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MrT-Tar said:

Both DQVIII and IX sold more in EMEAA than in the Americas:


Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (DS)
0.41 4.34 0.67 5.42
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)
Square Enix
0.63 3.68 0.69 5.00

Pokemon was massive here in Europe as well.

It's generally a vicious cycle with JRPGs in Europe, games don't get released, so people guess there isn't a market for them, leading to less being released.  This cycle is less true now, due to the successes of games like FFVII and Pokemon.

For example, during the 16bit era, Europe didn't get any of these SNES RPGS:

Final Fantasies IV - VI

Dragon Quest V and VI

All Fire Emblems

Ogre Battle MotBQ

Tactics Ogre

Seiken Densetsu 3


Super Mario RPG

Chrono Trigger

Tales of Phantasia

Bahamut Lagoon


During the 5th gen, things got a little bit better, however Europe still missed out on:

Tactics Ogre port

Chrono Trigger port

Tales of Phantasia port

Tales of Destiny

Tales of Eternia

Dragon Quest VII

Valkyrie Profile

All Arc the Lad

Ogre Battle 64

Chrono Cross


By the 6th and 7th gens, Europe gets most RPGs that are localised to the US, however last gen we still didn't get these:

Radiant Historia

Baten Kaitos Origins

Tales of the Abyss

Tales of Destiny remake

Magical Vacation

Some of the Xenosaga games

I'm not sure why the text got smaller and smaller, but...

Maybe the issue is brand recognition. If the brand is well-known (or well-advertised, you should know how many adverts there were here in the UK for DQIX...), then it'll sell well. However, unestablished brands and new ventures into the market find either short term success, like Tri, or none at all. 

Golden Sun has already been mentioned, but what about, say, Tri? Have you seen this week's sales?

Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)
41 1,499 315,972

Now, that may not look too bad, but go back only a couple weeks, and look at the sales, only 970 one week, and I believe 1 week not too long ago it didn't even reach 10 sales in EMEAA! 

So this lack of long-term support is no doubt dettering developers and publishers alike, hence the lack of these games and other ones you mentioned in the UK. Which is sad


Here lies the dearly departed Nintendomination Thread.