No, the cake isn’t quite a hoax, but it did left behind an important slice of information. Just last week, Atlus celebrated its strong first-week sales for the newly released eccentric puzzle game, Catherine, via a triumphant cake: “200,000 sold in the first week,” it exclaimed. Try: 200,000 sold-in the first week (meaning not necessarily sold in, but sold-in..duh?).
With fresh NPD report which has been published to analyses video game sales in North America, you may have been wondering as to why Catherine didn’t join among July’s top ten best sellers. The lowest-ranked game, which is, Mortal Kombat, had sold 85K units by the end of the month. Catherine just came in below that, selling 78K copies in its first six days (although it still propelling Atlus’ to biggest launch yet).
Another strange, well-received Japanese game, Shadows of the Damned, sold 14K during its second month — show signs that there will be no cake in hell.