While the PS3’s performance in Japan isn’t exactly boo-worthy, it isn’t rocking quite as hard as Sony might like it to (although comparing anything to the ridiculous success of the Wii is the ultimate recipe for flaccidity). SCE Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida recently commented on the topic at the Games Convention in Germany:
It’s mostly a software thing. Price is important, but relative to the the value consumers perceive. There are lots of consumers, game fans in Japan, that are waiting to spend their money.
What’s happening is that lack of support from the Japanese publishers – not necessarily from intentions but from development capabilities.
Long story short — the games aren’t there for all the different types of gamers out there. I love my PS3, but I’m not sure I’d disagree. Here’s an idea, developers: make some RPGs. Lots and lots of them. There are hardly any for the system as of now, and if Japan loves anything more than rhythm games and sadistic forms of sexual torture, why, it’s RPGs. That recipe worked well for the 360 — why not give it a whirl?
[Via Kotaku — Thanks, Joe “Chipotle” Burling]