Sonic Boom Fails to Sell Half a Million Copies Since Release

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SEGA had big plans for their Sonic Boom spin on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Sadly, last fall’s Sonic Boom games were largely eviscerated by critics and fans alike. As part of the unfortunate turnover at publisher SEGA, we just found out how badly it really did, via the company’s quarterly earnings report. To be exact, the two games have sold 490,000 units combined since November 18th.

To give these numbers some context, Sonic Lost World from 2013 sold 640,000 units, still on Wii U and 3DS, in the equivalent time frame in late-2013. If you needed further evidence as to SEGA’s recent announcement to restructure their business around digital and mobile, the numbers on Sonic Boom add fuel to the fire. They are the slowest selling Sonic games in history.

In the meantime, SEGA reported that Wii U software sales have hit 230,000 units through Q3 (indicating that Sonic Boom sold worse on this platform). The 3DS business is slightly better for them, hitting 900,000 units. The company expects to hit 1.16 million 3DS software units sold for the fiscal year 2015, while Wii U is much less optimistic at 20,000 additional units expected to sell.

Despite SEGA’s best efforts, it appears that the Sonic Boom franchise is off to a poor start on the games front. Beyond a poor start to a much-ballyhooed spin-off, the company recently announced voluntary lay-offs in their San Francisco office and are shifting their business away from retail product.

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