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Nier Selling Out Quickly In Japan

As we all know, there can be significant differences between Japanese and Western gaming preferences. But in this case, we're hoping the game is selling simply because it's good.

Nier, the adult-themed action/RPG by Cavia, Inc. and distributed by Square-Enix, ships today in North America. But it came out last week in Japan in the forms of Nier Gestalt for the Xbox 360 and Nier Replicant for the PlayStation 3. And according to Examiner.com citing a recent Square-Enix Members Twitter update, this title is selling like hotcakes. The PS3 version is already sold out and the 360 version is in "short supply," which is a good sign on both counts. The publisher believes they'll sell even more copies over the weekend and bear in mind that only Japan gets this two-version treatment; here in North America, both the PS3 and 360 versions will be the Gestalt iteration. In short, everyone will only know it as Nier. The game certainly looks promising and we'd like to trust the judgment of our Japanese buddies, but we really have to dive in ourselves before coming to any conclusions.

And I've been doing that, by the way. You can expect a review very soon. I can't say anything just yet but I will say that if you didn't like either Final Fantasy XIII or Resonance of Fate, this is indeed a different style.

Related Game(s): Nier

4/27/2010 10:21:49 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (41 posts)

coverton341
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 10:45:54 AM
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Meh, I may pick this up but I highly doubt it. I am still a bit disenchanted by only getting the one version of the game that was made for the 360, but whatever. I'll wait for a review from a source I trust, i.e. here, before I pass judgement though.

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kraygen
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:28:49 AM

yeah my first thought when I read that article was oh yay, we only get the crappier version. Stupid M$ screwing us over again.

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shadowpal2
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 8:47:45 PM

Honestly what is Yoichi Wada kun thinking? Is he an idiot or what...no why did I even ask that question...OF COURSE HE'S AN IDIOT. TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME AFTER ****ING TIME AGAIN - he keeps misjudging the market and thinks that Xbox 360 owners really really want the JRPGs.

The most hilarious part....wait for it - that Xbox 360 owners really really want JRPGs in Japan. WHERE THE HELL IS THE XBOX 360 MARKET??!!? Why would you even attempt to do that? And why would you decide to give North America and the rest of the world the Xbox 360 version of the game: Gestalt...when Japan is buying Replicant.

Oh let me guess Wada kun - is it your intellectual theory where you thought that everything Japan likes...North America and the rest of the world can't get into...that Japan needs to grow up in their tastes...that Japan is somehow wrong with their tastes.

Jesus christ...honestly I can't help but bash on this moron.

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NightHawk17
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 10:57:35 AM
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I would've got Nier if Replicant released over here, the big muscular Gestalt version doesn't really appeal to me.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:05:27 AM

Didn't they say that the Japanese PS3 edition contained English? I thought I read that in several places. Importing it may be an idea.

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kraygen
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:29:24 AM

if what you say is true then, I might after a price drop import the good version.

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NightHawk17
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:52:01 AM

Importing Japanese console games are very expensive, maybe if i have no games to play and the price drops. Importing Demon Soul's was the exception to that rule ;P

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phantomMenace
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 1:14:29 PM

Yea I imported Demons Souls but only a little while after buying it and it wasn't that bad on ebay it came to $70 or so. You might be able to find a decent price from a private seller. If there is at least english subs in the Japan version I think I will get that. My friend just told me the graphics are pretty weak and it is a different game though he isn't sure if thats a good thing yet.

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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:09:06 AM
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Ben, typo in last paragraph.

"You an expect a review very soon."

an should be can.

Delete me please. =)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 12:21:19 PM

You know, I'm glad we have people around here who actually READ the articles.

...keeps me on my toes. ;)

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Nynja
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 3:24:56 PM

Does that mean we should feel less guilty when we find an error and let you know?

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bearbobby
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 3:42:12 PM

I wasn't gonna say anything :)

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Nynja
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 5:24:21 PM

lol @bear

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:21:20 AM
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This game looks and sounds terrible. Square is doing what Crapcom regrettably did. Release a bunch of weird games but a bunch of weird devs in order to appeal to the Xbot whiteys.

blagh, Square, you have broken my heart this gen.

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kraygen
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:30:09 AM

gots to agree with you, definitely not a day one buy, bargain binner at best.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:30:56 AM

Not even sure this game would be worth the HD space to torrent. Im sure the 360 version is up on the interwebs already.

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coverton341
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:23:01 AM
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Just did a bit more research and this has probably already been known here for a while but it's new to me so here it is.

Neir Replicant was made by Cavia and Square-Enix while thinking about what would be more appropriate for the Japanese market so they came up with the younger more effeminate hero. Neir Gestalt was made with it being the international version in mind so it went to the 360 in Japan and it features the more masculine older hero and is made to feel more powerful and muscular.

Apparently, Square-Enix has decided that everyone in the west is a Gears of War fanatic that needs to play as a big brawny super he-man to feel good about themselves. I for one am disappoint...

If anyone can dig up information on whether or not Replicant has any English subtitles and menu options that would be super appreciated because at this point importing that version of the game is the only way Square-Enix is going to see any of my money on this game.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:30:12 AM

I'm offended by Squares stereotypes. ;)

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coverton341
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:56:13 AM

To be honest I am exceptionally tired of it. I used to love Square, they had great RPGs and you know what, all of them had younger main characters. It is something that some developers are still doing like Level 5 and I personally like it. It just seem right to have that character archetype in a JRPG and to introduce a muscularly built main character for the sole purpose of appealing to the western market is just a sham and it further helps to push away long standing fans of the genre.

The people who didn't like RPGs back in the day because the main characters were young or feminine are not going to jump on board now just because the main character is is brawny. They are different audiences for different types of genres. Even people like myself that play all genres have over the years come to expect certain staples in certain genres.

Blah, whatever, as long as Wada is running the company I really feel like they will continue to run themselves into the ground trying to appeal to the western market by truly destroying what made the company great so long ago.

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godsman
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 12:05:08 PM

They are right on with the Xbox fanbase, just totally wrong for PS3 gamers.

I like my JRPG, not because the guys look like girls, but the main characters are in their teens. They give the game a style, like FFVIII, where the everyone goes to school. It really appeals to me when I was still in high school.


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Highlander
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 12:19:13 PM

We macho male western gamers like our homo-erotic heroes you know...

::rolls eyes and returns to anime::

@Godsman, and the reason we still enjoy playing those games later in life is we are using the games as an escape from real life to a time when life was more whimsical and fun. When I want to escape the gritty reality of adult life, I don't often want to escape into the gritty realism of an adult game - you know.

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coverton341
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 12:46:19 PM

Highlander I think that only LV is in it for the homo-eroticism...

Where the hell is he anyway?

But you're spot on. I as well like to play games as a way of escaping the harsh Siberian winters and enjoy a fantasy of sorts where everyone is a perpetual teenager without the worries of insurance payments and rent. Though I fully admit I still love realistic games as well, I just like them to be more mature, in the actual sense of the word, as in Heavy Rain.

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johnld
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 2:08:56 PM

you cant really blame them when a lot of xbots keep buying games like halo and gears of war a lot more than their other games, if any.

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Nynja
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 3:23:07 PM

They had great RPGs when they weren't concerned about how they were viewed when compared to "Western" developers. Worrying about your image is not the way to build a game.

Great points Coverton.

@Highlander; Speaking of Anime, did you know that Gintama is out on DVD now?

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:34:59 PM

I do now...

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Nynja
Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 10:54:33 AM

I'm not real big into anime, but do enjoy it from time to time. My girl, though, is the biggest otaku I know.

Not sure if you ever followed the Gintama series, but it is definitely my favorite anime of all time. Great show.

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tlpn99
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 12:26:23 PM
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This was out last week in the UK not got it as no ones played it in the shop yet. Will wait for Ben's review I think :)

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Atoris
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 12:48:42 PM
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I didnt know that Nier only had one version outside of Japan. I live in Japan and did buy Nier Replicant a few days back when it was first released. The graphics are not impressive but the gameplay and the story is actually very good. The story is very dark but it is actually a very good game. I dont think there is a English sub option for Replicant. Sorry to have to say that.

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Nynja
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 3:21:01 PM
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Has anyone or is anyone planning on picking this up?

If you have, what do you think of it thus far?

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Nynja
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 5:12:43 PM

Just went by GameStop to see if they even had the game. They did. I bought it. I'm such a fool.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 6:51:56 PM

You may find that it's surprisingly fun...

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Nynja
Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 10:57:11 AM

I hope so. I should have waited though. I still have so many games I need to finish and with trying to get 100% completion on FFXIII I don't know when I will get the chance to even unwrap the game.

Still have to finish; Demon's Souls, Star Ocean, White Knight, Dante's Inferno, God of War II & III, Borderlands, Assassin's Creed II... omg I have issues.

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FullmetalX10
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 4:20:43 PM
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I think we should refer to Enix when talking about all the bad things they're doing lately, which I don't really understand, seeing as Wada was also Square's captain, bad things didn't happen back in that day did they, then why did they change now?
It just baffles me. I hope they will return to SquareSoft thinking again someday, someday soon.

Anyways, I won't be getting Nier, too many good games i still need to get.

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tes37
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 5:39:31 PM
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After FFXIII, SE is on a wait and see basis with me. Although I like XIII, I don't want another one like it. It definitely needs to be a unique experience to keep me from hating it.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 8:55:32 PM

The game practically plays itself.

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JackC8
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 8:41:27 PM
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The idea that we're getting an xbox version ported over to the PS3, when there's a perfectly good PS3 version that they decided not to give us because all us dumb Westerners just wanna play manly man Sgt. Slaughter games...meh. Not not a good way to get my sixty bucks away from me.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 9:27:00 PM

Its asinine. Most of us who own Playstation and still buy Playstation grew up on Japanese games. Why Square would assume every round eye would want their Gears of War lookalikes is beyond me.

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Alienange
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 9:32:46 PM
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It's not overly surprising that they're not taking the risk with a new IP by releasing TWO versions of it in NA.

That being said. Hot chick is greater than muscle bound Zorro.

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___________
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @ 3:00:10 AM
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nier = best game $E has released in a long, long, long time.
the story and repetitive boring missions are really the only things that bugged me.
o, not to mention the mindless backtracking and spending 5 freaking hours just traveling from point a to point b.
honestly why do games have to do this?
i dont play games so i can walk from one marker to the other, if i did theres plenty more productive, enjoyable, beneficial things i could be doing....

the storys a little too cliche and well overdone.
almost every game these days has you as the hero saving a family member who is sick for some reason.
i mean come on is there not any other story we can come up with?
im really starting to get sick of this industries follow the sheep mentality.
what happened to originality?

o, and most of the missions are boring as bat sh*t.
go here get a fish, take it back to your home.
go here get these ingredient for pola take them back to the library.
go to the mines to get some steel, than take it back to the blacksmith so he can make you a new weapon.
its just so tedious and boring!

thankfully the combat more than makes up for it, the enemy variety is quite good compare to other games.
i just wish they had 2 buttons to attack so you could whip up some combos.
this is the first sword fighting styled game ive ever played that has one and only one attack button.
this is the definition of button masher!

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RadioHeader
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @ 5:02:02 PM

I love your reviews :) The first line says it's awesome, and the remaining 20 or so say it's fair to sh**e.

Personally I love pepperoni pizza
But what's with all the damned pepperoni?
And I hate cheese!
The bread's too hard...
food shouldn't be circular etc

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___________
Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 7:54:05 AM

where did i say it was awesome?
i said its the best game $E has released in a long time.

ok, name 1 game that does not have mindless backtracking, repetitive missions, and a non cliche storyline.
yeah, i thought so!

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