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Will Youkai Watch Succeed In The U.S. of A?

Success! 46 38.98%
 
Failure :( 25 21.19%
 
Meh... 38 32.20%
 
Pokemon Z! 9 7.63%
 
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RingoGaSuki said:
It really depends on how popular the anime gets. If it works, the games will be popular, if not, they're going to flop veeerrrry hard.


It might just be me growing up or something but the Anime didn't really catch my interest. I watched some subbed episodes but I just couldn't get into it. Like I said, maybe kids will love it. I hope the Anime does well enough to capture consumer interest or like you said, it'll flop like a Magikarp.



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Ljink96 said:
Mystro-Sama said:
Its possible. I'm pretty sure a lot of persons doubted Pokemon before its debut in the west.


Very much so but remember, we were in the 90's. JRPGs and Anime were running wild at the time. That set the stage for Pokemon. I just don't think it has the same qualities of Pokemon that made the original so enjoyable.


The "mon" genre most popular representatives were Shin Megami tensei back then, thus Pokemon had nothing to do with popular animes/JRPGs at the time. JRPGs were all about the art of storytelling which was really kicking off in video games which made their success at the time (and pokemon story was ... meh) and popular animes were either DBZ/Sailor Moon for kids or scifi for teenagers (so nothing to do with Pokemon again).

Pokemon came as an UFO. Yokai Watch aesthethics are much less new or exciting, so I expect a decent success but nothing groundbreaking.



It's hard to say. Youkai Watch is far more "Japanese" than Pokemon. Most of the Youkai Watch monsters are directly lifted from Japanese folklore. That might not mean much, though, as kids in the west might just assume they're just really weird designs.

The Youkai Watch anime isn't quite as battle-centric as the Pokemon anime, either. It's more about the kid solving problems with and for spirits and youkai, plus a good deal of comedy.

I don't think it will be a massive success but, as with anything, it's going to depend on how much money they're willing to pour into marketing.



twintail said:
it's an extremely simplified Pokemon game that is designed for elementary kids.
that is why there is little hype on forums.


Kinda what I guessed but the same thing could have been said about Pokemon in the 90's when we were kids and we loved it and still do. Maybe it'll be this generation's Pokemon or something. And I'm being optimistic here, hoping that it'll take off like Pokemon like Nintendo is hoping but I just don't see it happening sadly.



I just can't see it doing well. Pokemon had just the right conditions to become popular (and IMO is a far better franchise). It also doesn't help that it will have much more competition, for one thing it will have to compete with Pokemon which will be hard enough, but there are other games that have become a huge hit with children (Minecraft) that will get their attention ahead of a newcomer.



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pokoko said:
It's hard to say. Youkai Watch is far more "Japanese" than Pokemon. Most of the Youkai Watch monsters are directly lifted from Japanese folklore. That might not mean much, though, as kids in the west might just assume they're just really weird designs.

The Youkai Watch anime isn't quite as battle-centric as the Pokemon anime, either. It's more about the kid solving problems with and for spirits and youkai, plus a good deal of comedy.

I don't think it will be a massive success but, as with anything, it's going to depend on how much money they're willing to pour into marketing.


Yeah, yeah, that's what I was getting at. That cultural barrier is very high for this game. Kids in Japan understand it, but it's like American kids will be confused as hell and it'll go right over their heads. To be honest, I don't even think Marketing can make this game a success in US. Like I said, I'll give it a go just to see what it's like but...you know.



Most likely, yeah.

Hopefully, it doesn't flop as bad as something like Code Name Steam.



"Just for comparison Uncharted 4 was 20x bigger than Splatoon 2. This shows the huge difference between Sony's first-party games and Nintendo's first-party games."

With a strong Marketing, no.
That said, i doubt can be massive, but a flop? Nah...



I won't flop and it won't be the new Pokemon.



Ljink96 said:
twintail said:
it's an extremely simplified Pokemon game that is designed for elementary kids.
that is why there is little hype on forums.


Kinda what I guessed but the same thing could have been said about Pokemon in the 90's when we were kids and we loved it and still do. Maybe it'll be this generation's Pokemon or something. And I'm being optimistic here, hoping that it'll take off like Pokemon like Nintendo is hoping but I just don't see it happening sadly.


There is always that chance, for its designed for that young of an audience in mind. But I think the western world is a different place than then, especially in regards to anime.  I personally dont see the anime having that much of an effect like it did in Japan. But, to answer the original question about the lack of hype, I am sure its because the ppl who use forums mostly just dont care. will be interesting to see how it does though.