In its earnings report, filed this week, Sega reports just 490,000 combined copies of Rise of Lyric on Wii U and Shattered Crystal for 3DS. The company isn’t saying whether that’s games sold or units shipped either.
The figures put the unfavourably-reviewed, bug-ridden Sonic Boom games at the bottom of the pile when it comes to previous sales hauls for the iconic blue hedgehog’s major outings, according to Eurogamer.
The site points out even Sonic Colors racked up 2.18m sales back in 2010, while Sonic Lost World for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS managed to rack up more than 710,000 sales.
Those numbers pale in comparison to the original Sonic The Hedgehog which amassed 15m, the sequel which took in 6m and the brilliant Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics for the original Nintendo Wii, which sold 11.3m.
Does this underwhelming outing consign Sonic to gaming history? Or can Sega’s most celebrated character spin himself out of this mess and rise again?
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