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Sonic Boom sells just 490K copies, Sega Sammy expects to lose 13B yen for the year

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Sonic the Hedgehog's latest game, Sonic Boom, sold just 490,000 copies during the holiday quarter, Sega's parent company announced in its quarterly earnings report (PDF), making it one of the lowest-selling games in the console series.

A decrease in sales in Sega's arcade and home game business, Sammy's amusement business and an organizational restructure at Sega Sammy (PDF) will result in lower net sales and a 13 billion yen ($109 million) loss for the game maker, according to updated guidance from the company.

Sega said it sold 1.76 million units of Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation during the holiday quarter, which spans October to December. The company also sold 640,000 copies of Football Manager 2015 during the same period. Sales of its two Sonic Boom games, Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS, sold 490,000 copies combined.

That's lower than the most recently released Sonic the Hedgehog games for consoles and handheld platforms. 2013's Sonic: Lost World, which was also released for Wii U and 3DS, sold 640,000 copies during its debut quarter. Sonic Generations, which was released on four platforms, sold 1.63 million during a similar period in 2011. Sonic Colors sold 1.85 million during a similar period in 2010.

Sonic Boom reviewed poorly at launch. The Wii U version, developed by Big Red Button, and 3DS version, developed by Sanzaru Games, have average review scores of 32 and 47 on Metacritic.

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