Final Fantasy XIII sells 450,000 copies on day one

According to (take that for what you will), Final Fantasy XIII has had quite a strong debut in North America. Releasing yesterday on March 9th, 2010, it is believed to have sold 450,000 units on its first day.

While sales can’t be exact as of right now, VGChartz believes that the PlayStation 3 format sold nearly 2:1 in comparison to that of Microsoft’s. Estimated sales have the PlayStation 3 sitting at 290,000 sold and the 360 at 160,000. If these numbers are true, it’s a far cry of dominance that Aaron Greenberg claimed would take place last year when the two formats would go toe-to-toe.

There is an expected increase of 40-45% more sales throughout its first week, which should bring the weekly total up to 700,000. This would be an increase in overall performance in comparison to Final Fantasy XII.

Please note that VGChartz does not use an exact science for determining sales, but considering the preorder numbers that were available to all, these numbers do seem in line with how many copies did sell overall.

Readers Comments (21)

  1. very good!!
    i never realy understod this game is it like tekken or is it got a story line?

  2. Though I’ve never taken vgchartz seriously, there’s obviously no reason to believe that FFXIII wouldn’t sell well, and I can’t think of anyone who said they would get this on 360 when they have a PS3.

  3. VofEscaflowne March 10, 2010 @ 13:49


    It’s a RPG like other games but much MUCH faster paced. It reminds me of X-2’s battle system (hate on the game as you will, the battle system was amazing) along with X’s Sphere Grid leveling up system. You only control one character at a time even if your party is composed of three players, the other two being controlled by AI. While that sounds bad at first, it works actually well within the battle system. You still give them general commands and the one character you control will leave you with your hands full trying to stay on top of things. It’s a very exciting take on the whole turn based battle system and one that stands among the best I’ve ever played.

  4. The game sold 3 million copies in N.A. and EU ( I guess VGChartz could be correct. We’ll have to wait ’til NPD day this Thursday to find out.

  5. @Nick — It wouldn’t be in this week’s NPD, it would be in next months, wouldn’t it?

  6. Lol, right.

    Anyway, that’s 3 million copies sold, and VGChartz says only 450k were sold in N.A. That would leave 2.55 mill copies sold in EU. Interesting…

    • No it wouldn’t. They said they SHIPPED that many copies. Doesn’t mean they sold that many.

  7. Are shipped numbers usually more than a million off from sold?

  8. Isn’t it Obvious that this game sold so many?…It’s FFXIII dude….I just can’t wait for Square enix to release FFXIII VERSUS.

  9. Barely anybody on my 360 friends list has this game, while almost all of my PS3 friends list has it.

  10. Moocows111111 March 10, 2010 @ 15:37

    “Barely anybody on my 360 friends list has this game, while almost all of my PS3 friends list has it.”

    Remember the article A day or so ago? FF13 is a Playstation title XD Besides most 360 gamers are FPS types anyways.
    Also Congrats to FF13 and with its hundreds upon thousands of copies sold XD

  11. The only people who play FFXIII on 360 either pirated it, or have a display resolution so low they just got it for gamerscore on 360.

  12. Oh, and 3 of my 360 fanboy friends bought PS3s just for FFXIII

  13. meh, the staggering numbers are totally understandable….i actually thought they’d sell more than half a mill

  14. This game is a complete failure compared to other FF! Doesnt deserve the sales. EXTREMLY disappointed story wise and gameplay wise.

  15. @VofEscaflowne
    thanks for explaining sound pretty good might get it.

  16. meh, i wont be getting this 😀

    perhaps when it is 20 lol

  17. That’s cool (if the number is right, which coming from VGChartz is doubtable).

  18. Damn thats a hell of a ratio!”!!!! ff is a great game with no doubt.
    But im really disappointed about not being an exclusif 🙁

  19. VofEscaflowne March 11, 2010 @ 12:32


    It is, and this is after 10+ hours of play time for me. The battle system just becomes much more fun once you unlock more skills, Paradigms and new ATB segments. It really is a blast and I wish some of the battles were longer. Any Final Fantasy fan should pick this one up. The negative opinions of the game were voiced so loudly and they really feel like a non issue at this point for me personally.


    Why are you disappointed? An exclusive title should not mean the player will have more fun with it. It’s simply reaching to a wider audience and with a title as huge as this one that does have a big appeal, it’s only normal to try and get more fans on board, right? A company has to survive afterall. We still get the superior version 😉

  20. some body should now ask Aaron Greenberg about his claim. I read on some other website that it was 3:1

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