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Japan Sales week 4, January 21 - 27 , 2019

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animegaming said:

Great opening for Kingdom Hearts and Resident Evil, both are fantastic games from what I have played so far so well deserve to both Square and Capcom.

PS4 did better then I expect, but yikes it only beat the Switch by only a couple hundred units on the week its two biggest games of the year released, this will probably the be the best weak for the PS4 until the holidays and last it will top the Switch period.

In fairness the average price of those ps4 sold was well above that of the switch this week. The Switch is still the hot new hardware yet the ps4 in it's 6th year is desperately in need of a price cut. It's as simple as that. 



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Nate4Drake said:
Kai_Mao said:

Even with Kingdom Hearts III and Resident Evil 2 Remake this week?

Yes, even with KH III and RE2...and this is a very disturbing signal for Japan.

Switch, with KH III and RE2 would have sold much much more units; this is how Japan has sadly turned, let me explain better; These games should push more hardware, and the fact they are not boosting that much is because Japan do not care about home consoles, but only portable from Nintendo. This is not denigrating Nintendo Switch, of course, It's a note for Japan, and many of them are missing out on a fantastic gaming experience, and the situation seems irreversible.  It is not PS4 doing bad in Japan, it's Japan which seems to be so close minded and even capable of ignoring a very good console like XBox, because IT IS a good console.     This is only my thought and perception, so please respect it.

The thing is, Japanese people spend very little time at home compared to the West. So it's not useful for them to spend a lot of money in a home console and a nice TV with it (TVs seem very expensive here btw), when they have F2P games on their phone, which is even more useful for all those who spend 2 hours on a train everyday.

 

Japanese society isn't a good fit for home consoles, and they developed a "better" alternative. So yes, the home console market became significantly smaller. 



Faelco said:
Nate4Drake said:

Yes, even with KH III and RE2...and this is a very disturbing signal for Japan.

Switch, with KH III and RE2 would have sold much much more units; this is how Japan has sadly turned, let me explain better; These games should push more hardware, and the fact they are not boosting that much is because Japan do not care about home consoles, but only portable from Nintendo. This is not denigrating Nintendo Switch, of course, It's a note for Japan, and many of them are missing out on a fantastic gaming experience, and the situation seems irreversible.  It is not PS4 doing bad in Japan, it's Japan which seems to be so close minded and even capable of ignoring a very good console like XBox, because IT IS a good console.     This is only my thought and perception, so please respect it.

The thing is, Japanese people spend very little time at home compared to the West. So it's not useful for them to spend a lot of money in a home console and a nice TV with it (TVs seem very expensive here btw), when they have F2P games on their phone, which is even more useful for all those who spend 2 hours on a train everyday.

 

Japanese society isn't a good fit for home consoles, and they developed a "better" alternative. So yes, the home console market became significantly smaller. 

So would you say it's less of a "we dont like home consoles" and more of a "we dont have time for home consoles" situation?



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Nate4Drake said:
Kai_Mao said:

Even with Kingdom Hearts III and Resident Evil 2 Remake this week?

Yes, even with KH III and RE2...and this is a very disturbing signal for Japan.

Switch, with KH III and RE2 would have sold much much more units; this is how Japan has sadly turned, let me explain better; These games should push more hardware, and the fact they are not boosting that much is because Japan do not care about home consoles, but only portable from Nintendo. This is not denigrating Nintendo Switch, of course, It's a note for Japan, and many of them are missing out on a fantastic gaming experience, and the situation seems irreversible.  It is not PS4 doing bad in Japan, it's Japan which seems to be so close minded and even capable of ignoring a very good console like XBox, because IT IS a good console.     This is only my thought and perception, so please respect it.

That's fine. The PS4 situation in Japan is likely more of a cultural/socioeconomic situation than anything. Japan is different compared to the US, obviously, in that department and they tend to put their focus on different aspects of technology accordingly. The Switch is thriving thanks to the portability aspect of the console, plus the fact it has the type of games that keeps the momentum going even compared to the Vita, which had a pretty good life, despite losing to the 3DS by a significant margin, in Japan, all things considered.

But you could also say people in Europe are missing out on some of the best Nintendo games that they have developed in recent years as the Switch audience in Europe are still lagging behind compared to Japan and NA. Things just happen. There are a multitude of factors that affect a console's sales projections in a certain region.



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zorg1000 said:
Faelco said:

The thing is, Japanese people spend very little time at home compared to the West. So it's not useful for them to spend a lot of money in a home console and a nice TV with it (TVs seem very expensive here btw), when they have F2P games on their phone, which is even more useful for all those who spend 2 hours on a train everyday.

 

Japanese society isn't a good fit for home consoles, and they developed a "better" alternative. So yes, the home console market became significantly smaller. 

So would you say it's less of a "we dont like home consoles" and more of a "we dont have time for home consoles" situation?

Yup, busy work and school schedules (they only have Sunday's off for school in fact) along with public transportation like bus's and trains being a thriving industry in Japan, is how mobile and handhelds dominate over there. Hell apartments are pretty small in Japan to the point it might tough to set a entertainment center with a big TV and a home console. 



animegaming said:

Yup, busy work and school schedules (they only have Sunday's off for school in fact) along with public transportation like bus's and trains being a thriving industry in Japan, is how mobile and handhelds dominate over there. Hell apartments are pretty small in Japan to the point it might tough to set a entertainment center with a big TV and a home console. 

Uh this really sucks



Keybladewielder said:
animegaming said:

Yup, busy work and school schedules (they only have Sunday's off for school in fact) along with public transportation like bus's and trains being a thriving industry in Japan, is how mobile and handhelds dominate over there. Hell apartments are pretty small in Japan to the point it might tough to set a entertainment center with a big TV and a home console. 

Uh this really sucks

And their government wonders why young people aren't interest in dating, sex, marriage, or kids. 



animegaming said:
zorg1000 said:

So would you say it's less of a "we dont like home consoles" and more of a "we dont have time for home consoles" situation?

Yup, busy work and school schedules (they only have Sunday's off for school in fact) along with public transportation like bus's and trains being a thriving industry in Japan, is how mobile and handhelds dominate over there. Hell apartments are pretty small in Japan to the point it might tough to set a entertainment center with a big TV and a home console. 

And I might be wrong, but I have the feeling that TVs are a more expensive in Japan! I started to look to buy a new TV or a projector, and everytime I find one recommended by a western reviews website with the Amazon FR or US price given, if I look on Amazon JP it's a lot more expensive. Like 110,000 yens (around 900 euros) instead of around 600 euros for a projector I saw last week...

It makes the investment for an entertainment center even less worth it if you can't use it a lot... 



I hope to hear more original games (i.e., not ports) from the big developers like Capcom, Square, Namco Bandai, Koei Tecmo, etc. being announced for Switch this year and moving forward. No more excuses or tests. We have close to two years of great Switch sales. Software sales are increasing. Octopath Traveler shows that you can have a successful third party game when you put in the effort in making a quality game and market the game appropriately. I know we have games like SMT V, Super Robot Wars T, Super Dragon Ball Heroes (not sure if its an enhanced port of the 3DS game or not), Yokai Watch 4, and Daemon x Machina (developed by Marvelous), but I think there's more potential for the big third party Japanese devs to invest in other than ports. Series like Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Soul Calibur, Resident Evil, etc., can find success on the Switch if given a chance.