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Why are Shmup games some the most expensive games on the App Store?

06-29-2014, 06:52 PM
#1
Why are Shmup games some the most expensive games on the App Store?

Just wondering why shmup games on the App Store are some of the more expensive games? I'm not complaining...just wondering if anyone here knows why. The Cave shmups Dodonpachi Ressurection HD is $13.99USD, Dariusburst SP is $10.99. Raystorm is $8.99. Dodonpachi Maximum is $11.99. Anyone?
06-29-2014, 07:17 PM
#2
A few reasons, I think.

First, they tend to be games for hardcore gamers. While freemium monetization strategies have a place for some games, they often don't make much sense for games that are targeting a "gamer" demographic. Charging is the safer bet.

Second, a lot of them happen to be published by the same companies, and those companies happen to be structured around selling premium games. Those companies are often Japanese as well, and many Japanese game companies seem to approach iOS more like a mobile console than a mobile phone - something I'm personally quite happy about.

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06-29-2014, 07:18 PM
#3
They are niche games aimed at a hardcore audience. Core shmup players are not a large group but will buy a high quality shmup at a high price. In order to make money, the companies making the games have to charge these prices.

It's too late.
06-29-2014, 07:25 PM
#4
Thanks for the replies. Makes sense. The more shmups on iOS the better.
06-29-2014, 07:42 PM
#5
I think the most simple answer is that a lot of them are console ports.
06-30-2014, 01:50 PM
#6
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Originally Posted by RevolvingDoor View Post
I think the most simple answer is that a lot of them are console ports.
That too, absolutely. It's easier to release a console port with a console price scheme; re-tooling the monetization into freemium or something like that takes more work.

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06-30-2014, 08:53 PM
#7
As already said... they're niche market of gamers who will actually PAY for a solid game.
06-30-2014, 09:24 PM
#8
I'm surprised we don't see more arcade ports. I thought the Twin Cobra games were supposed to come to iOS.
06-30-2014, 10:17 PM
#9
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Originally Posted by Dirty Harry Hannahan View Post
I'm surprised we don't see more arcade ports. I thought the Twin Cobra games were supposed to come to iOS.
The rights for those games are incredibly complicated and murky. They were developed by ToaPlan, published in Japan by Taito, and in America I think by Romstar? I think Banpresto bought the rights to Toaplan's catalog after they went under in 1994, and Banpresto was bought by Namco Bandai. Banpresto rereleased some ToaPlan stuff in Japan on the PSX and Saturn, so they had full Japanese rights, but it's hard to say what kind of deal was made on the American side with Romstar.

Basically, we're either looking at Namco Bandai having the rights, unlikely to ever use them or license them out, Namco Bandai having some portion of the rights shared with another entity, which means they wouldn't happen, or the rights reverted back to ToaPlan's individual team members, in which case you'd need a joint CAVE/Kakao/a few other companies production, which also seems unlikely.

Too bad, really. Good, fun shooters.
06-30-2014, 10:34 PM
#10
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Originally Posted by Dirty Harry Hannahan View Post
I thought the Twin Cobra games were supposed to come to iOS.
I would kill for a Tiger Heli port, kiiiiiiiill!

It's too late.