Tekken 8 Was The Best-Selling New Game In US Last Month

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Another Major Accomplishment For Tekken 8!

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  • Tekken 8 was a huge success in the US at release.
  • In January, the game finished as the second best-selling title in the region.
  • It beat the likes of Persona 3 Reload and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth for this spot.

Tekken 8 has been a breakout hit following hot off the heels of Tekken’s best-selling entry.

Having exceeded Bandai Namco’s expectations last month, this game has already sold over two million units. However, more impressive is the fact that it ended up as the second best-selling title of January in the US.

Why it matters: The Tekken franchise had not found success like Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter until recently, and it seems the eighth mainline title ensures this momentum is being carried forward.

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Tekken 8 Screenshot From First Trailer

As reported by Circana, Modern Warfare 3 retained the top spot for the best-selling games in the US last month. However, Tekken 8 was not too far behind, finishing in the second position.

Considering the game launched at the month’s end, these results are quite impressive. Competition like Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth and Persona 3 Reload finished behind this fighting game, highlighting Bandai Namco’s success.

Quite surprisingly, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League finished in third place. Having launched to a disappointing number of players and poor impressions, this live-service looter shooter’s spot on the list has been a pleasant surprise.

Nonetheless, Tekken 8 has earned a well-deserved spot on the list. It also boasted better player counts than other fighting games on Steam, thanks to a focus on appealing to both legacy and new players.

Tekken 8 offers a slew of modes and features. The game launched with cross-play, rollback netcode, and extra modes like Tekken Ball. Furthermore, Bandai Namco introduced revolutionary features like Ghost Battle with this entry.

All of these factors have come together, contributing to this success.

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Kazuya From Tekken 8

Despite this success, the fighting game has also been the subject of controversy recently.

Bandai Namco has confirmed the introduction of a cosmetic shop for Tekken 8, selling legacy costumes and avatar customization as microtransactions. However, fans have not been fond of the developer’s decision to add this shop after its release.

Still, Tekken 8 remains an incredibly fun fighting game with hours of content to explore. For hardcore players, the game has an incredibly high skill-ceiling, while casual players can engage themselves in the heaps of game modes already present in the title.

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