Zelos Wilder is the type of person who would wear a fedora
OH MY MARTEL
-I will direct my company´s resources to recounstruction. For the sake of this new world.
-I’ll help you. Alicia probably wants that too.
It all really boils down to advertising.
Symphonia is by far the most popular game in the series in the west [unsure about Japan, I just remember Hideo Baba commenting right before the announcement of Chronicles that it’s the most popular game in the west], and the reason for that is because, unlike…pretty much every other entry in the series over here, it actually had a good deal of advertising. Nintendo Power promoted the fire out of it, because the Gamecube was very, very RPG-starved at the time [and kinda stayed that way until the end of its life cycle], so they threw pretty much their entire manpower behind it. And the rest is history, as it would be.
Unfortunately none of the other entries in the series would see anything even remotely close to that level of advertising. Destiny and Eternia actually were released here before Symphonia, in the thick of the “let’s bring over every JRPG on the PSOne EVER to try to compete with FFVII” craze of the late 90s/early 00s, so I can’t really comment on those. But Tales of Phantasia on the GBA attempted to cash in on Symphonia’s success since Symphonia was that game’s prequel, but it was so badly botched in just about every respect that Namdai refused to let anyone out of house localize their games again. And I guess they didn’t take Nintendo’s advertising savvy with them; Legendia and Abyss received practically zero advertising — Abyss nearly didn’t make it here, and then when it did Namdai released it the exact same month as Final Fantasy XII, promptly went out of print shortly after release, and then only gained traction when spread through word of mouth. Microsoft nabbed the rights to Vesperia and then didn’t do much with that, Dawn of the New World just sorta showed up one day, and then Graces just kinda came and went.
Xillia’s the first game in recent memory that actually got more attention and advertising than “hey this game exists”, and shocker shocker, it sold decently [decently for a JRPG series that’s fairly niche in the states anyway]. I’ve not seen that much for Xillia 2 unfortunately, though I wouldn’t say it’s next to nonexistent like Legendia/Abyss/Vesperia/Dawn of the New World. [DotNW’s not a mothership title but you’d think they would’ve jumped at the chance to cash in on the original game’s popularity, though I guess it might’ve worked better if it was announced right after the original or something.]
What does this have to do with people being unaware of other entries in the series other than us diehards? Well, people can’t buy something they don’t even know exists. And also a lot of us probably got into the series in the thick of our
weeaboobig anime days, while a lot of others were probably just casual anime fans at best.
I’m such an idiot! There was someone right by my side who was suffering more than me. I was only thinking about myself.