With the PlayStation Vita‘s sales dwindling in Japan, Sony executives are point the finger at a weak launch line-up. The absence of one game seems to be the blame though: Monster Hunter.
So the fate of this handheld rests on one game? Nahhhh though I won't deny the significance of it in JP.
"what is the significance of the monster hunter game? Is that capcom's answer to pokemon? Never played one... so am I really missing out on something here or what? I do have to wonder though. There have been lots of people talking about how this game can turn things around. Then again, are those saying it really that interested in the game (genuinely) or are they just using that as a way to hope for better vita sales? I seriously hope the vita does well but I am not one to proclaim the success of something rests on a single game. It would be the sum of its parts." please, someone enlighten me on this.
Think of it this way. Monster Hunter is Capcoms biggest selling franchise ever. Selling more numbers then Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Mega-man. Capcom representatives have said that they really wish that the Monster Hunter games would catch on in America like they do in Japan because literally EVERY single thing to do with MH sells huge! But don't think of it like a CoD type audience because I assure you it isn't. After Nintendo and Capcom announced Monster Hunter 4 for 3DS, stock still fell because real fans that have been there from the start, saw something they loved going in the wrong direction. Not that the game will be bad, but true hunters don't need QTE cutscenes and 3D graphics. They want more monsters, more quests, stronger co-op, and of course more weapons and armor. This franchise is so vast, the Japanese fanatics have "hunting camps" where they get hundreds of people together for a couple days and sit around drinking and completing quests. It's awesome, but the psp games are ad hoc only, so you need to be close unless you have ad hoc party on your ps3. I have loved Monster Hunter since PS2, but if you really want to check it out I suggest Monster Hunter Freedom Unite in America because it has the most content and it's only like 10 dollars at Gamestop.
I would say to a certain degree it does. Monster Hunter is to Japan what COD/MW is to the US ... its a system seller over there. Look how much 3ds sales rose when it was released in combination of the price drop.
MH alone won't "save" the vita anymore. The only reason it saved the psp was because you couldn't get it on the ds at all, and that's no longer the case. It will always be a system seller no matter where it lands, but its impact will be nowhere near what they used to be for Sony's consoles.
Weak launch lineup? Then what was the 3DSs? I agree that there were not many games that the Japanese love but the launch wasn't weak at all. XperiaRay
So if the launch titles weren't weak.. then does this solidify that the VITA platform's pricing was (weak/expensive)?
No, it means their wasn't really anything at the time that Japanese want. Disgaea 3 is coming out soon and you can bet theirs going to be some sales because of it and any other RPG/JRPG coming out.
Poor sales of the vita stem from multiple factors, not just one. Strong competition: the 3ds had to compete with the psp(and in some ways the ps3). Now, the vita has to face the psp renaissance at its peak and the 3ds coming into its own, both of which have larger libraries and cheaper costs.(and once again, the ps3 is also cutting in to potential market share to a lesser degree.) Sku and memory card Confusion, and Western focused games played a minor part along with missing features out the gate and a lack of umd BC. These may be minor issues, but they stack up. What we are seeing here is hardly surprising, and the eventual upswing won't be surprising either.
Not sure if the launch lineup is the problem. It came with Uncharted, did it not? If that didn't move a large number of units, than I'd say there's something else going on.
The Japanese don't like uncharted, this launch lineup is very western oriented. Just look at what game is now in the #3 spot in Japan? A new ps vita jrpg than has now already let the vita overtake the psp in sales.
Yep. It very well could be but when you have it going toward the 3DS and the PS3 having the HD version you would certainly need to think of something different. Have both the PSP and PS3 version be able to link up in some way or something. Or just work from scratch and make a new one akin to Monster Hunter Frontier. I mean the PSV seems perfect for a type of Monster Hunter that is similar to Frontier so I don't see why they don't make it happen. Hell if I was only allowed one game that would be it.
@ Neko_Mega. Not to mention Ragnarok Odyssey and Gravity Daze
Im a die hard sony fan(boy) ... but this is another example of Sony dropping the ball ... - 3G service with AT&T - Missing a holiday launch in the west - No advertising for the Vita to hype it up even tho Western launch is in a few weeks Not to mention: I understand handhelds are big in japan, but did they really expect to sell in the east when almost all of the launch titles are more of western gamers taste?!? Yea, the launch titles are AMAZING ... to the WEST! That's like trying to sell a hamburger to a vegetarian and expecting them to eat it just bc it has lettuce and tomato on it.
I agree definitely some points to take into consideration not so sure on the AT&T one as I was never with them. Yet I think the point of things selling themselves now is more so on the games than the system. So instead of the two way street we all have come to know we now have, "Oh here look at this game coming out for X system Buy! Or preorder your copy when you pre-order yada yada..." Of course all of us know what it does but for those that aren't keeping up with the news of new systems and the like it's hard. So overall it just seems games are going to be the selling point with CoD and Uncharted riding on it I'd guess that is what they are betting on to push some units.
dude At&t sux... i would have got the 3g modle if it had come out with verizon.
What I'm saying is I can't comment on it because I've never encountered it. Only one I have is Sprint and it's so-so at times. I never go for 3G of things usually anyway, going for the Wifi.
You don't have to say I'm a fanboy of one console or company to prove a solid point. I agree with all your comment (only the fanboy part)
The thing about this quote though is that it's hardly an announcement, as it was just a passing comment as part of an answer to an interview question. It is hardly common (or smart) to announce or reveal the existence of someone elses product in a basic interview. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this was just speculation on his part.
I agree but its still very possible. We all know how Capcom likes their money almost as much as activision and considering how many sales the psp version raked in, I think a Vita version is not only possible ... its inevitable. Its not a matter of IF, its a matter of WHEN.
Well, that kind of goes without saying. ^_^;
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