What Square Enix Games Sold Well Last Year?

By Spencer . May 21, 2009 . 6:26am

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Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride and Dissidia: Final Fantasy were Square Enix’s big sellers racking up over two million units sold in Japan alone. In North America its a different story.

 

Only 60,000 units of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride were sold according to Square Enix’s fiscal year 2009 sales chart. Final Fantasy IV was their top selling game in North America with 300,000 copies sold. Chrono Trigger did well too with almost a quarter million copies in the market. Since Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was released in fiscal year 2008, it ties with Final Fantasy Tactics A2 as the second best selling game in the region.

 

Crisis Core was big in Europe. Final Fantasy IV sold a solid 180,000 copies which means it ties with The Last Remnant as the second best selling Square Enix game in Europe. Perhaps, Square Enix’s experiment of designing an RPG for the world could be considered a success. The Last Remnant sold better than Final Fantasy Tactics A2, Infinite Undiscovery, and Chrono Trigger by a large margin in PAL territories.

 

Tips on how to read the chart:

Sales figures are in units of 10,000 so the 20 for Star Ocean: The Last Hope means 200,000 copies sold.

Games like Final Fantasy IV (Japan) and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (NA) were released in the previous fiscal year. These numbers do not indicate total sales.



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  • http://anosou.com/ Anosou

    Interesting figures for sure. This might make them try for new concepts more often, I know they’ve got it in them!

  • Malek86

    What’s the column on parentheses mean?

    Anyway, I guess the “other” Squenix games include any games not on the list, like TWEWY… it was released in April in both Europe and USA, did it do so badly that they won’t say anything about it?

    Aside from that, the difference between the “other” games in EU and US is quite big.

    • ReturnOfSomeDude

      The column with the parentheses is saying the total number of units sold for each region. Japanese count large numbers in 10,000s instead of 1,000s so tack 4 zeros onto the end to get the counts.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      If you mean the column all the way on the right with 14.41 million those are last year’s sales numbers for the same period (i.e. last fiscal year).

      Also, don’t take it as TWEWY sold badly. Sales data for that Sigma Harmonics and other games in the first half of the year were previously posted:

      http://www.siliconera.com/2008/11/07/square-enix-sequels-remakes-sell-well/

      The game sold 120,000 copies in the US, but only 20,000 in Europe.

  • nectarsis

    I wonder why the Star Ocean psp games were ignored…hmmmm

    • http://www.twitter.com/Celedin Celedin

      I’d assume since they weren’t as big releases as the others on the list they were heaped into that big “others” section.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      Lots of games aren’t on the chart which is why I was initially reluctant to post it, but as Celedin says those games may not have been considered key releases. Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeon isn’t on the list either.

  • Kevin

    Go Last Remnant! I want a sequel

  • chasty

    squarenix is failing miserabily in this gen.the’ve made wrong choices and decisions.good sales are referred only to PSP and NDS.very low the sales on xbox360.the last remnant,unfinite discovery and star ocean 4 are average and annoying games.Square enix has lost his magical touch jumping on Microsoft bandwagon. I bet that the sales can’t cover development’s costs of these games. this mean that the majority of JRPG fans aren’t xbox360 owners.Sony’s WKC and star ocean 4 sold the same worlwide but WKC hasn’t been release outside of Japan. maybe Jrpg genre is dead or maybe Squarenix today is an epic fail.

    • Helves

      Square Enix is now a big publisher, that means it has more games under its brand, but also more crap. Infinite Undiscovery and Star Ocean are tri-Ace-developed games, average, but not annoying. In my opinion. The Last Remnant is the worst of three, a new flag title developed in-house with a poor and incomplete final product.

      I don’t think it only has to do with the 360 switching, but with the change of strategy…the cheaper development and western-oriented games are not fitting too well. They’re trying to win the western market, but as the chart shows, japan’s still their best bet.

      By the way, we love the old school SE games and they know well, why change?

  • darthLegion

    If anyone has a DS and hasn’t played FFTA2, go out and pick it up right now. I’ll wait. You still may be able to find it for 50% off at GameStop. That’s how I got mine. I wouldn’t have been able to afford it otherwise.

  • Joanna

    I think their major problem is price. Their games are still really fun, but I cannot spend 45 (50 with tax) CAN on day one releases of SE games, even though I know I will love them (few excepts like TWEWY, FFTA2, and CT which I purchased day one). I usually wait till the price slides a bit. I think if they lowered their price to nintendo standards (35-40 CAN), they would sell a bit more. I know I’ve said this before, but those 5-10 dollars do make a difference. Oh, and I am exclusively looking at DS games, because that’s the system that I use the most. Or maybe Canadian prices are insanely inflated? whichever, the prices really need to be dealt with.

  • Aoshi00

    I’m not as knowledgeable on this subject as the others here, correct me if I’m wrong, but could it be that JRPGs just don’t have that much of a market in the US anymore, unlike the 90′s on SNES & PSX? You have young gamers who think JRPGs are a thing of the past, then you have gamers who played RPGs before who have grown up and moved on to the more mature FPS and war games. People get jaded and keep dismissing any characters in JRPG as “emo”.

    FF still is a killer app because of the brand power. Million sellers now tend to be inFamous, Killzone2, Resistance, etc. MGS4 and RE4/5 have evolved more in the line of shooter. And Capcom making games like Dead Rising 2 and Lost Planet 2 for the West..

    I don’t think recent JRPG have decreased in quality per se, if they stick to the tried formula, people say it’s a PS2 game w/ HD graphics, if they experiment too much or have unconventional system it’s rather niche. How did Valkyria Chronicles do on the PS3 anyway?

    But yeah, TLR was an unfinished product and rushed out to consumers too soon, it was sold on Amazon for $40 on day 1 for a reason.

    I’m still buying all the new RPGs, but personally I find it harder and harder to finish at 29 yrs old compared to as a teenager or college student. My gaming taste has grown quite a bit and now I prefer shorter games. I’m able to finish RE5 or Gears of War 2 in 2 weeks while it takes me forever to tackle games like P4, which I would have no problem doing before.

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