Fan Feedback Led MangaGamer To Drop Game Prices Across The Board

By Ishaan . December 8, 2010 . 5:31pm

Prices are something that come up often during discussions on MangaGamer’s digital-only games, which is something the publisher itself admits is a bit of a growing concern, based on feedback from fans.

 

As a result, effective this week, prices across MangaGamer’s portfolio of titles have been slashed. Nearly every game published by the company has seen a drop in price, with the Higurashi no Naku Koro niAnswer” chapters dropping all the way down to 9.95 Euros.

 

Siliconera spoke with MangaGamer’s head translator/marketing manager, John Pickett, about the price drop, and asked what prompted the decision, who told us it was a mix of fan feedback and to encourage future licensing opportunities.

 

“I’ve actually been pushing for a price drop for a very long time now, since our prices (for download products) are fans’ #1 complaint,” Pickett told us. “If we actually get games to hit in the range of 2,000 units or so, it would help us to convince even more companies to join the team and put out more games with us.”

 

“Then we can have a more direct say in what in what gets localized and bring over other titles that fans have asked us about,” he finished.


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  • PrinceHeir

    yeah i agree it’s about time the games there got a price cut. i might buy the whole Higurashi library there, just because i recently finished the first season. it was bloody awesome :)

    • SolidusSnake

      It’s great, right? One of my favorite anime series. :)

      • PrinceHeir

        hell yeah :D

        we need more of these anime’s. full of mysteries, blood and killing and so on.

        im actually surprised japan allowed this to be made. so any other anime’s like this? i know school days and higurashi’s couterpart Umineko no Naku Koro ni are similar to this.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          I’m not sure if it’s exactly what you have in mind, but if you want a nice mystery series, Monster is pretty good! I’ve only read the manga myself, but I hear the anime is great, too.

          • PrinceHeir

            ohh i heard about that. i’ll check it sometime :D

            i think the one’s that are full of mystery are the one’s i really enjoy. Blassreiter and Ergo Proxy comes to mind but their more sci fi. i guess specifically im looking for more horror anime’s.

            have you also watch Phantom of Requiem? it’s really a noir kind of anime that deals with people who have power and who are willing to kill anyone that stands in their way.

          • SolidusSnake

            If you like violent horror anime you MUST SEE Berserk.

            You may already know about it, but Evangelion is another must see. I avoided it for years because I thought it was just teen angst crap but it’s seriously good. Also, be sure to check out Akira, which is a sci-fi / horror anime that shows what happens when people get more power than they can handle. It’s one of my favorite movies, animated or otherwise.

          • PrinceHeir

            i heard the beserk anime wasn’t complete not to mention the manga is not done yet.

            yup loved eva too bad i forgot nearly everything about it but i’ll be watching it soon. love the new Eva movies btw ^^

            i might try akira sometime too. aww man thinking of eva reminded me that the artist also did the mecha’s from Xenogears.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            I did watch Phantom! I quite liked it, too, but other stuff got in the way and I didn’t get the chance to finish it…

            That anime is based on a visual novel, too, actually. Nitroplus released a remake of it on the Xbox 360 in Japan this year: http://bit.ly/gh2uJt

          • PrinceHeir

            yup2 i want to but i haven’t seen a official translation of it.

            i do know is that this game has been translated. im not sure where i saw it though.

            you should definitely finish it. you will be blown away at the end.

          • http://myfigurecollection.net/collection/ashgail Ashgail

            Let me expand on Ishaan’s recommendation. Read everything from Naoki Urasawa. That person’s a genius when it comes to storytelling. Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto. That’ll throw you straight into fandom and you’ll never get out of it alive

        • http://mangagamer.wordpress.com/ Kouryuu

          If you like Umineko, the fan-translation group Witch Hunt is actually working with one of our partners, HobiBox, and the creators to bring the game out in English. You can find their patch and instructions on how to buy it from Hobibox at their website here:

          http://witch-hunt.com/stage.html

          • PrinceHeir

            thanks for the link :D

            but sadly the game is sold out right now. no worries i’ll search one from the site’s i gave earlier.

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    can more background be provided for those of us who have no idea what this “mangagamer” is?

    • http://mangagamer.wordpress.com/ Kouryuu

      Well, the short answer would be that we too are a game localization company, just like NISA, XSEED, and Aksys.

      However, while those three focus on console games, our focus is on Visual Novels for the PC. Many anime such as Da Capo, Shuffle, Higurashi, Fate/Stay Night, and more were originally based off these Visual Novels.

      Visual Novels are typically far more focused on story and character than gameplay, but that’s not the case for all of them. You’d be surprised to see just how many of today’s video games and video game companies share roots with Visual Novels.

      If you’re interested in learning more, why not check us out? I’m willing to bet we can offer something you’ll like–even if you don’t know it yet.

      • PrinceHeir

        wait so are you representative of them kouryuu? just curios though.

        that’s basically all of it. a digital only company that focuses on Visual Novel games.

        • http://mangagamer.wordpress.com/ Kouryuu

          Yup. I’m one of the main translators. I also run the blog, twitter, etc. among other things.

          Feel free to come talk to us!

          • PrinceHeir

            awesome never knew one of the key people’s in Mangagamer is a member of siliconera.

            will do ^^

      • androvsky

        When looking at the forums of game localization companies, there’s usually a request section. It’s usually half-filled with requests for visual novels, with a bunch of replies informing them of how impossible it is. I sometimes get the feeling that even western otaku who want to play visual novels are barely aware that MangaGamer exists (even I forget you have a few clean games). I assume you’ve tried, but porting an all-ages game to a major service like Steam, PSN, iOS, Android, or XBLA would make a huge difference.

        • http://mangagamer.wordpress.com/ Kouryuu

          Actually, Kira Kira and Higurashi are available on the iPhone. And yes, we did ask Steam, though not much success there yet.

          Maybe next time you spot one of those threads you can link them over to our website or the request thread on our forums? ^_^

          • PrinceHeir

            sure2 :D

            im really glad you guys are localizing a bunch of stuff from japan ^^

            keep up the good work :)

        • PrinceHeir

          i think the reason why they can’t do that is because some of those services are not willing to put time and money into it. XBL are already releasing physical copies visual novel games in japan(only) and PSN is more restrict in this kind of games.

          Steam might not invest to it since they might say their not fully aware in this kind of games but anything is possible.

          there are already site’s that are doing the same thing as mangagamer.

          http://www.yesasia.com/us/en/home.html
          http://www.jlist.com/
          http://www.jbox.com
          http://www.jastusa.com/
          http://www.erogeshop.com/
          http://eng.dlsite.com/
          http://www.melonbooks.co.jp/
          http://www.messe.gr.jp/
          http://www.g-collections.com/
          http://www.himeyashop.com/
          http://www.rightstuf.com/rssite/main/
          http://www.animecornerstore.com/

          though i recommend manga gamer. they seem to have some rare selection of games not to mention their site is more colorful and awesome ^^

          • http://twitter.com/Dark_Shiki Dark Shiki

            “The same thing as Mangagamer”? Not sure what you’re referring to here, but Mangagamer localizes Japanese PC visual novels (mostly 18+). As of now, there’s only two players of any note doing this: JAST USA and Mangagamer. All those other sites you listed are just distributors.

  • Ladius

    Very good, really. I have been bitching against MG’s prices for quite some time, and now I feel that I must stay true to my word: I’m gonna buy Da Capo, and the Kira Kira bundle pack in the next days :) I already bought MG’s Higurashi retail copy, but then again I will probably buy the additional arcs now that their price is reasonable.

    Next is going retail with at least some titles, and seeing how MG is able to improve its offer (new localization process, new prices policy) I’m really hopeful about that :)

    • SolidusSnake

      I’ve been wanting Higurashi for awhile, but honestly, I really like having a physical copy of my games. I think Carpe Fulgur got the price point right with Recettear. $20 is the max I’m willing to pay just to download a game, and it’s not so cheap that people will automatically assume it’s crap based on the price.

  • WonderSteve

    I think fans do appreciate when a publisher/developer listen and respond to feedbacks.

    Thank you for listening. I am looking forward to purchasing Ef from MangaGamer.

  • http://twitter.com/Linka13 Linka

    I kinda wish that I had the money, and really, the viable methods to go ahead and buy the games. Something I wouldn’t mind doing someday is buying all the episodes on a disk off of Amazon– of course, I’d prefer that since that’s one of the few sites that I can actually order things off of.

    Sadly, download-only sites tend to be more trouble on my part, especially since I can’t have a bank account, a credit card, or even a Paypal Account– at least in the case of the latter, I’d have to jump through a lot of risky hoops, or convince someone with one that, yes, I’d want this. And the last thing I managed to convince on that is Minecraft.

    Oh well, I can hold hope that one day I’ll have all of Higurashi at access to me…

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