Recettear Sales Top 100,000

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The English language release of doujin item shop RPG masterpiece Recettear has proved an astonishing success, selling 100,000 copies since its release in September.

Translators Carpe Fulgur say that not only has the game sold 100,000 copies already (they expected a mere 10,000 in 6 months), they have earned several times more than they anticipated, securing their company’s fortunes for the time being.

Marring the success slightly, Carpe Fulgur complain that they blundered by bundling the game with a collection of chaff games for $5, causing some of their revenues to be split five ways despite everyone buying the pack solely for the privilege of saving Recette from her crushing debt.

In any case, Carpe Fulgur seem confident they made more than enough to keep translating doujin titles for the western market (not that many doujin games are up to the standard of Recettear).

More importantly, developers EasyGameStation reportedly received an even larger mountain of cash from the success, doubtless an unexpected boon for the developer of a formerly obscure doujin title released several years ago.

With record sales (for a translated doujin game at best and an item shop RPG at worst), fans will doubtless be hoping EasyGameStation will consider a sequel – and if not, that more item shop RPGs will be forthcoming.

Certainly, an Atelier or Disgaea game based on hawking potions to Kishida Mel’s moeblobs or pointy sticks to Prinnies might well have some potential…

Recettear is on sale now.


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    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    00:45 05/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That picture makes me want a future game to be- Kirino: An Eroge Shop's Tale

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    Comment by obro
    00:48 05/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Eroge HO!

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    Comment by Rya
    03:33 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That mental image really made me laugh. Awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "There's no way my little sister can sell Eroge like this!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ruri would be the girl who refuses to buy EGL stuff at 105% base and will only sell her doujinshi/fics at 85% base price...

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    04:25 05/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Oh.., I can just imagine Kuroneko saying "Drop the price down, you pig. An item with a price that high is not worth for the Queen of Darkness to spend her gold." to Recette..

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    Comment by Minako
    07:12 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd... Someone make this happen!

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    04:05 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She wouldn't be able to part with the little sisters though, and thus would not be able to turn a profit D:

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    Comment by peacefan
    00:44 05/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    CAPITALISM HO!

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    Comment by Candy
    00:57 05/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Oh carp!"

    "A hoodlum's gonna steal my cuteness!"

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    01:21 05/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I do not recall saying anything about you being cute." [http://i408.photobucket.com/albums/pp166/Harujion21/ScreenHunter_05Nov301302.jpg]

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    Comment by Jash
    06:26 05/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yayifications!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 05/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I bought it for 10 bucks on Steam..... NO REGRETS

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:36 05/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    And the best part: Endless Mode!

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    Comment by vanchrian
    03:07 05/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm a proud owner of this game as well. Got it off Steam during a sale.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I got it on Steam as a $5 bundle with Jolly Rover, And Yet It Moves, Gish, and Puzzle Agent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Huh? That game is available for 5$? O.o

    Avatar of HouseLife
    Comment by HouseLife
    15:43 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And thus did the yayness come later, as the lady Recette did spake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i bet it got extra large number when the game is sold at $5 as a pack.

    Avatar of Kitsune9Tails
    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    11:08 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yepperoni!

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    Comment by MasterJ633
    08:00 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    When i played the game i took and made this Motivational Poster:

    http://x95.xanga.com/e66f777ad8c30272563612/w217369103.jpg

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 06/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    EGS kind of already have a sequel though

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like EasyGameStation just underwent a Levelu Uppu!

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    Comment by Soniko
    02:37 05/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Yayifications!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Chinese version: COMMUNISM HO

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    Comment by Renzo
    02:24 06/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This ONE is truly memorable for merely a DOUJIN GAME.
    This IS one of the BEST example of MAXIMIZATION of minimal Games ever been created on 21st century ( hopefully my verbose statement got through ^^ )

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 06/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vocabulary is nothing without syntax.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yayifications!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:29 05/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    PIRATING HEAVE HO!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 05/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    120 hours. And counting. This game is my crack.

    FEAR THE CUTENESS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 05/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Lolicon FTW!
    Hope the next game will be filled with more lolis

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    Comment by loli in a box
    00:52 05/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The success is well deserved I guess.
    It was a fun little game. Though not really in the same tier as Battle Moon Wars and the like.
    I hope they put their gained funds into good use and make another game.

    As for the translators...I think they took too many liberties. No, I'm sure of it...
    Trying to make it sound more natural is fine, but that was too much. It was still fun too read though.

    ...
    Capitalism, ho!

    Avatar of Coco hime
    Comment by Coco hime
    01:41 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ya I agree, a lot of the dialog turned out very awkward. Better than no translation at all tho.

    ...
    Yayifications! ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 05/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Awkward, how?

    Do you even realize the "Yayifications", "Capitalism, ho!" and "Yepperonni" (was it?) are all thanks to the liberties the translators took, right?

    Recette was so goddamn adorable and meme-worthy thanks to that. It gave the game CHARM, and that's what matters, in my opinion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:29 05/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This. ^

    Weird Japanese conversation structure (in a game that doesn't have a Japanese setting at all, so there's no reason for it) is more awkward than anything.

    I don't care what liberties they take. In the end all that matters is, am I enjoying this, or am I straining to read the mood and intended implications from this text?

    I guess for certain people, the latter is kind of a sport that they enjoy. Not for me.

    Avatar of loli in a box
    Comment by loli in a box
    04:57 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The dialogue was adorable, but it was just bad as translation.

    They went way overboard with the liberties.
    It was like they were making up 80& of the text.

    "Awkward" may be pretty accurate here...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:37 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its settled! All of you are sons of submariners!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd actually rather translation liberties over stick-to-the-boring-script type of translations.

    It reminds me of Working Designs, and we all loved those localizations back in the day.

    Not only that, but the script overall reads better and feels better to us, as some jokes/puns/whatever wouldn't really be understandable otherwise.

    But ah, these kind of translations always piss off weaboos (Not reffering to you, just weaboos in general) since they're not "OMG GLORIOUS NIPPON DIALOGUE XDXD".

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Amen my friend. Japanese language is a whole different way of thinking, not just a different way of speaking. To normal folks, any translation that does anything less than completely re-interpret a script is just going to sound extremely awkward, even if the grammar and style is correct.

    Some people just don't understand this.

    (note: I do think a fairly direct translation is fine if the viewer is actually expecting to see a more japanese script, such as a lot of anime with a fairly realistic japanese setting. In fact I may prefer that sometimes, myself.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    QFT. Direct translation is nice if you have some degree of familiarity with the language, and awkward as hell otherwise. I think Carpe Fulgur did a good job with preserving the lighthearted feel of the game, and the cluelessness of Recette.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm guessing some people have just never seen Ghost Stories. The English translation had NOTHING to do with the original dialogue, but it is HELLA funny, and in the end, all that matters is whether or not you were entertained.

    Let me ask you, and I'll only do it once people... ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? IS THIS NOT WHY YOU ARE HERE?

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    Comment by Spike
    01:21 05/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well, in fact they already announce their next game
    Chantelise

    LOLI HO!

    Avatar of JB
    Comment by JB
    02:06 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    HUZZAH!! I cannot wait for this. I knew I wasn't the only one that caught this on his original article regarding the sales numbers.

    Comment by Anonymous

    chantelise was released before recettear, so i dont know what youre on about.

    Avatar of Imyou
    Comment by Imyou
    03:28 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not in English it wasn't. Carpe Fulgur is releasing it in 2011.

    Avatar of Artefact
    Comment by Artefact

    It doesn't have an item shop in it so they are back to square one. If you want a generic JRPG with low production values, there are already plenty on the PS3 and PSP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 06/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Should the next step include an item shop? It could get old quickly. What about mayor of a Simulated City?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 06/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pfffff, consoles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Steam sales ftw.

    Avatar of SnooSnoo
    Comment by SnooSnoo
    00:53 05/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    A little bit lower please?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Twintails loli wants to buy something for her brother...






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