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Nier Tops Japanese Sales Charts

Nier is a smash in Japan and you know, after thoroughly getting involved in this surprisingly fun game, it could be a big sleeper hit here in the US.

If you didn't already know, Japan got two versions of the game; Nier Replicant for the PlayStation 3 and Nier Gestalt for the Xbox 360. The latter is the only one available in this country, although it was made for both the PS3 and 360...yeah, it's a little confusing. But anyway, as reported by Kotaku, Replicant easily topped the Japanese charts this past week and even Gestalt - for a system that is almost non-existent in the region - came close to cracking into the top 10. Granted, the competition isn't too stiff but then again, this is a game that didn't get a heck of a lot of press (at least, over here it didn't). The interesting part about this is that if Nier sells well in other territories, we could certainly see a sequel, and Cavia could really build on the solid foundation they erected. However, it may be doomed to receive lukewarm review scores, as it seems to only cater to long-time RPG fans, despite the nod towards Western preferences with the Gestalt version.

Anyway, if you're on the fence about Nier, you should definitely check out our review. Unless you read it, you might not know that I really love this game...

Related Game(s): Nier

4/29/2010 9:18:55 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

Qubex
Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 9:40:41 PM
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The game tickles my interest somewhat, but I would need to get a good feel/understanding of the game mechanics and how heavy the role-playing elements are.

From what I see the presentation looks good, atmosphere and game world. It could be an interesting title to have in the collection...

Doubt there will be a demo. Would be nice to give it a whirl.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Last edited by Qubex on 4/29/2010 9:43:53 PM

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Alienange
Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 10:19:58 PM
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So there's "save your daughter" or "save your sister" versions in Japan depending on what system you buy it for? The rest of the world gets muscle bound daddy because ... because what? We don't like chicks that look like Courtney Love?

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sonic1899
Friday, April 30, 2010 @ 12:28:36 AM

I actually like the idea of a father saving his daughter. She's pretty much the only reminder he has of his wife, so there's an emotional aspect to the story (this isn't really a spoiler because the site mentions his wife). But I'm not a fan on how the guy looks or that Square made him the character for this version based on assumptions and sterotyping. His profile says he's 44, but for some reason the Japanese believe 40+ is considered eldery when it comes to the media. I might give it a go, but I'm still dissatistfyed with his design choice and the reason for it.

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kraygen
Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 10:28:40 PM
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It's supposed to be an rpg, but every video I've seen looks like just a normal hack n' slash. Guess I'll go see why ben loves this game, cause so far I just don't see it.

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MysteriousMagus
Friday, April 30, 2010 @ 1:19:29 AM

The gameplay its like in Drakengard...
I got to play the game on a convention before it came out... Its nice, nothing too flashy.

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Qubex
Friday, April 30, 2010 @ 3:22:19 AM

Yhea Kraygen... the mechanic doesn't look traditional does it!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Scarecrow
Friday, April 30, 2010 @ 2:01:06 AM
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Their are always oddities or exceptions to everything

Seems like the Japanese just like this game for some reason or another

I don't see this game getting anything higher than a 7/10

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___________
Friday, April 30, 2010 @ 3:12:31 AM
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not surprising really considering its $E and it is a RPG, thats almost like religion over there!
theres like 30 Asians in my tafe class and not one of them does not have this game, thats all they play RPGs.
they buy a ps3 not to play GOW3 or uncharted or ratchet and clank or infamous or killzone or heavy rain, but to play nier.....................
trying to convince a asian to play something other than a RPG is like trying to convince an old granny.
no matter what you do, how long you persist your NEVER! going to get through to them!

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Highlander
Friday, April 30, 2010 @ 10:29:28 AM

Yeah, well SE thinks that trying to convince a western gamer to play anything other than a first or third person action game is like trying to convince a clock to run backwards.

One stereo-type does not illuminate or justify another.

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___________
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 9:18:50 AM

no of course not, so why cant they just do what their good at?
there a Japanese developer, Japanese developers are good at making RPGs, thats what their famous for so thats what they should do.
if i want Italian food, i go to a Italian restaurant.
if i want Chinese food ill go to a Chinese restaurant.
if i want a western styled RPG ill go to a western developer.
imitations are always crap, thats just the way it is.
have you ever tried Pizza made by a Asian?
or fried rice made by a Italian?
it tastes like rubbish!

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Highlander
Friday, April 30, 2010 @ 10:27:44 AM
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I can't help wondering whether bringing the PS3 version from Japan to the West might have gathered better reviews and responses than bringing the international 360 version here. I don't like the assumption made that because I'm a 'western' gamer I want a muscle bound hero. Personally I'm as much at home with a busty bombshell as the hero of a game as I am with anything else. Those busty bombshells tend to be a tad lighter on the eye when you spend dozens of hours watching their backside romp around the screen...

Either way, it's disappointing that Japanese gamers get a choice, and we do not.

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Shiva369
Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 9:19:52 PM

Good point! Whenever I play a game where I get to create a character, I tend to go for a female character (Dragon Age for eg), not only for the easy on the eye factor but just because it's different. The whole testosterone pumped muscle head thing is ok for some games (GoWIII etc) but, y'know, it gets old fast. Besides, a chick with a machine gun (or sword) is kinda hot ;-)

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realmadpuppy
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 4:46:01 AM
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I know absolutely nothing about this game but, seeing it is topping the sales charts in Japan let me venture a guess to what it is like.
turn based combat, painfully long, lots of cut scenes, hard to tell the women from the men. there is at least one goof ball character, either an anthropomorphic non existent animal or a female.

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Saber
Friday, May 28, 2010 @ 9:25:42 PM
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Humm realmadpuppy you would look into a game before saying something like that because everything you just pointed out is nothing like nier at all. The story in this game is very very good i have not been so into a game in a long time.

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