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Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 is releasing in 2018 for PS4 and Vita in Japan.  Personally, I think Konami is missing an opportunity here.  This game would benefit from a release on Nintendo Switch in the West in my opinion.  Before, I get my head inevitably bitten off for blatant port pegging, please hear me out.  MLB Power Pros saw it's best sales in the West on the Nintendo Wii:

PosGamePlatformYearGenrePublisherNorth AmericaEuropeJapanRest of WorldGlobal
1 MLB Power Pros Wii 2007 Sports Konami Digital Entertainment 0.23 0.00 0.04 0.02 0.29
2 MLB Power Pros 2008 PS2 2008 Sports Konami Digital Entertainment 0.05 0.04 0.05 0.01 0.15
3 MLB Power Pros 2008 Wii 2008 Sports Konami Digital Entertainment 0.11 0.00 0.01 0.01 0.13
4 MLB Power Pros PS2 2007 Sports Konami Digital Entertainment 0.00 0.00 0.11 0.00 0.11
5 MLB Power Pros 2008 DS 2008 Sports Take-Two Interactive 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.07
Total0.450.040.210.050.75

The Play Station has MLB The Show for baseball fans, so it makes sense for Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball not to be ported over to the West on a platform where it would be massively over shadowed by a serious baseball sim.  The Nintendo Switch currently only has RBI Baseball 2017 to satisfy any baseball cravings, and the game is beyond terrible.  I bought it in spite of the reviews, and I do regret it.  MLB Power Pros on Nintendo Wii was a very fun game and would easily put RBI Baseball to shame.  I actually think that sales of an MLB Power Pros on Nintendo Switch in the West at the very least would match whatever sales Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 will likely do in Japan: 

PosGamePlatformYearGenrePublisherNorth AmericaEuropeJapanRest of WorldGlobal
1 Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 PSV 2016 Sports Konami Digital Entertainment 0.00 0.00 0.24 0.00 0.24
2 Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 PS4 2016 Sports Konami Digital Entertainment 0.00 0.00 0.22 0.00 0.22
3 Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 PS3 2016 Sports Konami Digital Entertainment 0.00 0.00 0.13 0.00 0.13

So, why pass on the extra sales?  It's not like it's an RPG that would require heavy work on translation.  Konami is already pleased with the sales of Super Bomberman R on Nintendo Switch.  I think they have a good opportunity to capture some easy sales on Nintendo Switch if they were to port over Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 to the West.  It's something that I think merits consideration.  What do you think?

 



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Does it even having MLB licensing though? Assuming it's not bought up exclusively by Sony already, would the cost of buying those licences even cover the small number of sales it would get? And with only Japanese licences it surely hasn't got a chance right?



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Ka-pi96 said:
Does it even having MLB licensing though? Assuming it's not bought up exclusively by Sony already, would the cost of buying those licences even cover the small number of sales it would get? And with only Japanese licences it surely hasn't got a chance right?

This is a big problem: as impressive as The Show is, MVP Baseball was better.

EA lost the license, and the latter died out immediately and entirely.



Ka-pi96 said:
Does it even having MLB licensing though? Assuming it's not bought up exclusively by Sony already, would the cost of buying those licences even cover the small number of sales it would get? And with only Japanese licences it surely hasn't got a chance right?

The Western ports in 2007 and 2008 did have the MLB licensing.  Sales of the first MLB Power Pros had to have been considered good enough to warrant the sequel a year later.  Sales of the sequel were lower, and therefore no Western ports have been done since.  If the quarter of a million sales of MLB Power Pros on the Wii justified its licensing deal (enough to greenlight a sequel), I'm sure a Nintendo Switch port could do the same.  I'm not saying that an annual release would succeed, but I think a one off would do quite well, now while the Switch is hot and the install base is growing.  Plus, the sports game landscape on the Switch is somewhat barren at the moment which adds even more to the opportunity.  Look how well a quirky/unique game like Golf Story on Nintendo Switch has been received (well deserved, I might add).



Mandalore76 said:
Ka-pi96 said:
Does it even having MLB licensing though? Assuming it's not bought up exclusively by Sony already, would the cost of buying those licences even cover the small number of sales it would get? And with only Japanese licences it surely hasn't got a chance right?

The Western ports in 2007 and 2008 did have the MLB licensing.  Sales of the first MLB Power Pros had to have been considered good enough to warrant the sequel a year later.  Sales of the sequel were lower, and therefore no Western ports have been done since.  If the quarter of a million sales of MLB Power Pros on the Wii justified its licensing deal (enough to greenlight a sequel), I'm sure a Nintendo Switch port could do the same.  I'm not saying that an annual release would succeed, but I think a one off would do quite well, now while the Switch is hot and the install base is growing.  Plus, the sports game landscape on the Switch is somewhat barren at the moment which adds even more to the opportunity.  Look how well a quirky/unique game like Golf Story on Nintendo Switch has been received (well deserved, I might add).

Considering the Japanese release would have happened anyway we don't know for sure if that was enough to justify a sequel. Could have been a 2 year licence deal in the first place as well, so they didn't need to pay again to release the sequel.

Besides, things have no doubt changed in the almost 10 years since then. The licence surely costs more now than it did back then, especially if Sony are involved. Insidb mentioned that EA lost the licence, that probably means Sony getting involved put the price too high for EA to continue, or that Sony outright bought exclusivity of the licence (or that EA didn't consider it worth it for the sales they got anymore, but that's very much related to the price of it still). Any of those possibilities would be an issue for Konami.



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Insidb said:
Ka-pi96 said:
Does it even having MLB licensing though? Assuming it's not bought up exclusively by Sony already, would the cost of buying those licences even cover the small number of sales it would get? And with only Japanese licences it surely hasn't got a chance right?

This is a big problem: as impressive as The Show is, MVP Baseball was better.

EA lost the license, and the latter died out immediately and entirely.

But, I don't think the MLB licensing with Sony is an exclusive deal (not like the way the NFL is with EA for example).  2K had a licensing deal with the MLB for its 2KMLB series, that 2K decided not to renew on their own.  



Mandalore76 said:
Insidb said:

This is a big problem: as impressive as The Show is, MVP Baseball was better.

EA lost the license, and the latter died out immediately and entirely.

But, I don't think the MLB licensing with Sony is an exclusive deal (not like the way the NFL is with EA for example).  2K had a licensing deal with the MLB for its 2KMLB series, that 2K decided not to renew on their own.  

The MLB license is exclusive; hence, you don't see any MLB games on any other systems.



Insidb said:
Mandalore76 said:

But, I don't think the MLB licensing with Sony is an exclusive deal (not like the way the NFL is with EA for example).  2K had a licensing deal with the MLB for its 2KMLB series, that 2K decided not to renew on their own.  

The MLB license is exclusive; hence, you don't see any MLB games on any other systems.

To be fair that might also be due to the very limited demand for MLB games. Hard to say for sure whether it's exclusive or not unless somebody else is actually making baseball games for the US but can't get the licence.



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Ka-pi96 said:
Insidb said:

The MLB license is exclusive; hence, you don't see any MLB games on any other systems.

To be fair that might also be due to the very limited demand for MLB games. Hard to say for sure whether it's exclusive or not unless somebody else is actually making baseball games for the US but can't get the licence.

It is, but it previously wasn't (until 04-05); I was infuriated when they made the change.



Insidb said:
Ka-pi96 said:

To be fair that might also be due to the very limited demand for MLB games. Hard to say for sure whether it's exclusive or not unless somebody else is actually making baseball games for the US but can't get the licence.

It is, but it previously wasn't (until 04-05); I was infuriated when they made the change.

04-05? The OP clearly shows somebody other than Sony has had the licence since then though. In 07/08 to be precise.



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