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PixlBit - Could Operation Rainfall Revive the JRPG in the West?

PixlBit | Today Xenoblade Chronicles is available for purchase in the US thanks, in part, to Operation Rainfall. To mark the occasion, a few members of the PixlBit staff began a dialogue concerning the future of the movement and if it’s at all possible that Operation Rainfall could revive the west’s love for the Japanese RPG.

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Indigo1232051d ago

"possible that Operation Rainfall could revive the west’s love for the Japanese RPG."

First of all more japanese rpgs are made than ever in japan, and more are localized than ever, and more get good sales than ever in the west

I mean if a game like neptunia can sell 200k+ copies in the west............thats rpg love

Operation rainfall HAD NOTHING to do with nintendo localizing those rpgs.........nintendo has localized more rpgs this gen than any time in there history, they love rpgs, they would of done them

" It seems like forever ago the movement began its outreach program to Nintendo of America; hoping to demonstrate that there was a market for Japanese RPGs in North America."

this pisses me off............because nintendo has made and localized more rpgs than bethesda, bioware, cd, obsidian put together.......so any notion theres no market for it from there perspective is just wrong

Lazarus12092051d ago

I think you're missing the point. Raw numbers do not equate to popularity. You have to use comparative numbers to say that the JRPG isn't more than a niche genre here in the states.

There was a time - the 16 an 32 bit era to be precise - when the JRPG was king. They had multiple blockbuster titles, but that just isn't the case anymore.

Also, I'd be curious to see this list of RPGs that Nintendo has personally localized this generation. The other companies you mentioned are western developers, so yeah, they aren't going to localize a tone of JRPGs, but the titles they made are MUCH more popular in the west than Neptunia. The biggest RPGs in the west this generation are western in style, I dare you to tell me otherwise.

Indigo1232051d ago

Youve missed every point

Raw numbers are the only thing that equal popularity.........Ok so lets use comparitive numbers

disgaea 3,4 have sold more than 1 and 2
dragon quest IX is the highest selling DQ in the west, ect

"There was a time - the 16 an 32 bit era to be precise - when the JRPG was king. They had multiple blockbuster titles, but that just isn't the case anymore.
"

says who? says you? the only rpgs worth playing any year are japanese including this one

"Also, I'd be curious to see this list of RPGs that Nintendo has personally localized this generation. "

glory of heracles ( first time for the series in the west),magical starsign ( first time for the series in the west), fire emblem 1 ( first time the game has hit america), golden sun 3, xenoblade, last story, pandoras tower, super paper mario, mario and luigi 2, mario and luigi 3, dragon quest IV (published), dragon quest V ( published), dragon quest VI( published and localized), draogn quest joker 2( published and localized), dragon quest IX ( published and localized), no less than 10 pokemon games

"but the titles they made are MUCH more popular in the west than Neptunia."

you mean like how mass effect 1 and 2's sales combined dont equal 13? or how mass effect 3's user reviews are so low, they make me cringe

"The biggest RPGs in the west this generation are western in style, I dare you to tell me otherwise. "

I dare and trump that. The biggest rpgs in the west this gen are japanese......hell the highest selling ones overall are all japanese.

now please dont respond to me until you think

Lazarus12092051d ago

You must have missed this link...

http://www.vgchartz.com/yea...

If your statement is true - that Japanese JRPGs are the most popular - then at least one should be on this list, right? right?

Lazarus12092051d ago

And just to hammer the point home a bit, just check out the top 100 selling games in the USA for 2011:

http://www.vgchartz.com/yea...

Not a single JRPG on there. I think that makes it pretty damn niche.

Indigo1232051d ago

are you for real? you use vg chartz to prove a point? and you didnt even look at the chart to see the top selling rpg was a japanese one or are you blind to your own link?

I cant believe I argued with a troll who didnt even look at his own link

kevnb2051d ago

you can go back quite a long way, the only "jrpgs" you will see are final fantasy games for decades. On handheld you have pokemon.

Chad Sexington2051d ago

Er, no -- the games targeted by Project Rainfall were already being localised by Nintendo Europe.

FinaLXiii2051d ago (Edited 2051d ago )

Here´s a hint: put those games on PS3 and xbox360.

Just up the resolution for those games and put it on sale for the same price as a brand new Wii title and people will buy it.

JRPG´s are kinda dead right now (in popularity terms) because the HD consoles lack alot of it that´s the propblem.

The Wii still isnt that affordable and jrpg fans rather prefer to play those games in HD instead which doesnt necessarly means better graphics just proper resolution.

jc485732051d ago

When shooting genre is leading the platforms?

FinaLXiii2051d ago (Edited 2051d ago )

rpg´s like elder scrolls 4 and demon souls sold fairy well on HD consoles and got follow ups (dark souls and skyrim) people will buy these kind of games more if it as a certain level of quality above the average and these 3 games supported by operation rainfall are way above average.

jc485732051d ago

we're speaking strictly jrpg though. Demon's Souls is more of a hybrid, but it's still more or so a Western Rpg.

kevnb2051d ago

anime based games have always been pretty much dead in north america, only final fantasy really overcame being anime based. Besides that, I dont think of jrpg as a genre because its simply a byproduct of console games being nearly all japanese until last gen. In japan they like anime, it makes sense for heavily story based games to be heavily anime inspired if made in japan.
Even "western" rpgs used to be mostly turn based until recently, now they are either action or some sort of hybrid that has the user feel more involved.