It's happening everywhere. Japan isn't immune any longer.
While the shooters still aren't quite as popular in the Land of the Rising Sun, the lure of Call of Duty is global. And it means that little games like Ni no Kuni can't really compete.
According to Andriasang , first-week sales for Level-5's colorful new RPG came in at 65,000 units, which represents only 40% sell-through of retail stock. At the same time, the best selling game of the week was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 , which hit 179,000 units sold on the PS3 alone. That's 75% of retail stock, by the way, which means it'll start being sold out soon. For the record, Black Ops sold 125,000 in its first week, and MW2 sold 104,000.
So these days, it's not a good idea to launch a JRPG at the same time as a new CoD…even in Japan.
Related Game(s): Ni no Kuni