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Dead Rising NOT selling well in japan..

While sales of Capcom's gory zombie-killer Dead Rising have done remarkably well here in the United States, even with a Mature rating from the ESRB, in Japan where the game was recently released, copies of the games are hard to find.

As a result of recent changes to the rating system for videogames used in Japan, sales of Z-rated games - those that can only be sold to persons 18 years old and above - are being strictly enforced. Prior to the changes, ratings were used merely as guidelines to inform purchasers of the intended audience of a game.

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kmis874010d ago

Wow, thats weak. Hopefully all of the restrictive gaming laws in the USA that are analagous to this z-rating law will continue to be struck down. I would hate it if I couldn't buy any M-rated games at any local retailers, although online is always an option.

Islandkiwi4010d ago

I'm okay with ratings on games, and I think this probably qualifies as a game that requires a more mature audience. But storekeepers being afraid to sell it? That I don't get at all.

kmis874010d ago

The problem with their rating system is that the z-rating is now like an ao ESRB rating, and its illegal to sell to minors. If Dead Rising was rated ao in other territories, major retailers wouldn't stock it. Japan really needs to fix its censorship laws.

Boink4010d ago

It's nice to see someone enforcing the law to make sure minors don't get their hands on these games.

I hope they get enforced this well in canada and the US. kids should NOT be able to buy this game at all.

ElementX4010d ago

Japan....... who cares? Capcom is making serious money with the rest of the world.

kmis874010d ago

I'm pretty sure Capcom cares. And I'm pretty sure Microsoft cares a lot more.

Antan4010d ago (Edited 4010d ago )

Silly comment Element.

BIadestarX4010d ago

This is not my type of game. I didn't buy it for the 360. But, this proves that a Japanese company can make a game that does not sell well in Japan, and yet make lots of $$$. 10 years ago this would be bad for any video game publisher, but this is prove that Japan does not equal the video game market.

zypher4010d ago

its good to see the demograph between the US, Europe and Japan markets equaling out. however, just because Japan's no longer the dominate market doesn't mean that they aren't important. i'm quite sure that Capcom would just as soon prefer the $$$$$$ they could get from Dead Rising if it sold just as well in all three territories, than the $$$$ they got from the US and Europe alone.

BIadestarX4010d ago

You are right! I agree 100% Japan it's important. It's alway better to make more money. But unlike before if your game didn't sell in Japan your company was doom. back in the days all games would come out in Japan first then elsewhere. That's not the case anymore. I believe it's less risky for game developers to make games today then before. Today if a game does not well in Japan at least can see the light on another region and still make money. Everyone should be thankful, before we had to cross our fingers that the game would do super well in Japan if we wanted to see it in the states.

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