Square Enix has returned once against to the throne it so often finds itself occupying, the top of the Japanese weekly video game sales charts. While hardly noteworthy news as this happens more often than not, I’d like to point out something special about this occurrence.
Here are the top ten games of the week. Take a look at the title that Square Enix represents itself with. I’ll give you a hint: It’s not Final Fantasy, it’s not Dragon Quest, it’s not Kingdom Hearts, and it’s not an Eidos game.
- [3DS] Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (Square Enix, 10/11/12) – 141,529
- [PS3] Resident Evil 6 (Capcom, 10/04/12) – 92,921 (727,854)
- [3DS] Project X Zone (Namco Bandai, 10/11/12) – 85,539
- [PS3] World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami, 10/04/12) – 50,144 (274,028)
- [PS3] Toki to Towa (Namco Bandai, 10/11/12) – 32,215
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/12) – 29,651 (1,246,707)
- [3DS] Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode (Nintendo, 09/27/12) – 22,195 (122,391)
- [3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History (Namco Bandai, 07/05/12) – 18,458 (190,370)
- [PS3] Rocksmith (Ubisoft, 10/11/12) – 13,964
- [PSP] Diabolik Lovers (Idea Factory, 10/11/12) – 13,173
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. Never heard of it have you? Good! That’s because its a bonafide retail release of an original IP! Granted, it doesn’t break the RPG mold that much and acts more as a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light with the same graphical style and traditional job system, but it’s a 100% original title that had the swing behind it to dethrone Resident Evil from the top of the pile.
I’m often tough on Square Enix for not taking the risks they used to have the guts to take, but I am more than happy to give credit where it’s due. When I see a success story like this, it just makes me all happy and tingly inside. Good show, Square Enix. Now all you have to do is confirm this game for an American release, and you’ll have gained a solid point on my good side.