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8:29 am - 05/17/2012

Top Ten XBOX 360 games popular in Japan despite never being released there

Multi-national releases are a difficult process. Not only are there linguistic and cultural barriers to overcome, but very often content or simple monetary reasons can keep a game from entering one country or another. Even so, some games are desired despite their limited availability no matter where you are. That being said, here are the top ten Xbox 360 games in Japan that were never released in Japan* (Comments are from the owner of the game store, Game Station, which sells imports in Japan).

10: Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe
"The first Mortal Kombat for the next-gen consoles. Highly sought by Mortal Kombat fans and fans of DC heroes like Superman and Spider-Man." (editor's note: Spider-Man is neither a DC property, nor even present in Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe)

9: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
"Most games based off of anime or movies are generally lackluster, however, this title turned out to be surprisingly good. Much like the Toy Story 3 game, which came it at number 11, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a fairly popular movie-based game."

8: Splatterhouse
"An entirely new game in the series. The ability to unlock and play the previous 3 games is an added bonus."

7: Mortal Kombat
"The second next-gen Mortal Kombat. Unlike Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe, which, much to the chagrin of many hard-core fans, was rated Teen due to the addition of the DC heroes, the new Mortal Kombat was rated Mature, with its staple graphic killing scenes."

6: Aliens Vs Predator
"Pretty much all Alien-based games sell well. It's best to play this game after watching all the Alien movies, Predator movies, and Alien Vs Predator movies!" (editor's note: It's really not.)</p>

5: Silent Hill: Homecoming
"The Japanese version was cancelled just before release, so this game sells well even now. Recently, people have been buying Homecoming together with the newly released Downpour and the HD collection of the originals."

4: Dead Space 2
"The sequel to Dead Space. It looks like "game sequels never outsell the original." Still, people who enjoyed the original should enjoy this one as well."

3: Prototype
"Even people who don't regularly play foreign games often come to our store asking, "Do you have this game called, ‘Prototype?'" Mostly likely it's word of mouth from friends that's making this game popular enough for people to buy it without knowing what it's about."

2: Call of Duty: World At War
"This was the only game in the Call of Duty series that didn't get a Japanese release. Whether it's because it was released the year Activision pulled out of Japan, or because the enemies in the game are the Japanese, either way, it's a must-have for fans of the Call of Duty series." (editor's note: My bets are on the latter…)

1: Dead Space
"Dead Space is so famous that even people who don't play imported games know about it. The announcement that it wouldn't be sold in Germany or Japan was probably the best sales advertisement ever."

I find number 2 to be particularly interesting given that the Japanese are enemies in the game and it's initial ban in Japan because of that.


squallina 17th-May-2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
Did they go out and survey all 100 Xbox owners in Japan? xD jk jk

BTW I'd love to get Aliens Vs Predator, and I don't even like first person shooters.
siha 17th-May-2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
i think i might finally give dead space a try, i've always been iffy about it.
kerplunk 17th-May-2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
wear me.
ori_quey 17th-May-2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Loved the Dead Space games. Made me seriously want to crap my pants.
mousougirl 17th-May-2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
I love Dead Space so much so I'm glad those are on the list I guess, haha. And it is really interesting that CoD: World at War is so popular there. And I think Silent Hill is popular everywhere despite the release delays/cancellations Japan apparently had,
kerplunk 17th-May-2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
idgi tho, they ban these games but there are WAY wrose games in japanese games that never get banned.

Anyways dead space is amazing, i heard the banning of it was just a marketing ploy.

Edited at 2012-05-17 03:54 pm (UTC)
uviebaby 17th-May-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
The Silent Hill series keeps getting worst and worst. Anyone who bought and played Downpour and thought, 'well, I'd like to give their previous game a try, still' is outta their mind. I'm sorry, but Downpour had me like 'seriously, Konami? And to once think you scared the hell out of me w/ Pyramid Head!'

One day I'll have the courage to play Dead Space. lol.
kawaii_neko23 17th-May-2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah I sort of agree, but I have to admit after the total crapness that was Homecoming I actually enjoyed Downpour. The new game will never be as good as the old but at least Downpour was better than Homecoming.
hakuei_smex 17th-May-2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
lilly0 17th-May-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Is Downpour really that bad? I haven't played it yet. I didn't like Homecoming much,so I hoped Downpour would be better...
firemelon 18th-May-2012 02:33 am (UTC)
I watched an LP of Downpour. I can tell you that you don't spend a lot of time exploring the town... :/
yume_no_yousei 17th-May-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
We usually hear about Japan-release-only games being popular overseas, it's nice hearing about it the other way around. c:
And Prototype is a fantastic game, glad that it's in top 3. <3
lilly0 17th-May-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Wow! Some of these games are a real surprise for me. Especially Silent Hill, CoD, Dead Space and Prototype. I didn't know that none of them were released in Japan, considering how popular these games are. (Though I think Prototype was a surprise-hit, so I guess they didn't know it would sell well...?)
firemelon 18th-May-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
lol splatterhouse is so terrible
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