Recent Poll Suggests Nintendo Is Japanese Gamer’s Favorite Developer

By Michael On 1 Aug, 2014 At 07:57 PM | Categorized As 3DS, 3DS News, General News, News, Wii U, Wii U News | With 0 Comment

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Delving into the minds of other cultures is always an intriguing exercise. I’d like to believe we have our fingers on the pulse of gaming culture in the west. On the other hand, unfortunately, the Japanese gaming culture has always been an enigma. Naturally, understanding  Japanese gamer’s and the Japanese gaming culture will always be difficult, as looking from the outside fails to give you an accurate perspective of the landscape.

Thankfully, we have a few tidbits of information that gives us a small glimpse of how our Japanese counterparts think. The Japanese Publication Freshers conducted a poll last month asking a sample of 500 individuals whether they were gamer’s. Those who answered “Yes” to being a gamer were then asked to name their preferred game developer. The results of the poll are as follows:

#1 Nintendo (41 votes)
#2 Square Enix (31 votes)
#3 Capcom (22 votes)
#4 Sony (20 votes)
#5 Tecmo Koei (14 votes)
#6 Konami (13 votes)
#7 Sega (12 votes)
#8 Level 5 (10 votes)
#9 Atlus (9 votes)
#9 Bandai Namco (9 votes)
#11 EA (5 votes)
#12 Spike Chunsoft (3 votes)
#12 From Software (3 votes)
#12 Nippon Ichi Software (3 votes)
#12 Microsoft (3 votes)
#16 Marvelous AQL (2 votes)
#16 Arc System Works (2 votes)
#18 SNK (1 vote)
#18 Takara Tomy (1 vote)

As expected, Nintendo conquers the top spot garnering 41 votes with Square Enix closely following at second place. Not surprising, the top 10 comprises entirely of Japanese devlopers. The only western developers that managed to receive votes were EA and Microsoft. If the same survey was conducted in North America or in Europe – I suspect the results will be the opposite with many big western developers such as Activision, Ubisoft, Rockstar and Bethesda making the top 10, and very few Japanese developers entering the list.

If anything, the sample above shows that the domestic developers have a better understanding of what the Japanese markets want, and does not imply an underlying bias towards western developers. Japanese gamers tend to gravitate towards handheld experiences, JRPG’s and social gaming, while in the west gamer’s love to shoot things. That’s how the cookie crumbles.

Back to the point, I am glad that at least Nintendo is still highly regarded in their home country!

Via: Kotaku, Source: Freshers

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