Okami – They Like It, We Like It But Who’s Buying?

Okami arrived stateside on the 15th of April and so far the superlatives given for this game have been exceedingly generous.

Metacritic complied scores gives Okami for the Wii an 89/100 rating based on 8 professional reviews.

But the question on everyone’s minds is, “Will it sell?”. Or are we expecting a bad case of deja vu all over again?

A sleeper hit is usually classified as an underestimated movie, book or video game that gains unexpected success or recognition but what happens when a game, which already has the recognition but still fails to sell. The game in question that I’m talking about is Okami for the Wii that was released in the US just a day back.

The flash ads that you see on the web currently features the tag line “The Best Game You’ve Never Played” and by the likes of it, due to the lack of advertising for Okami, it is likely that it would maintain that catch phrase.

Okami arrived on the PS2 in late 2006 and went on to sell only 270,000 copies despite the stellar reviews it received from various game magazines and critics. The Wii version with its touched-up graphics (notice I didn’t use upgraded) and a new control scheme has garnered positive reviews up to this point of writing, but it appears the fan-fare and hype for such a top tier game is lacking.

In contrast, the run up to the release of Brawl was a busy and well covered affair. Message boards were set aflame with the sheer deluge of posts coming in daily. Over at Gamefaqs.com, Brawl remained the top game discussed months before the Japanese release and maintained its position well after it was launched stateside. Okami, on the other hand whimpers silently by the side lines. There simply isn’t enough viral marketing, let alone official advertising to pump up the interest for its second coming. Strike one for Okami.

Just another day in the office..

It has been two years since the initial release of Okami and perhaps gamers are not interested in the action RPG genre anymore. But its puzzling to note that Zelda: Twilight Princess and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption share the same genre as well and they went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. Perhaps its unfair to compare Okami to these 2 games that already have solid fan base, but it would be irrational to compare Okami to other titles as well due to the lack of the action RPG genre found on the Wii. So where have all the Okami fans gone? It would be a generous guesstimate to assume if half of the original Okami players moved on to the Wii and not the PS3, and even more generous to assume that these fans would shell out cash to pay for a game that is essentially the same game that they already had experienced on the PS2. New gamers? I think their reply would be, “Okami? What?”

Timing is an all-important factor when it comes to releasing games. Release a game too early and there may still be bugs that have not been squashed. Release it too late and the fans may have moved on to other titles. Release it together with another big name release and you may find your game overshadowed by it. Okami’s release comes a month after Brawl, three weeks before Kart but it’s a mind-boggler to see it receiving less attention from Baroque, another action RPG, which was released a week prior. Baroque currently sits on the top ten game and message board lists in Gamefaqs with Okami no where in sight. What is even more shocking is that Baroque received 1.0/10 score and Okami 7.5/10 from Nintendo Power magazine, yet its getting the lion’s share of the attention.

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On the local front, the Okami MO currently only has four orders, pretty sad for a game of such pedigree. In comparison, Mario Kart has a staggering 83 orders! My assumption is that currently most Wii gamers are preoccupied with either Brawl or PES2008 (I know I am!) and that they are saving their gaming dollar for the upcoming Mario Kart.

Stay tuned to see if I can get my hands on a copy of Okami to give it a delicious review it deserves.

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One Response to Okami – They Like It, We Like It But Who’s Buying?

  1. LightStixx says:

    Hi all, if you’re more curious about this game, do try visiting IGN for their gameplay videos. They offer a large selection of videos.

    One good video I found is found at:

    Hope this can aid in your decision whether or not to purchase this game.

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