The Japanese console market really has changed as the PS4 is falling behind the sales of several other platforms historically like the Wii U, PS3, GameCube, and PS Vita while just edging out the Dreamcast.
anything that is tracking below the Vita in terms of hardware in Japan is suffering big time.
I know it may not be likely but with the mobile gaming bubble seemingly about to pop in the US I'm hoping Japan loses their love for mobile gaming by the time the PS5, XBOX 4, Wii 3 come out and return to consoles in full force.
Japan is mostly focused on Handhelds now. The PS3 is still having some solid JRPGs and is selling just as well as the PS4 with FFX and Drakenguard 3. Wait until you see a FFXV release date, then those machines will sell like hot cakes. (Last time, they waited 4 years... and could have had a price drop)
"Mind you that some of those systems launched during the holidays in Japan like the Wii U so the PS4 doesn't have the benefit of receiving a holiday bump just yet so it might be a bit unfair." Yeah, it's the same with the Vita "trailing" because it lost it's holiday release here in the US.
Just said the same thing, good god I hope you're right. This mobile trend needs to die and needs to die soon. I hope with every fiber of my being people start remembering that consoles offer far more quality experiences than mobiles ever could and that they finally get bored of all these small stale games only made to entertain the mindless. Even the bigger games on mobile phones truly suck in comparison to the quality of games you get on a handheld or a console. You get what you pay for, if all you care about is buying cheap games, you'll get a cheap experience most the time.
Mobile gaming bubble? Mobile gaming isn't some scheme that is going to burst anytime soon. Your hope for a resurge in mobile dedicated gaming is laughable.
Wiiu tracked behind vita for a while till recently. Vita has picked up sales wise in Japan. Its sales in the west that needs attention.
For nearly the first 2 years of it's lifespan in Japan sales were horrible. Yes it has bounced back nicely now, but at what cost? The 3DS has such an edge in terms of install base in Japan. Kinda hard for developers to want to make their games for the Vita instead when there are 10 times as many 3DS owners.
@Neonridr hasn't been two years and Wii U only has less than 100 games released in Japan.
So by your logic the PS3, PS4, 3DS, PSP, etc. is "suffering big time"? Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales) Wii U – 19,312 (9,024) 3DS LL – 18,776 (18,374) PlayStation Vita – 12,859 (14,070) PlayStation 3 – 6,922 (7,565) PlayStation 4 – 6,508 (7,543) 3DS – 4,957 (4,850) PSP – 1,421 (1,479) PlayStation Vita TV – 1,098 (1,142) Xbox 360 – 225 (202) Read more at http://gematsu.com/2014/06/... Wow! :S OT This is nothing new. Kaz Hirai said, even at the early days of PS3, what actually works in Japan does not necessarily works in the west. Sony has perceived this all along while ago. That is why they focused their attention outside Japan since the PS3. Even if it means Nintendo takes all of Japan's shrinking gaming market. Microsoft was a bigger threat to the PlayStation brand in the west than in Japan. And when was the last time wii u sold 19K in a week in Japan? War has changed.
No that's not what I meant. In Japan it took nearly two years before the Vita even started selling in Japan. The PSP was outselling it on a weekly basis. Therefore it had a very poor performance over the first two years of its life. If something else is tracking lower than that, then there are real problems.
The Japanese market is more toward on the go gaming now days
Yeah, sales are down from last week. On another note, 360 sales are up. I think they sold 20 more units than they did last week!
23 to be exact.. lol
Microsoft is throwing a celebration party right now. this is the confidence boost they needed to start pushing the Xbox One in Japan. Lol on a serious note though if Japans favorite system makers are doing this poorly now, I can't even imagine how abysmal Xbox One sales will be. I wouldn't even bother if I was Microsoft, I know that is one hard pill to swallow but if the Xbox 360 sales are anything to go by...
Microsoft know the Xbox one isn't going to do well in Japan. They just want a presence in Japan to lure Japanese developers. As for Sony not doing well that's quite surprising but then PlayStation has become quite westernised considering most of its games are north American or European and for some reason the Japanese don't seem to like western games.
Sony is to western oriented right now, most of their first party titles are tailored to western interest which I don't understand since they are a japanese company. I understand that the PS4 is busting ass every where else but Sony needs to get to work on japanese titles for full global domination. I have a feeling that if they don't put enough emphasis on japan it could come back and bite them on the butt.
Because the move is smart. The Japanese market is now more handheld oriented. Sony could (and probably will) release some Japanese orientated game in the near future but the money to be made with the system is the rest of the world not the Japanese market (developing games that really only appeal on a small scale). Considering the reaction the Wii U has had and the reaction to what Microsoft has been saying about the Xbox One there, I don't think the lack of focus is going to do much.
Sony treats Japan as a secondary market nowadays, check out PS3 and Vita coming soon lists. There's a lot of JRPG's and and anime games coming out now just not at launch which is a shame, especially for a handheld. http://www.gamestop.com/bro... http://www.gamestop.com/bro...
PS3 sold 10 million in japan. i guess PS4 will never reach that
I hadn't thought about that. I still think the PS4 could get close to 10 million in Japan but maybe that's just me being old fashioned and still not getting use to the new Japan that hates consoles.
What does it matter when every console right now is doing awful in Japan. Doesn't matter what is doing better than the other, they are all doing terribly is what should matter.
The console sales will pick up once the JRPG's start rolling in, trust.
PS4 needs a steady or immediate injection of Japanese centric games and pronto.
Certainly interesting to consider, but it's hardly newsworthy. This should have been submitted as an article or something so it wouldn't be so blatantly obvious a work composed solely to get hits out of riling people up. Tactless.
All consoles makers need to just make some Hentai games to jump start the japan home market
How is this only 150 degrees? LOL Is there some secret to reading articles before you click? lol
I notice to that news like this is glanced over. People exploited every possible angle they could to pain a bad picture of the Wii U whenever they could and the XbOne is not far behind. This is only 150 degrees because its not favorable to the PS4. The other day I saw an article that was 220 degrees already on the first page with only 2 comments. Difference is that article was praising Sony and the PS4.
glitch double post
Japan PS4 will come back to the top after E3.
Got proof. Unlike the western gamers. Japanese gamers don't buy systems on games announcements they get them on or before releases.
Hey it just expressing my opinion. Which I am allow to express since the amandment and n4g rules allow me to express the way I think in a nice way.
It's funny Sony was the company there really proud of in Japan but there not buying the systems. I guess they didn't take those votes from gamers. On topic Take a pokemon 3DS game add NFC add a Wii U pokemon fighting game (Stadium}. Allow players to keep the core game Mobile allow them to upload there Pokemon to the Wii U for fighting online. Sale the Mobile Game for $35.99 and the Wii U as a E shop DL for $15.00 that's $50.99. Bundle the Wii U with the 3DS to bring in new owners give the game away for free and maybe toss in other games or E shop games. You can only do this on the Wii U and 3ds is how they advertise it. Systems moe and software sold.
Why are people surprised a console with no games for japanese audiences is doing bad in japan im sure itll do bettrer once games start coming
I think it's fare treatment. Wii U had no games they got bashed so it goes both ways. What makes people think that the Wii U in Japan won't do to the PS4 what the 3DS is doing to the Vita. Not to offend in fans of systems here but I think Japan belongs to Nintendo for a while because they are doing the most with less.
Because the 3DS had third party support from Japanese developers, the Wii U don't... KH3 and FF XV are not coming to the Wii U
No one accepted this argument for the Wii U, so why are we expected to suddenly show forgiveness for Sony now?
kinda reminds me of when DKC came out on snes and Chrono trigger...SNES pwned the saturn and psx
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