Pachter Believes in LittleBigPlanet

We hear a lot about Michael Pachter, the Wedbush Morgan analyst who has a penchant for ruffling the feathers of video game enthusiasts everywhere, but his track record for being right is tenuous at best. This week, he claims that MediaMolecule’s critical darling LittleBigPlanet has a good chance of hitting it off with a Japanese audience normally skeptical of any Western game regardless of quality. Pachter’s words are little more than quoteworthy, though, as he’s chosen not to elaborate on the exact reasoning for his assessment, merely lumping LBP with other PS3 titles Metal Gear Solid 4 and Assassin’s Creed (since when?) as catalysts for pushing system sales in the island nation.

I admit that it’s notoriously hard to penetrate the market over there, but if any game can it’s probably LittleBigPlanet. It’s cute, it’s simple, and it’s customizable, all three factors that seem to sell software in Japan these days. They’re also things missing from a majority of Playstation 3 titles as of yet, so LPB has got a lot riding on its shoulders as far as proof of concept is concerned.

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Like the unholy lovechild of Domo-kun and a bag of russets, SackBoy’s erstwhile grin is infectious.

As with all things concerning video game sales, only time will tell if Pachter’s prophecy holds any real weight. Sony needs all the help it can get in Japan where the Wii is outselling the PS3 4-to-1.

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~ by Cavin Smith on October 1, 2007.

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