Blue Dragon Surpassed MGS4 and Zelda in Japanese Famitsu Top 10!

Yes, you've read it right. In the top 10 poll of the most popular magazine in Japan, Famitsu, Xbox 360's RPG Blue Dragon has just managed its way up to the 3rd most anticipated game in this country, surprisingly leaving behind titanic titles in the region like Metal Gear Solid 4 and The Legend Of Zelda.

This is the first time ever that an Xbox or Xbox 360 game reaches such high levels of anticipation in the land of the rising sun. Big names like Sakaguchi, Toriyama and Uematsu and the massive advertising in Japan are undoubtedly the causes behind this achievement some would call a miracle.
1. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, Square Enix)
2. Resident Evil 5 (PS3, Capcom)
3. Blue Dragon (Xbox 360, Microsoft)
4. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3, Konami)
5. Summon Night 4 (PS2, Banpresto)
6. The Legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess (Wii, Nintendo)
7. Yakuza 2 (PS2, Sega)
8. Dawn of Mana (PS2, Square Enix)
9. Super Robot Taisen : Original Generations (PS2, Banpresto)
10. Tales of Destiny (PS2, Bandai Namco)
11. Final Fantasy VI Advance (GBA, Square Enix)
12. Higurashi no Naku Kei ni Matsuri (Alchemist, NDS)
13. Gyakutensaiban 4 (NDS, Capcom)
14. Furai no Syren (NDS, Sega)
15. Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (Xbox 360, Tecmo)
16. Monster Hunter Portable 2 (PSP, Capcom)
17. Dragon Quest Monsters J (NDS, Square Enix)
18. Monster Hunter 3 (PS3, Capcom)
19. The Legend of Zelda : Phantom Hourglass (NDS, Nintendo)
20. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, Nintendo)

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zypher6424d ago

i guess it's good news that a 360 game has garnered such interest from Japanese gamers. i for one am awaiting Blue Dragon, though maybe not as much as FFXIII and White Knight Story. however, the title of the article makes Blue Dragon appear to be the most popular game, when it is in fact surpassed by two PS3 titles (one being a multi-platform release, which itself is quite telling). but then again, these are just polls. i see FFXIII, Zelda, MGS4 and maybe even Blue Dragon selling about equally in the land of the rising sun.

Aquanox6424d ago

Breaking down your statement, it means the Blue Dragon is only surpassed by one PS3 exclusive, while the 2nd place belongs to a multiplatform game that is very likely to come on Xbox 360 as well.

Given the catastrophic history of the Xbox division in Japan, this is a huge achievement. If you could travel on time and tell this to anyone 1 year ago, they'd think you need some serious phsycological treatment.

death monk6423d ago

I think the reason Resident Evil 5 is listed for PS3 only and not both consoles is pretty simple. Japanese gamers are excited for that game ON PS3. I'm sure the way their game voting is setup, they would have the game listed separately for the individual console.

Aquanox6423d ago

Resident Evil is listed on PS3 because it wont be out on Wii, and has never been released on Xbox 360.

Once the official Xbox 360 version announcement is made, their perspective about the availability of the game might change.

Shin_Akakage6423d ago

It's almost like I've stepped into the twilight zone...a X360 exclusive game that's ranked higher MGS4 and Zelda on Famitsu most wanted list? That's pretty amazing. Huge achievement for Msoft there. FFXIII is on there because..well its FF. I still don't understand why FF is so popular, personally I never liked it, but live and let live. I can however understand why RE5 is high on this list..RE4 game of the year last year on many sites/publications/awards shows. So its natural that RE5 is high on the most wanted list.

RE5 was officially announce for X360...it is a multiplatform title.

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Bebedora6424d ago

I must say that vid I saw about Lost Odyssey made me turned off a bit (Smacking humongusly huge robot to pieces with a sword). Not to say it will be a bad title, but I wonder if there is more like this in Lost, it better have a good story and nice gfx.

Blue Dragon I hope will make that FF quality the creator of this title is famous for.

InMyOpinion6424d ago

They need to open their eyes, japanese gaming culture is f***** up! More conservative than right wing christians lol!

Krimson6424d ago

Great news for Blue Dragon. It's also great to see a new IP up there amongst a bunch of long running franchises. I mean... Final Fantasy has 1st place by "brand name" alone.

Tut6424d ago

It helps when you consistently make chart-topping games... which has been the case in almost all Final Fantasy installments, even getting the honor of having the #1 game ever created and another within the top five.

To clarify: Reputation + Quality = Brand Name

LuminousAphid6424d ago

But you still have to ask yourself; there have been so many of these games, are people playing them and waiting for them now just because everyone else likes them?

One example that comes to mind is a film a watched the other day. Everyone always told me that 2001: A Space Odyssey was the best film of all time, so I finally decided to watch it. I found out that it was, in fact, a steaming pile of $%@#. I'm convinced that people love that movie because everyone else does (particularly since the recommendations came mostly from the school of art at the university I attend, which is the most pretentious group I've ever met). Personally, I feel this is the case with a lot of Final Fantasy Material as well; everyone bought FFVIII just because VII was good, FFXI was never that great, and FFXII is just FFXI offline for the PS2. A lot of it does have to do with purely name association. FFXIII could be the worst game ever, but I'm sure a lot of people in the whole world would still buy it.

Silver Bull3t6424d ago

You do know 2001 was released nearly 40 years ago right?... For its day that movie was hands down the sh!t. Considering they had no CG effects the movie is impressive and visually stunning. If it's a steaming pile of $%@#, I'll take seconds.

OC_MurphysLaw6424d ago

Not only was it released nearly 40 years ago, consider it was released well before special effects giant of the time Star Wars. Then you also need to factor in that they had ZERO pictures of earth from space to work with...let alone color schemes and yet the representation of earth from space is pretty incredible given those limitations. It is a masterpeice of SCI-FI....like it or not.

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DixieNormS6424d ago

I mean who would've of thunket that a 360 game would be ahead of MEtal Gear. I know I didn't, not yet atleast.

LuminousAphid6424d ago

Haha, for me, ANY x360 game is above Metal Gear (yes, that includes even Full Auto).