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Final Fantasy XIII-2 debuts at #1 Japan, barely scratches FFXIII's launch record

The sales stats are in for Final Fantasy XIII-2's launch in Japan, and depending on how you skew it they're either cause for celebration or a reason to doubt the franchise's future. At least, on Xbox 360 anyway.

According to a report issued by Japanese sales tracker Media Create, Square Enix's direct Final Fantasy XIII sequel sold 524,217 copies in its first week—December 12 to 18—beating Monster Hunter 3G for the 3DS (208,427) for top spot; and pushing Mario Kart 7 (182,418) to third place.

In another knock to Final Fantasy XIII-2's ego, the Xbox 360 version didn't even manage to rank. More importantly, Final Fantasy XIII-2 barely touched the sales record achieved by Final Fantasy XIII's launch week back in December 2009, wherein it broke the one million mark in one day and proceeded to move 1,501,964 units in its first week alone. For math nerds, that means Final Fantasy XIII-2 fell short of its predecessor's debut numbers by 65%.

This isn't necessarily devastating news; 500K is still a decent amount, and many other studios would kill to shift that many copies in one week. However, this is Final Fantasy, and expectations were naturally higher.

On a positive note for Microsoft fans, Square Enix has revealed it will be making Serah's chain-boosting bow, Azrael, exclusive for Xbox 360 at 80 Microsoft Points ($1). The weapon is said to change the owner's destiny, so here's hoping it'll do the same for Final Fantasy XIII-2's Xbox 360 sales. Then again, there's still a chance Square Enix will increase its stats when it releases the sequel next year in North America on January 31, and later in Europe on February 3.

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11 comments

  • Lhomity - December 24, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    I don't get why anyone would be surprised at sales for the 360 version in Japan. Look at sales for the 360 console in Japan. Japanese gamers don't care about the Xbox 360 or pretty much any piece of American technology or game. Never have. Never will. Even EA rely on Sega to publish their games in Japan. Activision's MW3 was published by Square-Enix there. At this point, reporting on 360 game sales in Japan is utterly pointless. The only reason Squeenix have their game on 360 is because they like taking large cash incentives from Microsoft to do so, and considering how many Americans and Europeans are 360 owners - can you blame them?
  • chazd34 - December 21, 2011 5:53 p.m.

    And another thing all of the fantasy games, are very fun to me. You have to love action to love these games. Whoever don't like the games, does not like action games bottom line. That is like GOD OF WAR COLLECTION, and GOD OF WAR 3, are killer action games. And I have beating them all on my playstation 3. Hoping they are soon going to come out with another collection for 4 and 5....That would be very cool...
  • chazd34 - December 21, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    For one thing i have got both of the systems x-box 360 with everything that comes with it. And I have playstation 3 320GB, and the best console I have played and I have even played the same games, to see which one was better. And the playstation 3 was a hell of alot better than the X-BOX 360. Alot better graphics,alot faster, and that is all i have to say about that.....
  • cokelogic - December 21, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    You mean the direct sequel to a game that many people were disappointed with didn't do as well? How could this have happened? Seriously folks, XIII-2 looks better than XIII, but it's got that dirty XIII branding.
  • Clovin64 - December 21, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    The 360 isnt exactly everyone's favourite console in Japan, is it?
  • extremis-colson - December 21, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    I'm not surprised alot of japanese gamers dont even have an xbox, why would that game get any shine when they can get it for playstation 3??? Wait til it comes over here in america then we can talk...
  • profile0000 - December 21, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    Reading this headline kind of hurt. Hope it ends up selling well, though, 500k is still great.
  • Cyberninja - December 21, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    well thats still is a good number no matter what and seeing as it isnt a new numbered game the fact that it didnt break the records is not surprising
  • CommanderCrunch - December 21, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    It would be interesting to see how X-2 sold compared to FFX.
  • polarp - December 21, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    According to vgchartz. First week sales figures of X and X-2 are as follows, Final Fantasy X Week USA Europe Japan 1 N/A N/A 1,906,152 Final Fantasy X-2 Week USA Europe Japan 1 N/A N/A 1,561,553
  • CommanderCrunch - December 21, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    Unless I'm remembering wrong XIII didn't even get a 360 release in Japan, so those numbers are hardly surprising. A lot of people were disappointed by XIII (I wasn't one of those people)and everyone was disappointed with XIV and are probably holding out on XIII-2 until they are certain that it fixes what they didn't like about XIII or until a price drop.

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