimote with the package.
 

Zen

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For that to happen, the game would have to be a real game, and Sega would have had to not crap all over Sonic for the past 7 years. People would have eating this stuff up if both of those criteria were true.
 

dr3upmushroom

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Don't see how this is impossible... You have the Sonic fans who buy anything Sega shits, you have Mario which appeals to just about anyone and it's a mini game collection...
 

xaosslug

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hmm, will the powerful draw of Mario be able to usurp the immediate "DO NOT WANT" attitude victimised Sonic fans have been conditioned respond with over the years re: Sonic software? STAY TUNED, TRUE BELIVERS!
 

GDGF

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Yeah, this game will appeal to a shit load of audiences. Nintendo fans, Sega fans, casual gamers, Olympic, uh, fans.

It may not hit 4 million, but it's going to hit multiple millions. Hell, four isn't really out of the question.

Seriously, if they did put a Wiimote in the package I would say 4 for sure.
 

jarrod

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4m lifetime is an easy bet honestly. Remember too that Nintendo's publishing it in Japan (legz!).
 

.dmc

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Defuser said:
If Wii Sports can only sell up to 2million what makes he think it can sell over 4 milllion?

That's only because Wii Sports was a pack-in in the West, if it was sold seperately I wouldn't be surprised if the game was well over 5million WW by now.
 

jarrod

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Defuser said:
If Wii Sports can only sell up to 2million what makes he think it can sell over 4 milllion?
There's near 9m copies of Wii Sports in homes right now.
 

Jiggy

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I could see... I don't know, 2.75 million worldwide.

Very little of which will be from the DS game. I'm seriously not expecting much from that version, partly because a lot of people missed that it was even going to be made and partly because multiplayer experiences are generally more intended to be played on a TV. (With obvious exceptions like, you know, Pokemon.)
 

FoneBone

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xaosslug said:
hmm, will the powerful draw of Mario be able to usurp the immediate "DO NOT WANT" attitude victimised Sonic fans have been conditioned respond with over the years re: Sonic software? STAY TUNED, TRUE BELIVERS!
Bear in mind that "Mario and Sonic, together for the first time" is going to draw in a fair amount of people that would be less interested in either franchise on its own.

Don't know about 4 million, but it'll be pretty huge (laugh if you want, but I doubt the Wii version will even be that far behind Mario Galaxy or Smash Bros).
 

Ezduo

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Has there even been a next-gen console game to sell that much (besides possibly Wii Sports)?
 

ZeoVGM

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MiamiWesker said:
I love Sega but this is definitely :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol

You realize this.. is Sega AND Nintendo, right?

4 million worldwide is NOT impossible. Chances are it'll definitely hit at least 2 million worldwide.
 

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Jiggy37 said:
I could see... I don't know, 2.75 million worldwide.

Very little of which will be from the DS game. I'm seriously not expecting much from that version, partly because a lot of people missed that it was even going to be made and partly because multiplayer experiences are generally more intended to be played on a TV. (With obvious exceptions like, you know, Pokemon.)

Really? Games sell like mad in Japan on the DS. I could see sales accounting of mostly DS copies.

Or maybe not.
 

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If counting both Wii and DS version it could happen, I think this game will sell quite well for a long time. Mario + Sonic + Olympics = three large trademarks that will attract people, all in one game.
 

TheGreatDave

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smurfx said:
lol poor delusional sega. it might of sold 4 million if it wasn't a olympics game. has there ever been a real successful olympics game?

Is there any reason why an Olympics game shouldn't be successful in this brave new post-Wii Sports world?
 

jonezer4

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Article said:
Bloomberg reports that Masanao Maeda, a corporate director at Sega's gaming unit, forecast that the title will sell 4 million units, although he didn’t specify a timeframe for achieving the milestone.

He didn't specify a timefame guys. Give them till 2235 or so, it's realistic.