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The Battle for March: FFXIII vs. GOW III vs. BC2


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#1 CheapyD

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 11:51 PM

We talked about Nick Suttner's (@nsuttner) question on CAGcast #189...which would be the biggest seller in March. I'll base my "guess" off of CAG Amazon pre-orders, which breaks it down like this:


  • :ps3: Final Fantasy XIII (31.5%)
  • :360: Battlefield Bad Company 2 (30.5%)
  • :ps3: God of War III (17.8%)
  • :ps3: Battlefield Bad Company 2 (11.5%)
  • :360: Final Fantasy XIII (8.7%)

Final Fantasy XIII and God of War III has $10 promotion credit deals and Battlefield has a $20 bonus.

I've added the percentages so you can see just how close the Battlefield (360) and FFXIII (PS3) pre-order numbers are.

What's your guess?

Edited by CheapyD, 03 March 2010 - 09:14 AM.


#2 Exton

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:10 AM

Final Fantasy and on the PS3 of course. It's fan base is way way bigger than battlefield's and god of war's.

Didn't people even buy PS3s at launch just because they thought it was going to be a Sony exclusive?

#3 stk i wvu

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:24 AM

1- BFBC2- XBox
2- GOW3
3- FF13- PS3
4- BFBC2- PS3
5- FF13-Xbox

#4 mykevermin

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:36 AM

1. FFXIII PS3
2. God of War III
3. BF:BC2 360
4. FFXIII 360
5. BF:BC2 PS3
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:44 AM

I'm in the norm. I don't play FF... I hate rpgs... Its all about God Of War III this month for me. I'll eventually play BF:BC2.

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#6 KingBroly

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:53 AM

It seems Cheapy put some research behind this. I'm somewhat impressed.

1 - Pokemon Heart Gold :ds:
2 - Pokemon Soul Silver :ds:
3 - Final Fantasy XIII :ps3:
4 - God of War 3 :ps3:
5 - Battlefield Bad Company 2 :360:
6 - Battlefield Bad Company 2 :ps3:
7 - Final Fantasy XIII :360:
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#7 JetTone

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:08 AM

1. FFXIII PS3
2. God of War III
3. BF:BC2 360
4. FFXIII 360
5. BF:BC2 PS3


I agree with this.

#8 Azumangaman

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:10 AM

1. Ffxiii ps3
2. Bf:bc2 360
3. Gow iii
4. Ffxiii 360
5. Bf: Bc2 ps3

#9 listerfeend

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 07:27 AM

1. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
2. God of War 3
3. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (360)
4. Final Fantasy XIII (360)
5. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PS3)
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#10 b0r9k1n9

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 07:29 AM

1. FFXIII PS3
2. God of War III
3. BF:BC2 360
4. FFXIII 360
5. BF:BC2 PS3



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#11 CheapyD

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 09:10 AM

I've added the percentages to the OP so you can see just how close the Battlefield (360) and FFXIII (PS3) pre-order numbers are.

#12 KingBroly

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 09:16 AM

Are you calculating the $400 bundle into those numbers, Cheapy?
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#13 Dark_Sage

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:06 PM

Are you calculating the $400 bundle into those numbers, Cheapy?


All three of them?

#14 KingBroly

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:29 PM

All three of them?


He's just checking numbers from US Amazon. Although it won't be reported in NPD the breakdown of regular 360's to bundled 360's sold, I thought he might know. But let's remember that Amazon doesn't always tell the full tale, but it is a very good measuring tape.
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#15 CheapyD

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:37 PM

Are you calculating the $400 bundle into those numbers, Cheapy?

I did not. I just checked and there aren't very many ordered.

#16 mykevermin

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:42 PM

He's just checking numbers from US Amazon. Although it won't be reported in NPD the breakdown of regular 360's to bundled 360's sold, I thought he might know. But let's remember that Amazon doesn't always tell the full tale, but it is a very good measuring tape.


Dunno. That $20 credit for BF:BC is likely creating anomalies in sales at Amazon that won't be reflected in the final tally IMO. To be fair, their marketing campaign is quite good - the television commercial I saw for it aggressively goes after the MW2 crowd.
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#17 CheapyD

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:48 PM

Dunno. That $20 credit for BF:BC is likely creating anomalies in sales at Amazon that won't be reflected in the final tally IMO. To be fair, their marketing campaign is quite good - the television commercial I saw for it aggressively goes after the MW2 crowd.


I haven't seen the commercials, but it's a pretty safe bet to count on EA being able to sell shooters. I think the credit anomaly and marketing/brand might balance each other out.

#18 mykevermin

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:54 PM

Could be.

This is what I saw the other night:


I rarely pay attention to my tv, let alone commercials (but I'm one of those numbskulls who leaves it on anyway). On top of that, war-based shooters don't really grab my attention. So for this to succeed (on a focus group of just me, admittedly) is telling.

On a related note, I was drawn to another TV commercial the same night. I heard some soft R&B music and turned around, thinking "what the Fuck is this a commercoial for!?!?!"

"Oh, Final Fantasy."
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#19 Nebenator

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:25 PM

1. Ffxiii ps3
2. Bf:bc2 360
3. Gow iii
4. Ffxiii 360
5. Bf: Bc2 ps3

Same

#20 TheAggroCraig

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 05:34 AM

  • :ps3: Final Fantasy XIII
  • :360: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • :ps3: God of War III
  • :360: Final Fantasy XIII
  • :ps3: Battlefield Bad Company 2
First two I'm sort of iffy about, especially since it's a PS3 game.

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#21 Khalid

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 12:08 AM

1- BFBC2- Xbox 360
3- FF13- PS3
2- GOW3
4- FF13-Xbox 360
5- BFBC2- PS3

#22 Darknyss

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 12:48 AM

  • :ps3: Final Fantasy XIII
  • :ps3: God of War 3
  • :360: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • :ps3: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • :360: Final Fantasy XIII


#23 diddy310

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:45 AM

Can't discount the Baseball games - Last year's MLB: The Show sold 305,000 copies in its first month.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 02:57 PM

With the sheer force of the marketing push EA has put behind BF, it's getting my top vote.

1- BFBC2- Xbox 360
3- FF13- PS3
2- GOW3
4- BFBC2- PS3
5- FF13-Xbox 360

#25 Darknyss

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 10:22 PM

TODAY IS THE DAY!!

I have a feeling my #1 and #2 should be swapped.

Edit: Results are in:

GOD OF WAR III* PS3 SONY Mar-10 1.10M 1
POKEMON SOULSILVER VERSION NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA Mar-10 1.02M 2
FINAL FANTASY XIII PS3 SQUARE ENIX Mar-10 828.2K 3
BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 360 ELECTRONIC ARTS Mar-10 825.5K 4
POKEMON HEARTGOLD VERSION NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA Mar-10 761.2K 5
FINAL FANTASY XIII 360 SQUARE ENIX Mar-10 493.9K 6
NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Nov-09 457.4K 7
BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 PS3 ELECTRONIC ARTS Mar-10 451.2K 8
WII FIT PLUS W/ BALANCE BOARD* WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA Oct-09 429.6K 9
MLB 10: THE SHOW PS3 SONY Mar-10 349.2K 10