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#2 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

Really? Japan is excited about GTA V? Be right back, gotta mark my calendar...

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#3 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5917 posts) -

ha it's kind of odd seeing The Last of Us and GTA V on there, as you already pointed out.

Some good looking stuff on there though. Mostly Shin Megami Tensei IV, which I can't wait to play ;3

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#4 Posted by JasonR86 (10147 posts) -

It's cool to see Last of Us and GTA 5 up there.

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#5 Posted by Coombs (3510 posts) -

Well, I'm looking forward to one of those, Would be two but I don't have a Vita

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#6 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2646 posts) -

Looks like Japan still has good taste

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#7 Posted by dandead (200 posts) -

Ha weird that Dynasty Warriors 8 of all games is so high on that list considering that game has the same rep as it does here. I guess this might finally be the one where everything clicks together this gen...

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#8 Posted by frankfartmouth (1048 posts) -

Interesting. Some good stuff on there. No big surprise that a Dragon Quest game is #1.

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#9 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

Honestly, Last of Us doesn't surprise me as much as GTA. The former seems more in line with the kinds of games that Japan loves, from what little I know about it.

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#10 Posted by Animoz (34 posts) -

The fact that there is even still PSP games coming out surprises never mind the the fact that there are several on the list.

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#11 Posted by chrissedoff (2285 posts) -

@frankfartmouth: A re-make of a Dragon Quest game. Guys, we often lament to one another here on the GB forums that gamers in North America and Europe seem to only want the same things over and over again. Let Japan be a cautionary tale and let's all agree to try to spend some of our money trying new things this year.

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#12 Posted by AlexW00d (7339 posts) -

I don't care about any of those games. I am the least japanese.

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#13 Edited by UitDeToekomst (799 posts) -

this list affirms what i have always suspected: I am not Japanese.

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#14 Posted by Soapy86 (2732 posts) -

@xaLieNxGrEyx said:

Looks like Japan still has good taste

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#15 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4569 posts) -

@FancySoapsMan said:

ha it's kind of odd seeing The Last of Us and GTA V on there, as you already pointed out.

Some good looking stuff on there though. Mostly Shin Megami Tensei IV, which I can't wait to play ;3

Do you think Japan only playes Japanese games? They love Call of Duty and Halo as well.

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#16 Edited by Pepsiman (2786 posts) -

@GreggD said:

Really? Japan is excited about GTA V? Be right back, gotta mark my calendar...

I wrote about why a decently sized niche of Japanese gamers typically look forward to GTA games a while back on GAF, so I'm just gonna copy-pasta my remarks since they're more or less just as relevant here, too.

GTA games regularly do a pretty respectable 100k+ units in Japanese sales whenever they come out, at least from what I've read. It's usually a pretty solid number for any localized title in general from my understanding, but it's still noteworthy in GTA's case in particular considering the heavy legal restrictions imposed on CERO Z games in Japan in terms of advertisements and in-store presentation. They're liked for reasons similar to why the Yakuza/Ryu Ga Gotoku games have a decent following overseas: it gives players a relatively unfiltered, if obviously very stylized and often (humorously) exaggerated take on a foreign life and culture they might not otherwise have much personal experience with that's presented in a way their own native industry can't typically achieve. It's obviously not for everyone given the violence and how the games are very deliberately given minimal localization efforts (I believe nothing more than subtitles and translated menu options have ever been given to Japanese releases), but, again, much like the Yakuza games, that can also be precisely why they're so appealing to the right type of gamer over there. They also just tend to be one of the few reliable bets you can make as a Japanese gamer in having a solid open world experience, given how few of them are even developed in Japan, let alone ones that have the sort of polish and reputation that GTA games have garnered over the years.

To add on to that a little more, speaking from experience, the super hardcore players in Japan are pretty much into the same sorts of stuff you'd find super hardcore guys liking most anywhere else, which is to say that they're a pretty cosmopolitan bunch and are down for games from most anywhere given that access isn't an issue. Whether or not the games they're interested in have official Japanese localizations isn't even necessarily a problem for all of them. Like anywhere else, you definitely have guys that will just import the games that they want raw from the west and rough it out with their English fluency and there are game shops that manage to somehow stay in business mostly catering to that group (and maybe foreigners from elsewhere?). But even if they aren't willing to go so far as just straight up play English versions of games, a lot of the big name stuff over here still makes it over in their language in some capacity. I remember being pleasantly surprised when I found a copy of The Witcher 2 for the PC about a year back in a Japanese game shop I was perusing. And it was complete with Japanese voices, too, I believe. This was all before the 360 version was out and so I figure if even something like that can come out in Japan for a platform that many people erroneously say is a dead market (it's niche for sure, especially excluding visual novels, but not dead), then most anything having an audience there doesn't particularly surprise me at this point. It ties in to a really long history of a very healthy foreign book translation market, too, but that's another can of worms and I figure what I've said is probably good enough as it is.

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#17 Posted by Animasta (14849 posts) -

I will never get the fervor for Dragon Quest.

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#18 Posted by poisonjam7 (541 posts) -

Such different tastes than Americans and Europeans...

I'm also quite surprised to see GTA V on there, let alone so high.

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#19 Posted by EVO (4029 posts) -

No Wonderful 101?

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#20 Posted by ExplodeMode (851 posts) -

I'm into that list too. I'm going to get DQ7, MH4, KH1.5 and SMT4 as soon as they get localized and Last of Us and GTA5 easily look like the best western games coming up. What I'm saying is:

@xaLieNxGrEyx said:

Looks like Japan still has good taste

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#21 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

@Pepsiman: Thanks for the info dump, that's actually pretty cool to know there are Japanese gamers who like stuff like GTA, much in the same way we like stuff like Persona. Oh yeah, and you bringing up the Witcher 2 reminded me that since I bought it at GOG, I have access to ALL of the localized versions, including localized bonus content bundles, as you can see here, on the lower-right:

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#22 Posted by sprode (116 posts) -

Lists like that only serve to remind me that I'm far more interested in Japanese games than Western ones.

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#23 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2475 posts) -

Wait they're actually excited for GTA V and The Last of Us?

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#24 Posted by ch3burashka (6088 posts) -

@xaLieNxGrEyx said:

Looks like Japan still has good taste

Dynasty Warriors 8 at #5. 'Nuff said.

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#25 Posted by Fredchuckdave (9816 posts) -

Dynasty 8 at number 5! Suck it SMT fans/Final Fantasy fans. Good times (though Monster Hunter is almost in the same boat)

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#26 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (6693 posts) -

I definitely want to try out the new SMT and I didn't know a Tales game was coming out for Vita. There's definitely a few on that list I'm excited for, when or if they get localized.

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#27 Posted by Hunter5024 (6677 posts) -

I find it a little strange that there are two remakes in the top 5, even if they are Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts. I wonder what the Japanese public perception of modern development in their country is. Do they think the games have taken a drop in quality, like many in the west believe? If so, that would explain the remakes.

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#28 Edited by Seppli (11232 posts) -

That's a pretty horrible list for the most parts. The only games on this list, that I agree with, are the game that would overlap with a similar list written for the European or American markets - namely GTA V and The Last of Us.

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#29 Posted by probablytuna (4703 posts) -

Huh, didn't even know there's gonna be a follow up to Dragon's Dogma.

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#30 Posted by Bulby33 (677 posts) -

Yup, RPGs.

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#31 Posted by GnomeonFire (1025 posts) -

This only serves to remind me that I simultaneously love and hate Japanese taste in games.

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#32 Posted by BBAlpert (2432 posts) -

@frankfartmouth said:

Interesting. Some good stuff on there. No big surprise that a Dragon Quest game is #1.

And that a Monster Hunter game is #2.

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#33 Posted by TooWalrus (13384 posts) -

Japan knows what's up, this is all (err, mostly) good stuff.

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#34 Posted by EXTomar (5047 posts) -

Isn't Soul Sacrifice out now?

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#35 Posted by recroulette (5413 posts) -

So many games that won't come out over here for a year or so. And I'm glad I'm not alone in being surprised at GTA being as high as it is on the list.

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#36 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

Of that list, I'm looking forward to PSO2 and Dragon Quest VII, if they ever make it over here.

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#37 Posted by Phatmac (5928 posts) -

Fuck yeah Ace Attorney 5!

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#38 Posted by Snail (8846 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@FancySoapsMan said:

ha it's kind of odd seeing The Last of Us and GTA V on there, as you already pointed out.

Some good looking stuff on there though. Mostly Shin Megami Tensei IV, which I can't wait to play ;3

Do you think Japan only playes Japanese games? They love Call of Duty and Halo as well.

Do you realize that there are only two western-developed games on that list?

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#39 Posted by Nottle (1933 posts) -

@EVO: I don't think Wonderful 101 has a confirmed release date does it? Could be why.

I think it's funny that people are surprised that remakes are what have people excited, I'm sure plenty of people bought the GOW HD collection or the ICO collection over here.

Also of course the Rockstar and Naughty Dog games are the popular western games. They are made by big western studios that have been around for ages. Rockstar takes a lot of influence from cinema, and the modern Naughty Dog stuff is very polished like a japanese game and also is very cinematic.

I'd be interested to see a most excited poll done in Europe and the USA. I bet the only japanese stuff people are excited about are from Square, Nintendo and Capcom. Even then it's going to be stuff like Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Final Fantasy because that is the stuff that has been around forever. People aren't going to be excited for some Japanese game with no real history to it.

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#40 Posted by ArtisanBreads (7248 posts) -

Crazy GTA V is up there.

Otherwise, about as expected.

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#41 Posted by pw2566ch (499 posts) -

I'm interested in Shin Megami Tensei IV. Why don't we see that game in the US since the SMT brand is becoming pretty famous out here now? And I want some Super Robot Taisen in the US. Those games are graphically awesome.

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#42 Posted by Sooty (8194 posts) -

I'll probably try a few of these games when I'm living there next year, can't fucking wait to watch the World Cup in 4K.

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#43 Posted by Animasta (14849 posts) -

@pw2566ch said:

I'm interested in Shin Megami Tensei IV. Why don't we see that game in the US since the SMT brand is becoming pretty famous out here now? And I want some Super Robot Taisen in the US. Those games are graphically awesome.

SMT IV will come out in the US, since it hasn't even come out in Japan they haven't announced it yet, because that's what atlus do. but it will be (they're putting out soul hackers of course they're going to put out SMT IV).

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#44 Edited by Bourbon_Warrior (4569 posts) -

@Snail said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@FancySoapsMan said:

ha it's kind of odd seeing The Last of Us and GTA V on there, as you already pointed out.

Some good looking stuff on there though. Mostly Shin Megami Tensei IV, which I can't wait to play ;3

Do you think Japan only playes Japanese games? They love Call of Duty and Halo as well.

Do you realize that there are only two western-developed games on that list?

Of course there is, it's a Japanese article, but apart from Sim City, Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite being excluded from that list, the western games they included are really the only 2 games this year I am really looking forward to.

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Crazy GTA V is up there.

Otherwise, about as expected.

Famitsu gave GTA IV a 39/40 so not that crazy

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#45 Edited by Blu3V3nom07 (4309 posts) -

No Dragon Quest X? When's that shit coming out?

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#46 Posted by pw2566ch (499 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@pw2566ch said:

I'm interested in Shin Megami Tensei IV. Why don't we see that game in the US since the SMT brand is becoming pretty famous out here now? And I want some Super Robot Taisen in the US. Those games are graphically awesome.

SMT IV will come out in the US, since it hasn't even come out in Japan they haven't announced it yet, because that's what atlus do. but it will be (they're putting out soul hackers of course they're going to put out SMT IV).

What about the other 3 SMT games? Or are they under a different name in the US?

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#47 Posted by Animasta (14849 posts) -

@pw2566ch said:

@Animasta said:

@pw2566ch said:

I'm interested in Shin Megami Tensei IV. Why don't we see that game in the US since the SMT brand is becoming pretty famous out here now? And I want some Super Robot Taisen in the US. Those games are graphically awesome.

SMT IV will come out in the US, since it hasn't even come out in Japan they haven't announced it yet, because that's what atlus do. but it will be (they're putting out soul hackers of course they're going to put out SMT IV).

What about the other 3 SMT games? Or are they under a different name in the US?

well the latest releases SMT I and II had were for the playstation 1, and SMT 3 was released already (unless you were talking about If..., which was also released on the playstation)

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#48 Posted by Turambar (7962 posts) -

@pw2566ch said:

And I want some Super Robot Taisen in the US. Those games are graphically awesome.

Never gonna happen. The Original Generations sub-franchise doesn't sell well enough here (Atlus localized the first two on the GBA) and any other ones is a giant licensing nightmare.

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#49 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4569 posts) -

How many of those games are for portable systems, seems like a lot.

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#50 Posted by casper_ (915 posts) -

although im psyched about a bunch of these games (disgaea d2, smt iv, jojos etc) its really strange to see how far east/west's tastes have diverged. i imagine if we had a most anticipated games list of 1997 for NA and JP they would be much closer.