What are some western games well received in Japan? Pic related
Funny how a simple mockup of a western character can make it break through in Japan.
Japanese executives did have a point with those disgusting redneck teeth, though.
Would you believe Castles by Interplay was popular? It got ported to the PC-98, and then ported to the SFC as Super Castles(which is one of the few SNES mouse compatible games).
Populous was also popular enough to get the sequel on the SFC, and here in the US we only got the first game as a launch title.
Maxis's Sim games were popular, they got SimTown ported to the SFC, I don't think any other region did.
Not technically related to OP's question, but since we're talking about Western games being released in Japan, you guys might enjoy this article about the Japanese translation of Banjo-Kazooie:
Interestingly Wizardry 3 was beat by Might and Magic 1 and Ultima 4 during a 1988 Comptiq poll regarding the imports.
Though the golden age of point and click games went unnoticed in Japan (maybe because they already experimented with part of its formula), Maniac Mansion was well-ported for the NES and even adapted for the japanese market on Famicom.
How big was Crash in Japan? I know he didn't do horribly there but my understanding is that it did okay, but not great. This thread seems to indicate otherwise though.
I know Western CRPGs did pretty well in Japan, but outside of that I don't know much. Regarding consoles, what were the most successful Western games there?
Comptiq didn't care about DQ that much even though it was on the MSX. Falcom games like Ys and Xanadu were the rage and stuff like Hydlide 3.
Strategy games were also huge, particularly Koei's stuff and Daisenryaku.