Japanese Gamers Really Want the Final Fantasy XIV Preorder Code, Going for 168 Bucks on Auction

on August 19, 2013 11:04 AM

Preorders for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn are going really well in Japan, so well that Square Enix ran out of preorder codes that give three days of early access (from August the 24th to August the 27th), a Moogle-shaped hat and a Cait Sith minion, as you can see in the picture below relevant to the North American market. The bonuses are the same.


Some Japanese gamers really want these bonuses, and where there’s a demand, offer normally appears to match it, in this case in the popular auction section of Yahoo Japan, but how much are Japanese gamers willing to pay? Turns out, quite a lot.

The preorder code that sold the highest so far went for 16,500 yen, which equates to a little north of $168.

FFXIV Auction

And there are more for auction, and you can see at the bottom of this page, with plenty bids and prices varying between a relatively reasonable 3,100 yen (31 bucks) to 8,000 (81 bucks), but those still have several hours to go, so they’ll probably raise quite a lot towards the end of the bidding period.

It’s important to note that the offers include only the preorder code, and not the game. As a term of comparison, if you were to buy the game from Square Enix Japan (without the code), it’d cost you justĀ 3,300 yen for the PS3 version and 3,900 for the PC version (about 33 and 40 bucks).

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Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.