Submitted by seanoc 1188d ago | opinion piece

Is 2012 the year Japanese gaming fights back? | PS3 Attitude

PS3A says "This is a tough generation for Japanese devs working on PS3 with sales and enthusiasm for their products down well below normal and healthy levels.

The UK PS3 game sales charts for 2011 (compiled by GFK Chart-Track) featured no games in the top 10 from Japan. The list was instead dominated by American, Australian, Canadian and European studios. In addition, Japanese devs barely figured in the top 100 multiplatform charts too, excluding the always prolific Nintendo devs." (Final Fantasy XIII-2, Industry, industry, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, PS3, Resident Evil 6)

vuzuki  +   1188d ago
Well, most Japanese game dev are going portable since this is what's successfull in Japan. That's why Sony's plan is to unite portable and home console gaming (with Vita and PSP remasters) so that the same games can come out in the East and West's favorite platforms.
Knight_Cid  +   1188d ago
NO, just know.

SOny has no plan to unite portable and home console gaming. The vita is a japanese portable that is already getting more japanese franchises early on than the ps3 got. Thats because the vita believe it or not is more popular than the ps3 was in japan at launch.

Psp remasters, you mean all 2 of them? That idea bottomed out real quick.
Hicken  +   1187d ago
Why do you keep commenting on Sony's business plans as if you're in on their strategy meetings? Furthermore, why do your insights pretty much sound like you were asleep during the meetings, got fired, and now want to make Sony look bad because you lost your job?

You have NO insight, and even less than that when it comes to the Vita, which you seem to despise from the bottom of your gullet.

The PSP remaster you're referring two aren't even a year old, are they? And Sony IS kinda in the process of putting out a new handheld; did it ever occur to you that these remasters may be shifted to see releases on the Vita? Or, perhaps, that not every game translates well from handheld to home console? Or that fans haven't shown much interest outside the collections already done?

Probably not.

You saw something that had ANYTHING to do with the Vita, and you attacked.

You know, I could understand if it were like a lot of people and COD: they USED to be fans, but don't like the way things are, so they make their voices heard. But you can't possibly be someone who USED to like the Vita, as you have ZERO experience with it, and almost as little knowledge OF it.

So why don't you just leave it alone? Why keep spending time talking about something you never liked in the first place? I just don't get it.

Edit: You own a Vita? Riiight. Is that why you never actually say anything about how any of the games perform?

Once. In ten pages of comments, I see ONE comment mentioning your owning a Vita. And not one positive thing to say... well, MAYBE ONE.

On the other hand, even in Vita-related articles, you LOVE to bring up the 3DS. You just can't get enough of that thing. Even to the point where you do dumb shit like http://n4g.com/comments/red...

Does that sound like someone who likes the Vita?

How about this? http://n4g.com/comments/red...

That doesn't sound like someone who likes the Vita.

What about this?

Doesn't sound like someone who likes the Vita, to me.

You can tell me how many Vitas you've reserved or imported or whatever. Your words don't bear out your... well, they're not actions, but other words. You've done nothing but try to make the Vita look inferior; who would believe anything you have to say about owning one? You're not even speaking from firsthand experience with one when you DO comment.

So... no, I think I'll keep talking.

YOU shut up.
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Knight_Cid  +   1187d ago
1 bubble troll...........are you done?

you know nothing about sony, less about the industry and even less about vita.

Which I already own 1 imported from japan, and have another preordered from the states.

Does that sound like someone who hates vita?

didnt think so

shut up
gillri  +   1188d ago

Skyward Sword was my GOTY last year despite playing every big game last year and Dark Souls was incredible, Xenoblade wasnt bad too

2011 was also a great year
FinaLXiii  +   1188d ago
Its a really hard question mostly because some of their AAA titles have been in development for a long time.
CanadianTurtle  +   1188d ago
Although Marvel Vs Capcom 3 was considered a half assed presented game, I still thought the gameplay was fantastic! Never played a fighting game so smooth before. Dark Souls Was amazing as well.

As for this year, lets see, FF13-2 sucked. But we have 3 Resident Evils though. It seems to be that Capcom are the only guys that are going all out with their titles.
JoeSchmoh  +   1188d ago
I miss Tenchu
vuzuki  +   1187d ago
Vita has Shinobido which is basically Tenchu except the Devs lost the legal right to call it Tenchu.
Knight_Cid  +   1188d ago
Its more like is this the year that people can understand the most popular systems in japan are portables so thats were the support is

Its more like can the west fight back on those

Oh yeah and good job using a keji inafune quote that was taken out of context, and basically not his current stance anymore

You really dont understand japan so you have no right bad mouthing it

"The recent announcement of Resident Evil 6 has gone a long way to raising the mood for Japanese gaming."

1 game? generalizing much?

This article is so bad

And no mention of the 3ds? The most popular system not only in japan but worldwide? And the support its getting?

He sounds like a butt hurt ps3 fanboy.

The ps3 gets super robot wars this year. It probably gets a megaten title, and it gets more rpgs. THATS ALL PEOPLE WHO OWNA PS3 CARE ABOUT, especially in japan
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specialguest  +   1187d ago
Misleading title - This was based on the UK sales charts
In addition, they also based it on the PS3 game sales in the UK. PS3 games =/= all Japanese developed games. What about Wii games like Skyword Sword, which sold very well. Also... UK =/= The world
Game3s  +   1187d ago
The article said Japanese devs with the exception of nintendo and yes the article is PS3 based and they did mention Japanese multiplat sales so is not all about the PS3 o.o
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   1187d ago
They really shouldn't have chose those characters to put in the thumbnail for an article title like this...
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Derpy  +   1187d ago
I would love to see Japanese games return to their former glory. In the past, Japanese developers have always walked their own path and their games were better for it.

Some of the real problems they face is the popularity of FPS in the west as well as big console vs handhelds. It is true that portable gaming is becoming more popular in Japane than big consoles, while in the west, big consoles and HD gaming is big business (no pun intended.) However it is not impossible to make a game for handhelds then make a graphically enhanced version for big consoles. Some companies are already starting to do this. As for the FPS craze, games like Skyrim are showing that there is a large audience for other types of genres in the west. Hopefully Japanese companies will take notice of this and stop trying to woo the FPS crowd.
ShaunCameron  +   1187d ago
Sales-wise and fanfare-wise? Probably not. Well at least on home consoles. And I think at this point in time, it's too late. The damage was done when the XBox 360 came out first and effectively divided the market for some IP's that might have fared better had they been a Sony-platform exclusive. After all, their own audience back home have already made it clear that they're not interested in anything Microsoft and they're even willing to shell out for an inferior (Sony console) copy (Example: Bayonetta).

Anyways, this looks to be a promising year with my eyes on:

Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3/360)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3/360)
Dragon's Crown (PS3/PSV)
Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
Dragon's Dogma (PS3/360)
The Last Guardian (PS3)
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yokokoroma  +   1183d ago
The answer to this article's question is yes, even though Japanese developers are dominating handhelds ( both in Japan and the west (i.e. U.S. UK, anything West of Japan), consoles are the gaming device choice of those in the West. (i.e. previous generation saw PS2 become Legend, due to Japanese developers) That being said Japanese developers have to return to consoles, in order to claim what was once their's.

At this very moment, one Japanese developed game, in particular is about to make history, (this gen at least) which is One Piece: Kaizoku Musou. The game has reached (and by now exceeded) 500,000 preordered copies (some of which are from gamers outside of Japan, who are importing the game. This is something that's been long overdue. Japanese games are the most clever and abstract games (i.e. both past and present...Intelligent Cube, Tomba, Tail Concerto, Skydiving Extreme, Nocturne, Catherine, Eternal Sonata, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, Echochrome, etc...) in the video game industry.

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