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Lightning Returns takes Japanese #1

By Rachel Weber

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.

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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,025 1,486 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:2 years ago


Benjamin Crause Supervisor Central Support, Nintendo of Europe

109 62 0.6
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:2 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,610 1,686 0.6
Well, XIII is an unlucky number to some... perhaps Square Enix hasn't figured that out just yet?

Posted:2 years ago


Rob Fahey Columnist,

76 190 2.5
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).

I'm not sure what exactly the strategy is, but Sony has significant leverage in Japanese retail and usually gets pride of place for its products, so I have to assume that there's been a deliberate decision not to push Vita TV just yet. With the growing popularity of streaming services in Japan (Hulu did a huge push here recently, for instance) I'd imagine there's a solid market for a 10,000 box that does streaming TV and can play loads of PlayStation-era games; I suspect the device will do fine in the medium term, but as a device aimed at casual consumers (the core already have PS3s capable of essentially the same functionality) it will definitely need a significant marketing push simply to explain what it is and what it does.

Posted:2 years ago


Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

1,166 1,297 1.1

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

Posted:2 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,025 1,486 1.4
@ Alfonso Oops, yep, sorry.

Posted:2 years ago


Olorunsegun Adewumi Writer/Blogger

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:2 years ago


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