FIFA 13 is off to a hot start in North America. Electronic Arts announced today that its newest soccer simulator sold 353,000 copies in the United States on launch day, up 42 percent year-over-year. That figure only accounts for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 copies sold, leaving out sales of PS2, PSP, Wii, 3DS, PlayStation Vita, and PC versions.
EA also announced that FIFA 13 fans logged 1.4 million online games in the first 24 hours following launch, up 35 percent on last year's figures. The iOS version of FIFA 13 was also a top-seller, with total downloads surging 62 percent year-over-year, in the process taking the record for "biggest global launch-day performance" of any iOS game in EA history.
FIFA 13 will launch in the rest of the world tomorrow, and EA anticipates a "historic opening." Over 1.3 million copies of the game have been preordered worldwide, a surge of 300,000 since Tuesday.
It has been a historic year for EA Sports titles. First-week sales of Madden NFL 13 were up 8 percent to a high-definition era record 1.65 million, while NHL 13 skated to a franchise-best 491,000 in sales during its first week.
For more on FIFA 13, check out GameSpot's review below.