Super Meat Boy sells 1M, Bastion surpasses 500,000

Team Meat's bloody platformer reaches platinum status since 2010 launch; Supergiant's action RPG surges past half a million in sales.

As 2012 kicks off, the breakthrough indie gaming hits of 2010 and 2011 have reached some significant sales milestones.

More than a year later and still unspoiled.

Super Meat Boy developer Team Meat said today that its throwback platformer has sold more than 1 million units since launching in October 2010. In addition, Bastion-maker Supergiant Games recently revealed that its summer 2011-launched action role-playing game has surged past 500,000 units sold.

Team Meat took to Twitter today to reveal the new statistic for its bloody platformer, saying, "Fun Fact: Super Meat Boy past [sic] the million sales mark last month! PLATINUM BABY." Super Meat Boy--independently developed by Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes--debuted on the Xbox 360 as part of Microsoft's Game Feast promotion and was released a month later for the PC and Mac.

As for Bastion, Supergiant creative director (and former GameSpot editor-in-chief) Greg Kasavin declared sales of more than 500,000 units for the title on the game's official blog late last week. Kasavin said that holiday sales from Steam and the Xbox Live Arcade helped push Bastion past the half-million mark for the Xbox 360 and PC iterations of the title combined. What's more, Kasavin said such strong sales of Bastion--the studio's first game--put the developer "in a position to make more games on our own terms."

For more on both titles, check out GameSpot's reviews of Super Meat Boy and Bastion.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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PSR8000
PSR8000

@eyerok I agree. It was such a perfect platroomer, it really doesn't need a second one. I've played countless hours and still haven't fully completed it! :) I suppose, I kinda hope they would release SMB2 purely for the fact just to play the same game again with different levels and music lol :D

digi-demon
digi-demon

@vaejas I wasn't critisising smb... I was just stating the obvious... some people are way to defensive of others creations/properties.

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wavelength121
wavelength121

Have yet to play Meat Boy but Bastion? Really? Intriguing game but grossly overrated.

Litchie
Litchie

Super Meat Boy is one of the best indie games I've ever played. Well deserved.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Still haven't given SMB a look in yet. 1200 points was a bit much for me. Bastion however I did take a look at and it is awesome. Very well deserved sales for them, I hope they get more yet

eyerok
eyerok

aminal85 - nothing surprising about it because part of the reason Bastion sold so well was how well marketed it was, maybe courtesy Greg Kasavin and his contacts, and WB being behind it. But of course marketing can only get you so far, the game itself is pretty good too. SMB is like my all time favorite video game, not kidding. But comparing the two is like comparing apples to oranges, they're both entirely different games.

crossdudu
crossdudu

I wish they'd put SMB on PSN..

starduke
starduke

I got Super Meat Boy as part of one of the Humble Indie Bundles. I wouldn't have got it any other way, because that game is too frustrating for me to have much fun with it.

joel_c17
joel_c17

Kinda average really considering that you can buy it on steam for 5 dollars. I personally dont get the fuss about super meat boy at all.

aminal85
aminal85

im surprised it took smb this long to turn platinum, especially in comparison to bastion which is clearly an inferior product

supergp17
supergp17

lol @ the guy who traded Bastion to me for one lump of coal.. BWAH HA HAA!!

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

I didn't like SMB, but Bastion deserves every bit of praise it has gotten. I cannot say enough good things about that game. If you haven't played Bastion, you definitely should.

burgeg
burgeg

Super Meat Boy is one of my favourite games ever. True platforming perfection. God knows how many hours I put in to it. All I know is that it took me a long time to get 100%. It was just sooooo addicting. When the game was kicking my *** I just had to keep playing. It's a "just a few more tries" type of game.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I love Super Meat Boy, so addicting :)

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

2 of the best games i played this year, glad they sold well

vaejas
vaejas

@digi-demon Then you're one-in-a-million for never playing it! Your loss. And the "slow news week" jokes are funnier when it *isn't* actually a slow news week, like it is every single year around the holidays.

vgsak2005
vgsak2005

Super Meat Boy is probably my favorite game on XBoxLive arcade so cheers to "Team Meat". Wish they would make SMB2 but I'll take whatever they cook up next.

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IEpic_rOxIS

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digi-demon
digi-demon

Never played SuperMeatBoy... Must be a slow news week eh?

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@Ford_Cruller I've been playing it for almost a year and it still scares me. It's the most fun and enjoyable kind of brutal punishment I can find.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

I hope Super Meat Boy comes to PS3.

Ford_Cruller
Ford_Cruller

Congrats to Supergiant and Team Meat! Bastion was a great experience (still playing the soundtrack). Meat Boy scares me a bit, hope to get to it this year.

FinalKloud
FinalKloud

put Bastion on PS3, you will hit over 1mill on that system alone!

eyerok
eyerok

@PSR8000 - I'd rather they do something different for the next project. I mean, SMB was already a perfect game and a complete package with dozens and dozens of hours of gameplay. I also feel Bastion is a game that could be harder to make better the second time around, unless they bring radical changes in gameplay.

PSR8000
PSR8000

Defo the most addictive game i've played in years. The soundtrack is superb too! Well done team meat!! Roll on Super Meat Boy 2!!

eyerok
eyerok

Two of the best games I've played in recent memory

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

I like the atmosphere of Bastion but found some of the levels quite difficult and eventually got stalled.

alrcastro
alrcastro

and when he saw the news, the kid just smiled...

daabulls23
daabulls23

In related news, rage quitting goes up 1000%.

dab0ne
dab0ne

Nice! Bastion is really fun and I couldn't turn down the $5 Steam price tag during the holiday sale. Congrats to the devs on some great games.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Wow .. That's great news. Indie games should continue selling this well, maybe even better. Gives me hope that someday, a small nobody like me might as well will manage to make an indie game of his own !!!

Dark_December
Dark_December

Bastion was an awesome experience, glad they made it!

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

@Tixylixx Steam takes the smallest chunk out of anybody from sales. Also those sales are popular for a reason. I buy a lot of my games during the sales like most other people because I wouldn't want to pay full price. Steam averages 3 million a day in active user. And of those 3 million, all those one's that really wanted homefront got it within the first month. Now say only 100000 of those 3mil still want homefront, but would never pay $50 for it. All of a sudden it's $10 and those 100000 people buy it. That's a cool million they would have never received in the first place.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Just picked up both of these during the Steam sale. Haven't had a chance to play them with all the great games I've picked up over the past few weeks. :)

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@Tlxyllxx : Don't feel too bad about that man. I believe Steam takes a smaller percentage of the sale than EA or another large publisher would. Also, you have zealots like me that gifted Bastion like 5 times to my friends with 2 copies still in my inventory to spare. It's just good news for everyone that these high quality indie games are seeing success. It seems like the video game market is getting more and more entrenched and this is how change, improvement, and fresh ideas can grow.

Archontic
Archontic

Far lower numbers than either of these games deserve, especially Bastion.

tanerb
tanerb

Go indie gaming!

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

I would feel bad for buying most my games during the Steam sale, especially to small developers. However I have bills and a crap paying job so I cannot afford full priced games. So in a way the Steam sales allows us poor people to still support developers.

vchadl
vchadl

SMB rocks....great game.

jfontalba
jfontalba

i bet 75% of those sales came from steam's last week sales.

torbonator
torbonator

BASTION!!!!!!! is all the awesome!

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Great news, they deserve as they're some of the best indie games there is.