Today might be a hum-drum day in the gaming world of The United States, but over in Japan, it's among the biggest video games day ever: Eagerly awaited Japanese RPG Final Fantasy XIII is out in The Land of the Rising Sun.
At a star-studded launch event at the Tsutaya store in central Shibuya, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada said his company had shipped 1.8 million copies to retailers, which basically means the company thinks FF XIII will be among the biggest selling video games in Japanese history. Square hopes FF XIII will sell over two million copies in Japan.
Reportedly, long lines formed at retailers all over Japan, as eager gamers awaited their precious copies of the game, and they're not going cheap, either. Gamers are queuing up to pay around $100 American for the game.
It's not just software sales that will likely be affected by the game's release either; some industry analysts expect the title to increase PS3 sales by 500,000 units.
Here in the U.S., we'll have to wait until March 9 to play Final Fantasy XIII. Are you looking forward to this title? Do you think the Japanese mania over its release will travel across the physical and cultural divides between Eastern and Western culture?