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What's up with all the niche JRPG titles that have been coming out?
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The niche devs are the only ones still releasing games every few years.
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Fayt23 posted...hijokaiden posted...saber262 posted...The genre is niche to begin with.
Besides FF, and KH what RPG's are considered blockbusters from the past decade? Sure, we got great titles on the ps2 like Xenosaga, Dark Cloud, .Hack, Valkyrie Profile 2, rouge galaxy, etc, but most people probably have never even heard of them. Developers don't have the luxury this gen to spend resources in making those quality games when they are only projected to sell 500k-1mil. Consider ourselves fortunate that we are still getting Tales as that studio isn't doing well financially.
Yes it has. JRPGs have always been a niche genre. Unless you are talking about Japan? Anime troupes, the fanservice etc. Always has been there. The fans of the genre just speak so loud and in volumes that you think its really mainstream when its clearly not. If you look at how many JRPGs churn out for the handhelds and stuff in Japan and see how we barely even get the majority of what they get in US and other territories just proves the genre is niche here. It just seems people are finally noticing this now, since the majority of JRPGs have flocked to handhelds and WRPGs have started to become the next best thing since slice bread for console owners now.
I think you're a bit confused here buddy, and have no clue what you're talking about. First and foremost, you start off by disagreeing that JRPG's have become niche this generation, claiming that they were always niche. Then at the end of your post you say that JRPG's in Japan have recently changed to become niche. Do you realize that you contradicted the entire point of your post? Is there something seriously wrong with you or what? You then mention that JRPG's get lower sales now than before. Further contradicting the entire point of why you responded to that guy. *Face palm*.
Look, no one said that JRPG's have not had niche games in the past. What do you think you're arguing, exactly? Do you think that others think that every single JRPG ever released has been a top selling title? What the hell is wrong with you? The point is not that niche JRPG's have recently appeared, the point is that the genre as a whole has recently become almost entirely niche, for the first time since the mid 90's or so. Do you get it? Do you speak English?
Let's look at some facts:
Final Fantasy 7: 10 million copies sold worldwide (Best selling JRPG of all time).
Final Fantasy 8: 8 million copies sold
Final Fantasy 10: 8 million copies sold
Final Fantasy 13: 6 million copies sold (only top selling JRPG this gen probably).
Kingdom Hearts: 5 million copies sold
Dragon Quest 8: 4 million copies sold
Seeing a pattern here? The pattern is that in the past JRPG's were not a niche GENRE, and multiple games sold far more than the most successful JRPG this gen, FF13. And that game is considered a failure anyway since it can't even match PS1 sales, and was a highly divisive game, whether you like it or not. So JRPG's only became niche THIS gen. Get it genius?
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I don't understand why they still have the Atelier series when they aren't even all that. Especially the monstrosity that just came out, Ni no Kuni. Overall, not a bad game but felt like a niche title.
Because good games. Also, all that.