Famitsu Readers Want PlayStation More Than Nintendo, Xbox Not At All
Posted on Thursday, February 20 @ 17:01:55 PST by Daniel Bischoff
In their latest poll asking readers about the upcoming games they most want, Japanese gamers told Famitsu that they wanted PlayStation slightly more than Nintendo and that they didn't care about Microsoft's Xbox One at all.
Speaking from experience, you need to be a hardcore enthusiast to write in or vote in a poll for a print gaming magazine these days. It takes time, dedication, and determination... and that's just bothering to buy a gaming rag from your local newsstand!
Once we agree that Famitsu readers are the core consumers of video games in Japan, the tastemakers if you will, we can SWAG our way into some pretty interesting assumptions about the current market outlook in the far east. Let's assume that the Famitsu readers voting in the weekly Most Wanted poll do, in fact, drive a lot of consumer behavior in the country.
Taking that as truth, Sony has a slight edge on Nintendo with 19 of 30 Most Wanted games appearing on Sony platforms with the remaining 11 games on Nintendo platforms. The titles listed in Famitsu's most wanted poll all list a platform, which is also why the full list ranks The Evil Within and Super Smash Bros twice. One spot, in Smash's case, is for the Wii U version and the other spot is for the 3DS version.
Normally, you could argue that Japanese gamers are excited to play multiplatform games like Final Fantasy XV and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on Xbox One, but Famitsu specifically lists PS4 as the console of choice for both of those titles.
The Xbox horse in this race never really made it accross the Pacific, narrowing the competition down to just Nintendo and Sony. PC fans might feel left out too, but the top 30 games Japanese consumers most want all land on Nintendo or PlayStation hardware.
In the end, that means that ~64% of games most-wanted by Japanese consumers are on PlayStation platforms and that ~64% of the total votes went towards PlayStation games. Here are some further interesting facts:
I don't care how unscientific your equations get, there's no inventing demand for Xbox One in the far east.
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