This Week In Sales: Final Fantasy Explorers Explores Japan

By Ishaan . December 24, 2014 . 9:34am

Period: The week of December 15th – December 21st (2014)

Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner (3DS) – 532,724

Nintendo 3DS sales: 13,832 | Tot. sales: 9,754,287

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 27,469 | Tot. sales: 6,806,970

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 46,815 | Tot. sales: 319,803

New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 108,235 | Tot. sales: 761,111

PlayStation Vita sales: 32,834 | Tot. sales: 3,331,309

Vita TV sales: 963 | Tot. sales: 149,123

Wii U sales: 38,314 | Tot. sales: 2,099,630

PlayStation 4 sales: 30,951 | Tot. sales: 937,517

Xbox One sales: 893 | Tot. sales: 42,105

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Last week, Square Enix released Final Fantasy Explorers in Japan and the game sold 161,197 copies in its first week. That’s an impressive figure, considering that the game doesn’t appear to have had a very high budget. It is also holds up fairly well when compared to the debuts of other co-operative action games that aren’t Monster Hunter and God Eater (such as Toukiden, Freedom WarsSoul Sacrifice and Phantasy Star Nova).

 

On that note, while Final Fantasy Explorers may look like another Monster Hunter-inspired, 4-player co-op experience, Japanese websites and magazines have been emphasizing that the game actually feels more like a portable MMORPG. Given that a game of this kind hasn’t been attempted using the Final Fantasy brand before, the closest comparison one could draw is to the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles games on Nintendo DS, both of which focused on co-op multiplayer as well, and shared a somewhat similar graphical style. Here’s a look at how both those games sold:

 

(2007) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates – 177,845

(2009) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time – 101,718

 

Not too shabby a debut for Explorers. That having been said, the game is currently sitting at a rating of 2.5 stars on Amazon.jp, and it appears that this is mainly because people find the amount of content lacking compared to games like Monster Hunter. We’ll have more details on the Amazon consumer reviews this week, and it should be interesting to see how they affects Final Fantasy Explorers’ sales in the weeks ahead.

 

[Note: Sales figures will not be posted next week as Media Create, the sales tracker we follow, will be on vacation. Expect the “This Week In Sales” to resume on January 7th, 2015.]

 

The top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner 532,724 1,776,895 3DS Level 5
02. 02. Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire 167,534 2,118,015 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 03. Final Fantasy Explorers 161,197 New 3DS Square Enix
04. 04. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 78,927 385,460 WiiU Nintendo
06. 05. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 74,226 1,910,078 3DS Nintendo
New 06. Gundam Breaker 2 66,532 New PS3 Bandai Namco
New 07. Gundam Breaker 2 57,188 New PSV Bandai Namco
07. 08. Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder 39,223 2,997,335 3DS Level 5
08. 09. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 38,681 2,293,954 3DS Capcom
09. 10. Mario Kart 8 34,331 813,139 WiiU Nintendo
New 11. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3 26,313 New PSV Compile Heart
New 12. 12 Sai: Honto no Kimochi 23,026 New 3DS Happinet
13. 13. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 20,376 100,886 WiiU Nintendo
03. 14. Grand Theft Auto V 20,130 101,789 PS4 Take 2
16. 15. Sumikko Gurashi: Koko Ga Ochitsukundesu 19,848 55,901 3DS Nippon Columbia
New 16. Godzilla 19,777 New PS3 Bandai Namco
12. 17. Aikatsu! 365 Idol Days 19,064 68,238 3DS Bandai Namco
19. 18. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 17,190 3,847,566 3DS Nintendo
05. 19. Shining Resonance 16,384 83,667 PS3 Sega
15. 20. Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity CHAIN 12,377 44,100 3DS Nintendo

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.



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