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For me the Japan case is more on the type of game than where it was made. So keeping DKC and similar cases doesn't really help you have a clear idea.

I though CoD, Fifa, TLOU and UC had decent sales over there.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

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DonFerrari said:
For me the Japan case is more on the type of game than where it was made. So keeping DKC and similar cases doesn't really help you have a clear idea.

I though CoD, Fifa, TLOU and UC had decent sales over there.

Not really.

For a long time Konami had the exclusive rights to the J League and all Japanese teams for their Winning Eleven series, so that's probably a big part of the reason why. I believe Japan is the only country in which Winning Eleven would consistently outsell FIFA.



Ka-pi96 said:
DonFerrari said:
For me the Japan case is more on the type of game than where it was made. So keeping DKC and similar cases doesn't really help you have a clear idea.

I though CoD, Fifa, TLOU and UC had decent sales over there.

Not really.

For a long time Konami had the exclusive rights to the J League and all Japanese teams for their Winning Eleven series, so that's probably a big part of the reason why. I believe Japan is the only country in which Winning Eleven would consistently outsell FIFA.

Understood. I believed that even though PES (Winning Eleven) sold better over there it would still have decent sales (does MLB have decent sales over there or lack of J-League also makes it a no go for Japan?)



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

DonFerrari said:
Ka-pi96 said:

Not really.

For a long time Konami had the exclusive rights to the J League and all Japanese teams for their Winning Eleven series, so that's probably a big part of the reason why. I believe Japan is the only country in which Winning Eleven would consistently outsell FIFA.

Understood. I believed that even though PES (Winning Eleven) sold better over there it would still have decent sales (does MLB have decent sales over there or lack of J-League also makes it a no go for Japan?)

Don't know about MLB. I don't have any interest in Baseball myself. Although I do know we have some Japanese baseball games. Jikkyou something that I've seen on the PS Store a bunch of times so I'd assume those kind of games sell more.



Nice to see not one but four Donkey Kong Country games in the top 6. Well deserved, it's an amazing series.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

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curl-6 said:

Nice to see not one but four Donkey Kong Country games in the top 6. Well deserved, it's an amazing series.

They are great games that deserve their sales. The only problem for me is that I do consider them "japanese games" even though not made in Japan.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

The Top 20 games are now all included.

I know some of you were hoping to see more purely Western games represented, so perhaps you'll be happy to see Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Battlefield, Crash Bandicoot, and Just Dance now being listed.

For those of you who feel that Donkey Kong Country isn't a Western game, I have a question. Is The Last of Us Western? It may have been originally conceived by Westerners, but it is owned by a Japanese publisher. Does it still count?

I'm going to find the rest of the Japanese box art and add the last few games with over half a million sales later. Until then!



Love and tolerate.

Salnax said:

The Top 20 games are now all included.

I know some of you were hoping to see more purely Western games represented, so perhaps you'll be happy to see Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Battlefield, Crash Bandicoot, and Just Dance now being listed.

For those of you who feel that Donkey Kong Country isn't a Western game, I have a question. Is The Last of Us Western? It may have been originally conceived by Westerners, but it is owned by a Japanese publisher. Does it still count?

I'm going to find the rest of the Japanese box art and add the last few games with over half a million sales later. Until then!

Yes for me TLOU count as western not only because ND is western but because the type and style of game is very much in line with western developed titles instead of ones developed in Japan, while for me DKC is very much on similar vein of Mario at the time they were made (sure they gone for realism, but the type and philosophy of the game for me if not knowing it was made by Rare I would guess Nintendo).



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

DKC is Western.
Not only were all 5 main entries developed either in the United Kingdom or the United States, but they're distinctly different in tone and style from Japanese developed platformers of the time like the 2D Marios of the same era. They don't look or feel like Japanese games.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Salnax said:

The Top 20 games are now all included.

I know some of you were hoping to see more purely Western games represented, so perhaps you'll be happy to see Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Battlefield, Crash Bandicoot, and Just Dance now being listed.

For those of you who feel that Donkey Kong Country isn't a Western game, I have a question. Is The Last of Us Western? It may have been originally conceived by Westerners, but it is owned by a Japanese publisher. Does it still count?

I'm going to find the rest of the Japanese box art and add the last few games with over half a million sales later. Until then!

By that logic Tomb Raider and Alien Isolation would be Japanese rather than western too.

I'd say that all of those are definitely western regardless of where the publisher may reside.