You might not be familiar with Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! outside of the Japanese game charts. Having never been localised for Western release, this board-game style series is comparable to Monopoly or Fortune Street, seeing players attempt to become successful entrepreneurs.
Initially produced by Hudson Soft, Konami took over publishing duties when they absorbed the former in 2012, continuing to release new entries. Launched on Switch back in November, the latest game has witnessed an undeniably impressive sales streak, bringing in nearly two million sales.
It was at No.1 in Japan for 11 weeks – making it the first game to do so in Japan for nearly 20 years – but that run has finally come to an end. As was confirmed last week, it's been knocked off the top spot by Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, which sold 250k copies in its first week. Momotaro Dentetsu was pushed down to second place, still selling a still-respectable 46,000 units, but nothing can take away that record-breaking sales streak. Bravo, Konami!
[source gonintendo.com, via famitsu.com]
Konami can stop pursuing their business on Pachinko, mobile games and bring more games to consoles + port the Rhythm Arcade games (DDR, Beatmania IIDX, Gitadora, Pop'n Music, Sound Voltex, etc) to consoles again. Bring back the glory of 2000's era ! 🤟
I really want this game now. I love Railroad Tycoon 3 and still play a campaign every once in a while but this is more like a board game which could be interesting.
Honestly, Nintendo need to convince Konami to bring their ip to Switch. Get the band back together. Square and Capcom support is brill
What game had the record for 20 years?
I love these kind of games (Fortune Street, Dokapon Kingdom, Culdcept). Is any of this IP available in the west?
Wish there was English support. If be importing it asap
Major surprise is Animal Crossing didn't get a 11 week unbroken run at some point.
Waiting on a price drop.
"Nothing stops the money train"
So, what held the record before this overtook it?
It would be interesting to play it but its in japanese and I don't read japanese
I hope they Localise it 😂😂😂
@mattesdude @andrewclear It didn't specifically take over any game, in fact Momotaro's streak is the longest in at least 25 years (that's as far back as Famitsu's sales archives go). I think they just meant that, in the last 20 years of recording, 11 weeks happens to be the longest. I dunno why they didn't say 25 years, because that would have also been true.
I also dunno if any game (Super Mario Bros. / World for instance) beat that record before 1995, cause Famitsu only has records of total regional sales for that time period, not weekly sales.
P.S. Sorry for the reply spam, I worded things poorly in the previous ones lol
That's also my dream.
@Anti-Matter I'm sure the 90's were Konami's glory days. By 2000 they had already started to strip down the home console dev teams.
I doubt they could make a game these days without outsourcing.
If any game could've set the record before, it would likely be a Mario or Dragon Quest game.
Not to take anything away from Momotaro Densetsu - that is a fantastic achievement, and the weekly and overall sales are both great - but it released at a good time, with few big releases to give it any trouble.
Really looking forward to seeing how Monster Hunter Rise does. Likely to be the biggest opening week of the year.
Also interested in Bravely Default 2 - don’t think it will be huge, but I really want to see this genre succeed.
@TeslaChippie Thanks for digging up that info!
@X68000 Totally agree with you, Konami was at its best in the 90s. They released so many masterpieces during that decade.
@DjinnFighter in the 80's it was Konami and the MSX, the 90's were all about Konami and the Super Famicom.
For me, they were every bit as good a developer as Nintendo.
Konami released home console games during 2000's era such as DDR, Beatmania IIDX, Pop'n Music, K-1, Keyboardmania, Para Para Paradise, Pro Baseball, etc on PS2. Konami also made some DDR games on XBOX and XBOX 360 too.
They started to decline home console release after 2009. Konami focused on making Arcade only games with e-amusement card feature which they can upgrade the machine with new series via online without making too many Arcade machines.
@Anti-Matter GMD/Bemani ‘games’ have always had limited appeal outside of Asia and cannot be classed as part of Konami’s Glory Days as far home releases are concerned. Many people will argue they had a rapid decline in ‘overall’ quality after their transition from 16 to 32 bit systems. They struggled to get to grips with polygon based games when they excelled in the unfashionable 2D sprite based titles. In the early days of Ps1/N64 and Saturn their best titles were still 2D and they were few and far between.
I’m their heyday Konami were a major force with masses of dev teams across multiple home computer, console and arcade platforms but that is sadly a distant memory.
In my opinion, 2000's era was the best moment of Konami for their BEMANI games on PS2, XBOX and XBOX 360.
Well, i am a different audience of Konami games.
I still played their BEMANI games until today.
You can see my avatar Beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD as my favorite Beatmania IIDX on PS2.
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