Looks like all the anecdotal "I bought it!" evidence
was accurate: Marvelous Interactive president Yasuhiro Wada announced on the company's website that No More Heroes
has sold 100,000 copies in the U.S. Compare that to the 40,000 that shipped
in Japan and it's clear that what once was
a bomb is now kind of a hit for our favorite video game band, Grasshopper Manufacture. NPD doesn't seem to agree, reporting 65,000 copies
sold in the U.S. in January. We don't know if Marvelous's numbers are from a different estimate or including February or what.
Marvelous is shipping 160,000 copies to Europe, as they expect even more
demand. This may be the reason for the brief delay
. Overall, they are shooting for 500,000 total sales. That may not sound huge by most game standards, but for a tiny company like Grasshopper, and for such a bizarre game, that's huge.