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Famitsu Releases Next-Gen Survey Results

Weekly Famitsu, Japan's most popular consumer video game magazine, has released the results of a survey asking an unspecified number of developers, retailers, and consume...

Nich Maragos

June 10, 2005

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Weekly Famitsu, Japan's most popular consumer video game magazine, has released the results of a survey asking an unspecified number of developers, retailers, and consumers their thoughts on the upcoming next generation of consoles. Answers to the question "Will [X Platform] do well?" had the PlayStation 3 with the highest percentage of "Yes" answers amongst developers and retailers, with 79.4% and 87% respectively. However, when it came to consumers, Nintendo's Revolution led the category with 65.4% to Sony's 48.9% (and Microsoft's 39.8%). The feature that seems to have put the Revolution over the top is the system's ability to play Nintendo's 20-year library of games, which got 145 votes, the single highest concentration of votes in any of the top 5 features of all three systems. Highly demanded aspects of the next-gen consoles behind that were the Xbox 360's expanded Live service (100 votes) and the PlayStation 3's graphical prowess (94 votes). Finally, the most wanted software for each system in Japan varied slightly between retailers and users. On PS3, retailers picked Metal Gear Solid 4 over Devil May Cry 4 and Mobile Suit Gundam, while users cited Final Fantasy as the biggest draw over Metal Gear Solid 4 and New Gran Turismo. On Revolution, retailers and users were in complete accord, with New Super Smash Brothers leading New Zelda and New Super Mario. Blue Dragon for the Xbox 360 topped both lists as well, but retailers gave Dead or Alive 4 the edge over Lost Odyssey, while users went the other way around.

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