Altogether, Namco Bandai Shipped Over 16 Million Tales Games

By Spencer . December 13, 2013 . 3:00pm

taed Namco Bandai talked a bit about the Tales of series as a whole after announcing Tales of Zestiria, the next main installment in the long running RPG series. Tales games are sold in over 100 countries and altogether the series shipped more than 16,000,000 units worldwide since the series began in 1995 with Tales of Phantasia.


Tales of Xillia, the most recent game released in the West, shipped over 1,000,000 copies. Next up is Tales of Symphonia Chronicles which comes out in February 2014 and then Tales of Xillia 2. Tales of Zestiria for PlayStation 3 is a 20th anniversary title for the Tales of series.

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  • r0gamer940

    wait is that a million in the us alone!

    • IS | 桂木

      No that’s a million worldwide. Around 500k in Japan alone

      • Hikari Langley

        It’s still impressive for this series, and due to some many trying to import Xillia when it was first released in Japan~

      • fireguardiancoty

        700,000 actually

        • 永次

          770k at 2012/05

  • Wow. Nice job Xillia and Namco Bandai =)

  • DanielGearSolid

    Keep it up

  • Arcana Wiz

    That is a great number for xillia! may that now the tales of series only grown.

  • Can’t Best Me

    The series should already begin known to begin with.
    Back in the old day. I been supported them since I was little.

  • Ladius

    Great numbers altogether, I hope Zestiria can be as successful as Xillia was and that western fans keep up their support for the upcoming Symphonia Chronicles and Xillia 2.

    • sakiu

      Yes sir! already preordered a copy of shiny Symphonia Chronicles Limited Edition!

  • icecoffemix

    Well look what happened when you stay true to your root. :)

  • Learii

    sony fan love tales series bring more tales games to worldwide <3

    • Ladius

      Sony’s Shahid Kamal Ahmad recently teased an attempted localization agreement for #jrpgvita, though we don’t know if it succeeded or which game was involved. If it isn’t something Type 0-related, I really hope it’s a collaboration between Namco and Gio Corsi’s localization studio to translate Tales of Hearts R, considering that game was the most requested in Shahid’s original poll.

  • fireemblembeast

    I’m gonna miss seeing Xillia 2 as the picture for every Tales-in-general post…

  • Chido55

    One thing I love about Tales articles is that you rarely sees haters in it.
    Now if they released Tales for Vita, in English… ;_;

  • Oltheros

    Hope to see more Tales in the west (with dual audio)

    • Ric Vazquez

      Speciallly with dual audio

    • CirnoLakes

      I agree, dual audio would be fantastic if they can afford it.

      I understand there can be difficulties in licensing. But I really appreciate it in Tales of Symphonia, and it gives more value to this updated port.

      Not that Tara Strong is a poor Presea. I just really enjoy the work of Japanese seiyuu. Hmmm, I wonder how many dub Tales fans feel about the fact that Presea is basically Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Personally, Tara Strong’s voice work on Presea is some of my favourite. And I rather enjoy the fact they’re voiced by the same person.

  • Gigan22

    Tales of Xillia shipped that many because they also carried them in big box retailers like Target. I didn’t even know Target carried the game, so I picked it up on a whim when I saw the limited edition there about a month ago. With everything going on in my life, the initial release passed me by. So finding the LE a couple months later was a real treat. Still, seeing it there was a bit of a surprise simply because it was a Tales Of game. Though I remember picking up the original Tales of Symphonia at Target on a black Friday when I worked there. I don’t remember them carrying Tales of Graces F when that released though.

    • Ladius

      Xillia sold more than 100k copies in the US during its first month, it has actually been a big success for them and the preorders probably made more retailers interested in stocking the game compared to our usual niche jrpg releases.

  • Anthony Hayball

    I am now convinced that the Tales Series are doing so much better then today’s Final Fantasy games.

    • FlyingPony

      Tales maybe have taken the turn-based jRPG crown from SE, but FF15 look solid as an Action jRPG.

      • fireguardiancoty

        Tales isn’t turn based though…

        • Anthony Hayball

          Indeed. That is a strong point.

      • Anthony Hayball

        Final Fantasy XIV is Square Enix’s last chance to turn their franchise around. if they can’t get that right then SE is doomed.

      • Arrei

        Pony, do you even know what kind of game Tales is?

        • CirnoLakes

          I don’t like it when Final Fantasy fans talk down about Tales games before having even tried them.

          I understand that many people in the West are familiar with the Final Fantasy brand, and haven’t ventured far outside of it. But passing judgement upon franchises before having even tried them and making proclamations about Final Fantasy.

          Not that this was necessarily talking down to Tales. But I’ve noticed this sort of thing as a trend. More people who are, for instance, familiar with mostly Final Fantasy, should try out Tales games.

          I think we need more “education”, so to speak, of Japanese RPG franchises outside of Final Fantasy, in the West. As it stands, I feel that Final Fantasy is still able to sell games on brand name alone, while many great Japanese RPGs go ignored. Final Fantasy games should also sell on their quality, rather than on their brand name.

      • CirnoLakes

        Tales has been an action RPG series since Tales of Phantasia.

  • kaizin

    shame we never got the rest of the psp tales game in the west but I am happy xillia did very well here. Here is to another awesome year full of tales success

  • transferstudentx

    keep releasing these CE for tales games and i keep buying i am so happy for you Namco keep on supporting one of my favorite games series until it reach the top (the fantasy is finally over now its time for the tales to shine)

  • Kamakuma

    I’m just so glad I’m part of those numbers. It really brings a tear to my eyes. T.T

  • Sergio Macellaro

    The two Tales for PSV now!!!!
    A.K.A project T3
    I’m a mad scientist too!!!!

  • Sergio Macellaro

    For real, Namco to your job right. And launch 2 more Tales for us
    Pretty please???

  • Tales of rebirth is one of my all time favorite JRPG.

  • Goldenboi1210

    Good to hear. Especially after the long hiatus here in the states. Now please bring us more of your games. There’s a lot of Japanese titles we’d like to see here. The upcoming Sword Art Online for Vita for one.

  • Seven of The Scions

    And i still hoping they will port Tales of Destiny Director’s Cut to PS Vita and Localized it…

    I miss Stahn and friends….


  • Ric Vazquez

    Great games, they deserve more than double of those sales numbers

  • CirnoLakes

    Sadly, with as many Tales that exist as there are, and how many years old the franchise is, many companies would consider that a complete commercial failure, and defund the franchise.

    Thankfully, Namco is not one of those companies. It’s one of many reasons that Tales is a modern safe haven for many Japanese RPG fans. While many companies are releasing far less Japanese RPGs, and this generation has been seen as one with ‘too few Japanese RPGs’, Namco keeps producing high quality Japanese RPGs. And they don’t have to sell millions of copies for Namco to stand by them.

    Because of this, Namco is one of the companies I respect most in the gaming industry right now. You can count on Namco and you can count on Tales for Japanese RPGs. In an uncertain industry when many are worried for Japanese RPGs. Tales is a safe, wonderful, happy place where people know that Japanese RPGs are healthy.

    Let’s keep buying these games to show that there’s a market for this!
    Tales deserves far more than 16 million copies sold!

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