This Week In Sales: That’s Enough Final Fantasy III, Thanks

By Ishaan . September 26, 2012 . 2:15pm

Period: The week of September 17th – September 23rd (2012)

Top-seller: Final Fantasy III – 44,872

Nintendo 3DS sales: 26,176 | Total sales: 6,865,895

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 35,206 | Total sales: 597,639

PlayStation Vita sales: 9,295 | Total sales: 979,693

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Final Fantasy III on PSP didn’t sell very many copies at all, when it released in Japan last week. The updated PSP port of the Nintendo DS (and iOS) game sold close to 45,000 copies in its first week.


That’s an incredibly low number for any mainline Final Fantasy game—even an old one—but it isn’t very surprising, considering that the original version sold over 1 million copies on the DS, which means a lot of people already owned the game and likely had no interest in buying it again.


While Final Fantasy III took the #1 spot for the week, #3 went to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, published by Spike Chunsoft in Japan, with about 20,700 copies sold. The other notable release for the week was LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, which sold close to 6,000 copies.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Final Fantasy III 44,872 New PSP Square Enix
03. 02. New Super Mario Bros. 2 37,313 1,150,471 3DS Nintendo
New 03. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 20,695 New PS3 Spike Chunsoft
04. 04. Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! 18,760 54,670 3DS Nintendo
02. 05. Medabots 7: Kabuto/Kuwagata 17,659 67,177 3DS Rocket Company
01. 06. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 17,240 79,870 PS3 Namco Bandai
New 07. Tiger & Bunny: On-Air Jack! 16,550 New PSP Namco Bandai
06. 08. Pokémon Black/White 2 16,274 2,763,732 DS Pokémon Co.
09. 09. Run For Money Tousouchuu 14,537 151,461 3DS Namco Bandai
New 10. Hunter X Hunter: Wonder Adventure 12,007 New PSP Namco Bandai
05. 11. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2nd 10,376 44,309 3DS Tecmo Koei
New 12. Eureka Seven AO: Flowers of Jungfrau 9,794 New PS3 Namco Bandai
11. 13. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 8,875 214,968 3DS Namco Bandai
New 14. Shirahana no Ori: Hiiro no Kakera 4 8,648 New PSP Idea Factory
13. 15. Demon Training 7,783 162,320 3DS Nintendo
10. 16. Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online 7,764 556,091 Wii Square Enix
New 17. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita 5,901 New PSV Sony
16. 18. Wii Sports Resort 5,788 1,078,304 Wii Nintendo
18. 19. Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 5,433 96,496 3DS Nippon Columbia
20. 20. Just Dance Wii 2 5,238 176,389 Wii Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • Herok♞

    I wonder how of those were imports since it has full english text.

  • Himei

    Remake and releases a FF game that everyone wants, FF VI.  Why no love for VI?  Part 1-5 has been redone and released soooo many times yet none for VI (besides the GBA release).

    •  V and VI were only ported twice.  PS1 Anthology and GBA release.  It’s V and VI that need remade.  Which will likely happen for 3DS like 3 and 4 after Bravely Default.

  • Not surprising really.  You can only rehash so much before people start asking questions like “What about Type 0?”(You know, that game people want…)

    Pretty sure little effort went into this port as well.  Some effort.  But not much.

    I guess it’s good for PSP and Vita people who want FF’s 1-9 on one system.

    Yes I’m terrible.

    • Ethan_Twain

      I don’t understand how the desire for Final Fantasy Type O by a subset of the western video game audience would have any impact whatsoever on the domestic Japanese sales of an entirely separate Final Fantasy installment.

      •  Touche.  I kinda forgot this is a JP release.  Just goes to show where a minirant will take me.

  • SirRichard

    Even being a very late port from two highly popular platforms didn’t stop it from taking the top spot, however small the numbers are. I guess Square can be chuffed about that, at least.

    Kingdoms of Amalur did fairly well for itself, I must say, though odds are it’ll follow Max Payne 3 and just fall off the chart next week. And it’s good to see Medabots clinging to the Top 10 still.

  • masaYT

    Remake FFVI in these types of graphics…….instant hit!

    That would be alot of work though as its a big game and SE will never remake it, they’ve become too lazy, i mean look at FFXIII and its yearly crappy spin offs….i miss when they just made a new FF game every few years.

    • Paradox me

      they’ve become too lazy, i mean look at FFXIII and its yearly crappy spin offs

      More work has probably gone into Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels than would be required to remake Final Fantasy through Final Fantasy VI in this fashion… multiple times over.

      Just because you dislike the games doesn’t mean a lot of effort wasn’t put into them. On the contrary, as skeptical as I am of Motomu Toriyama’s writing and directorial abilities (and Kitase’s role as producer), I don’t doubt for a second that he believes very strongly in the games he’s involved in.

      Final Fantasy XIII-2 also release two years after XIII. Not one.

      We’re also talking about a company that’s spent the last two years rebuilding an MMO that, for all intents and purposes, should have failed (and still might). MMOs require quite a bit more effort than your average game, and to essentially remake it instead of cutting your losses is incredibly risky. Hardly what I’d call lazy, anyway.

      • $36598391

        Final Fantasy V and VI haven’t received any remakes

        • Godmars

           Paradoxically, probably because they’ve had few if any remakes. 

          • $36598391

             the GBA FFV and VI were just updated ports with a few new dungeons

          • Rogerrmark

            I with those ports were ported somewhere else,though…the sound was kinda strange in gba,they are hard to find nowadays,and tend to be expensive as well. Plus,gba catridges still used litium batteries,and needs to be traded,so,after some time,it’s bye bye 100 hours saved data.

  • LBP for PSP sold around 6K or 8K when it came out on the first week if I recall. LBP1 and 2 were between 40 and 50K. Would have liked for it to sell more over there but eh, looking forward to NPD sales of it though. October will be a busy month.

  • What strikes me as remarkable is that, while it apparently didn’t live up to retailer forecasts, Medabots 7 will likely outsell Tekken Tag Tournament 2 in the long haul.

    •  I am greatly perturbed by TTT2’s sales figures.

    • malek86

      Yeah, that’s a pretty small drop for the second week. Perhaps it won’t do badly overall.

      Edit: oh wait, forgot that’s for the two versions combined. Well, even then, I guess TTT2 will fall faster, so yeah.

  • To think that a nearly-identical port of a six-year-old remake of a 21-year-old game on an outdated system might not sell gangbusters… SquEnix’s marketing team will have to do an investigation on this.

  • People’ve had plenty of shots at III by now, and thus plenty of people already have their opinions of the game.

    No offense to Square here, but I have it on DS and really don’t care for it much at all.  I have to confess that this is a case where the difficulty actually did hinder the enjoyment for me. :|

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Considering Square Enix probably spent next to nothing on this port, even these low sales are almost entirely pure profit in their pocket.

  • Ben Sylvia

    Do I have to send messages to however many people and send messages to every NPC to get Onion Knight still?

    If yes, no sale.

    • Safros9

      No, not anymore. They removed that feature.

    • Riseabovethesky

      The funny thing is, I met a pretty girl because of this. Trust me, moogle post is better than any dating site :p

  • Syltique

    It’s not a lot, but it outsold most of Level 5’s recent efforts.  

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    No more Hatsune Miku on the charts, my frail dream of seeing it overseas cracked a bit further~. =/

    •  Why do you need it overseas?  Buy the import.  There is absolutely no need for english.

      • Kefkiroth

        Maybe because it costs double the usual amount for new Vita games (~$83 on playasia) than it does for new games in the US ($40)?
        Not that it matters to me… I plan on importing it anyways, as I doubt there is much hope even with the E3 presentation.

    • Maybe the PS3 version has a better chance of succeeding on Western shores.

  • The XL has already sold more than half of the Vita LTD hardware. That’s insane. 

  • Misty Dawson

    Because we want FINAL FANTASY V AND VI!!D:

    • Rogerrmark

      FFV and VI seriously deserve Anniversary Editions,like FFI and II.
      Or maybe a remake like FFIII.

  • darkfox1

    So what are the changes in the PSP version if any?

    • Happy Gamer

      not entirely sure but I think its the iOS ver.

    • Gallery mode has been added.  It populates as you play the game through saves.

      I think the best part about it is they’ve added AUTO-battle to it.  Speeds up the battle speed by 2x and repeats the last battle action that you did.  Might not sound like a lot but remember the fact that we want high job levels?

      That’s what auto helps you out with and makes SO much easier.  Note the job level versus the character level.  It makes the game so much more accessible to the grinder.

  • Mnstrzero00

    I can never see the left side of this site on my ipad-well not recently. I don’t know who I should contact or if I should just shut up and hope it works itself out.

    • Repede91

      Same issue on my iPhone.

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    The silver haired kid from FFIII looks like a mix between Vaan and Hope.

  • Göran Isacson

    Wow. Tekken Tag Tournament sure didn’t sell as much as I thought it would… do we have Western salesnumbers for it yet? It has to have sold better over here, I think… possibly? Maybe?

    Final Fantasy 3’s low numbers did surprise me though, since I kind of osrt of come to expect anything Final Fantasy to sell gangbusters in Japan. Guess that 3 is just that unloved?

  • The graphics are still N64 qaulity despite the Vita blowing away the Original DS in Graphics.

    • Solomon_Kano

      What does the Vita have to do with anything? FF3 is on PSP and is a port of the same DS game anyhow.

  • Solomon_Kano

    While comparatively low, I can’t see SE having expected much higher. I’m kinda surprised that Hunter X Hunter opened so low though. I expected a bit more.

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