Japan's love of Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! hasn't faded yet. It gained notoriety around here for beating the likes of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, for goodness sake! And it's Japan-exclusive, meaning we don't even get to see what the fuss is about.
If you've been following this tale like us, it won't surprise you to learn that the latest entry in the Momotaro Dentetsu series has now passed 3.5 million sales, which is a huge milestone.
Despite being out for a year and a half, it's just lovely to see something like this break records. To give even more context, the game passed the 3 million mark last summer, and it also ended the year as the third best-selling game in Japan in 2021. The only two games that beat it were Monster Hunter Rise and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. That's ridiculous.
We'd love to see it here in the west and experience this lovable train simulator board game.
Would you like to see this hugely popular series here in the west? Let us know in the comments.
It's strange they haven't localised it for Western markets given the title's huge success.
We actually did get a game in the series in the west.... as an untranslated game on the TG16 Mini.
Answer: Yes, I would like to see this hugely popular series here in the west, I'd love to see where it ranks in my all-time greatest ever train simulator board-video games.
Looks weird. Yes I’d like it.
But I think Dance Dance Revolution is more popular and recognizable by Western audiences than Momoraro Dentetsu.
Konami should bring Dance Dance Revolution again to modern consoles.
Just release DDR for consoles without e-amusement system.
if its that successful, why not localize it then?
When I saw the title I thought it was a joke now seing the sales numbers I am genuinely curious.
It should come out in the rest of the world if its good
Removed - unconstructive
I would like a localized, sorry, make that a TRANSLATED version for a western release. It looks interesting.
Lol people said Yo-Kai-Watch was a Pokèmon killer and look how that turned out. I'm curious to see how long this will stay popular for.
@RubyCarbuncle This franchise has been popular for over 20 years now.
And of course I really want new DDR games for modern consoles.
Konami have released the newest DDR Arcade, Dance Dance Revolution A3 since last 17 March 2022. It has been 11 years since the last time Konami released DDR II Wii in year 2011.
8th gen consoles are lack of Dance Dance Revolution games and I'm already sick with Just Dance games by Ubisoft on modern consoles.
@BTB20 I only remember hearing about it here and there but that's it. I wonder how popular it would be here though? it probably wouldn't take off on quite that scale but I could be wrong. If what you say is true I'm surprised it hasn't come here.
I'd like to se how the series would fare over in the west. But if it's like Itadaki Street when it was brought over, probably wouldn't be much.
I probably wouldn't call it a killer of anything beyond Itadaki Street or other board games, particularly Billion Road, which was illustrated by a Momotetsu artist.
I never heard about this game at all before this article today.
@Anti-Matter preach 🙌
@ShadowofTwilight22 First I've heard of it and I'm 44. Goes to show us old fogies don't know everything 😅
Yeah... I can't see this coming to the West.
And even if it did, I certainly don't expect it to be the runaway hit that it's been in Japan.
And technically this isn't even a Konami license to begin with, this was Hudson Soft... but since Konami bought them out years ago, now it's theirs.
@HammerGalladeBro i was gonna say, more of a mario party killer, right? the headline here is odd
Has anyone imported and played this? I'm curious about how steep the language barrier is. I'm certain I could play solo and enjoy it, but wondered if it would be too much work to translate while trying multiplayer with my kids.
Not sure why it's not been localised. Surely if it's hugely popular in Japan it will be popular everywhere else. Easy money. There can't be that many differences between Japanese and US/European gamers can there? Can there?...
@Rob3008 game is probably “too Japanese” is the localization excuse
Removed - unconstructive feedback
@HeadPirate so a board game about trains, doesn't seem too far off
Yeah, board game about trains isn't far off, but it's also not what they said, or what I quoted.
They said train SIMULATOR, which is about as accurate as calling CLUE a "dinner party simulator"
@Teksetter I've played it with my in-laws in Japan, and even though I needed to heavily lean on their translation of what was going on, it was a very good time. It's not a train simulator - rather, it's more like a cross between Mario Party and Monopoly. However, you can screw over your opponents in delightfully devious ways, so it makes for a rip-roaringly hilarious party game.
I can kind of see why it hasn't been translated for the global market - it leans heavily on local knowledge and the things each region in Japan is famous for. It's difficult to localise for that reason, I think. However, the gameplay is solid, and IMO is a lot more fun than Mario Party and Monopoly. If you're learning Japanese, then I'd definitely recommend trying to import it. You can probably fill in the gaps of your language knowledge by pointing Google Translate at the TV screen and seeing what the text roughly means.
Hi & thank you for sharing your experience with the game! It sounds like it’s a good time and the sales numbers are justified.
I lived in Japan for 8 years, got pretty proficient in the language, and though I returned to the States a long time ago I still work for a Japanese company and retained most of my fluency. I’m somewhat familiar with Japan’s geography and the different customs and meibutsu, so MomoDen would be educational for me I’m sure. I’m just worried I’d be stuck playing solo because I can’t explain all the comedy and rules to my young kids.
I’ll think about it more…. Thanks again!
Edit: Now that I look into it, this certainly would be a solo game for me. My kids are too young to handle all the huge yen amounts and concepts like interest and debt, and no way would they stick around after the god of poverty drops a golden poo and wipes out all the properties they bought. Still though, I might try just to go around the different train stations in Japan and see the local specialties, some of which I was lucky enough to experience long ago.
This looks super cute, I would love to try it out in english!
Tap here to load 30 comments
Leave A Comment
Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...