Soulcalibur 5 sales are a million less than Soulcalibur 4's

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Soulcalibur 5 sales stand at 1.38 million copies as of 30th June, Namco Bandai revealed in its Q1 financial report.

Predecessor Soulcalibur 4 managed 2.3 million sales after eight months on sale, whereas Soulcalibur 5 has only been available for six. But in both cases, the meat of the sales were recorded directly after launch.

Pity, really, as Soulcalibur 5 very much got the cherished fighting series back on track - back in the same sort of shape it was in on Dreamcast a million years ago. Our Matt Edwards gave Soulcalibur 5 a "high five" and a score of 8/10.

What this means for a theoretical Soulcalibur 6, we don't know - will 1.38 million sales be convincing enough?

Namdo Bandai also singled out sales of anime tie-in Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, which have now broken the 3 million mark.

Namco Bandai earned 13.8 billion yen (113m) from game sales during the months April, May and June.

The entire Namco Bandai corporate machine earned 108 billion yen (894m) during the quarter - a figure that includes the company's huge toy and arcade divisions. Total profit was 45 billion yen (370m), which was an improvement of 31 per cent on the same point last year.

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