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Shenmue III comes up short in the Japanese chart

Ys Net's sequel failed to make waves in its home market, with less than 18k sales on PS4.

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gangsta_red10d ago

Not even in Japan? That's rough

Obscure_Observer9d ago

Ys should had made this game multiplatform. Playstation has become a more westernized brand and japanese games don´t sell as well as it used to in the past.

On the Switch this game would be a great success.

gangsta_red9d ago

Especially a game like this, that definitely has a small following.

JEECE9d ago

It was never going to be big, but Switch probably would have been a good option for Japanese consumers.

Christopher9d ago (Edited 9d ago )

I don't think it has to do with just being multiplatform, which it is already (PS4/PC). If it was on XBO it would not do better.

The Japanese market has moved away from traditional home consoles and onto portability. It's not that it's on multiple platforms, it's that it isn't portable, which is a key element in recent Japanese games. Put it on phones or DS or Switch, it would sell more in Japan. Standard home consoles are less of interest in Japan overall, meaning reduced sales overall.

Razmiran9d ago

While an xbox one version wouldnt have hurt, I doubt that it would have helped that much

CaptainTravel9d ago

Either put it on Switch or Sony needs to help market it better.

HighPlayer289d ago

Totally agree with you and do not get the disagrees at all. 100% facts

No-internet9d ago

#obscure

What rubbish... Have you been to Japan? I go regularly due to family over there, ps4 has more rpgs, unique and some downright weird Japanese titles that will never see the day over here... Not the odd one or two but HUNDREDS

You talk about ps4 in the states because that's all you see you don't see it in its home territory so why throw out blanket statements you know nothing about.

Shenmue didn't sell well because alot of its fanbase are now in their late 30s and 40s whose priorities have changed like family, job who just don't have time to play the game. It's a sequel to a 20 year old game.

But over its lifetime I see it selling a decent amount.

Obscure_Observer8d ago

@No-internet

What your travels to Japan has to do with japanese gamers and their perception of Playstation home consoles? Nowdays Playstation and most home consoles don´t sell as it used to in Japan and that´s is a FACT!

"Shenmue didn't sell well because alot of its fanbase are now in their late 30s and 40s whose priorities have changed like family, job who just don't have time to play the game. It's a sequel to a 20 year old game."

Yeah, Crash comes to mind, so stop with your failed attempt at damage control. Shenmue 3 flopped hard on PS4 and Suzuki-san is the only one to blame for not making this game avaliable on Switch!

No-internet8d ago

@obscure..

My travels give me more knowledge in how playstation is perceived in its home country than some wanabe know it all throwing blanket statements who in reality knows... NADA

That's why you got so heated truth hurts a person when their not really as intelligent as they portray

and are you really comparing a pick up and play comedy game to a fully fledged 20+ hour rpg that involves doing jobs and plenty of exploration and backtracking to find out clues?... That again shows your level of intelligence in this gaming universe

Anymore blanket statements you want to mindlessly throw out there for me to call you out on?

Obscure_Observer8d ago (Edited 8d ago )

@No-internet

"Anymore blanket statements you want to mindlessly throw out there for me to call you out on?"

Yeah! Call me on private so we can discuss how much you know about japanese culture. Let me know if you can even speak propper Nihongo!

rainslacker8d ago (Edited 8d ago )

You're using sales facts to form a conclusion which disregards a lot of other factors as to why home consoles aren't as popular.

The playstation console hardware is no more westernized than any other console. The policies of playstation are global, and have been fairly consistent for decades. Even the new censorship policy is too new to measure the effects on the japanese market. The games sony makes are generally now more westernized, but japanese people have no problem playing western games. They're probably statistically more open to them than western gamers are to japanese leaning games.

Playstation does get tons of Japanese content though. Lots of unique things, as well as most of the mainstream japanese titles. The japanese gaming market is probably more diverse than the western market to be honest, and lots of games come to ps in some form or another.

Japan has seen a decrease in home console says in general through the past couple generations. It has nothing to do with the PS brand, or any brand really. Mobile gaming and portables are just more in demand in japan, mostly attributed to japanese generalized lifestyle, travel, home makeup, etc.

EDIT: think you mean Nihango, unless you wish to discuss japanese art.

Teflon028d ago

Statistically I've been seeing games on PS4 outsell switch versions in some cases. Shouldn't run with that false Narrative. The game just isn't as popular. It really doesn't look too appealing to someone who isn't a series fan. It looks okay, but I'd say that's it.

Obscure_Observer8d ago

@rainslacker

"The playstation console hardware is no more westernized than any other console. The policies of playstation are global, and have been fairly consistent for decades. Even the new censorship policy is too new to measure the effects on the japanese market. The games sony makes are generally now more westernized, but japanese people have no problem playing western games. They're probably statistically more open to them than western gamers are to japanese leaning games."

Nothing that you said negates what i said above, so i failed to see/understand you point. I repeat: Playstation has become more of a westernized brand.

"The japanese gaming market is probably more diverse than the western market to be honest, and lots of games come to ps in some form or another."

Please, the western sports games niche alone are probably bigger, more varied and diverse than the entire japanese gaming market nowadays.

"Japan has seen a decrease in home console says in general through the past couple generations. It has nothing to do with the PS brand, or any brand really."

I said: *Nowadays Playstation and most home consoles don´t sell as it used to in Japan and that´s is a FACT!*

"EDIT: think you mean Nihango, unless you wish to discuss japanese art."

I said Nihongo (日本語)

I´m sorry, but I not sure what you meant by Nihango.

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twolitersoda8d ago

It’ss huge disappointment for us fans especially after so many years of waiting. Major letdown.

ZeekQuattro10d ago

Not surprised. Like I said in the past had the game came out 10 years ago it probably would of did alright. There are much better options for a game like this these days.

Knightofelemia10d ago

It's competing with Pokemon I have my copy of Shenmue 3 I will play it after Pokemon

neomahi9d ago

Eh, what do they know, they just wanna play Pachinco machines, seriously, nobody will ever understand Japanese gamers but boy can they build and advance tech.

Fluttershy779d ago

It has been quite a disappointment... Shenmue was a AAA product and it cannot exist outside of that... Also, you can't, you just can't buy time back

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