Final Fantasy XIII Goes On Sale For The Third Time In Japan This July

By Spencer . May 9, 2011 . 8:53am

pclSquare Enix is about to re-release Final Fantasy XIII… again. Ultimate Hits Final Fantasy XIII for PlayStation 3 and Ultimate Hits International Final Fantasy XIII Platinum Collection (say that three times fast!) for Xbox 360 are scheduled to arrive in stores on July 21, according to Square Enix’s online e-Store.


The "Ultimate Hits" line is Square Enix’s own budget label. After sales taper down, Square Enix re-releases their hit games with a silver stripe on the packaging. Both versions will retail for 3,990 yen ($49).


In Japan, Final Fantasy XIII for PlayStation 3 has Japanese voice acting, the original theme song "Kimi ga Iru Kara," and Japanese subtitles. The Xbox 360 release only has English voice acting and Leona Lewis’ song "My Hands," but has English and Japanese subtitles. Square Enix also created an easy mode and added the Final Fantasy XIII – Corridor of Memory – booklet which details unused event scenes and an after story starring Lightning.


Final Fantasy XIII-2 is slated for release this year on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan.

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  • solbalmung

    And still no news about FFXIII-2, I want to know what kind of tweaking they did to the battle system and see more about the previous cast of characters >_<; !!!

  • nyobzoo

    wasn’t the game less than $20 a week after launch in Japan? Why would people buy it at a higher price again?

  • eilegz

    its sad to see how square enix sold out and screwed FF, lets hope that FF XIII-2 do a better job

  • kupomogli

    Possibly the second worst RPG I’ve ever played. Eternal Eyes is worse.

    • Eternal Eyes!!! Upgrading puppets made no sense.

    • Tatsuya1221

      Nothing is worse than unlimited saga, NOTHING.

      Though i will agree that eternal eyes wasn’t that good.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Unlimited SaGa was an experiment. It was suppose to simulate a real life Pen and Paper RPG. That’s why it played a lot more like a board game. In theory it was a nice idea but in practice it was flawed because it meant you had to roll a dice for everything and everything was left to chance. It can be rather frustrating because of that. But still not too terrible of a game. I was able to get enjoyment out of it. It wasn’t perfect but I still ended up liking it.

  • Ryos

    Easy mode for FFXIII? What’d they do, make it so you can just press X to win every fight or something?

    • malek86

      Press X to Omnislash!

      • doomspeller10

        Or press [] to supernova all enemies.

    • Exand

      That’s already the case in the regular game…

    • Aoshi00

      Some enemies took ridiculously long to “break”, easy mode shortened the battle time by a great deal and made some fights less tedious. I finished the Jpn PS3 ver once and couldn’t bring myself to finish it again in Eng., so the easy mode was helpful. I toggled the easy mode on and off, but near the last couple of dungeons I usually chose easy just to save time.

  • Testsubject909

    So… why would anyone buy this for 50$?

    The 360 version featured up there to top it off, that’s on 3 discs, with lower graphics, and with a huge silver stripe on the side causing empty spaces of black and a smaller picture…

    Who would? I don’t understand…

    • godmars

      I like the irony that the 360 version comes with a illustration book which includes material which was cut from the game, likely because there was a 360 version of the game.

    • PurpleDoom

      In Japan, the MSRP for the PS3 version was 9240 yen, which is almost certainly over $100. 3990 yen is a much more lucrative prospect for those that don’t have the game yet – and there’s far worse budget packaging than the “Ultimate Hits” stripe.

    • Aoshi00

      It’s for mostly for Jpn players who only have a 360 or who played the PS3 ver but would want to listen to the English voice acting. If they were to import the US PS3 version, there’s no Jpn subtitles for them, whereas the 360 ver has both Jpn and Eng text (changed in the system language setting). I got it for the easy mode and the artbook/epilogue novella. The box was actually quite big and nice, VHS size like Lost Odyssey w/ each disc having a different tray.

  • imaguni

    Auto-battle isn’t easy enough, huh…

  • Omg again they do mimic persona 3 like make the game 3 time lol

  • godmars

    It really doesn’t register on them that people just weren’t happy with this game, does it?

    • PurpleDoom

      Plenty of people were happy with it, it’s just that, as usual, the unhappy portion was much louder about it. The budget reissues are more about sales than anything, anyway.

      • godmars

        Pretty sure that there were generally bad/low reviews as well as the wave of complaints and statements of disappointments.

        I agree and even accept the negative comments and issues with FF8 & 10, enjoyed Sponny’s reviews, but that hasn’t stopped me from liking those games. Why is it then that people who defend FFXIII can’t accept its general reaction? Insist that everyone else is wrong?

        • PurpleDoom

          If you take a look at Metacritic, both the official review scores and the user scores average at 8.3 – that’s not bad at all. It’s not as high as most other Final Fantasy games, but those are good reviews overall. Amazon user reviews average at 3 and 1/2 stars as well, which is above-average, if only slightly. I won’t deny that it was a divisive entry and I can accept that plenty of people didn’t like it, but it sure seems like a lot of people did.

          • godmars

            Thing is that FFXIII on two platforms has only done as well as FFXII which was only on one. If Square had actually delivered a solid rather than questionable title it might have done better as an exclusive.

            I say might because FFXIII’s main failing was story and character development. No matter what how good the graphics or presentation, if a story isn’t there its likely doomed. With gameplay the only possible saving grace.

  • I didn’t like the game but the after story was really cool ! I already read it and you should too if u wanna know why Litghning design changes so much in FF XIII-2 :p

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    Tongue twister! Dx

  • Exand

    The re-issue costs more than the regular editions that you can still readily find in bargain bins? Right…

  • PrinceHeir

    so let me get this straight, the 360 version has an exclusive “Corridor of Memory” manual which they didn’t even bothered adding it to the Ultimate Hits version on the PS3.

    what’s worse it cost around $50 with that ugly label on the side and the PS3 is based on the japanese version while 360 is in english.

    oh my god square if your gonna make a Ultimate Hits version of a game, make sure all content are there. they should have made both versions have Dual Audio, PS3 should have also had the “Corridor of Memory”(seriously can you just put it on the PS3 packaging and be done with?), and the price should be either 1,990 yen or 2,990 yen.

    oh for added bonuses put the trailers of FFXIII-2 from the last conference and add an exclusive new one. that will make money fast :P

    • PurpleDoom

      The Ultimate Hits line is simply reissues – the only thing changed from the original release is the bar added to the side. It’s not at all like a “Game of the Year” edition or the like which would warrant bonuses.

    • As PurpleDoom said it’s a budget re-release. While the price appears high, it’s mostly due to the high yen to dollar exchange rate. It’s a bit higher, but still inline with other Ultimate Hits and “the Best” re-releases in the region. Unlike North America, budget games don’t have a set, say $29.99 price tag. Pricing varies and varies even more at launch since retailers typically lob some amount of the sticker.

    • PrinceHeir

      even so, there are games that actually benefit from budget rereleases. an example is Devil May Cry 3 SE or Silent Hill 2 Greatest Hits PS2. the DMC3 SE featured exclusive new modes like turbo, a new easy difficulty, and playable Vergil. Silent Hill 2 GE PS2 featured the exclusive Born from a Wish and the extra UFO ending from the Xbox version.

      but i get what your saying, it just sucks Square didn’t release a “complete” or “gold” edition of the game.

    • Aoshi00

      The booklet was a separate pre-order bonus when the Int’l ver was first released (it was not in the game case). It was actually quite rare. I bought the game for ~$60 and had to spend extra money hunting down the booklet on ebay. Luckily YesAsia reimbursed me some because they promised me the booklet was included before I ordered it.

      So I don’t think the Corridor of Memory would be included w/ this Platinum hit, it was actually a hard cover artbook w/ glossy paper made in pretty durable quality.

      P.S. I read you only get the booklet if you order directly from S-E’s website…

      • PrinceHeir

        oh i see, lol lucky for you :P

        aww man would love to see that material O_O

  • Zero_Destiny

    Sounds good to me. I hope this means SE is getting people psyched for Final Fantasy XIII-2. That’ll come out soon enough. So they need to get more people to play part 1. I’m excited for part 2 myself. I had my complaints like everyone else but I still ended up liking this game. And even though I’m not a fan of sequels but SE has gotten me interested. Let’s stay hopeful. Can’t wait to see more for part 2. This re-print makes me feel that SE is really going to push part 2. :D

  • … and still no XIII-2 info from them yet something about the previous!?

  • A few weeks after release we’ll hear about how Squeenix is shocked that it isn’t selling well.

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