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A Closer Look At Final Fantasy XIII-2’s Performance In Japan


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Yesterday, we discovered that Final Fantasy XIII-2 sold 524,217 copies on the PlayStation 3 in its first week. That’s about one-third of the original game’s launch sales, which is a cause for concern.


Sales tracker, Media-Create, confirms this, reporting that Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the PlayStation 3 only sold 62.06% of the stock that Square Enix sent out. Doing the math, that tells us Square shipped about 845,000 copies of the game.


Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 version launched at the #48 spot on the sales chart, and sold 10,000 copies, out of the 33,000 (approx.) that Square sent out.


Media-Create provide their own analysis of why they feel Final Fantasy XIII-2’s sales were so low in comparison to the original Final Fantasy XIII. They believe one of the reasons is due to falling interest among women. Female interest dropped from 31.3% (FFXIII) to 22.2% (XIII-2).

Ishaan Sahdev
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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.