Final Fantasy X-2 Tops Half-Year Ranking
07.09.03 - 11:00 PM

Square Enix's sequel to Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 for the PlayStation 2 managed to claim the title of best-selling game in Japan during the first half of 2003. Not so surprisingly, the charts are dominated by PlayStation 2 software with 55 titles making their way into the top 100. 27 GameBoy Advance (SP), 13 GameCube, four PlayStation One, and one Xbox title also found their way into the charts. Among the publishers Nintendo is leading the pack with 16 titles, followed by Konami (12), Square Enix (9), Bandai, Namco, Sega and Capcom (7 each). So far, only two titles managed to reach the platinum mark of one million copies this year. Final Fantasy X-2 still has a chance to go double platinum, though. Another five titles (among them Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, Dragon Quest Monsters Caravan Heart and 2nd Super Robot Taisen Alpha) sold more than 500,000 copies. Below you will find the complete run-down (note: titles marked with an asterisk* were already released in 2002; this list only contains their sales from January 1st until June 30th, 2003).

1 Final Fantasy X-2, Square Enix, PS2, 1,970,010
3 Pokemon Sapphire, Nintendo, GBA, 642,807 *
4 Pokemon Ruby, Nintendo, GBA, 628,333 *
6 Dragon Quest Monsters Caravan Heart, Square Enix, GBA, 542,377
7 2nd Super Robot Taisen Alpha, Banpresto, PS2, 505,810
8 Star Ocean: Till The End of Time, Square Enix, PS2, 481,850
9 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Square Enix, GBA, 450,131
14 Zelda: Legend of the Four Swords, Nintendo, GBA, 281,178
20 Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne, Atlus, PS2, 235,364
21 Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken, Nintendo, GBA, 223,575
23 Sakura Taisen Atsuki Chishio Ni, Sega, PS2, 211,149
24 Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Square Enix, PS2, 198,533 *
26 Zelda: Kaze no Takuto (The Wind Waker), Nintendo, GC, 188,979 *
31 Mother (Earthbound) 1 and 2, Nintendo, GBA, 171,667
32 Arc The Lad: Seiren no Tasogare (Twilight of the Spirits), SCE, PS2, 167,891
34 Rockman EXE 3, Capcom, GBA, 166,576 *
41 UNLIMITED: SaGa, Square Enix, PS2, 137,545 *
42 Pokemon Box Ruby and Sapphire, Nintendo, GC, 131,835
44 Rockman EXE 3 Black, Capcom, GBA, 128,283
47 Final Fantasy X Megahits Edition, Square Enix, PS2, 121,795
49 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters 8, Konami, GBA, 117,489
50 Makaisenki Disgaia, Nippon Ichi, PS2, 117,407
51 .hack Vol.4, Bandai, PS2, 115,814
52 From TV Animation One Piece Oceans Dream, Bandai, PS One, 114,109
53 Final Fantasy XI: Zilart no Genei, Square Enix, PS2, 113,071
61 Tales of Destiny 2, Namco, PS2, 98,419 *
62 Hanjuku Eiyuu Tai 3D, Square Enix, PS2, 97,943
73 Bokujou Monogatari Mineral Town no Nakatachi (Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town), Marvellous Interactive, GBA, 82,749
75 Venus and Braves, Namco, PS2, 79,119
84 Giftpia, Nintendo, GC, 70,249
88 From TV Animation One Piece Nanatsu-shima no Daihihou, Bandai, PS One, 67,326 *
94 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters International Worldwide Edition, Konami, GBA,58,978
100 Summon Night Kraftnot Monogatari, Banpresto, GBA, 54,900

Chris Winkler