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LordJumpMad

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Not all surprisingly popular games are good, just look at Minecraft, and the odd sprout of fans that was able to gather.
But I do miss Katamari, would love to play a new one today.

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Nintenjoe64

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MMORPGs

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SpookyMeths

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Angry Birds.

It's no different than 1000 free flash games that have been floating around on the internet for 20 years, but now you can buy it on a console for $40.

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still can't believe no one said Flappy Bird or whatever crappy mobile game is trendy right now :P
I'm definitely not saying this just because I'm horrible at that game

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GuSilverFlame wrote:

still can't believe no one said Flappy Bird or whatever crappy mobile game is trendy right now :P
I'm definitely not saying this just because I'm horrible at that game

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I don't think Namco, Capcom and Atlus ever dreamed that Katamari, Ace Attorney and Persona, respectively, would become anywhere near as popular (relatively speaking) outside of Japan as they've been.

Katamari Damacy's random success, in particular, is still one of my favorite gaming success stories ever. That game out of nowhere - though I suppose it didn't hurt that it was genuinely good game that retailed at a budget price.

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Wii Sports

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Dreamz

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Minecraft. It boggles my mind how popular this game is.

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Bravely Default. It was sold out in nearly every store in my area, for a good while.

Also League of Legends and other MOBA genre games. I never expected DotA to surpass Warcraft 3's popularity to begin with, and yet here we are.

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Bambeezie

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Gotta go with the original final fantasy. That could have been square's final outing in the gaming world.

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Dinosaurs

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I can't be surprised by my surprise because no one likes what I like in this world. But I'll throw out Guitar Hero and the likes.

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kkslider5552000

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I originally thought a courtroom game was the most idiotic idea for a game when it first came out, so I agree with that. And Bravely Default I'm not sure if that is surprising or not. On one hand, having high sales expectations for new IPs on Nintendo isn't wise. On the other hand, this seems like the logical thing to happen with consistently "surprisingly successful" JRPGs coming out in the past 2 years.

Persona I find more surprising just because they were late PS2 titles more than anything. I would've thought Nocturne would've been the big SMT game over here tbh.

Catherine is another game that I have no idea how it became as popular as it did. I mean it wasn't a huge hit but by Atlus standards it's really big.

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Harvest Moon takes the cake in my opinion.
There have been at least 20 versions of the game, and there is still a genuine fanbase for this game, still selling at least 600K with it's last game for 3DS.
Speaking of which, should I get that game?

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Fire Emblem Awakening.

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SpookyMeths

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OdnetninAges wrote:

Fire Emblem Awakening.

Not sure if this one surprised me. They took a small, though acclaimed, series and made it more accessible to mainstream audiences. I would have been more surprised if it somehow managed to sell fewer units than its predecessors.

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Danny80

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Flappy bird has 100 versions, for different charcters,a great and easy success indeed.

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CaviarMeths wrote:

OdnetninAges wrote:

Fire Emblem Awakening.

Not sure if this one surprised me. They took a small, though acclaimed, series and made it more accessible to mainstream audiences. I would have been more surprised if it somehow managed to sell fewer units than its predecessors.

They were about to cancel the franchise and FE games had never sold well until Awakening. If what you say is so easy then we'd see a lot more niche titles emerging and that's certainly not the case.

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kkslider5552000

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MAN1AC wrote:

CaviarMeths wrote:

OdnetninAges wrote:

Fire Emblem Awakening.

Not sure if this one surprised me. They took a small, though acclaimed, series and made it more accessible to mainstream audiences. I would have been more surprised if it somehow managed to sell fewer units than its predecessors.

They were about to cancel the franchise and FE games had never sold well until Awakening. If what you say is so easy then we'd see a lot more niche titles emerging and that's certainly not the case.

Niche games is frequently an excuse people make to release a game without telling anyone, which is understandable sometimes but frequently becomes a lazy excuse to put a game out to just die at retail. Which is why I'm really glad Nintendo has gone against that idea lately (their idiotic treatment of Wonderful 101 aside). That's just a theory though, but it's probably true.

the original Fire Emblem NA release I thought did pretty well before it immediately became niche. Which isn't surprising since I was paying close attention and even I barely knew Sacred Stones existed and then they decided to put the games on consoles as if that was the audience for it. So even ignoring the more casual modes added and the crazy idea to actually advertise a game (before and during its release, since Awakening before release was the first time I had even heard Nintendo say much about Fire Emblem in forever), they actually put out a Fire Emblem game people cared about for once.

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Skylanders.

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