This Week In Sales: Final Fantasy Explorers Explores Japan

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    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:

     

    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    01.01.Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner532,7241,776,8953DSLevel 5
    02.02.Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire167,5342,118,0153DSPokémon Co.
    New03.Final Fantasy Explorers161,197New3DSSquare Enix
    04.04.Super Smash Bros. for Wii U78,927385,460WiiUNintendo
    06.05.Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS74,2261,910,0783DSNintendo
    New06.Gundam Breaker 266,532NewPS3Bandai Namco
    New07.Gundam Breaker 257,188NewPSVBandai Namco
    07.08.Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder39,2232,997,3353DSLevel 5
    08.09.Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate38,6812,293,9543DSCapcom
    09.10.Mario Kart 834,331813,139WiiUNintendo
    New11.Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 326,313NewPSVCompile Heart
    New12.12 Sai: Honto no Kimochi23,026New3DSHappinet
    13.13.Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker20,376100,886WiiUNintendo
    03.14.Grand Theft Auto V20,130101,789PS4Take 2
    16.15.Sumikko Gurashi: Koko Ga Ochitsukundesu19,84855,9013DSNippon Columbia
    New16.Godzilla19,777NewPS3Bandai Namco
    12.17.Aikatsu! 365 Idol Days19,06468,2383DSBandai Namco
    19.18.Animal Crossing: New Leaf17,1903,847,5663DSNintendo
    05.19.Shining Resonance16,38483,667PS3Sega
    15.20.Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity CHAIN12,37744,1003DSNintendo

     

    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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