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Japanese RPGs 'were never popular' - Mikami

CVG: 'Japanese RPGs aren't declining in the West - they were never popular to begin with'

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Rikitatsu3023d ago

He is right to an extent, aside from Final Fantasy and a few other titles, JRPGS weren't that big outside of Japan.
Most of them either sell decently or horribly.

kingdavid3023d ago (Edited 3023d ago )

ignore this post..

this n4g reply system is so confusing now.

RageAgainstTheMShine3023d ago (Edited 3023d ago )

Confirmed.
Because M$ is jealous, want to hog up other company's huge market share or just plain make more money is the most stupidest reason to be in the video games business.
M$ failed even before it started with the JRPG.
Billions of dollars wasted trying to make the Xbox a PlayStation.

On top of that this recurring problem of monotonous creative slump we have seen on Japanese developers then M$ timing couldn't be any better even given that it waged war on Japanese soil. So how could it be much better in the West?

I really miss Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross....

kingdavid3023d ago (Edited 3023d ago )

People buy games which are good and are marketed well.

Japanese RPGs this gen have either been of poor quality or poorly marketed.

Valkyria Chronicles, excellent game and sega wonder why it didnt sell? Because noone had bloody heard of it. Its not good when you go into a game store and the people working there arent familiar with what you;re talking about.

kingdavid3023d ago (Edited 3023d ago )

SRPG, JRPG fits into the same mould no?

Theyre both role playing games. You know what i mean. A japanese developed RPG.

Baka-akaB3023d ago

Contrary to what's constantly and wrongfully stated , Valkyria did extremely well ...

It is a simple fact , tactical rpgs , that arent from the following franchises : Final fantasy , super robot taisen , and maybe 1-2 max that i forgot to mention , DO NOT sell as well as VC did , regardless of their quality .

It's the same thing in both japan , and the west

Redempteur3023d ago

I have to say that valkyria got reprinted twice..

so it sold ..

it didn't sell RIGHT way but it managed to please everyone on the long run

Obama3023d ago

Sega publicly stated that it is happy about VC sales, and it has reached almost a million, more than Lost Odessey.

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tinybigman3023d ago (Edited 3023d ago )

With me as i'll take a jrpg over an wrpg any day of the week. Chrono, Mana, Dark Cloud, Suikoden, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy, Wild Arms, Xenogears, Kingdom Hearts I would take anytime over wrpg with the small exception of some of Bioware's game.

CimmerianDrake3023d ago

And God do I wish that Konami would announce Suikoden VI already. And FOR CONSOLES not frickin' handhelds like Tierkreis was. Suikoden is my second favorite JRPG franchise.

WildArmed3023d ago (Edited 3023d ago )

Agreed.
I think most of the great RPGs have been pushed onto handhelds and they expect mediocre JRPGs to work just as well on HD consoles.

We may love JRPGs, but that does not mean we'll jump at ANYTHING you'll throw at us.
The sad part is that they rather spend their resources re-making/emulating these games on DS/PSP rather than working on a new sequel (or w/e) for HD consoles.

What was the last established JRPG we have seen?
FF-series.
that's it.
All of the popular JRPG's have yet to appear on HD consoles :(
Ps2 era was great for JRPGs, this gen is just pure crap if ur a JRPG fan.. I upgraded expecting great JRPGs, and it's been a let down for me so far.. with very few good JRPGs to play

This gen (again I'm mainly talking about HD consoles) is soo focused on FPS/TPS genre. It's great for some people, while the rest of the genres are dying.

CimmerianDrake3022d ago

I couldn't agree more with what you said even if you added "and pizza is awesome". Bubbles for pure truth.

lightningsax3023d ago

Yup. The thing about the decent-selling RPGs is that they have a rabid following, which is nearly as good as having a larger market.

You don't get nearly as many casual passers-by in the JRPG market, so companies can be pretty certain that a certain number of people will buy a good new title in a long-standing franchise... or anything by Square Enix. Therefore, the games keep getting made. Which is good for me :)

ceedubya93023d ago

In order for Microsoft to compete in the console business, they had to make sure that they had a very diverse catalog of games and genres.

One of the main complaints about the Xbox was the lack of RPGs (mostly of the Japan variety). The 360 doesn't have that problem, despite how pointless you or others may think it may have been for Microsoft to make the console a little more appealing to a niche set of fans.

If an RPG gamer only owns a 360, at least they can say that they have some games to play now and look forward to. Unless the games are terrible, at least those gamers can be happy with their purchase...no matter how many or few in number they are.

Lightel0s3023d ago

ABSOLUTELY AGREE with you, im a happy 360 rpg player and thats a fact, my first 360 game was lost odyssey.

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Ludakriss3023d ago

It is but it's just sad in a way. I'm just glad that people had a chance to experience Dark Cloud. My god was that a sick game. Which is just all the more odd that White Knight Chronicles is more like an MMO. No RPG feel to it at all. That's just MY opinion though.

darkdoom30003023d ago

Pokemon disagrees with that statement
:P

kingdavid3023d ago

Someone should be begging the question why any western games dont sell over there either..

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