This combined with the units shipped in Japan (Japanese versions of FINAL FANTASY X and FINAL FANTASY X International) makes FINAL FANTASY X one of the top-selling PlayStation 2 games with a total of 4 million units shipped in both North America and Japan. Sales of FINAL FANTASY X have propelled the life-to-date sales of the series to an astounding 38 million units worldwide.
FINAL FANTASY X shipped to North American retailers nationwide on December 18 and was greeted with overwhelmingly positive response from gamers and critics alike.
"With FINAL FANTASY X, our goal was to create a compelling, role-playing adventure that excites and challenges the hardcore gamer as well as the casual gamer," said Jun Iwasaki, president of Square Electronic Arts. "We are very pleased with the positive response that FINAL FANTASY X has received from both consumers and the gaming community and sales of the title have exceeded our expectations."
"In 1997, Square's FINAL FANTASY VII set the industry standard for role-playing games and was an important contributor to the success of the original PlayStation game console among enthusiasts and casual gamers," said Andrew House, senior vice president, marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. "With FINAL FANTASY X, Square has generated even greater excitement with its spectacular graphics and cinematic sequences that showcase the technology of the PlayStation 2 to its fullest extent."
In Japan, FINAL FANTASY X was the top selling video game title in 2001, with more than 2.3 million units sold. FINAL FANTASY X was released on July 19, 2001 and sold through 90% of the 2.14 million units it shipped in the first four days. It is the first PlayStation 2 title to reach the 2 million-unit mark in Japan. FINAL FANTASY X International, released only in Japan on January 31, is the US version of FINAL FANTASY X including English-only voiceovers and new features.
FINAL FANTASY X has an ESRB rating of "T" for Teen and a suggested retail price of $50 US.