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Final Fantasy XIII Tops Most Wanted List In Japan

There have always been distinct differences between the Japanese and American personal preferences in the world of video games, and that's always evident when Famitsu releases the country's most anticipated titles.

The latest edition of the popular Japanese gaming publication lists the top 15, and Americans would wonder why Grand Theft Auto IV isn't an easy #1. Capcom will release the game in Japan next month, but as you can see, it's just not on the top of the Japanese priority list. Final Fantasy XIII sits firmly in the #1 slot, and that's hardly surprising. Final Fantasy Versus XIII falls in at #9, and both are well ahead of GTAIV, which barely makes the list at #13. Not surprisingly, Resident Evil 5 is in the top 3, and there's an obvious Nintendo and RPG presence. Here's the list:

  • 1. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
  • 2. Dragon Quest IX (DS)
  • 3. Biohazard 5 / Resident Evil 5 (PS3)
  • 4. Dragon Quest VI (DS)
  • 5. Super Robot Taisen Z (PS2)
  • 6. Monster Hunter 3 (Wii)
  • 7. Chrono Trigger (DS)
  • 8. The Last Remnant (PS3)
  • 9. Final Fantasy Versus XIII (PS3)
  • 10. Pokemon Platinum (DS)
  • 11. Animal Forest (Wii)
  • 12. Dissidia Final Fantasy (PSP)
  • 13. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
  • 14. Star Ocean: The Last Hope (Xbox 360)
  • 15. Tales of Hearts (DS)

Well, many here in the U.S. can't wait for FFXIII, either, although titles like Monster Hunter 3 and Pokemon Platinum likely aren't anywhere to be seen on the radar. But no matter; it's an inside look at Japanese gaming habits, and in all honesty, perhaps we could use a bit of that over here. ...although we still wonder why games like Resistance 2 and Gears of War 2 just aren't as enticing in the Land of the Rising Sun.

9/15/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

LightShow
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 10:32:46 PM
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um, how do i best reply to this?

DUH?

i certainly dont mean to sound rude, but anytime a numbered FF title comes out, its huge, ESPECIALLY in japan. Same goes for Dragon Quest, but to a slightly lesser extent

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Geobaldi
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 11:37:28 PM

Actually from what I remember, Dragon Quest is more popular over there than Final Fantasy is.

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WaR_HaWk
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 10:33:13 PM
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wierd

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BigT_1980
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 10:46:58 PM
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I Bet you if Star Ocean: The Last Hope was Multi-Platform it would sell a lot better on the PS3. I would go as far to say it would take the # 4 spot.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 7:23:40 AM

Agreed

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Geobaldi
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 11:43:07 PM
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I'd like to see more of this over on our side of the world. But it's easy to see the difference between us and them. They prefer more RPGs while over here it's more action. Maybe that has something to do with why RPGs have become more and more scarce over here lately.

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AceTatsujin
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 11:53:02 PM
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Japanese people, Japan, the Japanese culture are very different, Ben. Young people over there, and a whole bunch of them not just little carry cell phones, and some have DS or PSP so thats a reason why you don't see PS3 selling so much over there (didn't hit 3 million units if I'm correct). There's too many things to list and they care about life and schooling and all, thats why they have better technology than the US by 1-2 year difference. Damn those geeks, but hey! Without them, we wouldn't be discussing stuff about the PS3 =D

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Jizmack
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 12:00:13 AM
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Actually most of the Japanese people i know still play the N64 if that tells you anything.. I dont think their economy has room for newer systems all the time. Especialy not the Ms Piece of sh*t. Go Japan!

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Daedusian
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 12:00:32 AM
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Lol I would choose about 5 games from that list. But yeah idc, they pick what they wana pick and I'll stick with mine.

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Aftab
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 12:37:40 AM
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Although I wouldn't say American youth are anymore obsessed with violence as their Japanese counterparts, I would remark that perhaps the apparent lack of interest in shooters such Gears or Resistance may have partly to do with "gun culture", or the lack thereof. If I'm not mistaken, like the UK, in Japan, firearms are illegal. So perhaps, a good test for this theory would be to measure the interest level of shooters in the UK, as well.

Maybe it's just that in Japan, they just prefer alternative expressions of violence such as in Martial Arts. No coincidence that we see considerable more fighting games coming from there, than here. Likewise, we see that Sony controller is better for fighting games, while the MS controller is better suited for shooters.

I preferred Japanese games for a while until I was introduced to Insomniac, and Naughty Dog. I liked Japanese games comparatively more before because their games emphasized quirky imaginative, abstract, artistic expression over cheaply mirroring reality. But, after playing Uncharted and Ratchet, being full of expression, and very cinematic, my opinion changed overnight. Although I never was too fond of shooters, I now look foward to games like Resistance 2, simply because I am convinced in the quality that will be delivered. Certain studios have made such a name for themselves that they garner curiosity to any project they're working on.

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AceTatsujin
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 12:40:43 AM
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If you live in Japan you can work any job and live off of it. Food, apartment, going out here and there, buying few things and not very expensive ... so that is for someone who doesn't have a good job. Going to college or University is something big in Japan, and honestly it is bigger than the United States. You have to get something, at least be certified in something and you'll get a nice job that'll not only get you everything from the mentioned above, but to also be able to purchase those games. Their economy back in 1990 was crap, but started to rise right at the end of 90s beginning of 2000. And there isn't many Japanese that really care about gaming. Their culture is freaking huge and vast, they've got so many cool things honestly like the never-ending festivals, the hot springs, resturants, group dating is also often there, they also waste their damn money on Anime (a big chunk of them do that) and there's other things too. But you have to admit, MGS IV targeted the US really, not Japan.

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Aftab
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 12:54:26 AM

I was under the impression that food and living is expensive over there. Cremation, for example, is prevalent these days, not due to a strong religious element, as it seems to be more of a secular society, for example, but because it is so much cheaper to have enough area for an urn than having to buy a plot of land even just large enough for a grave.

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 1:13:52 AM
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I want Chrono Break to be made on PS3, plus ICO III also on PS3, the combination of the two will surpass the FFXIII, since the FF series without Mr. Sakaguchi, I wonder how deep the story can go, other than a feast of eye with jaw dropping graphics and CGs, but every true JRPGers knows, without a deep good story, it will just reduce to a mere shell without soul, just like FF12. Think about the FF1 to FF10 with Sakaguchi, then look the FF series after that, did you feel the difference? Because it has no Sakaguchi.

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ceedot
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 5:15:49 AM
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no wonder we get final fantasy games so long after. They get gta iv now? the game sucked, but come on, that's too long for any game.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 7:43:08 AM
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I (sadly) don't know a thing about living in Japan, but I do know I'd looove to travel there one day.

I'd trade my copy of GTAIV for FFXIII any day. I for one loved FFXII even though the main character was an absolute joke (I just pretended it was Ashe). The game play was great but I do miss the ATB system of the classics. Where would we be without jrpgs? Thank goodness for their culture and creativity.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 3:36:27 PM
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The characters shown so far in FFXIII are boring as hell, basically a FFVIII/FFX hybrid.

Lightning was hip 3 years ago I'm kinda tired of her.

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AceTatsujin
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 @ 6:46:38 PM
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it is expensive ONLY inside major cities like Tokyo and Osaka ... but outside the city, like in the suburbs it is very cheap. Apartments around Tokyo (not suburbs, but kinda of inside of it) would cost around 125 or 150 US dollars at the cheapiest, but the thing is it is ONE room with the kitchen linked to it, the balcony there and so on and forth. If you have seen Payton's room (MGS IV ex-team member, now working for Halo or whatever) he lived in Japan and showed us his apartment. If you have MGS IV special edition it is in the behind the scenes blu-ray disc.

As for FFXIII, they're freaking awesome characters. They're a mixture of FFVII, VIII and X. But the creation of those characters resemble those of FF VII to (forgot his name) mentioned and he is the one who created the characters. So that's a BIG PLUS! There is NO main character in FF XIII btw, =) ... Woot woot, I'm excited about XIII .. but I'm more excited about Versus.

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