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Final Fantasy XIII Demo Ignites PS3 Sales

Final Fantasy. Man, this franchise is so damn enormous, that even its demos manage to move dozens of thousands additional hardware units in a week. A demo! A few days ago, you may recall that we reported the PlayStation 3 sold about 16.5k systems in Japan for the week ending April 12th. That number was high enough to make the PS3 the best selling home console in Japan, beating out even the Nintendo Wii, which sold a paltry 13k systems.

Well, with the Blu-Ray release of Final Fantasy Advent Children, you may also recall that we reported 70,000, out of the 100,000 copies sold, were the ones bundled with the FFXIII demo. And how many of those 70k also bought a PS3 with their FFXIII demo? Close to 40,000! According to retail tracker Sinobi, they record sales of the PlayStation 3 for last week tallying to a total of 57k units! For a demo!

We're still curious to see Famitsu's and Media Create's retail results, as they cover a larger scope of Japan's retail world, which may possibly show us a number for PS3 sales that's higher than 57k. For that, we'll have to wait until tomorrow afternoon. Seriously...a demo! Imagine the colossal explosion when the actual game hits this December in Japan?

 

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

4/22/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Zemus101
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 2:23:21 PM
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All great news! Thanks for reporting it Arnold! Love seeing the ps3 sell so well cuz of things like this. Can't wait until FFXIII launches, and damn I wish it was still an exclusive.

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Jonesy555
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 6:11:54 PM

I can do without the exclusivity...what I can't do with is that it ain't in ma hands yet!!

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Jordahn
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 2:28:15 PM
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Ya known, I've been avoiding a certian website because of its constant blatant anti-PS3/SONY users. I cannot let their anti-gaming antics disrupt my joy as a gamer. It's tempting to go back over there to see their reactions to such postitive PS3 news. But I'm taking the high road by continually taking the gamer's route and not a fanboy's act of retaliatory hate.

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Juanalf
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 2:30:42 PM

May I ask what website is anti PS3/Sony?

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Jordahn
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 2:35:45 PM

Not the website itself, but a strong number of its users and contributors. For the respect and safety of this site and its users, I would like to keep that confidential but would gladly inform you via private messaging.

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Juanalf
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 2:51:18 PM

I'll take your word for it but you know that ps3/Sony bashing occurs in most gaming sites at least the ones I've visited so it should be nothing out of the ordinary.

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www
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:02:21 PM

yea Jordahn,there lotta sites which i FIRST thought were bias like Eurogamer,Gamespot & co but i realised they aren't that biased and half the time,they report the truth,yea but in certain aspects they like to bash the ps3 though.

I own both consoles n i must ADMIT that ps3 is the console to own NOW.More exclusives,LBP,K2,MGSIV,Uncharted,and this year more games comin up.I look at my 360 and i all i see is Halo wars & GTAIV DLC for this year,halo wars was a flop too.PS3 has this year.

So go ahead and mention that site,it's not really an issue.

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Oyashiro
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 4:39:52 PM

Does the site rhyme with "Botaku"?

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 4:50:42 PM

@Oyashiro

LOL, I was wondering that myself. Perhaps it is also similar in sound to the very word many anime fans in the US use to describe themselves...?

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djduke316
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 7:52:04 PM

Hmmmm if it's a retail site, I wonder if it rhymes with Hamazon...

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Juanalf
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 2:28:47 PM
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If it sold that much cause of the demo than the whole game will completely cause the ps3 to take over Japan.

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SarahPalinMILF
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 2:39:32 PM
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Versus will be a better game out of the three in FFXIII's cannon..

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DIsmael85
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 2:53:59 PM

That may be the case, but there is no denying that it's fricken awesome to see the PS3 will ultimately sky-rocket due to FF13. I honestly can see the same happening in the U.S. despite it being on the 360 as well.

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crawdaddy
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 2:58:27 PM
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How much does the ps3 cost in Japan, and how much is that in U.S. dollars?

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King James
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:18:00 PM
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Arnold, that pic is mind-blowing! I'm starting to think that you should in charge of all picture selections.

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infekt
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:26:39 PM

Lol! I love it! LMAO.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:47:52 PM

Hahahaha, thank you, thank you. I choose these pics on a whim, I just think about how a particular news story makes me feel and I search for a picture to describe the emotion. Hahahahaha.

The results are what you've been seeing for the past three days.

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bearbobby
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:48:13 PM

I agree. If all nuke detonations looked that rockin', I'd be 100% behind Skynet's plans. Hell... I'd hit the button myself!

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twenty8nine
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:34:46 PM
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Wait, I missed that FFXIII is no longer an exclusive. That's gonna hurt Sony quite a bit. But then again, if the game is gonna be as awesome as they claim it will be, then it will only be truly good on the higher-capacity Blu-Ray discs.

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bearbobby
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:50:34 PM

Really man? That was like the "shot heard round the world" in the arena of gaming news. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:55:39 PM

welcome back to the world now that they let you out of your Vault :)

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 4:56:00 PM

There is a second FFXIII game coming that WILL be PS3 exclusive, so unless you're only interested in the one game, you need to consider that exclusivity.

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www
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 6:18:28 PM

LOL worldends....

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Zemus101
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:54:14 PM
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Hey, some people sleep under rocks ;)

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Dan
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:55:00 PM
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Well, I for one will be contributing to the spike sale of the PS3 once FFXIII is released.

I've been waiting for so long for this game to be released before getting a PS3.

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bearbobby
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:56:12 PM

No need to wait, PLENTY of other stellar games for PS3 to tide you over while you wait :)

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sunspider13
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:56:49 PM
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I really should have saw this coming but then again I'm not surprised. I think the closer the release date gets (whenever that is) the more PS3s will start leaving stores, at the very least a spike in console sales.

BTW Arnold that pic is awesome, lol.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:57:59 PM
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Maybe this will prove to SE where the sales will be at for all RPGs. I wonder if here in the US people will bypass the 360 version and use FFXIII as the final excuse to shell out and get the best system and "quitcherbitchin"

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 3:58:20 PM
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WOW,
If they're buying that many PS3's now on a demo, then I can just imagine how many more systems that both, FFXIII & Versus, will wind up selling there also.

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Jordahn
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 4:23:31 PM
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It has to be stressed that a true FF fan will buy the PS3 version because the PS3 is also getting FF versus XIII for consistancy sake. It must also be stressed to potential future PS3 owners that if there is any interest in FF, a PS3 should be bought because it will be getting two FF titles.

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whooka
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 4:35:51 PM
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Never got into Final Fantasy despite having every incarnation of the playstation since ps1. Turn-based, strategy rpg never floated my boat. I'm a hack-n-slash man myself.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 5:28:32 PM

FF Versus XIII should be up your alley then

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tlpn99
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 4:39:40 PM
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I may probably be the only one on here that wont buy it as I have never played any of the previous versions.

I wish I could get all hyper excited like you guys but sadly I cant over something I have never experienced lol

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 4:54:20 PM

If you like RPGs, especially JRPGs then you should be considering this game.

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Oyashiro
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 5:26:19 PM

Final Fantasy are self contained games, and all play differently from the last. Not playing any of the others wont take wont take anything away from enjoying FFXIII.

Give it a shot when it comes out, you may like it.

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Juanalf
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 5:39:35 PM

You're not alone, I actually didn't know what FF was or what was it about till I saw footage of FFXIII a couple of days ago;D

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Oyashiro
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 4:46:23 PM
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I do believe they have awoken a sleeping giant...

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bebestorm
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 5:54:36 PM

Well said...

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 4:53:06 PM
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Interesting. Unless there is another game launch going on in japan, this would appear to indicate that there are a large number of potential PS3 owners out there simply holding onto their yen before their favorite game arrives. Certainly if a mere demo was enough to tip the balance for the most avid fans, and sales spiked by 40,000+, I can only wonder at the number of new PS3 owners that will accompany the game's actual launch during the Winter.

I wonder whether there is any of this pent up demand in western markets?

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godsman
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 11:02:34 PM

i read somewhere that the PS3 bundle was not a $400 buck bundle, probably $450. Someone please confirm.

They are actually paying to get a hold of this demo. I totally wish that Square-Enix doesn't hold back the US version's quality. If so, this could be the defining game for the PS3 that xbox fans claims that PS3 doesn't have (Although i think that's all BS). It'll be a multi-platform, that makes the xbox look horrible.

Although I have a feeling that once Square realize PS3 and Xbox version are so different, they might port down from Xbox instead to keep them identical, after the next payment, with a fat check from Microsoft.

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telly
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 4:57:36 PM
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LOVE the pic :) Hahahahahahahaha

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slackernz
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 5:33:28 PM
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great news. I'm not worried about FFXIII going multiplat. Those who own both consoles will get in on PS3 and those who don't own either will buy the PS3 because thats where its meant to be played :D

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lloyders21
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 5:48:23 PM
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is final fantasy versus still a ps3 exclusive ?

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Jonesy555
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 6:12:48 PM

So far so good. I was looking forward to vsXIII a lil more than XIII, but after looking at vids of the demo...they are about equally anticipated now. ^_^

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bebestorm
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 6:04:32 PM
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This is great news! Alot of people are waiting for certain games before they buy a ps3.... I know a few waiting on God of War 3.

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Mamills
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 6:19:06 PM
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Well now hopefully, sony will get the hint that its the RPG's that move console units. because honestly its the main reason i even got a PS3. I thought it was going to have a great RPG lineup. honestly ive just been playing valkyria chronicles and FF12 like crazy to hold me over and hopefully one day, ill try eternal sonata. all because im waiting for FF13. i mean the 360 has RPGs but they are crap so far and square Enix have been doing dickall for this generation so far (Have yet to see any of their games grace our console). I can only hope its because they are putting everything into Final Fantasy.

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djduke316
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 7:54:38 PM

Actually 360 has a couple of worthwile RPGs. Only one, however, is made by Square Enix (Star Ocean TLH),

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godsman
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 11:05:40 PM

Check out Tales of Vesperia in first quarter of 2010. Dont think it'll come before that. I really hope Tales of Vesperia gets both Japanese and English Voices.

Tales of Vesperia and Star Ocean 4 are the two only worthy RPG in Xbox

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BigT_1980
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 1:01:16 AM

Lost Odyssey was an amazing game. That is the only RPG that Microsoft has that I want that is not coming to the PS3.

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rell
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 6:34:22 PM
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ffxiii and ffxiiivs will owned.

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bamf
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 7:22:29 PM
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For those who ask, yeah FFXIII versus is still a PS3 exclusive. Also FFXIII is PS3 exclusive in Japan. I can only imagine a very few number of people actually know there is a FFXIII demo out there. Word might get around and next week shift a load more PS3's

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yzzlthtz
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 8:58:12 PM
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GoW III + FFXIII+Vs. = ps3s flying out of the stores on rocket boots

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niceboy
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 9:20:39 PM
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ya i still wish the game was exclusive to the PS3! Square Enix sold us out. But that's ok, great news to hear the system is doing so well in the orient. I hope those types of sales hit the rest of the world soon.

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Mystearica
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @ 11:16:35 PM
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You know that sounds good and all... but 2 things

1- This is in Japan... and is expected... PS3 is selling there quite well anywayz

2- It's not exclusive so in North America I bet you more 360 copies would be sold

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aaronisbla
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 12:58:14 AM

i think the fact that FF13 VS is still exclusive to ps3 might indeed keep the sales on both systems close, if not helping the ps3 sale more copies.

Should sell well on both systems but he days of multiplats selling a lot more on the 360 are pretty much over.

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Rock
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 8:56:57 AM
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I have something VERY important to say.

...The poll on the right side is cheap!

Forcing us to choose only one out of all those amazing games! Its a crime! >_<

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Andysw
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 10:42:24 AM
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Now if that number would translate to american sales, that would shut microsoft up from bragging how much they're better than sony.

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PANICinc
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:57:09 AM
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My buddy imported one the "Cloud Edition" PS3's with Advent Children and the FFXIII demo. Played it last night, and it is SWEET!!! Graphics are amazing, fighting mechanics are great (it's all real time! gotta think on your toes!) Not sure about the story, it's all in Japanese.

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Midris7
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 2:15:06 PM
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Does anyone know what kind of gameplay mechanic Versus is going to have? Is is going to be the same fighting style as XIII, or something more actionish?


PSN: MorskiJX

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Stony the Great
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 5:22:01 PM
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I've heard that since the initial build of FF13, they've been playtesting the White Engine. This engine is exclusive to the PS3. Since most effort is being put toward the PS3 version, would that mean that the 360 version won't run as smoothly? I don't know, maybe I'm grasping at straws.

However, I really don't think that multi-platforming FF13 is bad. Since ff13 has many versions. Who's going to be hurt?

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