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Is this only happening in Japan? Because if it is they definitely underestimate its Japanese Audience.



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Jranation said:
Is this only happening in Japan? Because if it is they definitely underestimate its Japanese Audience.

There seem to be smaller shortages in other regions, especially selling out at some retailers. But not as bad as in Japan.



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It's had sporadic sell outs in Canada as well. Best Buy has nothing in stores anywhere near me, and was sold out online yesterday, though back in stock today. EB Games at one point had no stock in 90+% of its stores, and is currently sold out online. Walmart has nothing in store or online.



https://nintendosoup.com/japan-octopath-traveler-sees-large-restock-but-sells-out-in-a-day/

Restocked again, sold out again. Square is really not keeping up with this. I live in Japan and have not seen a physical copy in any of the ~20 stores I've been to since it released. I know of three other people here that just couldn't wait and downloaded it. Digital ratio will be higher for this for sure



It seems to sell out on and off on Amazon as well.

In any case, I think we will be seeing an Octopath Traveler 2 on Switch announced in the next year or so. At the very least another IP with similar appeal and properties. I would not be suprised if Nintendo put for the money for a sequel to keep it Switch exclusive as well.



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RingoGaSuki said:

https://nintendosoup.com/japan-octopath-traveler-sees-large-restock-but-sells-out-in-a-day/

Restocked again, sold out again. Square is really not keeping up with this. I live in Japan and have not seen a physical copy in any of the ~20 stores I've been to since it released. I know of three other people here that just couldn't wait and downloaded it. Digital ratio will be higher for this for sure

I was able to understand to Switch and PS4 shortages before since consoles have many components  but how hard can it be to produce cartridges and print the cover art for a game?

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RingoGaSuki said:

https://nintendosoup.com/japan-octopath-traveler-sees-large-restock-but-sells-out-in-a-day/

Restocked again, sold out again. Square is really not keeping up with this. I live in Japan and have not seen a physical copy in any of the ~20 stores I've been to since it released. I know of three other people here that just couldn't wait and downloaded it. Digital ratio will be higher for this for sure

I was able to understand to Switch and PS4 shortages before onsoles have many components  but how hard can it be to produce cartridges and print the cover art for a game?

It is a whole progress, they have an air tight shedule with no much room to wiggle, so when shortages happen they need to find Time/Room/workers/Extra delivers so all they can manage is a low amount 10/20k to minimize the extra costs.    During the Nes Era if you wanted an extra 10K of a game Nintendo said no, the extra cost made it not worth to print.






TruckOSaurus said:
RingoGaSuki said:

https://nintendosoup.com/japan-octopath-traveler-sees-large-restock-but-sells-out-in-a-day/

Restocked again, sold out again. Square is really not keeping up with this. I live in Japan and have not seen a physical copy in any of the ~20 stores I've been to since it released. I know of three other people here that just couldn't wait and downloaded it. Digital ratio will be higher for this for sure

I was able to understand to Switch and PS4 shortages before onsoles have many components  but how hard can it be to produce cartridges and print the cover art for a game?

It isn't easy to just make the cartridges and get them shipped. However a lot of this seems to be Square Enix being conservative in how many they make and ship to their Japanese retail partners. 

It may have to do with the Switch ' s game cards being more intensive or costly to have to make compared to discs or them being burned on the nostalgia market after failed attempts with Lost Sphear and the Secret of Mana remake this year. In either case much like Nier Automata they stumbled on a sleeper.



Amazing game and deserves to sell. I am loving it.



And yet it won't amount to anything. S-E and many other Devs see Nintendo platforms as the place to release niche or B-games. They will not even consider a mainline FF game, or KH3. Maybe the system cannot run these games, but this is also S-Es choice and made willingly so: they prioritize graphical fidelity at the expense of gameplay for a very long time now.

If a game does well, that is good. If a game does not do well, well we told you so games don't sell on Nintendo platforms.

If S-E wanted to be even a tiny bit more adventurous, they would at least have a Crystal Chronicles on the pipeline. Nope, not even that. Watch them re-release a couple of low key ports and call it a day.