In my never-ending struggle to get hard-headed Western gamers to realize there is a world outside the good ol’ U.S. of A., here’s another entry in the “JRPGs are still highly popular everywhere but here” journal. Famitsu released their latest list of most wanted titles, with the top two being none other than Dragon Quest X, which we know so little about at this point, and Tales of Xillia.
Looking at the list (after the break), you’ll notice that exactly half of the top 20 titles Japanese players are most looking forward to are JRPGs. The other half are still Japanese-developed titles like Mario Kart 3D, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Yakuza: Of the End and The Last Guardian. I can almost guarantee you that if EGM or Game Informer did a similar list, not a single one of these titles (except maybe something out of Nintendo) would be in the top 20. Instead, you’ll see games like Mass Effect 3, Uncharted 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Gears of War 3, Diablo III and stuff along those lines. How many “three” games are there, anyway?
I’m not denying the different attitude toward various genres that exist between the East and the West, I’m just trying to pound it into people’s heads that Japanese games are not in trouble – not by a long shot. Japanese RPGs are still probably the most played and highest selling titles in Japan and other Asian countries. So there!
- Dragon Quest X (Wii)
- Tales of Xillia (PS3)
- Final Fantasy Type-0 (PSP)
- Final Fantasy Versus XIII (PS3)
- Fotokano: Picture Girlfriend (PSP)
- Metal Gear Solid: Rising (PS3)
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)
- Yakuza: Of the End (PS3)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (3DS)
- Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (PS3)
- Mario Kart 3D (3DS)
- Tiny Battlers (PSP)
- The Last Guardian (PS3)
- Tales of the Abyss (3DS)
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
- Akiba’s Trip (PSP)
- Queen’s Gate: Spiral Chaos (PSP)
- Resident Evil Revelations (3DS)
- Dragon’s Dogma (PS3)
- Dark Souls (PS3)