Yesterday was the release of Final Fantasy XIII in Japan, exclusively for the PlayStation 3, and the region was buzzing with anticipation for stores to finally open its doors. Obviously, Final Fantasy hasn’t lost its touch despite the long window between releases.
Today, Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy XIII has sold more than 1 million copies within its first day of release: I’ll repeat that in the Japanese language just so everyone can understand: ファイナルファンタジー13、発売初日で100万本達成 PS3初のミリオン突破
The Lightning Bundle that comes packaged with a PlayStation 3 and a copy of the game is not included in these sales figures, so the numbers are big; bigger than the launch figures for even Yakuza 3 and Metal Gear Solid 4. Without these figures it may be a lot easier to see what type of impact Final Fantasy XIII has this week in moving consoles off the shelf as well. One thing we do know for sure is that Sony may be catching up to Microsoft in worldwide figures by a nice chunk of consoles.
Gamers from the rest of the world will have to be patient for Final Fantasy XIII as it’s coming out in North America and Europe in March 2010. I’m sure that you’ll get overwhelmed with gameplay trailers from the lucky Japanese gamers, but don’t worry, the 81 day wait before its release everywhere else should surely be worth it.