We're approaching the end of the year, and that can only mean one thing: award time.

But this particular set of awards deals almost exclusively with sales; we say "almost" because this year, there was a new fan favorite category at the annual PlayStation Awards in Japan. It's an event where Sony honors the best-selling PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Network titles released between November 1, 2009 and October 31, 2010 in the Land of the Rising Sun. This year, only one game was worthy of the top-tier Platinum Award, which honors any game that can sell over 1 million copies in Japan. And that game was Square-Enix's Final Fantasy XIII , which has also sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide. The interesting part is that FFXIII qualified for this award with 24 hours of release…yeah, the Japanese still love FF.

As for Gold Awards, which are given to products that sell more than 500,000 units: Yakuza 4 and Fist of the North Star Warriors for the PS3 and Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G , God Eater , Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker , Phantasy Star Portable 2 , Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and Monster Hunter Diary for the PSP.  In regards to the User Choice Awards, we find popular titles like God of War III , Final Fantasy XIII (yes, again), Peace Walker , Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition and, perhaps surprisingly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 . This implies we'll see Black Ops on the User Choice award list next year and that isn't what's normally expected from Japan. But hey, the entire world is changing; not just the west.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

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CH1N00K
CH1N00K
9 years ago

I wonder how many FF fans bought the game…and then were disappointed by how it wasn't what they were expected.

I bought it the first week it was out, but for some reason I just can't bring myself to finish it…I suppose I'll go back and take another swing at it someday….but not today…

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Monster Hunter 2nd G?? Hmm… so Tri didn't sell that well in Japan either.

Look alive Capcom, you're on the WRONG system.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

The article clearly says that it is the Playstation Awards, so wondering why Monster Hunter Tri isn't on here is ridiculous. Either that, or I'm reading your comment wrong.
Peace.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

I think what alienange is trying to say is that capcom needs to make a monster hunter for the ps3 since tri is only for 360.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Tri is on the Wii. There was a 360 exclusive though… I'm too slack to check.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

Its Monster Hunter Frontier Online for 360

LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
9 years ago

Why?

CHAOS THEORY X
CHAOS THEORY X
9 years ago

ewwww… wonder how many were traded in within a few days or without finishing the game? Bet they dont take THAT into account.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

::facepalm::

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
9 years ago

That's sort of like how Spider-man 3 broke all box office records on day 1 ticket sales – all based on anticipation of sheer awesomeness.

Awsomeness that never quite arrived…


Last edited by swapnilgyani on 12/6/2010 1:42:24 AM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL! Seriously.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Spiderman 2 is definitely the best superhero movie ever, though as far as I'm concerned at least.
Went to watch Spiderman 3 expecting full awesomeness only to be smack with a pie.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

It was certainly the best Spiderman movie but I would say The Dark Knight and the first Iron Man were much better comic book movies in general.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

I agree with Jawknee.

There are a lot of things right with Spiderman 2, but I find the ending so preposterous (dramatic, but preposterous) that I can't say it's the best. Kind of like Superman 1.

I didn't hate Spiderman 3 as much as some people, though the "emo" bit in the middle was painful. I guess the fact that I never paid to see it helped (I got it in the PS3 bundle).


Last edited by Fane1024 on 12/6/2010 3:35:27 PM

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

lol the Japanese do love ff! ive just finally brought it ūüôā

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

One has to wonder what if..

As in what if SE didn't buy into Microsoft?

Orvisman
Orvisman
9 years ago

And that there is why Valkyria Chronicles 3 is on the PSP in Japan. Count the number of PSP games in that list.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Platinum??
I thought it's "The Best" in Japan??

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

maybe its made of platinum

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

I think this is separate from the PlayStation "Greatest Hits" designation, which is "The Best" in Japan.