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Final Fantasy XV is a hit in Japan at just under 700,000 copies sold in its first week

by Ron Duwell | December 8, 2016December 8, 2016 6:00 pm PDT

Final Fantasy XV has revived interest in the classic franchise all around the world, even in its home country of Japan. In its first week, the game sold an impressive 690,471 copies across the whole country, making it one of the biggest, if not the biggest, launch this console generation has seen yet.

To put it in perspective, that’s a number bigger than Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s 441,000 copies, Dragon Quest Heroes II’s 374,000 copies, Persona 5’s 338,000 copies, and Yakuza 0’s 236,000 copies. That’s all of the PlayStation’s traditional heavy hitters, all toppled by Noctis and the gang.

Final Fantasy XV performed so well that it even tripled the sale of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro consoles from the week before, meaning the allure for the game was enough to sell expensive hardware. In the list below, the number in parenthesis is the sales from the week before.

  1. PlayStation 4 – 110,318 (33,859)
  2. New 3DS LL – 53,414 (45,622)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 20,141 (12,240)
  4. 2DS – 17,623 (18,158)
  5. PlayStation 4 Pro – 8,032 (8,243)
  6. New 3DS – 7,432 (6,955)
  7. Wii U – 4,718 (3,493)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 704 (623)
  9. 3DS – 368 (482)
  10. Xbox One – 256 (778)
  11. 3DS LL – 92 (95)

Ouch, is it mean to point out that the Xbox One actually sold less with Final Fantasy XV on the market?

Sony has sold 3.1 million consoles to date in Japan, giving Final Fantasy XV an attachment rate of 22 percent based on the physical game alone.

Still not better than previous Final Fantasy games, though

As usual, the Japanese Media Create only measures physical products and doesn’t yet account for digital sales. We have no way of knowing how many copies the game actually sold through the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace, but we can assume that it is a significant number given how much digital sales have taken off in Japan.

Likewise, the figure isn’t that impressive when put next to the launch of other Final Fantasy games. Final Fantasy XIII sold 1.5 million at retail, Final Fantasy XII sold 1.8 million, Final Fantasy X sold 1.4 million, and Final Fantasy VIII is still the record holder for the biggest launch at 2.5 million.

The one and only Final Fantasy VII? 2.3 million. Not too shabby.

So no, 700,000 physical copies might not look that good against those numbers, but we’ll never know the official count unless Square Enix lets us in on the secret. My guess is that it still trails behind its predecessors since a lot of Final Fantasy fans have grown up to become dads and salarymen these days. Japanese business life is tough, and they don’t have time for massive JRPGs once they hit working age.

But still, a figure of about 1 million copies wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

Congrats to Square Enix for turning an excellent game into a huge hit. Final Fantasy XV is available now for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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