No More Heroes 2 is an M-rated gamers game for Wii, and it sold like one too

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A game is created and marketed as “the Wii game for the hardcore!” This game goes on to get plenty of industry buzz, gets put on a pedestal after its release as a wonderful addition to the Wii’s library only to flop commercially in spectacular fashion. If this was actually a two way conversation, you would’ve stopped me almost immediately to point out that this story sounds a lot like the numerous Greek tragedies that have befallen games such as MadWorld, Little King’s Story, House of The Dead: Overkill, Dead Space: Extraction, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Zack & Wiki, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, and No More Heroes.

If first week sales are any indication, you can go ahead and throw No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle into that pile along with its older brother, as analyst group EEDAR estimates that the critically acclaimed sequel only managed to sell around 30,000 copies in its first week at retail. This isn’t as bad as the 9,000 copies Dead Space: Extraction sold in its first week, but I wouldn’t qualify it as comforting either.