Microsoft’s little motion doohickey Kinect came out and with it a slew of titles, including the Sonic-Heroes-on-airboads racer, Sonic Free Riders. Now that the thing has been out just over a week, how has it been doing against the likes of Dance Central and Kinectimals?
Not too good.
With just under half a million Kinect units sold, preliminary numbers via VGChartz show the title is one of the unit’s worst sellers at only 18,000 units moved.
Kinect Week One Sales, Americas:
- Kinect Adventures – 479,992
- Kinect Sports – 142,991
- Dance Central – 132, 554
- Kinectimals- 98, 303
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved: 61, 338
- Fighters Uncaged:31,939
- Kinect Joyride: 31,854
- Sonic Free Riders: 18, 402
- Motion Sports: 16,198
- Adrenaline Misfits: 3,602
- Dance Masters: 3,459
While VGChartz isn’t always completely accurate due to leaving out certain retailers from their data collecting methods, the numbers, which will be as close as we’ll ever know with how secretive Microsoft is on figures, show another resounding flop for the franchise.
Would the inclusion of normal controller support be enough to tip sales instead of solely relying on Kinect? Probably. But it’s up to Sega to see if it’s even worth the effort to do that.