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Japan: Blue Dragon bigger than Zelda, MGS4

It's windy and cold outside Fanboy Towers today, and we're betting it's a cold day in Hell, too. First, EA's Superman Returns demo is actually good, and now an Xbox 360 game is in the top 5 on Famitsu's most wanted list. Blue Dragon has landed in 3rd place on the recent poll, outdoing both Metal Gear Solid 4 and the beloved Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. We've blogged (probably too much) about Blue Dragon's importance before, but it now stands at an all time high. With the Playstation 3 launched (and sold out) and the Wii as well, Microsoft has their work cut out for them if they want to make a dent in the Land of the Rising Sun. Ironically, this is also their biggest opportunity. With the PS3 sold out, Microsoft has a big chance to take money away from those who were unable to get a PS3 (hell, with PS3 money you could buy the Blue Dragon bundle and have enough yen left for a sushi dinner).

Still, one game may help Microsoft gain a foothold, but it is not enough to sustain interest. If they don't keep rolling out the Japanese flavored content, Japan could quickly drop the 360. As our sister site, Joystiq, points out, the Japanese are not shy about buying a system for one game and then selling it. Then again, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 has managed to crack the number 15 spot. Maybe that will be enough to hold Japan until Lost Odyssey.

[Via Joystiq]

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11-15-2006 @ 2:04PM

Giddieon said...

you smell that .... that there is the smell of Bull shit...

Lets see how it does agaisnt Zelda and MGS when it comes sales time...


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11-15-2006 @ 5:02PM

DA360 said...

I serously doubt this game is going to be bigger than Zelda or MGS, two series very widely known and popular in Japan, but I know it will defently get some publistity and attention from the Japanese, especally since three almost-celebery (in Japan) people are working on it. People such as Hironobu Sakaguchi (obviously the person who created FF and worked on it untill he left SquareEnix to create MistWalker), Akira Toriyama (guy who did the art design for DBZ and Dragon Quest), and Nobuo Uematsu (very famous in Japan composer that did all the FF musical scores, and will do them for MistWalker, and will make some music for Smash Bros. Brawl as well) (NOTE: Source of information: Wikipedia, I am not a fan of JRPGs, infact I hate them like no tomorrow, but I know the Japanese love these style of games...).

So they might do what Square helped do with the PS1 in Japan (originally the Saturn was allot more popular than PS1 in the beginning in Japan) with the Xbox 360, rise its popularity in Japan. Don't know if it will be enough to rise the Xbox 360 from the dumps there but it will decently move some platforms there.


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11-20-2006 @ 12:52PM

djphatjive said...

Who cares about japan. All they want is those crappy RPG games where little 5 year old girls are yelling at the top of there throat! So who cares about them. Just pull out of japan. Let them have there ps3 and let us have our XBOX.


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