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Oh Sakaguchi Don't Be Silly!



Despite popular belief Final Fantasy VI sold poorly in the west according to Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. Sales were great in Japan, but not in North America, whereas Final Fantasy VII did well in all regions. According to Sakaguchi-san size really does matter to the North American audience. Here's a quote from a recent interview he had with another website:

Hironobu Sakaguchi wrote:“In terms of numbers, [Final Fantasy VI] didn’t sell in the States. It actually did very well in Japan. I’m mystified, because I see [Americans] are playing the [mobile] version. I think size of the characters really matters to an American audience, so from Final Fantasy VII onward, we used bigger characters. [I think] that’s why Final Fantasy VII took off. But I am kind of mystified [by VI’s current popularity in the West], because [Americans] didn’t buy Final Fantasy VI back then.”

Silly or not there is truth to what Sakaguchi-san says. What are your thoughts on the matter? Be sure to let us know in our comments below!

Source: Nintendo Everything.

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I don't even...um...what? Bored/What the...?
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I sorta agree, a lot of people I know don't like the Chibi style... (though they're hypocritical since they say they hate it on stuff like Mario, FF, ect. But love it on Marvel and Walking Dead... :/)
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on September 7th 2015, 11:39 ambro2dragons
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I can't say character size matters to me, but party size sure does. Final Fantasy is mostly exempt, but I do see a downward trend in RPGs lately toward smaller parties. Four was once standard, but then it became three, and now looks like two is becoming the average. This is an unrelated subject, for sure, but it does drive me a little crazy. I want a small army, and I want it now.
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@bro2dragons I'm thinking of getting RPG Maker, which I intend to use as part of my Expanded Chromaicora project. The minimum number of party members in my games would likely be four, though expect between four and seven in most cases (possibly even eight or more depending on the situation)! Charizard
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@bro2dragons wrote:I can't say character size matters to me, but party size sure does. Final Fantasy is mostly exempt, but I do see a downward trend in RPGs lately toward smaller parties. Four was once standard, but then it became three, and now looks like two is becoming the average. This is an unrelated subject, for sure, but it does drive me a little crazy. I want a small army, and I want it now.
Games in general are becoming too simplistic.

passioNATE wrote:I sorta agree, a lot of people I know don't like the Chibi style... (though they're hypocritical since they say they hate it on stuff like Mario, FF, ect. But love it on Marvel and Walking Dead... :/)
Why not? Chibi is so cute! I love you
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@Kushina I personally love chibi style, but too many people I know say its "too Japanese" yet like the said american franchises chibi fied
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