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Post E3 2009- Japanese devs strike back?

Posted in Gaming Rant, Japan, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, PS3, Wii with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2009 by reasonjp

The geographical centre of the games industry has shifted. Milking the cash cow PS2’s huge installed base created for too long has lead most Japanese developers to fall behind the times, and the pinnacles of modern game design are coming from the West, with the Japanese gaming industry in big trouble.

That was the consensus coming out of TGS 2008 and yet now, shortly after the games industry’s Great American Bash that was E3, it seems like some focus is coming back East. Or is it? Or IS it? Let’s take a look.

First and third party Japanese developers have been crucial to the success of almost every format from the mid 1980s on. There were great games which shifted systems and had tremendous cultural influence worldwide. Super Mario Bros. not only shifted Famicoms in Japan and affected Japanese lives to the extent that the term ‘B-Dash'(hurry!) is immortalised in katakana English that’s still being used today; it also shook the foundations of pop culture in the West. Suddenly Mario was a more recognisable face to children in America than Mickey Mouse. Sega’s Sonicin 1991 had similar importance, capturing a slightly older audience. In the Playstation era, Final Fantasy VIIand Metal Gear Solid joined the likes of the N64’s Ocarina of Time to be internationally hailed as some of the greatest games of their generation, if not of all time.

From Mario to MGS and Zelda OOT- Japanese games matured with their key audience over twenty years, but recent attempts to recapture the young have lost some of what was the core market

From Mario to MGS and Zelda OOT- Japanese games matured with their key audience over twenty years, but recent attempts to recapture the young have lost some of what was the core market

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Best Game of all time announced; other developers give up to save effort, money

Posted in Japan, News, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on March 26, 2009 by reasonjp

Those who share my affinity with wrestling games, and quite a few who don’t should be very excited by this:

The Fire Pro Club is reporting that to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Fire Pro Wrestling (the best series of wrestling games in the history of all things ever), two new games are being entered into the canon. Fire Pro Wrestling Anniversary Collection will pack in ten games from the PC Engine titles up to Super Fire Pro 3 (meh), to Fire Pro X and Fire Pro X Premium(worth the asking price by far) as well as a specially reduxed version of Blazing Tornado (read Fire Pro Arcade) alongside some new video content.

The big deal, though, is Fire Pro HD, which will feature a rebuilt game engine, and online play.

The Collection will be available on Wii later this year, and HD will be on XBLA and PSN on September 9th. We at Gaijingamers compel you to stockpile PSN moneys and MSPoints now, lest by September your credit card details get lost or stolen or something, and at the same time a bizarre mix-up leads to a worldwide shortage of the prepaid cards.

EDIT- Aanndd it was all an elaborate early April fool, apparently. One we here were certainly in on from the start. We’re obviously too smart to be taken in by internet ruses. What?

Japan’s Top 100 Sellers Revealed

Posted in Gaming Rant, Japan, Microsoft, News, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, PS3, PSP, Sony, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by Stephen

Konami’s long-awaited Metal Gear 4 title had amassed sales of 686,254 last year; 476,334 in its first week alone. The game is cited as the PS3’s top seller as part of a wider list of the 100 top-selling games of last year.

Sadly to fans and perhaps a sign of how the industry has changed, Metal Gear Solid 4 ranks in at eleventh. Ahead of it are nine games for Nintendo consoles, with Wii Sports (non bundled in Japan) sitting in tenth, Animal Crossing City Folk in eighth, Rhythm Tengoku Gold in six, and Mario Kart Wii in fourth.

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Japanese release schedule- February ’09

Posted in News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 7, 2009 by reasonjp

Courtesy of the good people at Famitsu.com:

PS3

February 12th

Street Fighter 4

It was too early to tease the cast about Street Fighter the Movie

It was too early to tease the cast about Street Fighter the Movie

Skate 2

February 19th

Nobi Nobi Boy (PSN)

Sonic World Adventure (a.k.a. Sonic Unleashed)

February 26th

Tom Clancy’s Endwar

Ryu ga Gotoku 3 (a.k.a Yakuza 3)

NBA Live 08 (EA Best Hits)

 

XBox 360

February 12th

Street Fighter 4

Skate 2

February 17th

GTA 4- The Lost and the Damned (DLC)

February 19th

Star Ocean 4- The Last Hope

Shooting Love. 200X

Much Like the Bushwackers at Wrestlemania X7, itll likely take longer for you to load up the game than it will for you to die in it.

Much Like the Bushwackers at Wrestlemania X7, it'll likely take longer for you to load up the game than it will for you to die in it.

怒首領蜂 大往生 ブラックレーベル (can someone give a decent translation for that?)

Sonic World Adventure (a.k.a Sonic Unleashed)

February 26th

Halo Wars

Halo Wars Limited Edition pack

Chaos Head Noah

Chaos Head Noah Special ed.

Samurai 3 (a.k.a Way of the Samurai 3)

Battlefield Bad Company (Platinum)

Halo 3 (Platinum)

Rainbow 6: Vegas 2 (Platinum)

Wii

February 12th

Skate It

February 17th

Fun! Fun! Minigolf (WiiWare)

February 19th

Dead Rising

Wii de asobu- Metroid Prime

Sim Animal

February 26th

High School Musical DANCE!

One Piece Unlimited Adventure 2

Medal of Honour Heroes 2 (EA Best Hits)

Famitsu Hall of Fame 2008

Posted in Japan, News, Nintendo DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by atalantegg

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Famitsu’s hall of fame for 2008 has been released.

Xbox360 has received the highest quality percentage of 55.9%. 38 quality games out of 68 reviews. Playstation 3 is in second place with a 53.5% quality rating.

2008 was an excellent year for software. We can only hope that 2009 can exceed it.

DS had the lowest rating of 29.3%, however the amount of quality titles is highest on this system. The system with the least amount of quality software was Playstation 2.