Monster Hunter Riders storms to the top of the Japanese download chart – Pocket Gamer.Biz
This article is an element of an ongoing sequence of knowledge-pushed articles from PocketGamer.biz and App Annie highlighting tendencies in the cell video games sector.
We’re persevering with to take a break from the international cell recreation charts, as an alternative dipping into what is going on on in particular person territories.
From initially the US, then Germany, this week we’re delving into the Japanese cell recreation market.
And the large shock is how acquainted many of the titles on these charts are.
Of course, there stays a robust focus of regionally-developed content material, however even in the case of the most downloaded recreation chart, a big quantity of these video games function on the international most downloaded chart too.
Examples embrace hypercasual experiences akin to Voodoo’s Push’em all and Draw Climber, and Popcore Games’ Pull the Pin.
Still, the top recreation in Japan is Capcom’s Japan-only RPG Monster Hunter Riders, which has simply been launched and is clearly offering extraordinarily common.
It’s additionally one thing of a shock to see Monster Strike, which was launched in 2013, nonetheless that includes on this download chart. But regardless of making over $7 billion in lifetime income, as a result of of the very excessive income it generates per participant it is solely been downloaded by a comparatively small quantity of gamers.
Looking at the hottest cell video games in Japan in phrases of weekly engagement, once more there’s a combine of globally profitable video games and regionally-developed content material, nonetheless the steadiness is now skewed way more in the direction of Japanese video games.
From the international perspective, the two standout video games are Pokemon Go and Call of Duty: Mobile. It’s additionally fascinating to see Knives Out nonetheless performing nicely. Developed by Chinese outfit NetEase, this PUBG Mobile clone launched again in 2018 and has been a fixture on the Japanese cell recreation charts ever since.
But the majority of the video games driving engagement are titles developed by Japanese builders, utilizing Japanese IP and which notably attraction to Japanese customers.
It’s additionally vital to notice that seven of the video games on weekly engagement listing additionally function on the top grossing listing, with Monster Strike taking the #1 place in each charts.
In reality, it is the solely recreation to seem on all three Japanese charts. It’s extraordinarily uncommon for a recreation to do that because it implies that in addition to producing heaps of money and playtime, it is also attracting quite a bit of new gamers.
It’s additionally fascinating to notice regardless of simply having been launched, Monster Hunter Riders is already listed on the top grossing chart.
More usually, such is the profitable nature of Japanese cell players that almost all of the video games on the top grossing chart have additionally featured – and beforehand been mentioned – on the international top grossing charts. But it’s price taking the alternative to take a look at these titles not beforehand coated in these articles.
One such is Cygames’ motion RPG Princess Connect! Re:Dive, which was launched in 2018 as the sequel to the authentic Princess Connect! cell recreation.
Similarly the reputation of baseball in Japanese tradition is highlighted by the place of Konami’s sports activities sim Professional Baseball Spirits A, which is one recreation in a sequence relationship again to 2004.
Finally, Arknights is – like Knives Out – a Chinese-developed recreation, on this case a deep tower protection RPG – that has actually appealed to the Japanese viewers.
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