Name Recognition is Everything, I guessPosted on May 16th, 2006 1 comment
Well, at least in Japan, where they are apparently more interested in another craptastic Final Fantasy game than just about anything else.
Famitsu, the ultimate Japanese video game mag, published a poll of what readers were most interested in during E3. It’s all Sony, Squeenix, and PS3. Even the one non-Sony item was on the list because of a character made popular (recently) through the Metal Gear Solid games on Playstation.
- Impressions of the PS3 controller
- Final Fantasy XIII information
- PS3 Price and Release date
- Super Smash Bro. Brawl and Snake playable announcement
- PS3 menu & interface
- PS3 online service
- PS3 game pics
- Polymorphic content surrounding FFXIII
- Dragon Quest Swords
- Square-Enix game pics
What the heck? It’s no wonder that it seems Sony isn’t trying very hard. They don’t have to! Of course, I guess this really prooves nothing except Famitsu readers are Sony/Final Fantasy/Squeenix fanboys. Naturally, we should expect this judging by the Famitsu Readers’ top 100 games of all time, with it’s top 10 being an almost complete Squeenix lovefest.
Contrast that with the top user-rated games on gamerankings.com. I don’t want to bash or generalize, or proclaim one segment of video game players to be better than another, but at least the majority of gamers over here aren’t proclaiming Final Fantasy X, of all things, to be the best game ever.
If I were Sony, I guess I wouldn’t be too worried, because as long as I have Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid 4, and Dragon Quest IX, then the PS3 will sell millions in Japan.
Weird timing. I was just pondering today that while the X360 struggles in Japan the PS3 will likely outsell it there.
I’ve never really understood some of the Japanophile tendencies that large portions of the US gaming community consistently advocate. They tend to make the same games over and over and then tack a Roman numeral on the end of the title.
Oddly enough, it feels like Nintendo is taking the US gaming market seriously for a change. Other than the “Wii” decision.
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