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Submitted by epicjrpg 964d ago | opinion piece

Opinion: Why Sony needs to encourage publishers to make PS Vita the JRPG console of choice takes a look at the current sales challenges facing Sony's Playstation Vita, and examines the potentially positive opportunity that exists for Sony with respect to JRPGs.

As publishers move towards mobile and handheld as their preferred devices for publishing JRPGs, Sony may be able to capitalize on this shift in order to first increase the core gamer base on the Vita console, and later increase the overall number of mass market consumers purchasing the device. (Atlus, Dev, Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster: Collector’s Edition, Industry, Mobile, Namco Bandai, Persona 4 Golden, Phantasy Star Online 2, PS Vita, Sega, Sony, Soul Sacrifice, Square Enix)

miyamoto  +   964d ago
I think, most JRPG developers KNOW that the PSP is the King of JRPG that is why they support the platform for so very long (9 years and no sign of waning nor ending).

And that crown will eventually be passed on the PS Vita as the PS Vita is built as a PSP2
Nintendo knew that and has made the 3DS a direct answer to the successor hence nabbing PSP numero uno franchise MonHun. So it will be interesting direct competition on Ninty's part to gain market share. Sony not so much. They can't be arsed to make Pokemon or Kirby-ish games as their push is for the core and mature tech savvy gamers.

I don't see the 3DS lasting as long as the PSP nor PS Vita hardware wise because the successor to 3DS is just around the corner as stated by me.
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cero55  +   964d ago
i dont think psp is king of jrpgs... tho it has strong jrpg support.
Tapani  +   964d ago
"MonHan" not "MonHun". The former sounds like hunting monsters and the latter like you cuddle with them!
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TongkatAli  +   964d ago
Sony should make Legend Of Dragoon 2 Vita.
aiBreeze  +   964d ago
That would get me buying a vita for sure.
DarkBlood  +   964d ago
that would make me get a vita alongside my favourite rpg game immediatly and not giving a shit about waiting for a red vita lol
adarker  +   964d ago
*slow clap* I agree completely!
Godmars290  +   964d ago
What about the PS3? it needs a new mission statement in regards to the genre.

Pixel/sprite games for that matter.
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Kirnisorey  +   964d ago
And by jrpg you mean a Souls game or Dragons Dogma game then absolutely.
TruthbeTold  +   964d ago
Yeah, seriously. I can enjoy a good JRPG on a handheld. But by far prefer them on console.

Valkyria Chronicles lost me after the first. I can't really enjoy Tales games as much. I stay away from the 'Mario and Luigi' series. Pretty much Pokemon or bust with me and hand held rpg's. I've been playing and enjoying Fire Emblem lately. But I'm going through it slowly. Not enjoying it as much as when I play on console.
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epicjrpg  +   964d ago
Honestly, more western-styled RPGs produced by Japanese companies on Vita certainly wouldn't hurt!
porkChop  +   964d ago
I would love a Demon's Souls port. Or an exclusive Souls game built from the ground up for the Vita. Considering that Sony owns the Demon's Souls IP they could make a Demon's Souls game themselves if they really wanted to.
ApolloTheBoss  +   964d ago
Damn right. P4G is just awesome on Vita. I can't stop playing it.
GEO9875  +   964d ago
If the psvita turns into the jrpg console of choice, then i wasted my money since i dont like jrpgs... ;(
Minato-Namikaze  +   964d ago
Because only one genre can thrive at once? lol
erikthegman  +   964d ago
I hear you, 30+ hours into P4G and I can't put it down. Even spending extra time in the loo to do some grinding
raWfodog  +   963d ago
My wife knows everytime I go in the bathroom and bring my vita, she's not seeing me for a while :).
False-Patriot  +   964d ago
JRPGs should be on the PS3 and PS4.
kalkano  +   964d ago
Seriously. Please let JRPGs come back to consoles, next gen. I'm going through withdrawals...
Hicken  +   964d ago
Well, considering how huge JRPGs still are, especially on handhelds, getting devs on board with that genre would be killer for the Vita in Japan if nowhere else. Potentially, that could be HUGE when it comes to competing with the 3DS. And in that case, it'd be a great idea.

Still, I tend to prefer my JRPGs on home consoles. I mean, unless we're getting video out capabilities for Vita, as I love to play and watch the cutscenes and such on the big screen.
Xof  +   964d ago
The Vita already is THE "JRPG Console."

In Japan.

You know, that country where the Vita has a large, diverse library of games, and a steady stream of releases? You know, all those things we do NOT have for the Vita in North America, and have even less of in Europe?

Sony needs to encourage indy development and localization for the Vita. They need to encourage game development for the Vita.

Basically, what I'm getting at is this: Sony needs to actually try to support the Vita, and not just expect the hardware to sell itself. That didn't work for the PSP or the PS3, and it's not gonna work here.
wtfbbq8  +   964d ago
if Americans stop buying shooting games, then more JRPG coming.
hellvaguy  +   963d ago
Not just shooting, pretty much every other genre. Sports, 3rd person rpgs, 2D side scrolls, etc.
perhol  +   963d ago
Interesting. I've always been more of a Nds guy though =)

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