We have yet another post from Aspilanti84, again about Final Fantasy IX selling low.
But what are the reasons this time? Apparently, it’s because Final Fantasy IX was too western for Japan’s taste.
That’s odd. Doesn’t Japan like Western things, in the same way, we in the West like Japanese things? Cross-cultural products are hits almost everywhere because we like sharing entertainment from around the world. But not to Aspilanti84. In fact:
It’s also the reason why Americans seem to value it so highly. The story’s great, the graphics are (expectedly) better than its predecessors, the battle system is simpler, the game is not too hard. Americans prize these things greatly…
OK. He might be oversimplifying American tastes, along with Japanese tastes. Americans only like graphics? American’s like simpler battle systems? American’s can’t handle difficulty in their games? And I guess this means the Japanese are the complete opposite in this regards. Perhaps they prefer simple graphics, more complex battle systems and difficult games?
Yeah right. We all have our unique tastes, whether we live in the “East” or the “West”.
But 9 feels more culturally Western, with very little Japanese quirks to it. FFIX seemed like it was Westerners Disney’s attempt to cash in on Final Fantasy, by loading as many FF references in the game as it could. Speaking of which, Kingdom Hearts (the one with the actual Disney cartoon characters) was beloved by Westerners (and YOU). By Japanese gamers…not so much.
What does Aspilanti84 consider to be a “Japanese quirk”? And was Final Fantasy IX really that Western, or even Disney-esque? This is nonsense.
And I guess a Kingdom Hearts comparison is a slam against this game.
YOU like FFIX because it appeals to YOUR Western sentiments. That’s precisely why Japan passed it up. Not interested. Underwhelmed. Mediocre. Don’t relate. Does not compute. That’s precisely why it didn’t sell as well globally. This is why it won’t get a remake. Ever. It doesn’t matter how much your American childhood’s want it. No one in Japan is asking for it. Japan drives the FF market, not YOU (Americans). You get what they want, and you’ll like it. SquareEnix doesn’t listen to you as equals. They listen to its people, first…
The “YOU” must refer to people in the West. I don’t know why they’re shouting, as if to point a finger of blame, but this assumes a lot. Too much almost, as:
- It assumes that the Japanese developers went out of their way to make a product Japanese fans wouldn’t like.
- It assumes that the world doesn’t like Westernized products.
- And it assumes that somehow the fans are responsible for this.
Think about that when you feel ecstatic about SquareEnix keeping its FF7 Remake promise…
There’s a big assumption here that Final Fantasy IX “didn’t sell well”. It sold great, better than most PlayStation 1 and 2 games, during the PlayStation 2’s launch. This is a great feat!
But Aspilanti84 does it every time.