PlayStation 3 Sales Get Huge Boost In Japan, Thanks To Final Fantasy XIII Demo

To say the release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete on Blu-ray in Japan gave the PlayStation 3 a "sales bump" might be underselling it. The movie's re-release nearly quadrupled PS3 sales in Japan.

Of course, it's not just the movie that's lighting a fire under new PlayStation 3 owners. It's the release of the included demo for Final Fantasy XIII and the release of a limited edition "Cloud Black" console. Both helped boost sales of Sony's current-gen console from 16,701 last week to 62,527 this week, according to Japanese sales tracker Media Create.

Sales on other hardware fronts were mostly static, if down slightly. The bestselling hardware in handy list form for the week of April 13th to the 19th is as follows.

  • PlayStation 3 - 62,527
  • PSP - 40,065
  • Nintendo DSi - 38,287
  • Wii - 13,221
  • Xbox 360 - 8,652
  • Nintendo DS Lite - 6,438
  • PlayStation 2 - 4,230