Update - It has been revealed that SEGA was planning on shipping between 50,000 and 60,000 units of its sound novel thriller '428' for Wii, most likely due to the genre being extremely niche. SEGA and Chunsoft's previous sound novel was called 'Imabikisou' and arrived on the PS3 back in June of this year, selling just over 22,000 units in its first week, but then plummeting down the chart the following week and disappearing forever more. Its Wii re-release Imabikisou: Kaimei Hen did not fare quite as well, failing to break the upper regions of the Media Create Top 50 and slinking away after just one week. So if you look at those facts, 50,000-60,000 units actually looks pretty good, showing SEGA has higher hopes for this Wii-exclusive.
On top of this, since receiving the top score in the latest issue of Famitsu, interest is rising in '428: The World Does Not Change Even So', meaning the sky could indeed be the limit! Many will be hoping that SEGA at least gives the game a limited run in the West, keeping the Japanese voices and simply providing subtitles to retain the original atmosphere.
Original Story - Upcoming SEGA-published and Chunsoft-developed Wii visual novel '428: The World Does Not Change Even So' has become the second Wii game to achieve the elusive top score from Famitsu. The Japanese publication has been criticised over the years for being open to various influences from publishers / developers, but it is obviously still a massive honour for game makers that see their titles obtain straight 10/10 scores from the four reviewers. For reference, below is the full of games to receive the same 40/40 accolade (in chronological order):
1.) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, Nintendo, Nintendo 64)
2.) Soulcalibur (1999, Namco, Dreamcast)
3.) Vagrant Story (2000, Square Co., PlayStation)
4.) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003, Nintendo, GameCube)
5.) nintendogs (2005, Nintendo, Nintendo DS)
6.) Final Fantasy XII (2006, Square Enix, PlayStation 2)
7.) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, Nintendo, Wii)
8.) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008, Konami, PlayStation 3)
9.) 428: The World Does Not Change Even So (2008, Sega, Wii)
This now means that the Wii is the first single platform to achieve two perfect scores from Famitsu (the other obviously being Smash Bros. Brawl), whilst also being the first achieved on a Nintendo system and not actually made by Nintendo, as well as being the first SEGA game to feature on the list.
Elsewhere, SEGA also has success with its new Nintendo DS RPG 'Blazer Drive', scoring 8 / 9 / 9 / 8 for a total of 34/40, whilst Cooking Mama on Wii obtains a surprisingly strong 8 / 8 / 7 / 6, 29/40 in total.