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Can we get an up-to-date Fairy Tail console game now? *spoilers, obviously*

#1RollerBobPosted 7/25/2013 6:57:01 AM
(I don't think I'm breaking any rule by making a topic on an anime-based video game on the Anime and Manga board of GameFAQs.)

I mean, come on, One Piece has gotten current gen console games, Bleach has gotten current gen console games, Dragonball Z has gotten current gen console games, Naruto has gotten current gen console games...

Fairy Tail? Only 2 DS games and 4 PSP games... which never made it stateside because the anime wasn't dubbed yet, and absolutely no console games (please note that I'm splitting consoles and handhelds into two categories here). I don't wanna sound like a whiner, but I believe Fairy Tail has enough steam to get at least one console game, be for PS3/X360/Wii U or for PS4/XBO.

I always wanted a Fairy Tail fighting game, similar to how other shounen animes focus on duels, either as an ASW-like 2d fighter, like BlazBlue and P4A, or a CyberConnect2-like 3d fighter, like Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm or Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle.

Give me this roster:
(Fairy Tail members and other protagonists)
Natsu Dragneel
Lucy Heartfilia
Gray Fullbuster
Erza Scarlet
Wendy Marvell
Elfman Strauss
Gajeel Redfox
Juvia Loxar
Cana Alberona
Mirajane Strauss
Laxus Dreyar
Jellal "Mystogan" Fernandes* (Grand Magic Games version)
Pantherlily
Makarov Dreyar
Gildarts Clive
Jura Neekis
Lyon Vastia
(original character)

(Antagonists/Rivals, spanning multiple arcs)
Erigor
Jose Porla
Zeref-possessed Jellal Fernandes* (Tower of Heaven version)
Cobra
Brain/Zero
Erza Knightwalker
Faust
Ultear Milkovich
Hades
Bacchus
Kagura Mikazuchi
Sting Eucliffe
Rogue Cheney
Minerva Orland
Future Rogue Cheney
Zeref
(original character 1st form)
(original character 2nd form)

* I had in mind two radically different movesets

As for story:
After the Grand Magic Games, Team Natsu goes on a job to retrieve a clock-shaped artifact from thieves. They do so (violently, as usual) and bring the clock back to the guild. To their surprise, the clock activates and sends a huge radiation wave of chronal energy. Natsu wakes up to find that he's on a train rooftop, alone. The train looks a lot like when he fought Erigor, but doesn't trigger his infamous motion sickness. The sky is also greenish in color, like being stuck in Limbo. As he investigates further, he finds the rest of his team, other FT members and other wizards as well, but other characters that have been defeated in the past. They soon realize that the clock is making them fight their biggest past battles, like they are going back in time. What they also realize is that 2 unknown wizards have been dragged in: a time mage who wishes nothing more than to obtain the clock to boost his magic and a young multi-elementalist who wishes to stop the time mage and thus teams up with Natsu.

That's... the only way I could find to have both the post-timeskip characters AND pre-timeskip characters without having to get 2 different versions for each.

Nonetheless, that would be a nice game to have on consoles.
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#22Dover3DPosted 7/25/2013 6:57:50 AM
You're going to get handheld games and like it
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#3masked_yazooPosted 7/25/2013 7:03:27 AM
From this day... I'm still wishing for a Fairy Tail H-game.
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#4CreekCoPosted 7/25/2013 7:10:27 AM
2Dover3D posted...
You're going to get handheld games and like it


Hahaha that's probably true.
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#5LewdLeftoversPosted 7/25/2013 7:16:53 AM(edited)
2Dover3D posted...
You're going to get handheld games and you're going to like it

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#62Dover3DPosted 7/25/2013 7:20:29 AM
Seriously though, even if they make a console game it'll just be Vita port like the recent One Piece, DBZ and Jump games... so it still gonna be a handheld game.
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#7Look over therePosted 7/25/2013 7:55:43 AM
I'm curious; why do you think that Fairy Tail has sufficient steam for someone to invest the equivalent of multiple millions USD in making a console game?
#8RollerBob(Topic Creator)Posted 7/25/2013 9:25:25 AM
2Dover3D posted...
You're going to get handheld games and like it

*sees the username*

Oh boy, this is gonna be fun... _;

2Dover3D posted...
Seriously though, even if they make a console game it'll just be Vita port like the recent One Piece, DBZ and Jump games... so it still gonna be a handheld game.

The latest FT game, Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening, is outdated, both story-wise and graphic-wise. Instead of just porting it to a handheld, especially one that has troubles selling, a brand new HD console game would be a better option.

Beside, if One Piece, Dragonball, Bleach and Naruto got console games recently, I really don't see why Fairy Tail shouldn't get one at this point.

Look over there posted...
I'm curious; why do you think that Fairy Tail has sufficient steam for someone to invest the equivalent of multiple millions USD in making a console game?

The manga is still going and the anime will be returning soon, not to mention that both are popular. Why NOT make a console game?

No FT game spanned the entire series in terms of content and characters, no FT game made it on a console and no FT game made it stateside.

I said "ASW" because I like the games, but give a FT game design to CyberConnect2 and they'll turn it into a love letter for fans like they did with Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. (Ok, fine, an 80-character roster with little balance wasn't good per se, but still, it is a good game that represents the anime very well and that fans will like.)

BTW, if a game like Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle was able to being developed, why not a FT game?
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#9CrushDavisPosted 7/25/2013 9:28:00 AM
RollerBob posted...
2Dover3D posted...
Seriously though, even if they make a console game it'll just be Vita port like the recent One Piece, DBZ and Jump games... so it still gonna be a handheld game.

The latest FT game, Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening, is outdated, both story-wise and graphic-wise. Instead of just porting it to a handheld, especially one that has troubles selling, a brand new HD console game would be a better option.

Beside, if One Piece, Dragonball, Bleach and Naruto got console games recently, I really don't see why Fairy Tail shouldn't get one at this point.


My point is those new games you're talking about are mainly based on the Vita hardware and ported to consoles (like One Piece Pirate Warriors is based on Vita hardware then ported to PS3, so it got a release on both systems).

And the simple answer is because the magazine Fairy Tail is in doesn't do console games. Its just not their thing... especially for a series that doesn't currently have an anime.
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#10Look over therePosted 7/25/2013 10:44:19 AM
The anime had bad ratings and disc sales. What's the evidence to suggest that it's 'popular'? And don't bother citing the return of the anime; the only logical reason we can surmise for that given what we know is that Kodansha's pushing its one leading star from Weekly Shounen Magazine.

As for the manga, its latest volume sold ~366k after 3 weeks, then disappeared from the Oricon charts. In the context of the manga industry overall, that is actually very popular. But let's get this out of the way. You cited One Piece, Dragonball, Naruto, Bleach, and JoJo's.
One Piece has a fanbase that buys like 2.5 million after 3 weeks. The general population of Japan knows of it.
Dragonball is a legend with a lifetime average of mid to high 3 million per volume.
Naruto sells ~900k-1 million after 3 weeks.
Bleach nowadays gets to low 500k after 3 weeks, then disappears. When its last console game came out, Bleach was at the mid to high 600k after 3 weeks range.
So these are series with significantly larger established fanbases to sell to.

JoJo's is the closest comparison before we get to other factors.
The latest JoJolion volume got to 423k after 3 weeks.
Don't know what the recent TV series' ratings were, but I presume that it was a late night series. We know that the disc sales were fantastic for it (FSA knows the numbers).
Magazine exposure factor. JoJo's ran in WSJ for roughly a decade and a half before getting moved up to Ultra Jump. The bulk of which taking place in an excellent period for WSJ, where it dominated in market share. Plenty of eyeballs have been exposed to JoJo's over the decades.
Fairy Tail runs in Weekly Shounen Magazine. Its circulation is slightly more than half of WSJ's nowadays. That's a significant disadvantage in terms of a more casual audience (and/or young boys who are fine with not buying the volumes) who would have familiarity with the brand from just being in the magazine.

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TLDR: The thing is, the other examples you cite have established larger fanbases (most of them significantly so) to sell a game to.
You would be better served to find a less popular franchise that got a recent console game to use as an example. "That got a game, and Fairy Tail's more popular than that, so why not?"

Don't forget that console games of recent generation cost at least 7 digits of USD to make, with the non-budget stuff sitting comfortably in the 8 digits.