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Final Fantasy XIII Launches in Japan

Posted in Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Launch Portal, PlayStation 3, Square Enix, Xbox 360 on December 17, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

After years and months of waiting, Final Fantasy XIII has launched in Japan.

Square Enix has apparently confirmed that under 2 million units of the game has shipped to retailers in the country (thanks, UFFS), including those bundled with the Lightning and Sazh PS3 bundles that were also released, although numbers for how many bundles have shipped are unknown.

We wont get the early sales numbers for the game until possibly Friday most likely. As far as the hardware goes, for which FFXIII is expected to push PS3 sales into space, we’ll know the first indications on Friday when Media-Create releases the hardware numbers for the week, which should give the first indications.

We wont know the full effect of what the game has done in the MC software charts, as the game’s release was too late to be counted for the latest charts released earlier this morning.

The game won’t be releasing in the West until Tuesday March 9th 2010 for PS3 and Xbox 360. We’ve imported our copy of the game, so we’ll be sure to write some first impressions and maybe capture even the first 20 minutes. Stay tuned, sports fans.

For now, check our No# 10 of our 2010 Advent Calendar, which is Final Fantasy XIII today.

GOONL!NE Advent Calendar: #10 – Final Fantasy XIII

Posted in Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Launch Portal, PlayStation 3, Square Enix, Square Enix Europe (Eidos), Xbox 360 with tags on December 17, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

By Jonathan Cullen.

As you read this, practically all of Japan will be a third way through their first playthrough of Final Fantasy XIII.

Us Westerners, unless you want to import like myself, won’t get our hands on the game until March 2010 in a US/EU sim-ship. The question that only remains is can Final Fantasy XIII turn out to be not just one of the best RPGs of next year, but the best of next year altogether?

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New FFXIII TV Ad Shows New CG Goodness

Posted in Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Launch Portal, PlayStation 3 with tags on December 11, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

Look. It’s a new Final Fantasy XIII TV ad from Japan!

The ad shows thirty seconds worth of CG stuff from the game, both old and new.

Watch after the break. Game is out in Japan on Thursday. No Western release until March 2010.

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CONFIRMED: Final Fantasy XIII Scores 39/40 in Famitsu

Posted in Famitsu, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Launch Portal, PlayStation 3, Square Enix with tags on December 9, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

GOONL!NE can confirm that Final Fantasy XIII has been given a 39/40 in the latest Famitsu. It was rumored earlier.

As our friends at UFFF points out, it’s scored more then FFIX, FFVII, FFVIII, which scored 38. It ties with FFX on the 39, but narrowly misses out on the 40, which FFXII managed a couple of years ago.

UFFF also translated some early quotes from the review:

The story is substantial like no FF before it” and “battles based around changing characters’ roles are fresh and highly strategic.”

You’ll be sorry if you don’t play this!”

Scan is after the break. The game is out next week in Japan.

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RUMOR: Famitsu Gives Final Fantasy XIII 39/40

Posted in Famitsu, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Launch Portal, PlayStation 3, Square Enix, Xbox 360 with tags on December 8, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

This is unconfirmed at this time, but according to HKGolden, Famitsu has given Final Fantasy XIII a 39/40.

It got a 10/9/10/10 from the reviewers, although this is unconfirmed at this time. Famitsu does get released out of terrortories outside of Japan, like Hong Kong and China. But the magazine, which did use to launch on a Tuesday until earlier this year in August, now gets a Friday release.

We will have to see the issue in questions before confirming it. We’ll be here all this week for if and when they leak the scans of the review before the public release.

Announcing the Final Fantasy XIII Launch Portal!

Posted in Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Launch Portal, PlayStation 3, Square Enix, Xbox 360 with tags , on December 8, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

By Jonathan Cullen.

Ever since I launched GOONL!NE nearly two years ago, we have covered so many games between it’s reveal and it’s release. And while we may not have been there for it’s intital reveal at E306, the one game we have covered over 200 times, be that in it’s own articles or just mentioned in another article for another, is Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII.

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FFXIII EU Boxart Revealed

Posted in Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Launch Portal, PlayStation 3, Square Enix Europe (Eidos), Xbox 360 with tags on December 1, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

Square’s released the EU boxart of Final Fantasy XIII for PS3 ands 360.

It’s the first time a Final Fantasy cover has something other then the logo on the front, with Lightning appearing on it.

Find them after the jump. It’s out in Europe on March 9th.

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