A Pixelated View takes a look at why Japanese developers have lost so much of their market share, and what they can do to restore their damaged reputations.
We've been in a really weird state for about 10 years. Those of us that loved Japanese games, loved them for what they used to be. But, Japanese developers have been chasing after people who never liked Japanese games in the first place...
Zelda, Mario everything and Smash brothers still do well in the west. It just seems like other Japanese developers have lost interest because the local gamers have almost all gone to hand held phone and DS games.
But the main reason they've gone to handhelds and phones, is because that's where the games went. I know, they have long commute times, and that's definitely a contributing factor. But, if they made great console games, I really believe the Japanese gamers would follow them there.
I've never lost faith in the Japanese game industry, but I have lost faith in some Japanese developers. * cough crapcom cough ,square enix *cough*
When I read this article, the games that popped out in my mind was FF15 and Metal Gear Solid 5
Yeah, FF15 is the ultimate example of what's gone wrong in the Japanese industry, and how they're chasing after the wrong demographic. Final Fantasy is not an action series, and doesn't make sense when you try to shoehorn it into one.
Stop making games that are convoluted.
Nice article, I agree with it.
Stop trying to appeal to us by making westernized crap that no one wants and make those cool japanese games you used to make that everyone wanted to play. Oh and market the hell out of them, I'm talking long tv commercials, ads, giant banners, etc not just some stupid youtube teaser trailer that people will forget in 30 seconds.
I completely agree. Two of the best Japanese gaming companies out there, Capcom and Square Enix, have turned to making westernized garbage that has no depth, no story, and repetitive gameplay. Capcom did it to games like Resident Evil and Devil May Cry and Square did it when they released game like Thief and Murdered Soul Suspect. There are some Japanese developers that still make Jrpgs like Compile Heart and Idea Factory, but Japanese developers aren't able to get their games published in the west for soem strange reason. The games are selling on the PS3 aren't they?
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