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"... late Hiroshi Yamauchi, who passed away in 2013, had something to say about PlayStation’s Japanese gamers back in the day.

 ...flicking through old copies of the Gamers’ Republic magazine, Nintendo Life stumbled across a quote from the president of Nintendo. The snippet itself is talking about he planned to resign from his post in 2001 after being president of Nintendo since 1949. In the snippet, it details how he made headlines at the time for claiming that the N64 was less successful in its homeland than the PS1 because Japanese gamers “[like] to be alone in their rooms and play depressing games.”

It seems as if he much preferred the joyful, vibrant worlds that Nintendo created and wasn’t particularly pleased with how games were becoming more serious.

Hiroshi Yamauchi was known for his short temper and blunt comments about rival companies and their fanbase, you can learn more about him and these comments through this video from Larry Bundy Jr. The article itself also states that he would often pit internal teams against one another to promote competition"



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Damn that's kinda foul. How I interpreted that is that he's saying PlayStation 1 games are lonely and depressing. Wow! I mean the Nintendo 64 was the epitome of multiplayer gaming at that time, but PS1 had such a vast library of games that it's hard to even see if he had a point. I never saw this article before now.



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Top 10 sellings PS1 games in Japan:

1. Final Fantasy VII - depressing
2. Dragon Quest VII - distressing
3. Final Fantasy VIII - sad
4. Final Fantasy IX - joyless
5. Resident Evil 2 - hopeless
6. Gran Turismo - bleak
7. Hot Shots Golf - soul-crushing
8. Resident Evil - miserable
9. Derby Stallion - so depressing I've never heard of it
10. Gran Turismo 2 - Very Very Sad



Barkley said:

Top 10 sellings PS1 games in Japan:

1. Final Fantasy VII - depressing
2. Dragon Quest VII - distressing
3. Final Fantasy VIII - sad
4. Final Fantasy IX - joyless
5. Resident Evil 2 - hopeless
6. Gran Turismo - bleak
7. Hot Shots Golf - soul-crushing
8. Resident Evil - miserable
9. Derby Stallion - so depressing I've never heard of it
10. Gran Turismo 2 - Very Very Sad

so emo scene in japan happened in the 90s? during the fall out of the grunge era in the US... mmmmm 



 

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Barkley said:

Top 10 sellings PS1 games in Japan:

1. Final Fantasy VII - depressing
2. Dragon Quest VII - distressing
3. Final Fantasy VIII - sad
4. Final Fantasy IX - joyless
5. Resident Evil 2 - hopeless
6. Gran Turismo - bleak
7. Hot Shots Golf - soul-crushing
8. Resident Evil - miserable
9. Derby Stallion - so depressing I've never heard of it
10. Gran Turismo 2 - Very Very Sad

Derby Stallion is a jockey game. If horse races aren't depressing, then I don't know what is.



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Barkley said:

Top 10 sellings PS1 games in Japan:

1. Final Fantasy VII - depressing
2. Dragon Quest VII - distressing
3. Final Fantasy VIII - sad
4. Final Fantasy IX - joyless
5. Resident Evil 2 - hopeless
6. Gran Turismo - bleak
7. Hot Shots Golf - soul-crushing
8. Resident Evil - miserable
9. Derby Stallion - so depressing I've never heard of it
10. Gran Turismo 2 - Very Very Sad



Sounds like a reasonable conclusion, Crash Bandicoot has always been a tearjerker.



Or you know it could be...
-Far higher storage capacity of discs, plus their lower cost
-Less draconian licensing
-JRPGs

Yamauchi may have been a very successful businessman, but he was very greedy and very arrogant.



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Wman1996 said:
Or you know it could be...
-Far higher storage capacity of discs, plus their lower cost
-Less draconian licensing
-JRPGs

Yamauchi may have been a very successful businessman, but he was very greedy and very arrogant.

Agreed. You pretty much covered the main issues the N64 had against it in that gen.