Just last week, Nintendo's latest creation Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido launched on both Switch and 3DS. The game is an action-puzzle mash-up with an incredibly high level of polish and a great story mode (we rated it rather highly in our review), but the initial sales figures for the game are shockingly low.
In Japan - the home nation of both Nintendo and sushi, no less - the game only managed to shift 5,235 copies on Switch and 2,392 copies on 3DS in its first week, combining for a total of 7,627 across the two systems. To put that into perspective, ARMS - another of Nintendo's brand new franchises introduced for the system - managed to sell 100,652 copies in the same initial time period. That's quite the difference.
Even though Sushi Striker was the fancy new release of the week, Nintendo's other evergreen titles still sold more copies despite some of them being over a year old. Splatoon 2 sold 13,423 copies (which included hardware bundles), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 10,063, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze sold 9,528, and even launch title Zelda: Breath of the Wild still shifted 6,516, which is more than Sushi Striker on Switch alone.
It seems quite likely that the game's full-retail launch price may have put off some customers - we know a lot of you lovely readers have mentioned the game's price in our comments sections - but it's still a shame to see it underperform. Here's hoping that this doesn't knock Nintendo's confidence to release entirely new experiences too much in the future.
Did you pick up a copy of Sushi Striker? Let us know how you feel about the game and why you have - or haven't - grabbed a copy yourself in the comments.