The latest Final Fantasy game is having a hard time at retail in Japan


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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins is one of the slowest selling Final Fantasy games ever to hit Japanese stores. That’s according to Game data library, which tracks sales of Japanese games. The game, which debuted on March 18, had lower physical sales in its first week than 24 other Final Fantasy spinoff games. And it only sold faster than 2007’s Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon, 2009’s Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, and 2006’s Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales.

Stranger of Paradise also sold worse than previous games from developer Team Ninja.

†[Final Fantasy Origins had] also a poor launch compared to the NiOh games,” Game Data Library posted on Twitter. †[It had] less than half the launch of both NiOh games.”

The retail launch of Final Fantasy Origins in Japan is one of the worst for a Final Fanasy spin-off, with only a few Wii games doing worse.

It’s also a poor launch compared to the NiOh games, taking less than half the launch of both NiOh games.

— Game Data Library (@GameDataLibrary) March 24, 2022

This is probably indicative of the Final Fantasy audience leaving the consoles – at least in Japan. Square Enix has continued to release new Final Fantasy spinoffs in recent years, but almost exclusively on mobile devices. And that’s probably where most of its domestic audience is.


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These results may also indicate a growing audience for digital sales in Japan. The Game Data Library figures are exclusively digital, and download sales are huge for newer games. But even if we estimate an extremely aggressive 75% distribution for digital sales, that still places the game in the top 10 fastest-selling Final Fantasy spin-off games in Japan.

However, Stranger of Paradise may have more global appeal, and we’ll see where it lands on the US NPD sales charts by the middle of next month.

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