RPGs are the most expensive games for older systems because they're one of the most popular genres among the ultra-hardcore contingent who collect older systems, and because most RPGs are printed in fairly small quantities. Modest demand exceeds limited supply.Originally Posted by Promophile
Are RPGs "the best games on most systems"? Only a self-confessed RPG fan such as yourself would make or believe such a claim.
Stating the percentage of JRPGs released for the various systems proves that the genre hasn't "exploded" in North America, and that it hasn't fueled the growth of the North American video game market, as you claimed. It's benefited from that growth, but not fueled it.
"Most of the games released are fluff" is a meaningless statement that confirms your RPG fandom, and your inability to recognize other genres as more important and popular in North America.
I already mentioned in an earlier post what I would consider to be a decent benchmark of JRPGs as a mainstream genre.
Japanese RPGs certainly have their place in the market, but that place is a niche. They will never supplant sports games, action/adventure games, racing games, and shooting games as the staples of North America. I enjoy playing them, and I enjoyed localizing them, but I understand and accept why most of them will only appeal to hardcore gamers.
Question: What do you think of the FF series, the one JRPG franchise to penetrate the North American mainstream (thanks to Sony)? I have a hunch how you'll respond.