Last summer, Switch owners were treated to two particularly intriguing Nintendo-published exclusives - PlatinumGames' Astral Chain and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order from Koei Tecmo. It has now been confirmed that, as of December 2019, both games have managed to surpass one million sales.
Astral Chain has sold 1.03 million copies, while Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is just behind with 1.02 million copies sold; both figures include physical and digital sales. Earlier this month, Astral Chain's director Takahisa Taura revealed that the game had "sold above expectations", so perhaps this news was to be expected for Platinum's release.
Earlier today, Nintendo released an updated list of its top ten best-selling games on Switch. The games featured there have naturally amassed an even greater number of sales than the two mentioned here, resulting in some very impressive totals indeed.
Did you buy Astral Chain or Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 last year? Did you enjoy your time with them? Let us know if you think they deserve their success with a comment below.
glad to hear that Astral Chain sold more than 1mio units, really enjoyed this game
hope it gets a sequel
Really happy for Astral Chain, what a great game, it really deserves it
Have both. Beat AC. Very happy to see this. Astral Chain selling a million was a shock to me because PlatinumGames titles haven't ever hit that much on a singular platform. Bayonetta 1 was multiplat while 2 still hasn't hit a million. So for Astral Chain to come out as a fresh new IP with no ties to more popular, longer running names like Nier and Bayonetta is super impressive. Not to mention the fact that it released just months after it was announced so it didn't have as much hype buildup as other games and it still ended up being a success. As someone who's beaten it, it's really fun and unlike anything I've ever played before. Great combat, great music, and very interesting story. Marie is best girl. Hope to see more of from PlatinumGames on Switch!
As for Marvel I'm kinda surprised considering it's been so long since the last Alliance game that I thought nobody was interested in this anymore. Turns out everyone still is. Hopefully we not only get an Alliance 4, but a Marvel vs Capcom game as well.
Overall, great success for the Switch's more niche titles!
Really got to get back to Astral Chain. Had a rough start (for silly reasons) and about my only complaint was the silent player character (and by extension character creation) but I really should restart it.
Astral Chain ... while not Platinums best.... it’s among one of the best games on the console.
At this point I’ll buy anything with Platinum’s name on it. They are THAT good and they deserve it.
I just hope Tencent doesn’t meddle too much with the company in the future :/
Now... could we get Wonderful 102?
Like everyone else, I'm really happy Astral Chain has done so well. I got a Switch earlier in the month and it was the first game I bought - it's genuinely outstanding and easily stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Platinums 'tier one' games; Bayonetta and Wonderful 101.
I am so mixed about AC. I loved the gameplay (though I generally suck at games like Bayonetta and the like) such as using the different legions in tandem with your character, and I loved the setting, aesthetics, and design, but the story didn't really feel like it amounted to anything for me. It felt there was hints of what was actually happening, but then the game would either ignore what just happened, or it would immediately move onto something else and not give enough time to think about what happened.
I would definitely very much like a sequel that expands further.
With Astral’s success, bring Nier over already 😎
Just bought Astral Chain two days ago. I have not played it yet because I’m playing Breath of the Wild for the first time. I tried BotW a couple of time but I just never really got in it. And suddenly the game got a hold on me and I just can’t stop playing.
I never liked Bayonetta to be honest, but I’ve played Astral at a friends house a bit and I loved it. There was a huge discount on the game 2 days ago so I just had to buy it.
Bayonetta seems faster than AC and somehow I just could never really feel what I was doing in Bayonetta. With Astral it feels way better, but I haven’t played long enough to be sure about that. But for € 39,00 I just couldn’t let it pass.
Awesome news. AC is a really good game. Glad to see a new IP, that’s also Switch exclusive, sell well. Been having a ton of fun with UA too. Really enjoy playing 3-player co-op with my kids and the new DLC packs are great. Glad Nintendo showed making this exclusive wasn’t a mistake.
safe to say there will be more Astral Chain games seeing this success, Platinum games rarely sells one million copies
Love both of these games, not done with Astral Chain yet, but it’s been very enjoyable so far. UA3, I’m working on my second playthrough. I just love those games.
Yes. They both deserve it. Wish sales were a bit higher but over all good job
Astral Chain of next on my list as soon as I finish Fire Emblem Three Houses!
@fafonio yes please! I'd love Wonderful 102 (along with a port of W101)
I hope we continue to see Nintendo finance Platinum’s games. But their transformation into a publisher may result in fewer coming to Nintendo platforms...
Bought both games and enjoyed them greatly
Awesome. They're amazing games, they deserve all the success they get.
Good Game had a few issues but enjoyed at the end. But those are a bit low expectations for a top action game.
They need to go multiplatform if self publishing. No way that is enough if Nintendo had not payed for development.
Good for them, I actually have both games.
Please, with those numbers, let’s hope we get a Star Wars Jedi action game exclusively on the Switch
Great numbers for both! 👍
Really happy for Marvel especially, I feel like that game was pretty underappreciated.
I've started both but haven't gotten very far in either one (got distracted with other games). I'm playing through Starlink right now, so maybe after that I'll start seriously playing through one of those.
I had a great time playing Astral Chain over the summer. I don't adore it the way some people do (I often got frustrated with the platforming whilst in the Plane), but it's undoubtedly one of the most solid Switch exclusives we have.
Still sitting on MUA3. Got it for Christmas, but I'm currently engrossed in The Witcher 3.
Bought Astral Chain at the beginning of the month and just finished it yesterday. I almost passed on it because spectacle fighters are a genre I like but don’t love and I’m really glad I didn’t. What a spanking game! The pre action, detective stuff is what I enjoyed best. Any game with skill trees and lots of character customisation tickles me as well. And I was thoroughly tickled.
I don't recommend MUA3 to anyone. It would've been a suitable sequel if it came out a couple years after 2. It disappointed me heavily. I guess it's worth it for like 20 bucks but it is not worth the 60 dollar price tag
Happy owner of both!!
I bought both of these games on day-one. I even bought Daemon X Machina on day-one and I wasn't disappointed.
I have been interested in Astral Chain but probably won't buy a game from Platinum till Bayonetta 3 unless I find a good deal on it, but I did purchase MUA3 and love playing it co-op with friends when they come over.
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