360 Scores The Only Final Fantasy XIII Bundle Outside Of Japan

Microsoft confirms the March 9th release of a Final Fantasy XIII 250GB Xbox 360 bundle, noting that it's the only console outside of Japan to come bundled with the game.

At the X10 event in San Francisco today, the company revealed that the rumored Xbox 360 North American Final Fantasy bundle is indeed a reality, and it will include exclusive downloadable avatar items in the box. Microsoft stresses that the Xbox 360 is the only console outside of Japan bundled with Square Enix's latest, which is a pretty big deal for Microsoft. Especially when you consider the console isn't even getting the game in Japan.

The bundle includes an unbranded 250GB Xbox 360, two wireless controllers (for a one-player game,) a standard edition copy of Final Fantasy XIII, and exclusive downloadable avatar items.

Oh wait, the console is Final Fantasy XII branded...in a place no one would ever look.

360 Scores The Only Final Fantasy XIII Bundle Outside Of Japan

And yes, I suppose downloadable avatar items counts as downloadable content.

Microsoft has also revealed that a select number of Limited Edition Xbox 360 faceplates have been created by designer Tetsuya Nomura, to be distributed across select retailers in Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Also notable, the listing for the system says it comes with a Standard Edition copy of the game. Why stress standard edition, if there is no limited edition? Interesting, isn't it?

Update: And here's an image of the faceplate:

360 Scores The Only Final Fantasy XIII Bundle Outside Of Japan