If you liked Final Fantasy XIII and are already planning your New Year's budget around Final Fantasy XIII-2, you might want to have an extra $500 handy.
Smart money would bet that this Limited Edition PS3 is a Japan-only thing, as the "Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning Edition Ver.2" PlayStation 3 would probably cost a pretty penny in shipping and extra manufacturing. It's a better bet that the "Splash Blue" and "Scarlet Red" PS3s will be the only ones actually coming stateside, but hardcore Final Fantasy fans in the U.S. and Europe (and everywhere else) can still keep hoping. That pink-on-black decal does look pretty cool.
About the only raw part of the deal is that the PS3 doesn't come with Final Fantasy XIII-2 -- for $500, you'd think the game would come packaged in. Still, at least you get the 320GB hard drive when it drops in December (in Japan). And don't forget, a slew of release dates were reconfirmed, too.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 comes to America on January 31, Europe on February 2, but Japan gets first dibs on December 15 alongside that new PS3.
[Source: Digital Trends]