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Japan predicts the hits of 2007

OK, now this is even weirder. In my last post, I said that 46% of people surveyed by Famitsu were not happy with the upcoming release of Dragon Quest IX. But the same magazine published a survey of what people thought would be the top 10 hit gaming products in 2007 and that very game made #2.

What a fickle bunch, those Japanese gamers.

The rest of the list:

#1 Wii — 412 votes
#2 Dragon Quest IX: Defenders of the Starry Sky — 122 votes
#3 Nintendo DS — 107 votes
#4 PLAYSTATION 3 — 56 votes
#5 Impossible To Tell — 50 votes
#6 Xbox 360 — 28 votes
#7 Final Fantasy XIII — 28 votes
#8 Metal Gear Solid 4 — 22 votes
#9 Blue Dragon — 16 votes
#10 Monster Hunter Portable 2nd — 15 votes

Looks like Nintendo is going to be coining money this year.



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Dragon Quest IX not well received in Japan?

The awesome website Insert Credit has translated a survey in Famitsu that seems to show that hardcore gamers are not happy about the upcoming release of Dragon Quest IX on the Nintendo DS.

This is weird. Dragon Quest is like Final Fantasy in popularity in Japan – in fact, despite it being Square Enix’s second most successful title after Final Fantasy, it is considered vastly more popular in Japan than the FF series. The last game, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King sold 4.1 million copies worldwide. There’s any number of toys and a few spin-off games.

It’s hard to understand why Japanese gamers (at least, 46% of them) aren’t happy about the release on DS. Is it because of the handheld’s graphics? RPGs are the games that seem to work best on the DS.

On the other hand, this is just the opinion of hardcore gamers. And we all know that the DS’s success can be attributed to those sections of the community who were never really classified as gamers, such as the elderly (thanks to the Brain Training games) and young women (thanks to games like Nintendogs).

Personally, I’m excited about the release of Dragon Quest IX. Every game should be ported to the DS, in my opinion, hehehe.

Have a look at the trailer:

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