Someone In Japan Spent $40,000 On Bravely Default… But Not On The 3DS

By Sato . October 23, 2013 . 5:35pm

You might know someone who spent $100 or even more on a social game. Well, they have nothing on Mikuru, an avid player and blogger of Bravely Default’s browser spin-off, called Bravely Default: Praying Brage, who spent 3,863,500 yen (roughly $40,000) on the game in 10 months. Yes, you read that right!


The above is a glimpse at a page from her 1,287 transactions of coin purchases for the game, used to buy extra game time and more.


Mikuru even posted a monthly report on how much she spent:

November 2012— 457,000 yen

December 2012— 957,000 yen

January 2013— 624,000 yen

February 2013— 1,000,500 yen

March 2013— 4,000 yen

April 2013— 193,500 yen

May 2013— 310,500 yen

June 2013— 14,000 yen

July 2013— 271,500 yen

August 2013— 31,000 yen

September 2013— 0 yen

October 2013— 0 yen


There you have it, a total of 3,863,500 yen or $40,000 spent on a browser game. Now, let’s put that in a different perspective. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy costs 6,090 yen in Japan, so with all the amount that Mikuru put into Bravely Default: Praying Brage, she’d have enough to buy 634 full-priced copies of the game, with extra change left over to spend on SP Drinks when they become available.


On her 200th and final blog post on Bravely Default: Praying Brage’s blog page, she thanks all of her fans for following her up until now, and to not hesitate to speak to her if they find her on another game. While we don’t know what game she’ll be picking up next, we could only imagine that it’d be like winning a lottery for the developers.


If you’re curious to check out Bravely Default: Praying Brage, you can check out our earlier report that shows you how to make an account and play the game. Oh, and don’t worry, you won’t have to spend a million yen to try it out—it’s free-to-play.

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  • Flamboyant Ass Nigga

    Don’t know if i should laugh or shake my head.

  • GoopLord



    me: horii shiit D:
    SE: thank you very much, Mikuru!!

    eh. my maximum was $5k in a MMO that i played for 5 years. but after that i never played a F2P MMO again

  • Jesse

    Geez, I guess some people in Japan actually give a crap about this kind of thing. o.o

    • School Idol Addict

      Not just in japan, in the west you also have some crazy peoples who spend crazy amount of money on MMO and Social games.
      I remember seeing some peoples wasting a few thousands $ month on facebook games.
      And i used to play Tales of Pirates 6-7 years ago and back then some peoples were spending like 10K a month on that MMO.

      • Idk who is downvoting this guy since he’s totally right

      • Neophoton

        Pretty much this. I used to feel bad spending ~$100 over the course of a year on Digimon Masters Online, but I knew someone else who spent thousands in easily a few months…

  • Taedirk

    Congratulations on being part of the problem!

  • surakian

    I commend her and honestly don’t blame her because the online game is ridiculously fun. I’ve been playing it since the beta and I love it.

    • Neophoton

      Now I feel tempted to ask if you’re the same Surakian I mutually follow on Tumblr. :P

      • surakian

        Why, I might be! And you’re Neophoton, right? The cool blog I followed because of BDFF (and Pokemon)!

        • Neophoton

          Yep, the very same!

  • Godman

    Some point in the future she’s going to look back at all that money she dumped. Wonder how she would feel then :/

    • ronin4life


    • Hraesvelgr

      You can say the same about nearly everything people spend money on, though.

  • Herok♞

    If I had that kind of money…

  • ronin4life

    A couple thousand dollars = a fool and his money are soon parted.

    Tens of thousands = Oh you rich peoples you so silly…


  • Suicunesol

    The future of video games is already here ladies and gentlemen. :P

    It’s funny to look at when and how much money she spent on certain months. It looks like she got steadily more addicted with each passing month until February when she spent over a million yen. She then became distraught by the amount of time and money she was spending, and stopped playing and spending to study for her exams in March. She was unable to control herself, however, and began spending again in April and May. Then in June, the rainy season began. As the raindrops rolled down her window, she got depressed and stopped spending for the month of June. She continued to play on and off until the September term began and she realized she needed to stop playing for good and step up her game.

  • Brotato Chip

    whats her secret to all this money…

    • Probably some kind of advanced Square Enix Pyramid scheme.

  • hazelnut1112

    Hot damn, she is probably there person why Square Enix is still doing good and why they keep pushing this. Too bad she isn’t a devoted Capcom fan because that much would at least help them.

  • GDI

    Ok that makes me not feel too bad over the $21K I spent over the course of two years on a failed indie project (this was before Kickstarter took off). At least I kept a few artists fed for a few months.

    What’s funny is that in Asia most games have been like this before the west and facebook adopted the business model en masse. And it was console games that were banned in China — console games being the farthest from the gambling mechanics and were more akin to stand-alone products such as literature.

  • LazuliteLiamz

    I played a lot of MMOs and I do spend on most of them.
    I thought the amount that I spent on a browser-based MMO that I played recently was insane enough ($5k-6k within 3 months), but dang..! $40k.. *hats off* xD

  • Go2hell66

    sigh no wonder SE keeps on churning out this crap

  • Link

    Heres a theory:
    -Square Enix gave her 40k to spend on this game
    -Word gets out of her spending and articles like this are made
    -Square comes out and says “Mobile games are justified! We just make more money this way!”
    -All Squares future products are now mobile including FFV and KH3.
    -Gaming world facedesks to oblivion.

    • …why would Square need to “justify” developing mobile games? Who are they trying to justify it to? Their investors? Because those people likely already like the direction they’re headed in, considering mobile games are the talk of the industry at the moment.

      (The fact that this has 10 likes is making me shake my head.)

      • Pockystix

        Any more head-shaking involved in this story might cause some serious neck cramps. . .

      • Link

        Well they dont really need to justify it. Really just a rub in the face to the rest of the gamers they seem to be leaving behind.

  • How the heck can she have fans ?

  • Enzo

    Where’d all her money come from?

  • I know someone who monthly spent over 500$ on that farm game on facebook for a year before she got bored of it, so I know these kind of idiots exist. But man, 40,000$

  • HitagiHanekawa

    That’s f*cking stupid and that’s why they’re still making these kind of games.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    If I had $40,000…

    …I’d spend it all on Fly For Fun.

  • Zikrayrus “Zikk” Dis Pear

    Mmm… If I had $40,000 what would I do with it?

    -Buy Games.

    -Buy all them consoles
    -Get a killer PC rig

    And I think I would still have SOME left over…I don’t know. I don’t think spending so much money is really THAT justified though. At most I can only see myself spending $100 in a month. No more than that.

    • NoOneSeesWhatWeSee

      If I had an extra $40,000 to spend. I’d be looking to work on my house. You can add a whole extra room to a house for that price, at least here you can.

      Of course, I’d probably spend a little bit on games, consoles, and PC parts, as well.

  • ChiffonCake

    Hmm… well, if she was ok with spending so much money in the game and enjoyed her time, I don’t really have any problems with this. It’s her choice.

    • Zikrayrus “Zikk” Dis Pear

      I agree wholeheartedly, although her spendings may appear to be extremely exaggerated when compared what an “ordinary” person would normally spend. I believe that such decisions are all of their own responsibility and choice.

      And we are in no position to judge them for it, Really.

  • I praise her for playing and supporting a game that she likes, but still ugh lol

  • SetzerGabbiani

    This is why browser games are here to stay. I imagine she will receive endorsements from here on out to play other games.

  • Sergio Briceño

    Aaaand this is probably the reason why we get 2-3 mobile game announcements a week…

  • NoOneSeesWhatWeSee

    It’s really sad.
    But it seems like very exploitative social games really do work.

    Maybe this person is very rich and can afford to spend such money on a simple browser game. But it’s still a very exploitative industry model. If I had that kind of money, I’d much rather put it towards crowdfunding video games by struggling developers who can barely afford living costs and want desperately to make the video games they’ve always dreamed of making.

    I hope that crowdfunding takes off in Japan. I’d like to see $40,000 go to struggling artists and developers, and other good causes.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    adding fuel to the flame

  • She should have just thrown the money out of the window.

  • Tanthalas

    Its because of players like these that we keep getting more browser games. /sigh

  • Anthony Birken

    “we could only imagine that it’d be like winning a lottery for the developers.” lol

  • Pockystix

    Sometimes I just can’t believe the stupid and scary things some consumers do with their hard earned money. . .

  • Praying Brage? God that sounds engrish. >_<

  • Riseabovethesky

    Meanwhile, I’m still hesitating to buy both Corpse Party games for $10 each.

    • Arcana Wiz

      do it nawwww! jk, but they are really good games, and if you buy them, use headphones, the game uses a system of audio that makes the sound really shine when with headphones.

  • Rizzi

    Absolutely disgusting.

    • DCBlackbird

      Are you put off by the female armor? I am to an extent…

  • J_Joestar

    makes me wonder if they will try to bring that browser game over here too…

  • Placido Michael Cortorreal Flo

    I wonder why some people are surprised on thia…i saw on Discovery Channel a person who sold Real Life house to buy a virtual house in Second Life…

  • DCBlackbird

    It’s all subjective :/ this is a much more…. fascinating example

  • Kudan

    I wonder who her fans are.

  • Ric Vazquez

    That chick must be a millionaire, how the heck do you spend $40,000 on a freaking game, is that even sane?!

  • rainelee

    If I had 40,000, first thing on my list is a serious gaming PC.

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