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Xbox 360 Final Fantasy XIII Ignored in Japan

You'd think having a numbered entry in the Final Fantasy series would give the Xbox 360 a boost in Japan. But this didn't happen. Final Fantasy XIII's Xbox 360 version was released last week to Japan and failed to place in the top 20, meaning it sold less than 22,600 units (the sales figure for number 20). Xbox 360 hardware failed to see a boost even as other systems began to see the start of their annual year-end sales surges.

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PirateThom2551d ago

I forgot this even happened...

gaffyh2551d ago

I did say that it was one of the most pointless decisions Squeenix has ever made, but I expected it to at least make a little bit of an impact. Maybe it didn't because Monster Hunter Portable 3rd was out?

FACTUAL evidence2551d ago

lmao...MS should stick to making exclusives instead of geting old games......Oops did i say MS and exclusive in the same sentence!?!?...

AAACE52551d ago

The game was old by the time it released. Everyone who wanted to play it found another way by buying it on Ps3 or just ignoring it all together.

I imagine the same could happen with Mass Effect 2, considering it is releasing a year later and will cost $60, while the 360 and PC versions cost under $20.

I think only people who like the game, but hate the 360 will buy ME 2 on Ps3! Other than that, I can't see a reason to pay $60 for it, unless it has a whole lot more to it.

badz1492551d ago (Edited 2551d ago )

we can't say the same about ME2. why? I don't know, maybe because the sale of ME2 on 360 was less than spectacular, meaning that many haven't even touched the game yet! FFXIII on the other hand, has already sold more than a million copies on PS3 in Japan alone thus releasing it on 360 in Japan is pointless from day 1! wht the hell was Wada thinking? I hope he's happy now!

bakasora2551d ago

Nice.. PSP2 will rock in Japan if Crapcom make monster hunter 4g for it.

JAMurida2550d ago

@AAACE5

"I imagine the same could happen with Mass Effect 2, considering it is releasing a year later and will cost $60, while the 360 and PC versions cost under $20.

I think only people who like the game, but hate the 360 will buy ME 2 on Ps3! Other than that, I can't see a reason to pay $60 for it, unless it has a whole lot more to it."

Not really. You have to remember in Japan the 360 fanbase is VERY low, not to mention FFXIII was a big hit on PS3 in Japan, along with some other factors. So it only makes sense why no one bought the game on 360.

Now Mass Effect 2 on the other hand, despite that it has been out for a year on 360/PC and it not coming with Mass Effect 1, this game is going to be release to a fan base of 43ish million people (of course not saying everyone of that 43ish million is going to buy it), but basically saying that it's going to be sold to a wayyyyyy larger fanbase then FFXIII JP 360 version was.

Elder Scrolls Oblivion coming out on PS3 a year later would be the best example of what I'm saying.

Sony3602550d ago (Edited 2550d ago )

@FACTUAL evidence

I don't really get this comment. Are you saying FF13 is an old game despite it being released at the same time on both consoles?

And look at all the agrees you got for a comment that didn't even make sense. Can you people even read or does "lolxboxsucks" all a comment need for you to blindly chuck agrees and ass-pats its way?

disturbing_flame2550d ago (Edited 2550d ago )

SQUARESOFT has not understood that making good games on PS3 can save their fiscal years. Still don't want to securise good exclusivities on PS3 ?

rockleex2550d ago (Edited 2550d ago )

Bu-bu-but we must make more exclusive JRPGs for a non-existent JRPG fanbase on the 360!!

Oh wait, that didn't work out. It means we must Westernize! Screw Japan's gaming audience! Screw the Japanese qualities that helped us make such great games back in the day!

nickjkl2550d ago

reasons why it didnt sell in japan

1: released one year ago exclusively on ps3
2: if you were going to get it on ps3 you got it

japans 360 instal base 1.2 million
guess how many rrod

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Keith Olbermann2551d ago

both 360 and ps3 should have been ignored.

jwk942551d ago

I thought it launched a while back?

aceitman2551d ago

i hope sqaure loses money on it for doing it alone. the ps3 can have a game from a 3rd party without haveing ms dig into thr pockets and saying hey do one for us too ..

KingME2551d ago

You didn't say that about Mass Effect 2 or does your fanboy comment only apply to when the 360 receives some love.

Grow Up.

aceitman2551d ago (Edited 2551d ago )

listen im not a fan boy i have all systems move and kinect but what pisses me off about ms is that they have to get there hands on evrything no matter what ... whas there any need to have a 360 version of ff13 on 360 in japan no ... sqaure said ps3 exclusive in japan. so greed can go a short way so . i hope sqaure does lose money for there greed instead of doing the best they can do with the best system they can do there work on .. the system they grew up on .. so maybe sqaure should grow up , instead of me im a gamer and as long as im a gamer i will never grow up cause im a gamer ... as for fanboy no i just know that my ps3 is the beast of them all 3 years out and the games coming out stillllllllll make me say damn that is sssooooooo sweet nothing on 360 or wii alls me no more except the ps3 ..so if u think im a fanboy ur wrong look at the pic that is mine u can see all my systems out on bottom even some of my original xbox games .. so in ur face buddy ...

Persistantthug2550d ago (Edited 2550d ago )

The fact that Mass Effect has only sold 2 million'ish units despite receiving SUPER critical acclaim is probably enough reason enough that ME2 is going to the PS3.

Why shouldn't EA actually WANT to make money by bringing it to all systems possible?

Frankly, I don't see a reason why Sony would pay......I don't think Sony paid at all.

tordavis2550d ago

@aceitman You don't make sense. You said "best system they can do there work on .. the system they grew up on .." Well, they grew up on the Nintendo platforms. You want them exclusively back on Wii? You must be 12.

KingME2550d ago (Edited 2550d ago )

@Persistant...

Actually, I'm confused. I really don't recall ever saying Sony paid for anything. Perhaps you should read what aceitman originally said then respond after you comprehend the conversation. Otherwise I don't see why you coming at me about sony spending money.

@Aceitman - I actually feel that it's the PS3 faithful that feel that everything should be brought to the PS3. You guys hated on halo for many years, but it somehow it was to be released on the PS3, it would probably be the best selling title on the PS3 as well. You guys always hate stuff that is on other systems and once it gets ported to the PS3 you mysteriously love it, until the reports come out saying the 360 version runs better, then you hate the devs again claiming that they are lazy. It's so tiresome.

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iamtehpwn2551d ago

360 is definitely a profitable Platform BUT, Square Enix doesn't understand it's not a profitable platform for them in particular.

Even if the games performed evenly on both platforms, people want Square Enix games on PlayStation 3, and preferably exclusive.

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baker_boi2551d ago

I think now that their earning forecast has dropped 91% I think is pretty much a tell-tale sign that FF13 Versus is going Multi-platform.

They have to recoup as much as possible and even though I'd like to see the game stay exclusive(as a PS3 owner) I don't think there much hope for that anymore.

Or for any other games they may be producing going forward.

And to think, it was all caused by bleeding their own company for the XBOX's sake. And imagine it NEVER working out.

That's gotta pain them.

ComboBreaker2551d ago

"I think now that their earning forecast has dropped 91% I think is pretty much a tell-tale sign that FF13 Versus is going Multi-platform."

And going mult-platform with FF13 Versus will be the final decision that kill Square Enix. I guess Wada will never learn.

Arksine2551d ago

@baker_boi

I think its more likely that the forecast dropped because SE no longer anticipates that VS XII will be released in the next fiscal year.

They may decide to go multi with it, but they certainly wouldn't do if if they thought that they would make less money by doing so.

AAACE52551d ago

Square and Enix's games started out on Nintendo consoles! The main reason it went to playstation was to try something new with the CD drive and it worked!

You new gamers seem to have some sense of entitlement to certain franchises. You feel like things should be a certain way and it pisses you off because things are changing!

Another thing, you guys keep saying MS throws money at everything and it has been funny up until now. But this is the games industry and nothing remains secret for long. When MS hit Take 2 with that 50 million, we all heard about it! Every other time they tossed some cash around, we heard about it! No one has said anything about them throwing money at SE or Kojima to get their games on 360!

This is not a mafia movie! Everything they do has to be accounted for. There's no safe in the basement with 2 billion dollars in payoff money to steal franchises from Sony!

The gaming world is changing and staying exclusive to a either platform won't last forever! In these days it doesn't make sense to be a 3rd party dev and stay exclusive to a console. Other companies would call you up and ask... "What the f**ks your problem, are you stupid, or do you just like to get f'ed over!"

Kon_Artist 2551d ago

lemme fix that
Xbox 360 Ignored in Japan

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Hard_Gay2551d ago

Xbox 360 Final Fantasy XIII Ignored in Japan

japanese are smart people....

DigitalAnalog2551d ago (Edited 2551d ago )

Of nearly TWICE the price of the actual game.

Can they really NOT spot the oxymoron here?

-End of Line

Vherostar2550d ago

I just hope they look at the sales and realise porting versus now is a bad idea.

chidori6662550d ago

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i agree.. please not want another ff without towns in this gen...

FanboyPunisher2550d ago (Edited 2550d ago )

This is a terrible port, just look at how well their big budget titles are managed (FFXIV Online). Just goes to show, a shoddy developer churns out shoddy games/ports.

avengers19782550d ago

Not surprised don't they pretty much ignore the 360 all together.

MASTER_RAIDEN2550d ago

136 agrees. 1 disagree.

do you ever feel like the one guy who disagreed, just did it to be the one?

on topic...GO JAPAN!

shadyiswin2550d ago (Edited 2550d ago )

imma have to agree cause i only did it to be second,lets get it to 10!

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NYC_Gamer2551d ago

millions of people already brought ps3 version

Godmars2902551d ago

Millions of people have already complained about how it was only "meh."

Simco8762551d ago

360 fanboy aside, I have to agree with you.

I love the FF series, and I only own a PS3 (Call me a fanboy if you want)

But the game was horrible. If I would have known what this game was really about I would have ignored it also

Godmars2902551d ago

To you. It wasn't for me. Accept that. Just like if another game with the exact same play mechanics came out I wouldn't touch it.

But hey, knock yourself out.

jahcure2551d ago

as someone who has played every FF game i don't get how so many of you call it "horrible". Am i the only person in the world who actually enjoyed the game? I even got the platinum for it!! I really did find it a solid game

Greek God2551d ago

i played all the old ff's too
i dont say it is a bad game but let me tell you this:

iTS A SHIT FF

Black-Helghast2551d ago

You got the platinum?! I couldn't keep playing after chapter 8! Its a horrible game! D: But to cheer my self up, i bought Final Fantasy 7 from the PSN Store and i finished it. I also have FF8 wich i got the first day it was on the store.

GeneGodHand2551d ago (Edited 2551d ago )

It wasn't solid after playing the Mass Effect 2 demo it was better then the whole game yup a demo is better then FF13.

Hey if you liked it more power to you :)

swishersweets200312551d ago

the games cool jahcure, and it was my second final fantasy.. first one being 7 but for me after 60 hours of gameplay it almost became a chore not a fun experience. so i stopped playing it. What sucks for me is when i stop playing a game for a long time.. i end up having to start over just to get myself back into the game.. so this like the second time i got to 60 and quit.. so i just said screw it lol..

Tru_Ray2551d ago (Edited 2551d ago )

Nope. I also really enjoyed the game. I have played and beaten FF X, X-2, XI (level 75 PLD, Rank 10), XII, and XIII. Of all of those games, I would rank XIII just above X-2 at the bottom of my list.

The game is not "horrible", it just seemed dumbed down to attract non-rpg fans and fit on two DVDs (thanks MSFT).

Here is hoping that Versus stays exclusive. This used to be the greatest franchise in gaming.

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Blaze9292551d ago

when was this even announced? I always knew they'd release a 360 version over there.

Sevir042551d ago

Tokyo Game Show booth with December 18th 2010 release for Japan! it was the international version with The DLC that the PS3 was going to get.

waltyftm2551d ago

You always knew, but never knew ???

Sevir042551d ago

Japan simply gave a collective "MEH"! Total waste of man hours and money!!! Oh well Your true fans support you! hurry and bring us Versus and Agito

Zir02551d ago

Anyone who wanted this game in Japan wouldn't have waited a year to get it, they would have got it on the PS3 ages ago.

SE only did this because it cost them next to nothing to do it and it will make Japanese gamers aware that all future Final Fantasy games will be on the Xbox as well as Playstation.

Chris3992551d ago (Edited 2551d ago )

To print, market, package and ship a 3 disc game that comes with a collector's magazine? (Japanese 360 version has a special mag, printed just for this edition)

How's the weather in Fantasy Land?

Square Enix did it because they hoped to sell more than 20K units, I'm sure. That didn't even cover the costs.

ComboBreaker2551d ago

"Anyone who wanted this game in Japan wouldn't have waited a year to get it, they would have got it on the PS3 ages ago."

Yes.

"SE only did this because it cost them next to nothing to do it and it will make Japanese gamers aware that all future Final Fantasy games will be on the Xbox as well as Playstation."

No.

Square Enix only did this because they want to go bankrupt.

C0MPUT3R2551d ago

Square-Enix did this because M$ wrote them a huge fat check. Wada & the other board members of Square-Enix only care about money, not their fan base that has put them in position where they are today. Why do you think Square-Enix has essentially ignored the PS3 this entire generation, and put more games out on the 360 than the PS3? M$ payola.

Bottom line Microsoft is paying Square-Enix to keep games from coming to the PS3.