Epic Mickey 2 Sold 270,000 Copies in North America
A post on Joystiq today reports that Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, didn’t put up very impressive numbers after its November 2012 release. First noted in an article in the Los Angeles Times, the Epic Mickey sequel only moved 270,000 units. On the face of it, that’s not a terrible showing…but it seems a lot rougher when you compare it to its predecessor’s performance in 2010 in the same time frame. The first Epic Mickey sold 1.3 million copies in the same amount of time—nearly six times as many.
Why such a discrepancy? The Wii-exclusive first game’s Metacritic score broke 70 percent, while the multiplatform sequel’s highest average score is the Wii version’s 64 percent, while the Wii U only managed a 56, with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions hanging steady in the middle at 59. While Metacritic averages are far from definitive proof of a game’s quality, the fact that the sequel is widely regarded as a subpar follow-up likely had a major impact on the game’s disappointing sales. Alas.
In light of this data, it seems as though the Disney Infinity initiative may be coming at just the right time.