The research firm the NPD group recently announced that Capcom's Bionic Commando sold a mere 27,000 copies in the U.S. between its release date, May 19, 2009, and the conclusion of the month. NPD said that it could not disclose how many copies sold were for the PlayStation 3, but only that the 27,000 figure applies to sales across both platforms.
It's a remarkable disappointment for two reasons: the first and most obvious is that Bionic Commando is a famous Capcom franchise. The second reason is that Bionic Commando was developed by Grin, the same company that brought the brilliant Bionic Commando Rearmed to the PlayStation Network. Bionic Command Rearmed sold 130,000 copies in its first week. Yes, it was less expensive because it was a downloadable title, but still, it was anticipated that Bionic Commando would topple last year's downloadable remake.
Here at PSU, we didn't award Bionic Commando as high a rating as we did Bionic Commando Rearmed, but it's an excellent game nonetheless. It really is surprising to see this most recent version of Bionic Commando sell so poorly. Better luck next time, Grin and Capcom.