Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 bests Super Mario 3D World by 177,494 units on Media Create charts

Wednesday, 27th November 2013 14:31 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 debuted in the top slot on the Media Create charts, moving 277,082 units in three days on PS3. The Square Enix title bested the debut of Super Mario 3D World by 177,494 units. Full report below.

According to Siliconera, Lightning Return’s sales are the lowest opening figures for the Final Fantasy 13 trilogy – about 18% of the original Final Fantasy 13′s first week sales.

Final Fantasy 13 sold 1,501,964 copies in its first week, and Final Fantasy 13-2 managed 524,217 sales.

3DS LL continued to be the best-selling hardware for the period, with Vita holding on to number two – despite selling 25,306 units less than the week before.

Last week’s number three, Vita TV, fell to number six moving 34,304 less than its debut week.

Super Mario 3D World gave Wii U a must needed boost, moving the console into the three spot with 21,002 units sold, compared to the prior week’s 15,906.

Here’s the full software chart for November 18-24. Life-to-date sales are in parentheses. Last week’s sales are here.

  • [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21/13) – 277,082 (New)
  • [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 99,588 (New)
  • [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 83,605 (New)
  • [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 72,932 (3,002,738)
  • [3DS] Aikatsu! 2-ri no My Princess (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 72,087 (New)
  • [PSV] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 39,052 (305,378)
  • [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 35,879 (187,678)
  • [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts (Square Enix, 11/14/13) – 29,252 (219,883)
  • [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 21,120 (2,959,789)
  • [PSP] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 20,508 (132,531)
  • [PS3] Monster Hunter Frontier G Beginner’s Package (Capcom/ 11/20/13) -19,334 (New)
  • [Wii U] Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 19,265 (New)
  • [PSV] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (Gust, 11/24/13) – 17,536 (New)
  • [PS3] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (Gust, 11/24/13) – 14,060 (New)
  • [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) – 13,548 (593,370)
  • [3DS] Daigasso! Band Brothers P (Nintendo, 11/14/13) – 12,635 (52,831)
  • [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 9,485 (190,659)
  • [PS3] Battlefield 4 (EA, 11/07/13) – 9,134 (150,124)
  • [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 7,624 (24,600)
  • [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 7,046 (102,350)

Here’s the full hardware chart for Week 46. Last week’s sales are in parentheses:

  1. 3DS LL – 63,709 (47,852)
  2. PSV – 21,044 (46,350)
  3. Wii U – 21,002 (15,906)
  4. 3DS – 20,797 (22,250)
  5. PS3 – 12,436 (12,019)
  6. Vita TV – 7,868 (42,172)
  7. PSP – 3,546 (4,353)
  8. Wii – 457 (518)
  9. 360 – 342 (404)

Thanks, Gematsu.



  1. Djoenz


    #1 1 year ago
  2. Legendaryboss


    #2 1 year ago
  3. Djoenz


    #3 1 year ago
  4. mistermogul

    That’s quite a drop in Vita TV sales, ouch!

    I suppose the Mario 3D World sales aren’t bad considering there are hardly any Wii U’s in Japan.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. salarta

    My response to this news is twofold.

    One: The sales numbers for the game aren’t that high out the gate compared to other games people are dying to get, and right now the competition for sales is extremely slim. It’s not too much of a surprise that the game is at the top of the charts given the lack of options.

    Two: This is Japan. These are the same people that gave garbage like 3rd Birthday and FFX-2 the majority of their sales and managed to give Squeenix enough of a platform to somehow claim both of those games are among the greatest hits on their respective systems. It was fairly inevitable that the obsessive horny otaku element in Japan would rush out to buy a game that’s all about taking a woman and making her dress in various goofy or sexualized outfits.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Djoenz

    AMEN @Salarta
    The game is disgusting. Cosplay bullshit… I dont have to play it to tell its shit already.

    Im stubborn as fuck. Still waiting on FFXV and KH3. Some people here said it would be on current gen as well but that is not correcto mundo.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. MrFutago87

    This might seem like a lot but for a Final Fantasy these are some shitty sales figures. To compare FF13 sold around 1.5 million in it’s first week in Japan, FF13-2 sold around 500k in that time.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Djoenz

    Nobody gives a shit about Lightning returning. Its the fact that she beated mario -> [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 99,588 (New)

    Sad news :(

    #8 1 year ago
  9. MrFutago87

    Well as little people care about LR, just as few people care about the WiiU. This isn’t a problem with the game but the system it’s on.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Djoenz

    Yeah its a shame really.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. DLTDawnlight

    Look at the bright side, at least LR does not win the award for most perverted JRPG ever. That probably goes to Time and Eternity.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. The_Red

    I think Japan is bizarre. Where else Vita can be 2nd best selling console? As for Lightening Returns, it’s rather low for the series. Mario doesn’t need to worry. Nintendo games have legs.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. MrFutago87

    At least Time and Eternity is honest about it. LR just tries to hide the fact that Toriyama wants Lightning to be his Fanfic Waifu. I mean have you seen this?

    The Vita is selling in Japan because over there there are actually games coming out for it. And now with all the Indie titles on over here the sales are looking better in the west too.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. salarta

    @8: I agree with what @9 (MrFutago87) said. Super Mario 3D World is suffering not from lack of interest in the game, but lack of people that own the console and think it’s a worthwhile purchase.

    I’m actually interested in Super Mario 3D World myself. It looks fun. But there’s literally nothing else on the system that I want to play, and I learned from the Wii and 3DS, as well as Nintendo of America’s initial refusal to bring over the Operation Rainfall games, that it’s a mistake to buy any Nintendo system until there are about five games for it I actually want to play. With the Wii, there was one game per year worth buying and playing until the Operation Rainfall games (and I’m not totaling and dividing, there was literally only one game per year). If I had bought the Wii U at launch like I did for Wii and 3DS, it would’ve sat completely unused for a whole year before Super Mario 3D World finally came out and let me feel like I hadn’t wasted my money on something I don’t use.

    @11: I still need to play my copy of Time and Eternity. I didn’t see anything perverted about it from previews. Is it really worse than FFX-2 and this crap? Any examples of how it’s worse?

    @13: There’s supposedly one of Lightning wearing a clown suit. To be honest, when it comes to Lightning as a character, I figure that since it’s obvious Toriyama purposely tried to ruin Aya Brea to prevent her from stealing the spotlight of badass female protagonist from his precious Lightning, it would only be fair once Lightning is depicted as innately pathetic and wussy like he had Aya depicted. But at the same time, I also know that since Lightning is a female character, poor treatment of her is basically poor and disrespectful representation of women in general.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. DLTDawnlight

    @13: When SE had dlc of costumes showing more of Serah’s cleavage in XIII-2, that’s where they started to cross the line. I wonder who are the sickos who actually download that.

    @14: Time and Eternity gets perverted 30 seconds after hitting the “New Game” button.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Francis O

    Nice troll bait headline there VG247.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. 2-D

    The Japanese do really enjoy dressing up girls in games. Makes sense.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. ayb91

    They were not kidding when they said she strikes like lightning. Good news though.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Stephany Nunneley

    @16 Whatevs. It’s the truth. Dunno how it’s bait. But again. Whatevs Francis.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. viralshag

    Haha. The truth? He can’t handle the truth!

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Dragon

    No need to waste time on moronic fanboys like him. He even runs a ninty fanboy site.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. DLTDawnlight

    Change the name of your website from Playeressence to

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Clupula


    That is all.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. salarta

    @15: That doesn’t answer my question. :P

    Also, the sickos are also known as horny otaku, which apparently Japan is swimming in since a once respected company like Squeenix is eager to sink low enough to cater almost exclusively to them with games like FFX-2, 3rd Birthday and this. Any reasonable company would’ve aborted this game and demoted Toriyama years ago, not allowed him to carry on and ruin multiple IPs for a good decade yet somehow fail upward in status.

    @20: Another ten years and nobody will know that reference!

    #24 1 year ago
  25. pandulce1

    I downloaded the Japanese FF demo yesterday and was left unimpressed and uninterested. I may be the only one outside of Square Enix that likes Lightning, but I’m just not felling it.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Legendaryboss

    The pain staking truth is a bitch sometimes especially for those who can’t handle it.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. zoopdeloop


    time and resources spent on an abysmal project that only a handful of people care about.I wonder what these guys at Squenix are really smoking.
    Good thing they do well with FFXIV:ARR though,it really deserves it.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. SplatteredHouse

    “it’s a mistake to buy any Nintendo system” until such time as you can be sure of a steady train of appealing titles releasing/to be released for it.
    I’ve seen their inconsistent strategy, the flagpole release that they try to make all the noise about – leading to a “dry spell” – in reality, a drought of content lasting seasons. Which just speaks to terrible planning. Awful organization? And, it’s no good “online enabling” your console, when you fail to support key modern protocols to the point that any-which-way I try I’m not getting my Wii machine to access the internet, since the necessary driver support apparently evaporated overnight!

    If I am to buy a Nintendo, I can count on NOT being able to play the games that I want to – If only Freeloader had woken up more than just their OS coders! – and, much like the flagpole releases, it takes some ABSURD degree of grandstanding gesture to get through that: Guess what? People actually want to buy, support and play this stuff, (that they want to play, which (Nintendo) YOU DON’T REALISE, because you don’t care. Nintendo they’re not interested, frankly))

    If they were interested, they wouldn’t have a choking greenhouse effect for a console ecosystem. They might actually support their development and publishing partners rather than leaving them in no-mans-land to fend for themselves. Iwata asks: When It Suits Iwata.

    So, yes…In the WiiU’s case, that might well be a while then.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. game_on

    I can understand Francis a bit. The headline can be considered as ‘troll bait’ because of the emphasis on the fact that LR sold much more than Mario. Instead of giving a plain sales chart.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. salarta

    @28: Nintendo’s only real saving grace at the moment is that it has some very famous first party IPs that are usually made very well, and sometimes they have some damn good companies making games for them.

    Outside that, they’re a complete mess. They’re now a constant decade behind the competition in graphics and online functionality (both of which hamper ports and make companies less eager to make games for them when the competition has more options to offer), and their content restrictions both for what kind of games Nintendo will let developers publish through them and for what their own consumers are allowed to do on the console are absurdly limiting.

    Operation Rainfall was something of a wake-up call on this issue. Three games consumers actually wanted, and it took a massive internet campaign to get Nintendo of America to actually acknowledge it was what consumers wanted. I’m glad they eventually listened, but it shouldn’t have taken that kind of massive campaign.

    The other issue is that Nintendo used to be able to have a slow trickle of first party games when they were the dominant company and they got the same multi-platform games as the competition alongside some really good exclusive third-party games. Now, they’re at a state where they need to have multiple first-party games out in a short window. That’s the only way left to really sell people on their consoles, because it’s the only way to let consumers feel like buying it would mean getting their money’s worth.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Brenna Hillier

    Updated with LR sales compared to other FF 13 titles’ first weeks.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. polygem

    ps4, bf4, nfs, kz:sf and link between worlds for me this month. mario 3d world for christmas. broke but very very happy.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. jakrabbit

    I believe Super Mario 3D World was touted to be a system seller which at least in Japan doesn’t seem to be the case.

    #33 1 year ago

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