Big in Japan: Final Fantasy IV Collection

Square Enix remake for Sony's handheld tops 100,000 sold as 3DS and PSP hardware race goes down to the wire.

Like the nation itself, Japanese game sales rebounded in the weeks following last month's massive earthquake. Game sales finished down sharply in the first full week after the quake, but tracking firm Media Create today released its figures for the following week of March 21-27, and the numbers were much improved.

Final Fantasy IV was released in North America as Final Fantasy II for the Super Nintendo.

Square Enix's PSP launch of Complete Final Fantasy IV led all games with sales of 104,173 copies, nearly three times more than the next best-selling title on the charts. Set for North American release on April 19, The Complete Collection includes Final Fantasy IV--with revamped visuals to take advantage of the PSP's widescreen format--as well as its epilogue, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. The episodic series of downloadable titles was originally released in 2009 on the Wii; this marks the first time it has been available as part of a retail product.

The second best seller of the week was Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors 7, ending its two-week stay atop the charts. In three weeks, the game has sold more than 350,000 copies in Japan. It was also the only home game to crack a sales chart dominated by the PSP and 3DS; the next best-selling console game was Spike's Way of the Samurai 4, which finished 12th for the week.

Other notable finishes included the debut week for Namco Bandai's Gundam the 3D Battle, as the first installment in the long-running mech series on the 3DS finished third for the week with 23,500 copies sold. Nintendo's glasses-free 3D handheld had two more representatives in the top 10, with Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle and Nintendogs + cats each giving up some ground to finish in sixth place and eighth place, respectively.

The 3DS hardware is likewise losing a little ground, as Nintendo's latest handheld retained the position of best-selling hardware over Sony's PSP for the fifth straight week, but by the slimmest of margins. The 3DS moved 50,710 systems, while the former champ added 50,479 units to its installed base. Both handhelds left the rest of the hardware field far behind, as the PlayStation 3 was the next best seller with 28,973 units sold. The Wii was the only other platform to break the 10,000 mark, with 11,808 sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF MARCH 21-27, 2011
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection / Square Enix / PSP / 104,173
2. Dynasty Warriors 7 / Koei Tecmo / PS3 / 36,548
3. Gundam the 3D Battle / Namco Bandai / 3DS / 23,500
4. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy / Square Enix / PSP / 21,741
5. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd / Capcom / PSP / 16,444
6. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle / Level Five / 3DS / 16,294
7. Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity / Sega / PSP / 14,403
8. Nintendogs + cats / Nintendo / 3DS / 13,219
9. SD Gundam G Generation World / Namco / PSP / 10,160
10. Pokemon Black and White / Nintendo / DS / 10,025

Hardware:
3DS - 50,710
PSP - 50,479
PS3 - 28,973
Wii - 11,808
DSi LL - 9,760
DSi - 8,604
Xbox 360 - 1,963
PS2 - 1,862
DS Lite - 730
PSP Go - 616

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90 comments
blackace
blackace

@LiqMD @blackace Yup, I sure did read yours, and you are right about JP not liking the 360, but in your ORIGINAL post you said "PS3" . . . So I was correcting you. Have fun! -------------------------------------------------------------- Ooohh. Sorry about that. You're right. I meant the PS2. I think there are shortages for the 3DS in Japan. They are readily available in U.S. and Europe though. If sales aren't that strong for a $250 handheld, what's going to happen when Sony releases their $300 NGP?

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

Oh yea and FFIV was one of my favorite games of all time. and 6

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

When is there going to be a remake of part 1. I want to see the characters grow up again like with the rat tail quest.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

actually nintendo lead thank you , with 3ds ds dsi ll and wii theyh ad more then psp and ps3 combined by about 100 units

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

it is kind of funny that japanese outlets can reveal how many systems and games are sold, and NPD refuses. great job NPD!

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

@atopp399 That would have definitely been my launch title of choice if that were the case.

chyng85
chyng85

Sony is leading in the list~

atopp399
atopp399

I would have liked to see 3DS sales had they released the FFIV collection on that system.

c1o7lindres
c1o7lindres

@LordKaizer new game is have a new character and story,... i say REMAKE it for good,.. with the same character and story, but have the graphics, combat style of ff12,..

LordKaizer
LordKaizer

@c1o7lindres well that would be a new game not a remake (same old formula with update graphics )

c1o7lindres
c1o7lindres

why they don't remake it for good?,.. like having a graphics like ff12 and game style and gameplay like ff12,..

phoenix729
phoenix729

They've got to stop remaking old FF's, they just aren't very good

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Why do Japanese ppl always bow?

jasonharris48
jasonharris48

@ DBZKING1234 you have no clue what you're talking about do you? The PSP is one of the top selling systems in Japan (Go not included) and the PSP has out sold both the PS3 and Xbox 360 in North America.

DBZKING1234
DBZKING1234

No one owns a PSP. Stop releasing games that people would pay for on a useless portable.

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

I think there's been more FFIV re-releases than there has been FF main series' releases.

kerrman
kerrman

Can't wait for the collection. And I might add, WOW I've never actually noticed how dominating the sales numbers are for portable gaming. All 10 top sellers are DS or PSP related..

Dudeman315
Dudeman315

It's not really about liking the 360--It's about buying Japanese and national pride--ask your grandparents about it but buying American used to be big here--in japan a more expensive product would be bought because was made in japan before they'd support a foreign company.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I will be picking up The Complete Collection when it comes out n the states

brosim1104
brosim1104

we 3DS lacks oF quality Games so Far... w8 anD see... PSP will aGain Fall 2nD

firebladedx
firebladedx

Hardware: 3DS - 50,710 PSP - 50,479 wait what? Am I reading this right? :S

LiqMD
LiqMD

@blackace Yup, I sure did read yours, and you are right about JP not liking the 360, but in your ORIGINAL post you said "PS3" . . . So I was correcting you. Have fun!

pszone
pszone

I say again i think they should do ff Hd collection and think do great remake ff7 and put voices in it i think about time ff7 gets reamke on ps3 only and show everything we rembered

Xtatic324
Xtatic324

@blackace Yea like the persona games. I agree with you. All the Jrpgs is where its at.

PresidentDman
PresidentDman

I used to be a massive fan of Japanese developed games, or at least, it seemed that part of the world was responsible for all the greatest games. I had a thought reading this article that truly the last Japense game that got me excited was Metal Gear Solid 4 - anything after that has been "so-so" or just "good" IMHO.

KCKING23
KCKING23

@LazyGamerX i don't mind a remake of 7 but i rather for them to not even touch 7 and just make a 7-2 with versus gameplay engine for one 7 is a classic and to me classics should not be touch when you have a different staff or another dev studio doing a game

franzito
franzito

My fav releases of FFIV are for GBA and PSX.

punu40
punu40

Alright, DW franchise sell is still pretty strong. Hope this will help Koei Tecmo to bring another ROTK strategy game, which is my fave strategy games ever ...

ronnet
ronnet

@LazyGamerX, and they are well aware. That is why they wait with it until they are remaking the older ones first.

starfox15
starfox15

Who keeps buying the Gundam and Dynasty Warrior games. I want to know who keeps buying what I understand are some of the worst game series available today.

Trenchman
Trenchman

People like to relive their past. It's the reason why people look so fondly back to NES and SNES games and want sequels and remakes. Their Nostalgia makes the game seem even greater than it was and anything they can do to get it back they'll do.

Vambran
Vambran

The DS version had bad 3D graphics. I like this version more.

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

Funny how people complain about Squenix doing nothing but rereleases, and yet most people clamor for more. See the comments below. :P

LazyGamerX
LazyGamerX

arrhhh just remake FF7 already! I promise you if they did it right they'd see some serious profit's.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

$40 for ports or sequels seems to much for a 3DS game. SSIV could be the exception. Looking at the charts, it just proves that there are no games for the 3DS yet.

blackace
blackace

@RyanSaotome @mariokart64fan Technically, PSP wins this month. PSP Gos 600 sales puts PSP above 3ds. ************************************************************ You would have to include the DSi, DSI LL & DS Lite sales as well then. PSP sales were higher this week due to Dissidia 012 and Final Fantasy IV Collection. Watch it drop next week.

blackace
blackace

@LiqMD @blackace Did you read my post? The PS2 (2, two) is keeping up the the XBox 360 (you know, the new one?). ********************************************************* Yes, I read your post. Did you read mine? Japan gamers don't like American consoles. They would rather buy the 11 year old PS2 than purchase a HD XBox 360 with new JRPG IP's on it. They also don't care for western software which is why American developed games sell like crap on both PS3 and XBox 360 in Japan. Even Uncharted 2 sold like crap in Japan. Tales of Vesperia and Blue Dragon outsold it in Japan. lol!! Xbox 360 is seen as a Western game console with Westernize games. So it's no surprise the PS2 is selling almost as good. It's dirt cheap and has the games Japanese gamers want to play.

Masenkoe
Masenkoe

PSP is still goin' strong!

ash162
ash162

Best news in all of this... Japan is back on track

killlo
killlo

You can never have to much Final Fantasy :)

AceCometh
AceCometh

It would be nice if those titles became available for download via Xbox Live.

Arcadia_Roxas
Arcadia_Roxas

Square Enix, do the following: 1. Remake V and VI for the 3DS. 2. Remake VII, VIII, and IX for the PS3. 3. Make a remake collection of I, II, and III. 4. Remake this on the 3DS with graphics even more detailed than the DS version.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I WANT FFIV! Shame I don't have a PSP. Just hope they port it to iOS at some point. Either that or I'll ask for a PSP Go (I know which one it is...) for this year's Christmas.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

It's good to see the PSP doing so well in Japan. It deserves to do that well in the US.

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

Playing the game right now since I imported, because english language option works, its a really good game, I'm about to finish FFIV remake, and about to play Interlude and After Years. Best version as well :) Hope SE remakes FFV and FFVI.