Tales of Xillia Sells 525,000 in First Week


Tales of Xillia has proven a major hit, shifting over half a million copies in its first week and already securing the title of fastest selling Tales title ever.

The latest week’s sales figures show Tales of Xillia firmly in the number 1 spot with 525,605 copies sold (as opposed to merely shipped to retail channels).


It is also the best selling Tales title ever, and the second best selling PS3 game in the Japanese market (second only to FF13, and in both cases in first week terms – its eventual sales remain to be seen):

TOX  525,605
TOD  450,099  829,271
TOD2 498,142  762,861
TOE  384,790  669,248
TOR  372,767  596,493

More recent Tales titles had tended to exhibit weaker sales, putting the future of the franchise (at least as a major JRPG) in doubt, but it seems that trend has been dramatically arrested.

The game itself has received some of the best critical reviews of any Tales title, and online raillery is largely absent – although there is the usual grumbling about Bandai’s aggressive use of DLC in place of elements which were formerly part of the game proper.

So far, fans have not uncovered any evidence of Bandai’s much reviled beta-marketing strategy, which can only add to the game’s popularity.


With the Final Fantasy franchise under definite strain in recent iterations, and Dragon Quest reduced to an online game for its latest title, Tales fans are hailing this impressive showing as a sign of a Tales renaissance – although international fans are still left to worry over when, if ever, they will ever see the title.

The Japanese edition is however available internationally now.

In other news, Bandai has announced Tales of Innocence R for the Vita – the “R” standing for “Reimagination” rather than “Remake,” although the latter seems to be more accurate.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 15/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And I am one of these.

    The Japanese probably don't even realize the true strength of us import-champions.

    One day...we will be the driving factor.

    Oh yes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:09 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Yeah, keep believing that. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm not believing that...i KNOW it. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah..keep pretending you KNOW everything.:)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. China will be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    And I am another one of these, though not by import.

    Really nice game! I feel no need to make any big changes in this series and in the light of what's happening to Final Fantasy, I hope they don't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japan already knows that it's influence over-seas is extremely advantageous. All we need to do is to keep demanding our companies here in America to support products from Japan with higher numbers and more voices. Eventually they'll succumb to making official releases not only for the Japan region no longer. Keep it up fellow importers!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:16 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo obviously does not realize this cuz 3DS games are locked regionaly. This is one of the reasons I'm not buying a 3DS right now. I'm neither in US nor Japan but speak both languages(tho my Japanese is limited).
    If I buy the US version, I can't play the Japanese games, but if I buy the Japanese version I won't be able to understand like half the story. I just decided to give up on 3DS and buy a Vita instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hesitate to join the importer master race. It would suck if the game I imported came in ONLY Japanese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not importing this until I get confirmation that you can turn off the stupid fucking talking heads in battle. Honestly, that makes me wretch awkwardly more than anything I've ever seen in any game.

    And I've played things that would make most men weep like a schoolgirl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't mind paying for imports if i knew there would be an english translation included like Demon Souls. Instead of reaching just the population of japan, they could reach so many more markets by having an english translation. Hell, keep the jokes the same as the original. No need to 'convert' the jokes to American tastes. But it IS a JRPG so it's chalk full of dialogue. Must be a joy to translate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    There are no betas on Sony consoles.

    It's either because of tradition...or Bamco sold vital parts of their existence to Sony at some point.

    Either way..if you're not feeling like paying for an unfinished "beta", always get the Sony console version of a Tales-of game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Get the Sony console version of a Tales game importated from Japan and play it in japanese.
    Fix it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, that's really for everyone to decide for themselves.

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    Comment by Castian
    05:00 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed, as far as Tales series and Koei's the Ps3 version are complete versions but the japanese Ps3 are complete+, thats a win for them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:05 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ithink that you dont know what is beta .

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that you need to read and understand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:40 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's cause programing first to PS3, then porting the code is more difficult and Sony forced Jap devs to include extras for anything release elsewhere first.

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    Comment by Gigagaia
    08:41 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, betas can happen. Watch as in a year, they release a director cut version with more content, also on PS3.

    Namco are just beyond predictable now, it's not even funny.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, no.

    A DC version doesn't make the older version a beta. Seriously, it's not even fair to compare ToD PSX and ToDDC PS2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    of all mothersip releasing only TOD got remake/re release from PSX to PS2 (which is still on sony console)

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    Comment by draguer
    06:17 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whatever, There probably won't be an european neither american version of this game as well...

    Selling the beta versions abroad but keeping the actual game for themselves, how would you call that? strategy? selfishness? stupidity? xenophobia?...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Supposedly they found strings in Xillia's files denoting space for localization... could be they're planning on localizing this one.

    Sure hope they do, anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are bringing Tales of Graces F to North America and Europe in 2012 you know. (Tales of Graces is the ported version to the ps3 from the Wii with improved shit)

    I think there is a good chance of this coming into the rest of the world (Maybe like in 2 years).

    Comment by Anonymous

    They will bring it to America exclusively for the 360,just for the lulz.

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    Comment by Riiku
    22:29 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will be released in US, cuz if not, it would be a major fuckup on Bandai's side in financial terms.


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    Comment by jamesownsall
    23:26 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is a Goddamn RPG. Since we're talking Tales series, it's especially going to have a lot of voice files not only from regular scenes and battle cries but also the little chat the characters would have with each other.

    Being that most companies these days tend to push for HD compliance, they'll want to use to best compression they can stuff in for the audio too, which means larger individual file sizes. Yes, they'd fill up even the Blu-Ray disc.

    If you love Japanese language so much, import the damn game because it's out in Japan now. If you don't understand Japanese, you have no business demanding them to include two languages and increase the game's cost due to separate royalty charges for the Jap voices.

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    Comment by Setsuna Toshirou
    17:42 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This already came out? I didn't know D: Not that i care, I don't have the console it is for and it probably won't be released in English.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same... Pre-ordered my import... I am almost certain at least 50k copied were moved by play-asia.com, and another 50k by other major import venues...

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    Comment by Abel Liegod
    12:23 19/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just want them to localize it ;_;

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:19 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Btw, this DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ASIA Version which is an independent version (although content is 100% same besides DLC) for HK/PRC/Taiwan/Singapore region.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    generic jrpg crap that's basically the same game as ever other generic crap jrpg that hasn't evolved in the last 10 years

    good old japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:08 17/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shows how much you know.


    Pretty bad troll, to be honest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    tales of lelouch

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    08:33 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe Namco Bandai will send us this one then, those sons of bitch bastards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 17/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because you deserve it for calling them that, eh?


    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Play-asia does not ship to the UK :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Then order from yesasia.

    So basic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Blame the tards at Sony for killing off lik sang and scaring play asia.

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    Comment by Garyuu
    05:40 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course this one won't be a beta. The beta games were the games originally on other systems, then ported to the PS3. Since the game is coming strait to PS3 they are trying their hardest the first time around. The company views the other consoles as test systems. The same thing happened with Symphonia. Originally it was on Gamecube, then came out on PS2 with more features.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Test? Your fanboy is showing. Sony REQUIRES them to add extra content, they have the choice of doing so or not releasing it on PS3. It's forced changes not because the developer wanted those changes, but because they had no choice.

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    Comment by Garyuu
    11:41 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mad bro? I don't even own a PS3. Stating a companies actions doesn't make one a fanboy.

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    Comment by Duolis
    09:45 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your hate is showing. You didn't know how they included the content already on the disc, but decided not to use all of them just to let them appear in PS3 version later?

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    Comment by Asolite
    10:04 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    already done! and i bought the Famitsu DX Edition as well, and it was definitely worth the money. THE TIPO PLUSH IS SO AWESOME!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They also announced another crossover game, because there totally aren't enough of those yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want to play it so badly but too bad I don't have PS3 yet !!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No job? Part-time work? Summer job?

    Prices are pretty low right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Half naked with huge cans. I'm not surprised. I still think having ridiculously underdressed female characters in combat is stupid. Especially if they're close range or hand-to-hand fighters. Chain mail bikinis protect fuck all!

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