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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Should Have Sold Better Than It Did In Japan

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On October 2nd, Square Enix released Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix in Japan on the PlayStation 3, and the game sold 84,935 copies in its first week. That’s a lower debut than its predecessor, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, which sold 128,414 copies when it was released in March 2013.

 

So, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix sold around 70% of what 1.5 Remix did at launch. Now, here’s where things get interesting, courtesy of information from Japanese sales tracker Media Create.

 

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix consisted Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories. Accumulated sales of the original PlayStation 2 versions of those games amounted to 1.10 million in Japan. Meanwhile, 2.5 Remix consisted of Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. Accumulated sales of the original versions of those games amounted to 1.45 million in Japan.

 

With those numbers in mind, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix should have sold more than 1.5 Remix did, because it consisted of the more popular Kingdom Hearts titles overall. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, and in addition to selling less than its predecessor, Media Create reports that it only sold through 55.87% of its shipment.

 

That having been said, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix eventually went on to sell 243,000 copies in Japan in the long run, so there’s a chance 2.5 Remix will have somewhat of a long tail, too, even though its debut was lower.

Ishaan Sahdev
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.