Saturday, September 30, 2017

Why doesn't Metroid do as well in Japan?

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Need2KnowLion 8 hours ago#1
Cultural differences? The nature of the series? The dark and broody atmosphere? Maybe all three? I don't know.
IrateGameFAQer 8 hours ago#2
I'd say cultural differences.
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JMBoote 8 hours ago#3
Most likely cultural differences. Metroid draws heavy inspiration from Alien, and other similar series', which are all western. 

I don't think it's that it does bad in Japan, it's just because of the inspiration from such sci-fi series', that it simply does better in the west, because I think we can all agree that we love sci-fi and "space adventure" stuff in general (Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien, Starship Troopers, etc).

So it's more to do with the fact that we simply love it more, rather than it just being Japan not liking it.
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MasterFox72 7 hours ago#4
because metroid doesn't crawl


I think science fiction does a lot better in the West in general while fantasy appeals to both similarly.
Salocool  echo chamber loser6 hours ago#5
If we do a ratio copies bought vs total population, wouldn't the percentage be similar between the US and Japan?

EDIT : Looking at Fusion's number, it sold roughly 200% better in North America than in Japan and Europe.
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Hop103 6 hours ago#6
It's too Western and Samus is too old.
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GenerationX-Men 13 minutes ago#7
It's not "Animesque" or cute enough for Japan
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