Media Create Sales: Week 28, 2017 (Jul 10 - Jul 16)

L~A

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Marvelous wants you to remember about that series called Rune Factory, which is why they've prepared the most exciting of releases ever...

Rune Factory IV Best Collection (2 980 Yen + taxes)

Rune Factory IV: Platinum Collection (RF4 + RF3* + soundtrack CD, 6 980 Yen + taxes)

Both are releasing on October 26th.

* yes, it's the DS game, not a 3DS port or anything.

https://www.marv.jp/special/game/3ds/rf4bc/
 

Alrus

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That fact that they decided to never follow up Rune Factory 4 despite it's pretty big success for the series is still baffling to me.
 

twothunder

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I like Rune Factory. So it's.... nice to see it's not completely forgotten?
Still. It's time for Rune Factory 5 already. come on marvelous
 

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The game itself is apparently a very mediocre Musou Clone.
No no, the port is fine, it's the game itself that is bad.
I see. Doesnt sound like the game is really trash in that case :) Maybe not the best, but not a complete waste.


Maybe not day 2, but it definitely began week 2 and only got worse from there.
As Chris stated you can easily find it for less than 4k yens sealed in Tokyo currently, third party seller have it for 3.450y currently at Amazon

As for Nier I was checking sofmap, traders, book-off etc. last week, didn't see any discount for new copies and even used ones were sold at a rather high price.
Yeah, week 2 i can see a more wide sale happening.
 

L~A

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That fact that they decided to never follow up Rune Factory 4 despite it's pretty big success for the series is still baffling to me.
How is that baffling? The developers went bankrupt the following year, though most of the staff seems to have landed at Marvelous. After that, I remember that interview about the developers giving the choice between RF and a new project, and they chose the latter (which is why Lord of Magna came to be).

It's not like Marvelous just sat there and said "wow, we have the best-selling RF game, let's just sit there and do nothing with the series now".
 

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I think the low end for what they will have in stock this week is 75k. Even if they don't have a huge surge like everyone wants, I hope they can get a higher consistent baseline around 40k in the weeks following.
If Friday shipments match the hints from some blogs Switch is heading for 6 digit figures.

3 restocks and 1 bundle will help.
 

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So it looks like Arzest (Yoshi's New Island) has a new game coming out on the eShop for Switch today:

https://gematsu.com/2017/07/arc-system-works-arzest-announce-boost-beast-switch-launches-july-20

It seems to be a match-3 game though.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/3nWPOhAaJmc

Edit: Should note that this would be the 5th game published by Arc System Works on Switch?

- Othello
- New Frontier Days
- Shephy
- Boost Beast
- Unannounced BlazBlue title (TBC)

Still, if we go by number of titles, Hamster would be the biggest supporter for Switch considering how many Neo Geo games are on there.

I'm still waiting for Magical Drop III (Neo Geo), bought Magical Drop 2 to play while I wait.
 

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I'm thinking about going to Bic Camera tomorrow.
The problem is when they announce the winners I am already in the place where I work, so I should come back (you only have from 11:00 to 15:00 to get and pay your Switch), 45 minutes on train, get the Switch, other 45 minutes by train, start working late.

don't @ at me and help me to find an excuse to justify my late arrive at work
 

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How is that baffling? The developers went bankrupt the following year, though most of the staff seems to have landed at Marvelous. After that, I remember that interview about the developers giving the choice between RF and a new project, and they chose the latter (which is why Lord of Magna came to be).

It's not like Marvelous just sat there and said "wow, we have the best-selling RF game, let's just sit there and do nothing with the series now".
If they have the developers, that's exactly what they did. As soon as they hired people after Neverland closed, they could've started work on a sequel or as soon as they finished developing Magna, they could've started working on a sequel.
 

L~A

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If they have the developers, that's exactly what they did. As soon as they hired people after Neverland closed, they could've started work on a sequel or as soon as they finished developing Magna, they could've started working on a sequel.
And how do you know they're not working on it right now? All we know so far, officially, is that RF4 sold well enough to warrant another game (though that was obvious for the best-selling entry), and that the devs chose to work on a different project instead of immediately jumping on RF5.

The thing is, at this point, the next RF game is most definitely either a PlayStation 4 and/or Switch game, not really on the sam scale as a mere 3DS game (especially for developers who went bankrupt a few years ago).

I have no doubt something called Rune Factory is in the works as we speak, and based on Hashimoto's teasing in the yearly 4Gamer dev interviews, it's even possible it will be announced this year (TGS?).
 

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I'm thinking about going to Bic Camera tomorrow.
The problem is when they announce the winners I am already in the place where I work, so I should come back (you only have from 11:00 to 15:00 to get and pay your Switch), 45 minutes on train, get the Switch, other 45 minutes by train, start working late.

don't @ at me and help me to find an excuse to justify my late arrive at work
Tell them you went to your kid's 終業式...
 

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Information about tomorrow's restock at retail stores (from the usual site).

[店頭販売店舗一覧]

店舗名 (shop name) - 販売方法 (sales method) - 販売時間 (selling time)
ビックカメラ (Bic Camera) - 抽選 (lottery) - 抽選受付9:00〜10:00 (lottery apply time)
ソフマップ (Sofmap) - 抽選 (lottery) - 詳細不明 (details unknown)
トイザらス (Toys R Us) - 抽選 (lottery) - 店舗ごとに異なる (different in each store)
ゲオ (Geo) - 不明 (unknown) - 店舗ごとに異なる (different in each store)
ヨドバシカメラ (Yodobashi Camera) - 不明 (unknown) - 未発表 (not yet announced)
ヤマダ電機 (Yamada Denki) - 不明 (unknown) - 未発表 - (not yet announced)

https://gamewith.jp/gamedb/article/show/43620?from=ios
 
I'm thinking about going to Bic Camera tomorrow.
The problem is when they announce the winners I am already in the place where I work, so I should come back (you only have from 11:00 to 15:00 to get and pay your Switch), 45 minutes on train, get the Switch, other 45 minutes by train, start working late.

don't @ at me and help me to find an excuse to justify my late arrive at work
Just say "Splatoon" and bring it with you at work
 

KtSlime

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Information about tomorrow's restock at retail stores (from the usual site).

[店頭販売店舗一覧]

店舗名 (shop name) - 販売方法 (sales method) - 販売時間 (selling time)
ビックカメラ (Bic Camera) - 抽選 (lottery) - 抽選受付9:00〜10:00 (lottery apply time)
ソフマップ (Sofmap) - 抽選 (lottery) - 詳細不明 (details unknown)
トイザらス (Toys R Us) - 抽選 (lottery) - 店舗ごとに異なる (different in each store)
ゲオ (Geo) - 不明 (unknown) - 店舗ごとに異なる (different in each store)
ヨドバシカメラ (Yodobashi Camera) - 不明 (unknown) - 未発表 (not yet announced)
ヤマダ電機 (Yamada Denki) - 不明 (unknown) - 未発表 - (not yet announced)

https://gamewith.jp/gamedb/article/show/43620?from=ios
I called Yodobashi in Akiba today and was told that they were not expecting a restock, and that only people who preordered the bundle will be getting it, as well as only people who preordered the game will be getting a copy.
 

L~A

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Nintendo knows the Splatoon 2 thirst is real and strong, and so Splatoon 2 is already available for purchase (and download) on the Nintendo eShop (a full hour before the usual release time for Nintendo games - 10PM JST).
 

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Nintendo knows the Splatoon 2 thirst is real and strong, and so Splatoon 2 is already available for purchase (and download) on the Nintendo eShop (a full hour before the usual release time for Nintendo games - 10PM JST).
How long til it hits number 1 on the eshop i wonder
 

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I'm thinking about going to Bic Camera tomorrow.
The problem is when they announce the winners I am already in the place where I work, so I should come back (you only have from 11:00 to 15:00 to get and pay your Switch), 45 minutes on train, get the Switch, other 45 minutes by train, start working late.

don't @ at me and help me to find an excuse to justify my late arrive at work
Got nothing scheduled tomorrow I could pick up that Switch for you ahah

"and then go give it to you after work" L~A™
 

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Nintendo knows the Splatoon 2 thirst is real and strong, and so Splatoon 2 is already available for purchase (and download) on the Nintendo eShop (a full hour before the usual release time for Nintendo games - 10PM JST).
Smart move.
 

L~A

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Ok I will edit that :p

I already got one since launch and I'm no scalper so zero risk!
Ha ha, I was just kidding around.

But yeah, those lotteries are a massive pain for people who work... even those who don't, I guess, as I'm sure they'd rather spend their free days doing something else than line up for the right to buy something (as desired as that something may be).

How long til it hits number 1 on the eshop i wonder
Counting on mpl90 for giving us timely and relevant updates ;)
 

Fisico

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Ha ha, I was just kidding around.

But yeah, those lotteries are a massive pain for people who work... even those who don't, I guess, as I'm sure they'd rather spend their free days doing something else than line up for the right to buy something (as desired as that something may be).
I know :p
I think the problem is more on the timeslot of availability, unless you're working next to the store or have a verrry flexible time schedule it's pretty much impossible.
What's the point behind that anyway, is there a valid reason?
 

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Splatoon 2 digital edition already #1 on Amazon.
Amazon Prime has been down for the last 45 minutes, because of the Splatoon 2 Bundle
 

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Ha ha, I was just kidding around.

But yeah, those lotteries are a massive pain for people who work... even those who don't, I guess, as I'm sure they'd rather spend their free days doing something else than line up for the right to buy something (as desired as that something may be).



Counting on mpl90 for giving us timely and relevant updates ;)
He's not being timely enough but unsurprisingly its number 1 in the eshop in just 2 hours
 

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How many Switch consoles do you think Nintendo would sell this week if there was unlimited stock?
Depends how well advertised. And what kind of throughput the system can handle. They could do a second launch and sell at least half a million in a day based on the lottery lines, if people knew they were available.
 
In case people wanted some hard mobile numbers:

[Nirolak's Note: This is the current performance.]

5 Thousand Installs and Half-a-Million of Dollars a Day
Despite Global featuring on both Apple and Google Play Stores, Fire Emblem Heroes has only had around 10M downloads worldwide, suggesting a lack of User Acquisition and niche appeal. Despite a lack of installs, revenue for the game hasn't slowed down.
Source: https://www.deconstructoroffun.com/blog/2017/6/20/fire-emblem-heroes-its-gacha-a-hand-on-your-wallet
 

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How is that baffling? The developers went bankrupt the following year, though most of the staff seems to have landed at Marvelous. After that, I remember that interview about the developers giving the choice between RF and a new project, and they chose the latter (which is why Lord of Magna came to be).
You sure about that? Last time I checked none of Neverland joined Marvelous, and Lord of Magna was all Marvelous, staff that worked on Rune Factory from Marvelous' side.
 

L~A

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You sure about that? Last time I checked none of Neverland joined Marvelous, and Lord of Magna was all Marvelous, staff that worked on Rune Factory from Marvelous' side.
100% sure of that:

"It's human nature that when you work on the same thing over and over, you want to branch out and do something different. We asked the Rune Factory team if they wanted to create another Rune Factory or if they wanted to branch out and create something else. They said they wanted to challenge themselves with something else and that was the beginning of Forbidden Magna," producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto said to Siliconera when we talked about how the game got started.

Forbidden Magna began its life inside Neverland, the same studio that makes the Rune Factory games and Lufia series. After the studio closed, some of the Neverland staff moved into Marvelous AQL to finish Forbidden Magna.
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/10/01/origins-forbidden-magna-action-srpg-battle-system/

There's also that statement from Hashimoto following the closure of Neverland:

As of now, it'll still remain a secret as to what kind of title we'll be releasing next, but I can say that the staff members are still doing great.
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/11/29/rune-factory-series-producer-shares-brief-message-future/

I guess he could be talking about the Marvelous team, but that would be weird for a message specifically adressing Neverland. Not to mention that would be kind of a d*ck thing to say ("I heard your grandma was in accident, is she okay?!" "Oh, I'm perfectly fine, thank you. I even went running this morning!")

The real question has always been: how many of the former Neverland Co. people ended at Marvelous, and I don't think Marvelous has ever said anything about that.
 

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Even if not a single employee from Neverland made it over to Marvelous they could still make RF 5. They probably will eventually!