I imagine what he considered 'depressing' differs greatly from what most consumers consider depressing. That, or he has no idea what he's talking about, I can't imagine him not having any idea, so it's probably his idea of depressing that differs.
Probably, he was implying that Japanese RPG fans who migrated to PS1 en masse were a bunch of hikikomori.
Nintendo's PR was notoriously salty during 5th gen. Nintendo of America wasn't much better, they were just quieter about it. I remember them trying to pass off games like MACE or Fighter's Destiny as being just as good as Virtua Fighter, Tekken, and Soul Blade.
But that was nothing compared to their salt over Final Fantasy VII, which pushed the PS1 into the lead in the US as it had in Japan (up until then the N64 was actually catching up in install base in the US). Quest 64, a thoroughly mediocre, bare-bones game in every way, was proudly touted as, "hey, we've got RPGs too!" Mother 3/Earthbound 64 was the great RPG hope of the N64, until it went deep into development hell and never escaped from it. They took a few swipes at FFVII itself as well in Nintendo Power, though they didn't have quite the same audience reach as the big boss in Japan did.Last edited by SanAndreasX - on 06 February 2020