The PlayStation Awards show had a single entrant in its top platinum category, which honors those games that sold more than 1 million units domestically. That game was Square Enix’s blockbuster Final Fantasy XIII, which earned a strong critical reception upon its release in Japan last December. The game reached the platinum level within 24 hours in Japan and went on to sell more than 5.5 million units worldwide.
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.
Gold Prizes, which are given to games that ship between half a million and a million, were awarded to Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G PSP the Best, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, God Eater, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Monster Hunter Nikki:Poka Poka Airu Mura, Yakuza 4 and Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage. The awards are worth roughly $6,000.
Sony also handed out awards to the top five best-selling PSN content pieces in Japan. Sega dominated this list, with After Burner Climax, Hatsune Miku Project Diva Add-On Song Collection Deluxe Pack 1, and Hatsune Miku Project Diva Dreamy Theater all being named. The Sega trio was joined by Sony’s Weekly Toro Station and Acquire’s Wizardry.
Sony will be offering a new line of software called the PlayStation Awards Collection with box art noting that the games won the Platinum or Gold Prize.