Dark Souls sells big numbers in NA and EU, boosting Namco Bandai

Namco Bandai announced strong sales today in anearnings reportrevealing their business activity in 2011. The numbers were buoyed by a strong performance by Dark Souls as well as Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.

Both of those games managed to push above the 1 million mark with Ace Combat netting 1.07 million sales, and Dark Souls hitting 1.19 million in North American and Europe alone.

When combined with the Japanese sales figures from last November, 370,000 units, that means Dark Souls has sold well over 1.5 million and counting. And with the PC version of the game finally on its way in August, we fully expect this unlikely superstar to hit 2 million units sold by its one year anniversary.

Isn't it just heart-warming when hardcore games manage to reach retail success? Maybe we're still feeling burned after the relative failures of games like Okami, but every time we hear about Dark Souls' success we get so proud.

Especially considering we were incredibly pleased that Dark Souls' predecessor Demon's Souls sold 500,000 copies. Now we're looking at quadruple that number.

Andrew Groen

Andrew is a freelance video game journalist, writing for sites like Wired and GamesRadar. Andrew has also written a book called EMPIRES OF EVE: A History of the Great Wars of EVE Online.