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Binding of Isaac sells 700,000 copies

In video gaming it's not very common to see artistic games surging to the top of the sales charts. Journey was one of the proud few who managed to break through the glass ceiling for artsy games, and now it looks like The Binding of Isaac is the latest.

"Who would have thought a game about an abused child fighting off his mother with his tears could ever sell 700k copies in less than a year," wrote the game's creator, Edmund McMillen, in an email to the press last night. 

McMillen also added that the game's DLC "Wrath of the Lamb" which launched in May is also selling strongly, and helped boost the title past the 700K figure. When we last heard sales figures for the Binding of Isaac, it was in late January when the game had only sold 450,000. The new figure suggests BoI has some staying power and is continuing to sell.

In closing the email, McMillen (who is also the creator of Super Meat Boy) added the small note, ""700k is a big number... maybe its time to bring this thing to console ;)" Perhaps alluding to rumors that he had been in talks with Sony about bringing BoI to PlayStation 3/Vita in the wake of being rejected from the 3DS.

8 comments

  • Shinn - June 22, 2012 2:34 a.m.

    That's what happens when you sell a decent game for a realistic price. If you charge people what a game is worth, they'll probably buy it.
  • Gazanator101 - June 21, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    I have played the hell (no pun-intended) out of this game, like at least 70 hours worth. It was my favourite game of 2011, and a game I rated higher than games like Portal 2 and Skyrim even though I loved them also. I look forward to putting in another 70 hours when it comes to PSN, most probably and likely compared to XBLA, I can't imagine Ed wanting to work with Microsoft again. Also wish Nintendo didn't block the 3DS version, would have loved to play that on my 3DS. Anyways, congrats to Ed on the game's success. PS Wrath of the Lamb is a pretty awesome expansion, even though he has basically made the game ten times harder also haha.
  • tiben36 - June 20, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    so, if 800k makes patcher think max payne 3 was blunder, what does he qualify this game as? patcher = retard
  • jackthemenace - June 20, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    The game definitely deserves the sales, I think it's amazing. It's cheap, and infinitely repayable, on top of being super fun. The DLC also does nothing but add to the experience. That said, though, I don't think the game would work so well with a controller- and that's coming from a hardcore console gamer. I despise playing games with a keyboard and mouse, but there's something about teh shooting mechanics in BoI that wouldn't work with an analog stick, I reckon. it would go pretty nicely on a handheld like the Vita, maybe, although i think it needs the precise buttonage of the old DSes.
  • LordGremlin - June 20, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    This game is awesome. I've logged 150 hours in it and still keep playing. This is insane - and insanely cheap. I'm not sure it's fit for TV screen, no, but on Vita, especially properly controlled with sticks and buttons without touchscreen it would be awesome. It's hundreds of hours of fun. Day 1 purchase.
  • MasterBhater - June 20, 2012 1:20 p.m.

    Wait, he got rejected by the 3DS? Why would Ninty do that!?
  • Omrikon - June 20, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    Oh, I dunno... It might have something to do with the whole "naked child being abused by his totally psychotic, religious mother". That or the bloody, shit-stained dungeons filled with half-aborted fetuses and parasites that you must slay by crying at them lest they murder you first. I guess it just doesn't sync well with Nintendo's "family-and-children friendly" image. I don't know what the big deal is. Isaac (and the rest of the graphics) are adorably macabre, and great fun.
  • badgraphix1 - June 20, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    If you haven't bought this yet, do it. It's insanely fun and super cheap. So far my favorite game this year.

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