Zombies and cheerleaders prove successful, as Lollipop Chainsaw sells 1 million copies

2012 hack-and-slash game for Xbox 360 and PS3 from Grasshopper Manufacture reaches new sales milestone; sequel teased.

It took 20 months, but Grasshopper Manufacture's 2012 Xbox 360 and PlayStation hack-and-slash game Lollipop Chainsaw has now sold over 1 million copies to date.

"Get your celebration gear on! Lollipop Chainsaw has sold more than a million copies!!!," the studio said on Twitter. "Woot Woot!!"

The official Grasshopper Manufacture Twitter account goes on to tease that 1 million sales means the game could see a sequel someday. "Personally, I think so," the studio wrote.

In Lollipop Chainsaw, 18-year-old protagonist Juliet lays waste to zombies with a chainsaw while wearing a cheerleading outfit. The game initially shipped 700,000 copies, the highest shipment tally ever for a Grasshopper-developed title.

The studio, led by Goichi Suda AKA Suda 51, also created No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned. The Japanese outfit shipped Killer Is Dead for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC last year and is currently working on action game Lily Bergamo for the PlayStation 4.

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deadpen
deadpen

That isn't bad, it only took about two years to reach this milestone. Most games have to wait hours after launch to hear this type of news.

bourne714
bourne714

I had the unfortunate displeasure of playing the train wreck that is Lollipop Chainsaw.

DEATH775
DEATH775

I would most definitely buy a sequel of Shadow of the Damned. Now that game is seriously great fun.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Shadow of the Damned was the only good game this loser made. Someone needs to explain to these Japanese devs that they're not rock-stars, they're game developers. Talk about no grip on reality. And they wonder why the Japanese game industry is in the toilet? Pfft

chev9342
chev9342

@Vodoo Aren't you the same troll that said that the Wii U was outsold by the Xbone and PS4 when the two consoles just launched? 

Also, the only Japanese companies that's going to shit are Square and Capcom because of their stupid strategy to only appeal to WESTERNERS  instead of staying true to the fans. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Vodoo Considering this guy is one of the few approachable humble devs out there and how you seem to know nothing about "Killer 7" you are a great example of "And they wonder why maturity has died in gaming.

Just saying. Although we all know that you are just a troll so talk about being a "looser" lol

chev9342
chev9342

I want No More Heroes 3.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Twenty months to sell one million copies?

A success?

Okaaaaaaayyyyyyy...... Whatever helps you sleep, Suda.

chev9342
chev9342

@PlatinumPaladin It means that it sold well enough to warrant a sequel you jerk. Go wack off to COD some more. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@PlatinumPaladin This is a low budget tittle form an independent studio of less than 80 people. If you knew at least a little bit about games you would know that selling 1 Million with those resources and only on consoles is a success.

But I guess trolling on games websites is easier than being up to date regarding how the industry works...

Pupchu
Pupchu

Lollipop was good old fun. Bring on the sequel!

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

Out of this, both No More Heroes games and Shadows of the Damned, this is definitely the one that I connected with least on a comedy and gameplay level. I found most of the jokes more annoying than funny and the combat was just dull for me. I don't really know exactly why this is the case because I am a big fan of the other games I listed.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

I'd buy the sequel. Being a fan of chicks with chainsaws, zombies, and Troma films, I felt the game was a special treat just for me.

packtop
packtop

That's not really succesful imo.

That games was on sales often for 10$, just a few months after release.

pen_and_paper
pen_and_paper

@packtop  Well, that really depends on how much it cost to make. If they are excited about sales and planning a sequel, that means it made money. Look at some other games like Kingdoms of Amalur that sold over 4 million copies in the same time and were considered failures because of the massive amount of money it took to make. Success is often relative.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@packtop This is a low budget tittle form an independent studio of less than 80 people. 1 Million with those resources and only on consoles is a success.

feared4power
feared4power

I would rather have a sequel to killer is dead

divinejester
divinejester

Possible sequel. Nice. 


Also looking forward to Lilly.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@thissonicboom  I agree, this was one of my picks for Game of the Year in 2012. 

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

It was a good fun and over the top game.  I died a few times just because I was laughing through a lot of it. 

psuedospike
psuedospike

It's about time, LC is a deceptively awesome game!

tomtutt
tomtutt

Didn't the Tomb Raider remake initially sell 2-3 mil. units, and SquareEnix bitched about how it was a commercial flop, yet this game sells 1 million units and Grasshopper cheers. Funny. 

PStrife
PStrife

@tomtutt This did not require anywhere near the crazy Square Enix type of budget, that is why selling one million is a big deal.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@tomtutt There is a difference between a multi-million distributor and a 80 employees company. This last one counts every single yen they expend.
So it all has to do with the way you handle stuff up there :)

Barighm
Barighm

@PStrife @tomtuttNeither did the original Gears. It had a budget of $10 million. Clearly games don't need ridiculous budgets to be successful. I'd like to know what the development budgets for games like Lollipop and Dragon's Dogma, another game with 1 million sales getting a sequel, was.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

It certainly proved to be a better game than SplatterHouse remake. 


See them both having much in common, with course SH being a buggy mess, that went through development hell. & Lolly being made rather well.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

1 million copies in sales is great for a new IP. For any game to reach over 1 million copies sold is great since there are so many choices out there. Gamers can only buy so may games per month. So a game like Lollipop chainsaw will be overlooked. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

A mere million copies is enough to tease a sequel? I never (chain)saw that coming. Makes me wonder how other companies are far from cheering even when their games sell multiple millions. I guess the development and marketing wasn't that expensive.

mellow09
mellow09

Nice to see. That was a fun and varied game.

Leria
Leria

Honestly wish that they would port this to the PC, it looks like an awesome game.

Jay2528
Jay2528

This game wasn't perfect but it was fun. I personally wouldn't mind a sequel.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@Jay2528 And that's why it was fun, they didn't try to create a ubber game with exaggerated mechanics, they created a simple game and focused in making it fun.

saintkido
saintkido

the only reason i played this game...and it's name is Juliet :3

Hurvl
Hurvl

@saintkido I don't know a lot of games with someone called Eric, I think it's too common. I have better luck in movies and TV, with True Blood countryman Alexander Skarsgård playing Eric Northman and The Crow protagonist Eric Draven.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

i'm sure this game is a lot of fun  if you are stoned.


And thats not a criticism, just an observation.

Lhomity
Lhomity

Not ashamed to admit I loved this game from day 1, and still go back to it from time to time. Endlessly fun.

meedokicky
meedokicky

@Lhomity I tried to platinum it, but some are pretty tricky, especially that condola thing >_< "tall tall tall I wanna be tall tall tall as big as a wall wall wall as big as a wall wall wall"

meedokicky
meedokicky

@Lhomity @meedokickyI hope too :) got that gondola trophy today btw :D got it on easy mode though, not sure if that changes anything.


will do, I am not an online player though lol except for Tekken occasionally, which people mostly disconnect with me cuz they see red connection bars XD

Lhomity
Lhomity

@meedokicky @Lhomity Nice work on the trophy. You won't have to hear that song again for at least a while.


I have TTT2, but not Tekken 6. Feels like a long time since I played any Tekken.