The extraordinarily weird and difficult Catherine was finally released in Japan this week, and -- go figure -- they loved it. The title topped the sales charts, selling more than two times the amount of the next most popular game, which was no slouch itself: Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Catherine was the top title on both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 over there, picking up two slots in the overall top ten. Quite a debut.

Despite the success, Atlus released a statement this week that the game isn't coming to North America any time soon. "Catherine is a Japan-only game," the statement reads, "and there are no plans for a NA release at this time. Sorry about that!" The company subsequently sent an email out to its "Atlus Faithful" mailing list, containing only the above image, whose background looks suspiciously similar to the color of the Catherine box art.

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