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Sony is Gift-Wrapping Japan to Nintendo

The 3DS recently passed the PS3’s Lifetime-date-sales in Japan. Games like Animal Crossing New Leaf, Fantasy Life, New Super Mario Bros 2, Monster Hunter, and Paper Mario dominate the Japanese game charts with little to no resistance from Sony. Why isn’t Sony doing something about the situation in Japan?

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The Current State of Japanese Game Market

The 3DS and the 3DS LL (XL in US & UK), is currently on a rampage unknown to portable handhelds before. The sales of the system are currently beating the DS’s pace in the same time frame. It doesn’t seem Nintendo is letting up either, with a version of Smash Bros in the works, a possible Metroid game, Pokemon X & Y, Animal Crossing New Leaf in the states, the fantastically reviewed Fire Emblem Awakening, and Monolith Soft’s new 3DS game. the latest hardware charts have the 3DS beating the next best system by over 50,000 units. It’s not even close.

Souls Sacrifice Looks to Shake Things up in Japan

Sony does have Soul Sacrifice coming out in a few months, but one game to counter the onslaught of 3DS games released by Nintendo is hardly putting up a fight in your own home country. Sony clearly has a focus on the Western Markets. Japan has always supported Sony’s consoles and handhelds. It seems strange that Sony would focus a majority of their budget on Western Style games.

Why isn’t Sony Putting up more of a Fight in their Homeland? 

Sony’s games don’t fit the current structure of the Japanese market. Killzone Mercenary, Sly Cooper, Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted, Resistance, and LittleBigPlanet are more Western focused games. Sony has to be aware of this, but they either don’t have the confidence, time, or money to make more Japanese style games to combat Nintendo.

Sony Might not care About Japan 

Sony has a lack of ‘Japanese style’ games in development. They seem to be hell-bent on impressing the American and European fanbase with shooters like Killzone, Uncharted, and Resistance. The Japanese market is not what it used to be, Sony realizes this. Japanese developers have picked up the slack for the PS Vita. Persona 4 Golden and Demon Gaze are out there and good, but it’s not enough. Maybe Sony is trying to lock down the US and UK first, then move on to Japan?

Sony Should Cater to the Japanese Market more 

Sony is after the Western markets with their games, but they should focus on the Japanese market a little more. I would love to see a some first party RPG’s similar to Ni No Kuni or Xenoblade in scope. I understand shooters sell a lot, and its the dominate genre right now, but if Ni No Kuni sales say anything, it’s more people want huge console RPG’s on Sony’s home console.

PS4 can turn Things Around 

I’m confident the PS4 can do some damage in Japan. From what we know now, the leaked specs of the system can do wonders for JRPGs . Open world RPGs like Final Fantasy versus XIII will benefit from the RAM and CPU upgrades. Square Enix should have some impressive looking games on the system as well. Hopefully we will see the return of Star Ocean to the PS4. Tales of Xillia helped spur PS3 sales in Japan, so more Tales games for the PS4 would be fantastic. Sony has to have some master plan they are not telling us about. I’m looking forward to February 20th, as Sony will unveil their next generation plans.

What do you guys think about Sony’s stance in Japan? Are they doing enough or not? Put them in the comments below. 

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  • Aiddon

    the Vita in general just hasn't been doing very well. Its first year numbers are WAY below the 3DS', mostly due to a lack of product for it and pricing. The latter issue is really problematic as Sony still loses money on the Vita and a price cut is out of the question due to that just compounding matters. The PS4 MIGHT help, but the thing is Sony has screwed up three hardware launches in a row so I can't see that really doing better than the PSP, PS3, or Vita. People bash on the Wii U, but we all KNOW there's going to be great games for it within the upcoming year so it seems to me that Sony's chances at retaking Japan are growing slimmer.

    • Furious Francis

      I have to agree, but I would seriously like some slick first party, Japanese style RPG on the Vita. I would buy one if they had more.

  • DarthDiggler

    Handhelds have been very popular in Japan for years. Sony hasn't found the right mix of Software to get the VITA moving in that region.

    • Furious Francis

      Doesn\’t seem like their trying that hard either.

  • LeTroll

    Eugh this sites design is terrible, so hard to read anything.

  • Dan

    Between now and the end of march Soul Sacrifice, Phantasy Star Online 2, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, Dead or Alive 5 alpha, Murasama, One Piece Musou 2, Atelier Meruru Plus, Tales of Hearts R and Pro Baseball Spirits (japan love there baseball games) as well as some more generic JRPGs are all coming out. If that's not trying to please the Japanese market, then i really don't know what else they can do.

    • Furious Francis

      Only one of those games are Sony first party. Sony could make some more games.

  • miyamoto

    not good