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Little King’s Lament

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Sorry kid: you had way too much engaging gameplay and not enough blood, guns and tits

Marvelous Interactive released their financial results for the past year and, well, it’s ugly:

Japanese publisher Marvelous announced recently that it lost 1.623b Yen ($18.12m at current exchange rates) in the year ending March 2010. Compared to the losses of other publishers, that may sound like a small loss, but Marvelous revenues were only 82.85b Yen ($92.46m) for the fiscal year. During the year ending March 2009, Marvelous had revenues of 101.40b Yen ($113.16m) and lost only 1.221b Yen ($13.63m).

The King is dead long live the King. Sob.1


1 You can still, posthumously, show your support, heathen–there’s also the marvelous Rune Factory Frontier for all your farming and monster slavery needs.

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  1. 05/25/2010 at 19:33

    I read that they are planning on ditching North America in the next year. I guess I should have bought LKS when I had the chance…

    • ECM
      05/25/2010 at 19:33

      I hate you.

      And you fail twice: first you didn’t buy it; second–CHI, a relative non-gamer–actually bought it and you didn’t!! Turn in your gamer street cred card (it’s that laminated thing in your wallet that you are required–by law!–to present to all members of the opposite sex lest they make an unwitting (and terrrible) mistake)!

  2. Chi
    05/25/2010 at 20:00

    But… little buddies. šŸ˜¦

    • ECM
      05/26/2010 at 03:20

      It’s a dark day, CHI šŸ˜¦

  3. 05/25/2010 at 21:19

    Are “hardcore” gamers the one to blame here? What about all the soccer moms that have a wii and just use it for wii fit?

    • ECM
      05/25/2010 at 22:22

      Let’s think about this for a second: the Wii has an installed base of over 70 million so there’s going to be, de facto, a *huge* number of hardcore gamers–it’s impossible for there not to be–does that answer your question? (And make no mistake: this game would have sold just as badly on PS360 as it did on Wii because the “hardcore” gamer of today has no use for games that don’t have guns, blood and boobs and because LKS is ‘teh gay’.)

  4. 05/26/2010 at 01:42

    I think that 70 million base is far more diverse from what we think. Also, i think a lot of the nintendo “hardcore” fanbase are just loyal to nintendo brands, and don’t care much for other franchises. I have seen it, people with cubes that just cared about nintendo properties and maybe a couple of other games. They would get every single pokemon game, any zelda, star fox or metroid. But something like Ikaruga? Skies of Arcadia? No and no.

    So, i think it’s just everyone ignoring the game: nintendo fans, “hardcores”, soccer moms. Everyone.

    • ECM
      05/26/2010 at 03:08

      Oh, I agree: everyone did ignore it, but the only people that would have looked at it in the first place would have been core gamers–soccer moms play WiiFit/Sports/NSMB Wii. (I expect better of those that self-consciously label themselves “gamers” than Mom sweatin’ to the balance board.) XD

  5. 05/26/2010 at 02:55

    Okay, you’ll have to explain to me what makes this game so great. I’m still confusing it with that game Square released for WiiWare a couple of years back.

    • ECM
      05/26/2010 at 03:17

      I will endeavor to do so–in this space!–sometime today (when it isn’t 3:15AM). šŸ˜¦

    • ECM
      05/26/2010 at 18:18

      Alright, now that I’m semi-coherent, here’s wahat LKS is about, in as few words as possible:

      It’s the logical continuation of Pikmin, if you added:

      *A far more in-depth story
      *Many many many more things to do (side-quests, boss fights, etc.)
      *Way more charm and heart.
      *And far more difficulty.

      It has decent graphics (they really really should have skipped the bloom overload, though, as everything looks shot in soft focus hell), a fantastic classical music score and basically represents the heart and soul of quirky Japanese game design, i.e. the kind of game that was never going to be a big hit but, maybe in the 16 or 32-bit era would have been far more well-received by an audience far less jaded or hung-up on ‘mature’ gaming.

      (The killer is if this game had been published by Nintendo, it would have sold a good 500k units, though I guess that could be said about a lot of the Wii’s sleeper titles like Zak & Wiki, Rune Factory Frontier, Muramasa, etc.)

  6. 05/26/2010 at 13:52

    Uh, if I pick it up now, can I have my Gamer-Card and seniority back?

    On a serious note, I fell into the same trap that ManekiNeko fell into. I thought that was a physical release for that WiiWare SE title they did.

  7. kog3100_edw
    05/26/2010 at 16:08

    This game has been pretty well covered in print. So I knew what it was, what is was about, and can appreciate its greatness. I lament the profusion of blood and boobs that obscured this title.

    Having said that, I also am guilty of not buying it. This has more to do with my increasing fear of anything that smacks of ‘strategy’ game. That isn’t very fair of me, but there you go.

  8. 05/26/2010 at 17:56

    I really didn’t see any ads for this game at all, like, zero. Most wii games i ever heard something are either nintendo franchises or something in the vein of No More Heroes, Madworld and Tatsunoko vs Capcom.

    • ECM
      05/26/2010 at 18:22

      Yeah, there were no ads and is, if you needed any more proof, a good example of what makes the gaming press so impotent: when they get behind a quirky, unusual, game and pretty much across-the-board rate it a solid B+ and it still doesn’t sell, that should tell you all you need to know about the power of game journos to sway anyone, ever. (Of course history is riddled with the corpses of such games, but we still pretend that the magazines/websites are little more than hype precursors for AAA games, and I say this from experience since nobody really cares about the low-key–but excellent–releases.)

  9. Chi
    05/26/2010 at 23:03

    Ya know, one chick in the game is pretty stacked. So you can’t say it doesn’t have boobs. Maybe marketing should have focused on that…

  10. 05/27/2010 at 13:30

    Oh great, now you have me looking at that wallpaper for a pair of well endowed jugga-jugs.

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