Not all Japanese publishers are facing dark days.
Namco Bandai has enjoyed its best fiscal year since 2008, and this positive performance is due in part to the critically acclaimed Dark Souls .
From Software's award-winner sold 1.19 million copies in North America and Europe (remember that Namco Bandai did not distribute the game in Japan), and in another solid showing, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon topped the million plateau as well (1.07 million). Other notable titles for the publisher were Tales of Xillia (770,000), Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi (700,000), and Soul Calibur V (690,000). Perhaps with slightly better review scores, the latter could've done better given the high-profile status of its name.
All told, Namco Bandai took in revenue of 454.2 billion yen ($5.7 billion), which is up 15% in the year-over-year comparison, and net profits were also up to 19.3 billion yen ($241.8 million). So they're lookin' good for now.
Related Game(s): Dark Souls