Originally posted on 20 January 2016
Source: page 130-132

Destiny of a Dragon

RGG2 released. Shocking sales within the first month

"It's just like walking around an actual red light district."
"The battles are amazingly exhilarating."
"Just playing the mini-games is fun."
"It looks like that idol is addicted to Ryu ga Gotoku too!"

Roughly six months had passed since release. Ryu ga Gotoku solidified itself as one of 2006's big hits.

In June 2006, sales had broken the 300,000 mark. Even as the gaming industry was gripped with a slump, the brand new game was a smash hit. It received the frontier award at the Famitsu Awards 2005 and the award for excellence at the Japan Games Grand Prix 2006, garnering much praise from within the industry itself.

To maintain its booming popularity, Sega announced the release of a cut-price version.

In October 2006, Ryu ga Gotoku PlayStation 2 the Best was released. It was a low-priced version paired with a promotional DVD for Ryu ga Gotoku 2. Including tax it cost 1890 yen, surprisingly cheap for such a hit. People who wanted to try it out but had been hesitant about paying full price dashed out to buy the game. In only a month after release, sales of 100,000 copies had been recorded, eventually totalling over 500,000.

And then, on 7 December 2006, Ryu ga Gotoku 2 was released.

Having left the world of the yakuza, legendary dragon Kazuma Kiryu returns to the game's turbulent setting. In order to protect the Tojo Clan, the largest yakuza organisation in Kanto, Kiryu challenges Ryuji Goda, the dragon of Kansai, in battle. Development took just 10 months from start to finish. The game, created with unprecedented speed, recorded shocking sales of more than 500,000 units in just a month after release.

The project, with which once upon a time no one wanted to get involved, had certainly become a legend.

―Without Kikuchi's plan to make the game in 10 months, without the staff sticking to the uncompromising schedule, they would never have made it this far.

Nagoshi's thoughts turned to the allies who had worked tirelessly along with him.

"The most celebrated award in the gaming world?"
In Japan, the "Japan Game Awards" are well-known. Its categories include the best consumer game released in the last year in the Yearly Division, the best unreleased game shown at the Tokyo Game Show in the Future Division, and an amateur game selected from the Amateur Division. Overseas, awards such as the Game Developers' Choice academy award and the British Academy Awards' game division are well-known. The Famitsu Award is a Japanese award sponsored by Enterbrain's gaming magazine Famitsu.
"The Best version"
Low-priced versions of PlayStation (inc. PS2) games. When a certain amount of time has passed after release, games are re-released at a lower price. There are also cut-price versions released that are a little more expensive called "Mega Hits!".
"Dragon of Kansai"
Ryuji Goda takes an exceptional dislike to this nickname, and anyone who carelessly calls him this will end up facing a bloodbath.
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