Sales Of Kingdom Hearts “Final Mix” Titles In Decline


Last week saw the release of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix in Japan, and sales tracker, Media-Create, have some interesting facts to offer about the game, as well as data on how it compares to previous Final Mix titles.


Final Mix titles are re-releases of Kingdom Hearts games with added content and English voiceovers. According to retailer reports, several of the people that bought Birth by Sleep Final Mix were women. Media-Create high interest amongst women in their 20s in particular, which is a trait the game shares with Ni no Kuni on the Nintendo DS.


The more interesting fact, however, is that sales of the Final Mix titles — and only Final Mix, not the original games themselves — are in decline. The original Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep sold 446,000 copies in its first week. Birth by Sleep Final Mix sold 77,317 copies in its first week, or 17.34% of Birth by Sleep’s sales.


In comparison, Kingdom Hearts Final Mix sold 30.8% of the initial first week sales of the very first Kingdom Hearts game. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ sold 23.81% of Kingdom Hearts II’s first week sales. Birth by Sleep Final Mix’s numbers are the lowest yet.

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.