Square Enix Was Prepared For Theatrhythm Fans This Time Around

By Ishaan . May 5, 2014 . 3:00pm

On April 24th, Square Enix released Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call in Japan. The game sold 80,523 copies in its first week and sales tracker Media Create reports that it sold through 55.72% of its shipment.

 

A 55% sell-through would normally mean that too many copies of the game were shipped, but in this case, it would appear that was intentional. The first Theatrhythm game sold approximately 67,000 copies at launch, and did far better than retailers expected, selling through 90.04% of its shipment in its first week, leaving it out of stock in several stores.

 

As a result of this, retail supply was constrained for quite a while, and Theatrhythm was considered a case of opportunity loss, since the game could have sold more than it did, had it been available in stores for people to buy.

 

Meanwhile, Curtain Call has already sold more than its predecessor did at launch, and since there’s ample supply at retail this time around, Media Create say the game will sell steadily from this point on.


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  • Shiki

    The predecessor was one of the priciest 3DS games if you get all the DLC. I’m sure Curtain Call is more of the same. Serious troll. Granted the predecessor on the 3DS was cheaper than than the iOS version but still a rip off.

    Source: http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/13/how-much-theatrhythm-final-fantasy-costs-if-you-buy-everything/

    • Fox

      Well, a fair bit of the DLC was pretty generic background music. They were very clearly leaving a lot of the best stuff out for the sequel(s). Even then, I probably spent $20-40 USD on DLC.

      Anyway, I really hope this gets an eshop release. This is the exact kind of game I want to have access to all the time.

    • axemtitanium

      >using the word “prequel” when you actually mean “predecessor”

      *word choice nazi intensifies*

      • Shiki

        Good choice. I wasn’t thinking too hard about it when I was writing. However, I don’t condone Nazis of any kind; particularly word choice Nazis, especially when they don’t follow any other grammatical rules. :P

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    Can’t blame retailers – at times – wanting to play it safe with the original. Now to see its performance – this time around – reflected in the weekly charts to come.

  • otakumike

    I dunno, I doubt sales will continue all that steadily but time will tell I guess.

  • Kaien

    > release the week before golden week
    > on 3DS
    > and it’s not Gaist Crusher

    Retailers: “We need some extra copies from the start”

    • Guest

      BUT Miku Project Mirai > Theatrhythm

      • 하세요

        I enjoy the size of Curtain Call’s library far more, but Project Mirai on Hard can get pretty insane. There’s one certain song I cannot deal with in Button Mode on Hard.

  • RawrWata

    It’s a shame they’ll never be prepared to localize Type 0.

    • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

      There’s like, clips of Type-0 IN Curtain Call… I’m really hoping SE didn’t do that without thinking the West wouldn’t want that.

  • new_tradition

    Because I didn’t buy any of the DLC for the first game, I might get Curtain Call at debut, but at the same time, I didn’t do much in the first game, so I kind of wanna wait. Buuuuuuuut the price of the first game isn’t that much lower than it’s release price, so it’s not like if I wait I’ll get it for super cheap.

    Wish I could go back in time and tell my self not to buy it. I was kind of cheesed since my copy didn’t come with that cute stylus >3>

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  • http://mewisthebest.deviantart.com/ AnotherDeadArtist

    Having played Curtain Call for a while now I have to say such sales and preparations are greatly justified in my opinion.Theatrhythm was a good game but didn’t realize its potential and
    Curtain Call does that and so much more. The music library is greater than I could have ever DREAMED it could be. It’s even got two songs from Mystic Quest for crying out loud!
    Also, difficulty has been ramped up noticeably but fairly making the challenge really fun and addictive.
    The inclusion of the new quest system is so much more fun than the spotty chaos shrine and crystals are easier to come by. It really makes the RPG elements seem more prominent this time around though it still doesn’t do too much with them. But of course you play a game like CC for the music.

    • Kotori Itsuka

      I think I read somewhere that somnus from Final Fantasy XV is in the game. Is that true?

      • Triplicity

        The last I had heard it was the reverse: Somnus was the only song people were expecting that WASN’T in the game.

        • Kotori Itsuka

          Really? I also read it was supposed to be a dlc or something. I guess it’s just bullshiet

          • Akemi Homura

            I remember Somnus being DLC for the original Theatrhythm. I haven’t been keeping up with this one, so I can’t say anything about Curtain Call.

          • Kotori Itsuka

            ooh, so it was for the original. Sorry, my bad.

    • Makoto Yuki

      Hi do they have music from CC FF7 ?

      • Arizato

        Yup, it does.

  • 하세요

    Fair warning for those that feel the need to 100% every game – Lv99 is no longer max. There’s essentially a prestige system (like Call of Duty) for characters to exceed 50 CP. You can do it up to 10 times for 99 CP, which is the true max level for a character.

    • Shindoi Hayato

      I am prepared!

  • dragoon_slayer12

    Wouldn’t have been an issue if it was digital also. I’ve noticed S-E is very shy when it comes to the digital market. I’m still waiting for a bunch of psp games and KH 3D to be re-released so I can keep them on me at all times

  • Go2hell66

    Really hate it when games like this sell, then SE thinks its ok to churn out more crappy spinoffs…

    • Ms_Fortune

      Good thing this isn’t a crappy spin-off then.

    • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

      I took the dive finally and picked up a 3DS with this as my first game (got the bundle/3DS special edition).

      Surprisingly it really is a pretty good game. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I have. I’ve heard that the predecessor was heavy on DLC, but there’s already so much music in this game I can’t imagine needing or wanting to add any more.

      As a Final Fantasy fan and a fan of the rhythm game genre, this really is a quality game. I think my only complaint is that I had to buy a 3DS to play it instead of having it available for my Vita.

    • David García Abril

      Except that this is a pretty damn good spin-off.

    • Shindoi Hayato

      You are a minuscule percentage of SE’s consumers. If you want to relive the glory days of yore, there are plenty of JRPGs out there to buy. SE put out Bravely Default 2 months ago, so why not play that instead, and look forward to its upcoming sequel?

  • fairysun

    Square Enix, great job for this game!

    Now, one personal request.
    Keep the cast of characters and change the genre.

    P.S. Please excuse my photoshop skill

    • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

      Whilst I’d like to see a cross over title that isn’t a rhythm or fighting game, I can’t (personally) see a (RPG) game that meshes them all together well – unlike the Tales series.

  • Arrngrim

    Dude, the sheer money-grab that I’ve seen from the original and it’s spin-offs…makes me a little leery to “get into” this game. Yes, I love FF, I’ve been playing them since I was 12 on the NES with the original. But…there’s a line for charging for DLC and how much, and Squeenix crossed it already…only Team Ninja has beaten them so far in this regard…I do not have high expectations of a “reasonable price” for “all of the content” for this game. :( Will it be a good game? Of course! Will it attempt to vacuum money directly from your wallet with it’s DLC….? Yes, most assuredly.

    • Shindoi Hayato

      I think you can expect DLC like this from every developer pretty much from this point on. It’s essentially the new model. You have to look at this from a “Coca Cola isn’t a nickel anymore” point of view. Times are changing, and we as gaming consumers have to change with it.

      • Arrngrim

        I certainly don’t fault an extra $10-$20 of DLC after the fact, but we’re talking $100-$200 friend. For a game we buy for $40….if they could truly have their way, we’d be renting their games and never own any of them…

        • Shindoi Hayato

          Sadly, if you buy a game digitally, that’s almost how it is, depending on the longevity of the console and its online service.

          I certainly see your point though. I’m not a big fan either. Having grown up in the age of cartridge based gaming where your initial payment got you the full game, it sucks to buy, say, (as a Fighting Game player, there are so many Capcom titles to choose from… but let’s go with the most notorious) Street Fighter X Tekken for $60 on launch, and then they tell you there is a 12 character DLC coming out a few months down the line for an additional $19.99 (I believe was the asking price) and then on top of that, you find out that these 12 characters were on the disc all along, and that you were paying to unlock them.

          I hate the new DLC model, and I used to fight it and be angry at it, but when you look at development costs, piracy, and various other economic issues, some of it is justified (note, SOME of it), so I’ve learned to live with it, like some third limb that’s irremovable to its being linked directly to my brain, and to sever it would mean death… Or the fact that Subway no longer has the Carnitas sub that I loved so…

  • Rollersnake

    Has this been announced for release in NA yet?

  • Shindoi Hayato

    I’ve never been a Rhythm/Music/Dance game person, so when I was living in Osaka in 2012, I bought this one skeptically. Needless to say, I was addicted from the get-go, and this game accompanied me on just about every train ride until I sold both it and the system before coming back to the states (since the 3DS isn’t region-free). I re-bought it again when it was released here, played it until everything was unlocked, and now feverishly await this sequel.

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