Xseed has been shining light on what stores want or better put don’t want to stock on Facebook.
Anime games and games with “cutesy graphics” are turn-offs for retailers, according to an Xseed employee(s?). Responding to a request for Zwei, another Falcom title, a staffer at Xseed wrote “Zwei is a well-made charming game, but the retailers aren’t too crazy about the cutesy graphics, which makes our job a little more difficult.”
Games with “cutesy graphics” seem to be commonplace with titles like Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light and Zelda: Spirit Tracks. Maybe Xseed meant games with cutesy graphics that aren’t tied to an established franchise.
These tidbits on what retailers believe will sell or not sell are interesting since they affect which games get localized and to some extent the style/setting of titles in development.