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  1. 2 hours ago, Mr. Gerbik said:

    I totally believe that is all true. BUT that doesn't mean it isn't remarkable that an Xbox is selling *something* at all over there. It's still remarkable that at least a handful of Japanese consumers chose to buy an S instead waiting until the PS5 is back in stock, or spending the money on anything else but an S.


    I'm definitely not an expert, but I been in Japan and inside Japanese houses - anecdotally they like small and aesthetically pleasing stuff. Apart from the Xbox brand itself, I can see how the small stylish S is very appealing - and then there's the low price on top of that - while the mahoosive PS5 exact opposite of that.


    I'd be surprised if Microsoft managed to get a significant foothold in Japan in practice, but in theory I think the S is their best opportunity yet. If only they didn't need literal decades to get a handful of exclusives out.

    Oh make no mistake, it IS remarkable. What the series X/S has just done hasn't happened since the 360 days. And you're right to mention how more appealing the series S is compared to the PS5. What I'm talking about shows how much Sony has taken Japan for granted and how that's left a vacuum for another competitor to fill.


    Another reason for the Series X/S to become more popular may also be Minecraft. The Switch version has been raking it in for the past couple of years, selling close to 2,5 million copies in Japan alone. It's made Microsoft more known as a videogames brand then ever before.


    For those interested in the full jp charts this week:


    Famitsu Sales: Week 20, 2022 (May 09 - May 15)

    01./01. [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports <SPT> (Nintendo) {2022.04.29} (¥4.980) - 47.525 / 352.113 <60-80%> (-59%)
    02./02. [NSW] Kirby and the Forgotten Land <ACT> (Nintendo) {2022.03.25} (¥5.980) - 14.903 / 710.714 <80-100%> (-62%)
    03./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 11.127 / 4.632.554 <80-100%> (-51%)
    04./03. [NSW] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2022 <SPT> (Konami) {2022.04.21} (¥7.500) - 10.372 / 164.305 <80-100%> (-57%)
    05./07. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) - 6.839 / 3.151.727 <80-100%> (-28%)
    06./05. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 6.553 / 2.641.949 <80-100%> (-47%)
    07./00. [NSW] The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story <ADV> (Square Enix) {2022.05.12} (¥6.800) - 6.409 / NEW <60-80%>
    08./06. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 5.849 / 4.879.799 <80-100%> (-49%)
    09./09. [NSW] Mario Party Superstars <ETC> (Nintendo) {2021.10.29} (¥5.980) - 4.360 / 964.133 <80-100%> (-52%)
    10./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 4.245 / 2.025.606 <80-100%> (-45%)
    11./08. [PS4] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2022 <SPT> (Konami) {2022.04.21} (¥7.500) - 4.161 / 85.144 <80-100%> (-55%)
    12./12. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.03.20} (¥5.980) - 3.529 / 7.252.259 <80-100%> (-40%)
    13./00. [PS5] The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story <ADV> (Square Enix) {2022.05.12} (¥6.800) - 3.503 / NEW <60-80%>
    14./00. [PS4] The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story <ADV> (Square Enix) {2022.05.12} (¥6.800) - 3.476 / NEW <60-80%>
    15./10. [NSW] Pokemon Legends: Arceus <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2022.01.28} (¥5.980) - 3.383 / 2.247.140 <80-100%> (-58%)
    16./14. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 3.169 / 4.078.151 <80-100%> (-39%)
    17./13. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! <TBL> (Konami) {2020.11.19} (¥6.300) - 2.567 / 2.656.587 <80-100%> (-54%)
    18./16. [NSW] Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2021.11.19} (¥5.980) - 2.552 / 2.546.279 <80-100%> (-31%)
    19./15. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.06.05} (¥3.980) - 2.453 / 976.320 <80-100%> (-44%)
    20./17. [PS4] Elden Ring # <RPG> (From Software) {2022.02.25} (¥8.400) - 1.751 / 341.140 <80-100%> (-47%)
    21./25. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise [Best Price] <ACT> (Capcom) {2021.12.16} (¥5.445) - 1.712 / 55.661 <80-100%> (-22%)
    22./00. [NSW] Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town <SLG> (Marvelous) {2021.02.25} (¥5.980) - 1.543 / 337.204 <80-100%>
    23./00. [NSW] Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition <ETC> (Bandai Namco Entertainment) {2021.12.02} (¥4.980) - 1.330 / 71.338 <60-80%>
    24./19. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) - 1.266 / 4.340.893 <80-100%> (-53%)
    25./22. [NSW] 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim <ADV> (Atlus) {2022.04.14} (¥6.980) - 1.250 / 40.486 <80-100%> (-45%)
    26./18. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury <ACT> (Nintendo) {2021.02.12} (¥5.980) - 1.237 / 1.048.232 <80-100%> (-55%)
    27./00. [NSW] New Pokemon Snap <ETC> (Pokemon Co.) {2021.04.30} (¥5.980) - 1.204 / 343.006 <80-100%>
    28./00. [PS4] Gran Turismo 7 <RCE> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2022.03.04} (¥6.900) - 1.182 / 114.989 <80-100%> (-34%)
    29./00. [NSW] Touken Ranbu Warriors # <ACT> (EXNOA) {2022.02.17} (¥7.980) - 1.110 / 137.890 <80-100%>
    30./00. [NSW] Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise # <HOB> (Imagineer) {2020.12.03} (¥5.800) - 1.101 / 200.218 <80-100%>


    Top 30

    NSW - 25
    PS4 - 4
    PS5 - 1




    NSW 65.322 

    XBS  6.225

    PS5  2.693 

    3DS  235 

    PS4  22 

    Courtesy of Installed Base, the place where the entire sales community from Resetera went after a blow-up last year.

  2. 7 hours ago, Mr. Gerbik said:

    Good for Xbox but really surprised that the PS5 isn't selling a lot. Is that mostly shortage? Or is Japan all-in on Switch?

    A little bit of column A(shortages) and a little bit of column B(all in on Switch). But what's been really dreadfull for the PS5 has been software sales. The attach rate for software is still under 1.0 game per console. Only recently has there been a release that's managed to climb above 100k in the physical charts.

  3. 1. Donkey Kong (1994 video game)
    2. Chrono Trigger
    3. Pokémon Black and White
    4. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
    5. Wii Sports 
    6. Super Mario Odyssey 
    7.  Resident Evil 4 
    8. Splatoon 
    9. The World Ends With You 
    10. Minecraft 
    11. 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
    12. Paper Mario The Origami King
    13. Super Monkey Ball 
    14. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 
    15. Shadow of the Colossus 

    16. Portal 
    17. The Sims 
    18. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 
    19. Ring Fit Adventure

    20. Alien Isolation 


    This was a right bastard to get down to 20. Had to cut way too many games out for this. *grumble*

  4. I loved the scene between Howard and his wife at the start. One of those scenes where you can turn the sound off and just focus on body language and the overall energy and you totally get where these two stand in regards to each other.


    Painfull and sad for Howard. Poor guy.

  5. Thought this was very decent and easily the best Scream sequel since 2. Not very scary but the series has never been that scary.


    I do agree that the kills aren't that inventive, but the way the movie expands on the Ghostface phonecalls is really nice. A big plus is that it's one of those sequels that doesn't ignore the shit ones, going so far to reference characters from Scream 3 even.


    I liked it more then Scream 4 as well. That film felt incredibly small in scale. As if the series had nowhere left to go. 5 turns it up a few notches, feeling more in line with Scream 1 and 2 in the high stakes department, coming up with some new plot threads to expand the series.

  6. I'm still waiting for the entire DLC to drop before I drop the money for it. But untill then I'll be sure to keep paying for the Switch Online expansion pack.


    Also, ripped from the Famiboards there's a nice comparison shot between Paris Promenade in Tour vs MK8D.




    For those thinking these are just simple copy paste jobs.

  7. One of the best things about this show is how it's structured around:


    Chuck's death. You get the first half with him in it and how he influences the people around him. Then after his death at the end of S3, you get some flashbacks in S4. Those then disappear entirely in S5, with just the occasional reference reminding us what this show used to be. The moment in 'Bagman" where Mike pulls out the space blanket stands out. A sad echo to Jimmy about who he used to be and where he's going.


    It's this beautifull show of two halves. Part 1 is far more a comedy then BB. Part 2 is slowly turning into the show BB became only better because Howard and Kim are in it.

    WARNING: massive spoilers in the above spoiler. DO NOT OPEN unless you've watched S3 and one of the best episodes of S5.

  8. One thing that springs to mind is how much Reeves locks into a pretty key aspect of Batman's rogues gallery: that they're all miror images of him in some way. Burton understood this the best when he made Batman Returns, whatever problems comic book fans have with that film. After Burton though, no other filmmaker seemed to be interested in that part of Batman's mythos. Schumacher and Nolan pretty much ignoring that aspect of the character.


    But here it rears its head again, in full force as we see the big villain(s) mirroring Bruce in all sorts of uncomfortable ways.

  9. Decided to go see this again yesterday. I was kind of dreading it because of the movie’s length and general pace. 


    Happy to say that this holds up on a rewatch and even improved. The flaws are still visible but the overall tone of the thing sucks you in. 

    This is the first Batman film where the world of Batman is successfully brought to the big screen. 


    The biggest plus for me is just Batman’s evolving relationship to the police throughout the film. Genuine tension in the first crime scene investigation and by the end he’s more or less accepted and it just felt like a natural evolution in the story.

  10. In the middle of this and the first half of this has pleasantly surprised me. Moody, singular in its approach to the material and great standout performances from the entire cast.


    Reeves has essentially translated The Long Halloween to the big screen without having to lose any of the story’s character.


    Also, Gotham City is an actual character again.

  11. I'm not to sure the whole "too much Pokémon, too similar" applies all that much to the current situation of the series to be honest. The RPG's released so far have all been pretty different compared to each other. LGPE going for a classic experience mixed in with Go-like features, SwSh continuing to iterate upon Sun/Moon, then BD/SP offering easily the most paired down 'classic' experience of the bunch and finally Arceus breaking in a pretty big way with previous series convention in terms of structure, flow and overall gameplay.


    Looking from the outside I can understand it looks like the series is being spammed to death quite heavily but the last four games have all felt very different from each other. BDSP feeling like the least inspired because it was pretty much 1:1 with its DS forebear.


    The new mainline entries following in the footsteps of Arceus and going all in on being explicity open-world creates another entry that's pretty differentiated from the rest.

  12. 4 hours ago, RubberJohnny said:

    That looks like a nicer, more ambitious Legends: Arceus to the point that I'm confused why the sub-brand even exists.

    If I had to guess, I'd imagine that Legends was supposed to release in 2021 originally but got pushed to 2022 due to COVID. Would explain why the Gen 4 remakes were much smaller in scope.

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