Hey, did you Japanese developers notice something?
Maybe this will serve as a wake-up call of sorts, but at this rate, it seems very unlikely that any Japanese designer will ever have their finger on the pulse of gamer nation.
However, it should be noted that many of the PS1 classics that arrive on the PlayStation Network are awfully popular. Everyone seems to love the fact that Legend of Dragoon is headed to the PSN , and how long was Final Fantasy VIII on top of the most popular download list? By the way, what other games were on that list? Many of them are titles that offer a style of gameplay that is dead or dying and yet, despite the myth that all Westerners only want to play shooters, those classics often outsell new digital offerings on a consistent basis.
Sure, some of it is nostalgia. In fact, a lot of it is nostalgia. But in many cases, I think it's a very particular brand of nostalgia; the kind that aches for an entertainment experience that is getting more and more difficult to find. Also, let's not forget that these aren't remakes; these aren't games sporting glossy new veneers and redone voices and presentations. Oh no, these are the original adventures and even so, despite all the advances in technology and uber-HD graphics and photorealistic environments, a great many gamers go and download Chrono Cross and Suikoden and Wild ARMs .
Maybe that's a small message. Maybe it might prove there's still a place for story-driven, linear, turn-based adventures in a world that is rapidly going another direction. It may further prove that actual remakes of such titles would be embraced with open arms…