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Lightning Returns takes Japanese #1

Lightning Returns takes Japanese #1

Wed 27 Nov 2013 4:17pm GMT / 11:17am EST / 8:17am PST

Final Fantasy trumps Mario on this week's software chart

Move over Mario, it's Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII that takes the top spot on the Japanese software chart this week. Fellow new entry Super Mario 3D World for Wii U could only manage second place, beaten by nearly 180,000 units.

  1. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - 277,082 (New entry)
  2. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World - 99,588 (New entry)
  3. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R - 83,605 (New entry)
  4. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y - 72,932 (Lifetime sales - 3,002,738)
  5. [3DS] Aikatsu! 2-ri no My Princess - 72,087 (New entry)

In hardware the PlayStation Vita has managed to hold fast to second place, despite a significant drop in sales compared to last week. But nothing can beat the 3DS XL, especially when it saw almost 16,000 more sales this week.

  1. 3DS XL - 63,709 (Last week - 47,852)
  2. PlayStation Vita - 21,044 (46,350)
  3. Wii U - 21,002 (15,906)
  4. 3DS - 20,797 (22,250)
  5. PlayStation 3 - 12,436 (12,019)
  6. PlayStation Vita TV - 7,868 (42,172)
  7. PSP - 3,546 (4,353)
  8. Wii - 457 (518)
  9. Xbox 360 - 342 (404)

Charts collated by Media Create and published by Gematsu.


Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,020 1,467 1.4
Lightning Returns sold half what Versus XIII sold which was less than half what XIII sold. Square Enix can't be happy about this. Time to move on from this ill-advised Final Fantasy XIII "series."

Posted:10 months ago


Benjamin Crause
Supervisor Central Support

82 38 0.5
I agree. SE did a lot of damage to the FF franchise and the customers are showing this with caution and holding back purchases. Their cheap ports and tie-ins with microtransactions on other platforms are bleeding the IP out. I really wish they would return to the roots a little but alas what we saw of FF15 so far seems to be moving further away.

Posted:10 months ago


Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,178 1,127 0.5
Well, XIII is an unlucky number to some... perhaps Square Enix hasn't figured that out just yet?

Posted:10 months ago


Christian Keichel

682 925 1.4
PlayStation Vita TV - 7,868 (42,172)
It looks like Vita TV isn't helping the Vita sales much. The handheld Vita continues to stay above 20k, which is more, then I expected earlier this year, but the Vita TV will go the way of the PSP Go.

Posted:10 months ago

Vita TV has had a very peculiar "soft launch" over here. Boxes just appeared in stores, shoved in next to the Vita consoles - first time I saw one I thought it was an accessory of some sort, before realising it was actually the packaging for the new console. There's almost zero point of sale material, no demo pods whatsoever and as far as I can tell, no mainstream marketing (though I may have missed a small TV campaign as I don't watch much broadcast TV).

Posted:10 months ago


Christian Keichel

682 925 1.4
@ Rob

Interesting Info, thank you for that. What are your thoughts on stationary console gaming in Japan? As I see it the TV Vita is clearly the cheapest device on the market, do you think, the low price can get them new customers, or do you think stationary console gaming is on it's way to become niche in Japan, as PC gaming has become in the west after 2000?

Posted:10 months ago


Alfonso Sexto
Lead Tester

814 644 0.8

You meant XIII-2, right? Versus XIII was never released (and turned into FFXV recently). But I agree nonetheless.

Posted:10 months ago


Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,020 1,467 1.4
@ Alfonso Oops, yep, sorry.

Posted:10 months ago


Olorunsegun Adewumi

4 5 1.3
And Super Mario 3D World sold less than 100K. I'm not saying console gaming in Japan is dead, but unless its a Monster Hunter-type (which was a non-console game), Japan isn't buying. This is less Final Fantasy and more a sign of the times.

Posted:9 months ago


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