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Star Ocean 4 does proper sales on Japanese debut [Update]

Tuesday, 24th February 2009 12:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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According to Famitsu, Star Ocean 4 sold 166,027 units in its first four days on sale in Japan.

This apparently makes it the third fastest selling Japanese 360 game of all time, next to:

  1. Blue Dragon – 203,740 copies
  2. Tales of Vesperia – 170, 024 copies
  3. Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope – 166,027 copies

Spot the RPG theme? The Square game’s out in Europe this “spring”.

Thanks, Kotaku and Blerk.

Update – It’s been pointed out that these are actually lifetime sales figures, meaning The Last Hope will almost certainly go on to be the biggest-selling 360 game in Japan so far.

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  1. Blerk

    Nearly 25,000 360s sold in the same time frame too. Which probably means it’s going to outsell the Wii this week. :-D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. DaMan

    that’s really bad for such a great series :(

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Blerk

    It didn’t do nearly as well as the last game, but that’s to be expected – there’s a fraction of the number of 360s in Japan as there were PS2s when “Til The End Of Time” came out.

    That said, these figures kick the shit out of the DS remakes of 1 and 2, despite that platform having roughly 2 billion times more installed hardware.

    It’s also a complete sell-out – there are no more on the shelves for people to buy. As usual in these cases, retail has seriously underestimated how many copies to request.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Bleak Harvest

    Impressive start!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Mike

    I dunno if it’s all that good really. If you factor in that there are thousands more 360′s in circulation, and the hype surrounding the title, couple with all the Star OCean fans, then it really should’ve outsold everything else to date. IMO

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Well, like I said – they’ve apparently sold out of the initial shipment entirely so they’re awaiting a restock. I guess it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many units to ship when you’re in uncharted 360 territory.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    It’s worth keeping in mind that those numbers above are lifetime figures for Blue Dragon and ToV. Previous best 1st week numbers for a 360 game are:

    The Last Remnant – 102k
    Tales of Vesperia – 101k
    Infinite Undiscovery – 86k

    166k from SO4 is a pretty significant improvement.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Blerk

    I’m kind of surprised it outsold Tales. Was that stock-limited too?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    The actual console sold out when it was launched, but I don’t know if the game did.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. LeD

    So the article is wrong then?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    It is, yeah. I’ll add an edit.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Mike

    Oh right. Completely different complexio, then.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    It’s Kotaku… if there are facts involved and they’re the ones posting them? Chances are they’re wrong. :)

    #13 5 years ago