Rising Star Games has revealed that despite modest worldwide sales, Little King's Story is doing well in Europe. Talking in a recently published interview, Rising Star's Product Manager Yen Hau went on record to point out that as well as receiving high praise from all media sources, the game "is still selling well to this day, something which doesn't happen often to videogames." This will definitely come as fantastic news for fans of the game that were thrilled to hear a concept for a sequel is already in place and merely awaiting the greenlight, as mentioned in Cubed3's recent interview with Japanese publisher Marvelous Entertainment.
Below are some quotes from Yen Hau's interview, where Harvest Moon DS3 is confirmed for 2010, JU-ON met expectations and Muramasa: The Demon Blade overcame issues with GAME not stocking it in the UK and has "performed well so far":
Q: Are there any particular titles that surpassed expectations when released in the UK?
Yen Hau: When Harvest Moon was released on the Nintendo DS a couple of years ago, that totally surpassed our expectations and really gave us the footing to be able to bring the more 'interesting' titles over. We always knew the Harvest Moon brand was strong, but until the first DS version was released we didn't know how successful it would be. As a result, Harvest Moon DS2 was released to similar acclaim last year and is followed by DS3 sometime in 2010.
With the exception of No More Heroes, which we know all about, I think the biggest surprise for us was the critical feedback for Little King's Story this year. Everyone, and I really do mean everyone, that we showed the game to fell in love with it. The reviews were all in the high 80s or low 90s and it was praised by both critics and gamers alike. It was a real pleasure to work on and the game is still selling well to this day, something which doesn't happen often to videogames.
Q: The company recently celebrated its 50th release, Muramasa: The Demon Blade - has the game performed as well as expected with critics and in retail?
Yen Hau: The 50th release was actually JU-ON: The Grudge, which performed within expectations considering it was targeted at the Halloween and holidays market. Muramasa, on the other hand, has performed well so far. The critical response has been fantastic for the game, garnering average review scores in the high 80s. The lush, hand-drawn, feudal Japanese artwork is the main talking point for this game, and is something that we have played upon highly during our promotional campaigns. It has been nominated as one of the best looking games of the year on the Wii with many publications and has even had its own gallery viewing in Tokyo during the summer.
Elsewhere it is re-confirmed that biblical RPG Avalon Code (DS), Rune Factory Frontier (Wii) and Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon (Wii) are still on the way before the end of March 2010. No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle is briefly mentioned as well, but there was no talk of Steal Princess (DS), Rune Factory 2 (DS) or Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii). It is also hoped that PostPet DS will be picked up at some point as well, given the calibre of the development team involved in the project.
What do you think of Rising Star's line-up so far, and what would you like the publisher to add to the 2010 release list?