It is fair to say that when remakes of classic games are announced, or surprise sequels there is always a reaction from fans, both negative and positive. Analysts though are more interested in what affects these have on sales.
According to MCV when Shenmue 3 was finally revealed at E3 sales of pre-owned Dreamcast consoles “went through the room,” though statistically if sales were low just a small increase could be described as this. Final Fantasy 7 had the same impact on pre-owned versions of the game.
“We sold 20 Dreamcasts in the last week alone,” said Alex Bowness of Canterbury’s Level Up Games. “All of sudden, people are asking where they can play the original two Shenmue games. The announcement of Shenmue III really piqued everyone’s interest.”
Reload Games Michael Wealleans added: “People are trying to get hold of the original copies of Shenmue and Final Fantasy VII, even if they don’t have the console to play it on. They just want it in their collection. But with that demand, the price has gone up.”
MCV also quote David James-Turvey of Llanelli’s Retribution though, who makes a very good point about the Shenmue titles:
“Sega has really lost out on a load of digital sales by not releasing HD versions, so naturally indies like myself are the only place that would satisfy that itch to get back into these titles,” he said.
“I’ve had more customers hyped about Shenmue III than Call of Duty, and I am glad there are gamers out there like this, because it proves that gaming is not as disposable as other forms of entertainment. Indies should be confident in their physical stock.”
“Dreamcast sales have come from nowhere almost, what’s exciting now is that young gamers who perhaps didn’t even know what the Dreamcast was are interested in it.”
It would be interesting to see what impact an Shenmue HD remake would also have, though these would of course need development time, which means Sega have definitely missed out on the initial hype factor. This means, people are looking to the Dreamcast as the best way to play the games.
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