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15th Mar '17 10:38:15 AM PF
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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''. While it was one of the biggest ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games and received glowing reviews, it sold poorly overseas due to the fact that it was a PSP exclusive. Averted once it was a part of the ''HD Collection'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, where it sold much better.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''. While it was one of the biggest ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games and received glowing reviews, it sold poorly overseas due to the fact that it was a PSP exclusive. Averted This was averted once it was a part of the ''HD Collection'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, where it sold much better.



* ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' was not a good seller when it came out, despite abundant marketing and a lot of good reviews. This is because it was released on the Nintendo 64's last days, when people were hyped about the Gamecube and games like ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'' were just around the corner. ''Paper Mario'' was also blasted by Mario fans for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks not being]] ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. It had become VindicatedByHistory several years later, and until the Nintendo [=eShop=] re-released it digitally, copies of ''Paper Mario'' remained at their original selling price of US$50 or higher.

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* ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' was not a good seller when it came out, despite abundant marketing and a lot of good reviews. This is because it was released on the Nintendo 64's last days, when people were hyped about the Gamecube [=GameCube=] and games like ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'' were just around the corner. ''Paper Mario'' was also blasted by Mario ''Mario'' fans for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks not being]] ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. It had become was VindicatedByHistory several years later, and until the Nintendo [=eShop=] re-released it digitally, copies of ''Paper Mario'' remained at their original selling price of US$50 or higher.



* ''VideoGame/PokkenTournament'', a fighting game aimed at older ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fans that the Internet can't get enough of? What's the problem? Well, until its Wii U release, it was playable only in Japanese arcades. Skilled players can net an hour of play from a single token, making it very unprofitable for arcade owners. This is subverted concerning the Wii U version, which has launched to great fanfare and is selling quite well, debuting at #1 on the Amazon bestseller list for the platform.

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* ''VideoGame/PokkenTournament'', a fighting game aimed at older ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fans that the Internet can't get enough of? What's the problem? Well, until its Wii U release, it was playable only in Japanese arcades. Skilled players can net an hour of play from a single token, making it very unprofitable for arcade owners. This is subverted concerning the Wii U version, which has launched to great fanfare and is selling quite well, debuting at #1 on the Amazon bestseller list for the platform.fanfare.
14th Mar '17 3:00:30 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Despite having an incredibly diverse group of Western fans, ''Manga/OnePiece'' has traditionally had a tough time gaining a foothold in most Western regions. The manga has become a tentpole for Viz, though not without several years of struggling before it caught up with the Japanese releases and got promoted at conventions. The anime had not found its ground until the Creator/{{Toonami}} run, though it is experiencing diminishing returns and can only pull in about half the numbers ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' receive. The reason why ''One Piece'' always has to earn its success is simple: The kids, teenagers, and young adults who get into ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' do so because they are incredibly Japanese in their premises, art styles, and storytelling (in other words, they look and act like anime, or at least their definition of it[[note]]Keep in mind, despite the cultural differences, what we consider "anime" in the West is considered no different from regular Western cartoons in in Japan.[[/note]]), whereas the Western-influenced visual design of ''One Piece'' is itself an AudienceAlienatingPremise for a lot of anime fans despite having an equally unique premise. In other words, hardcore anime fans find it too "Western and cartoon-y", ironically enough. It didn't help that [[{{Macekre}} the original dub]], which was produced by [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]], [[AudienceColoringAdaptation is the most well known version by far]], especially at a critical time when dubs for ''Naruto'' and ''Bleach'' were gaining ground with Western audiences in prime-time slots. It has gotten better as the Creator/FUNimation dub has gotten more attention, with their uncut [=DVDs=] often topping bestselling anime charts, while it has gotten steady recognition on Toonami on Creator/AdultSwim.

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* Despite having an incredibly diverse group of Western fans, ''Manga/OnePiece'' has traditionally had a tough time gaining a foothold in most Western regions. The manga has become a tentpole for Viz, though not without several years of struggling before it caught up with the Japanese releases and got promoted at conventions. The anime had not found its ground until the Creator/{{Toonami}} run, though it is experiencing diminishing returns and can only pull in about half the numbers ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' receive. The reason why ''One Piece'' always has to earn its success is simple: The kids, teenagers, and young adults who get into ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' do so because they are incredibly Japanese in their premises, art styles, and storytelling (in other words, they look and act like anime, or at least their definition of it[[note]]Keep in mind, despite the cultural differences, what we consider "anime" in the West is considered no different from regular Western cartoons in in Japan.[[/note]]), whereas the Western-influenced visual design of ''One Piece'' is itself an AudienceAlienatingPremise for a lot of anime fans despite having an equally unique premise. In other words, hardcore anime fans find it too "Western and cartoon-y", ironically enough. It didn't help that [[{{Macekre}} the original dub]], which was produced by [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]], [[AudienceColoringAdaptation is the most well known version by far]], especially at a critical time when dubs for ''Naruto'' and ''Bleach'' were gaining ground with Western audiences in prime-time slots. It has gotten better as the Creator/FUNimation dub has gotten more attention, with their uncut [=DVDs=] often topping bestselling anime charts, while it has gotten steady recognition on Toonami on Creator/AdultSwim. Unfortunately, ''One Piece'' was not able to keep up in the ratings with the other series on Toonami, and in April 2017, ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' will take its place.
12th Mar '17 8:51:45 AM KanekiKun
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* Subverted by ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''. While it was one of the biggest ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games and received glowing reviews, it sold poorly overseas due to the fact that it was a PSP exclusive. Once it was a part of the ''HD Collection'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, it sold much better.

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* Subverted by ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''. While it was one of the biggest ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games and received glowing reviews, it sold poorly overseas due to the fact that it was a PSP exclusive. Once Averted once it was a part of the ''HD Collection'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, where it sold much better.
10th Mar '17 9:29:37 PM PurpleWarrior13
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* ''Series/PartyOfFive'' was never a ratings hit, and was cancelled after its first season, only to be UnCanceled when it was the surprise winner of the Golden Globe for Best Drama. It had its loyal fans, was a critical favorite, and it lasted a decent six seasons, but the show peaked at #56 in the ratings. It went on to have an unsuccessful spinoff, and is currently best known for launching the careers of Creator/NeveCampbell, Creator/LaceyChabert, and Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt.

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* ''Series/PartyOfFive'' was never a ratings hit, and was cancelled after its first season, only to be UnCanceled when it was the surprise winner of the Golden Globe for Best Drama. It had its loyal fans, was a critical favorite, and it lasted a decent six seasons, but the show peaked at #56 in the ratings. In 1995, TV Guide named it "The best show you're not watching." It went on to have an unsuccessful spinoff, and is currently best known for launching the careers of Creator/NeveCampbell, Creator/LaceyChabert, and Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt.
4th Mar '17 12:30:12 AM MatthewGuy6131994
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* The miniseries ''[[UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr King]]'' was nominated for nine Emmy awards and won much acclaim for its star Paul Winfield but was a ratings disaster when first aired.[note]]The first part finished dead last in the weekly ratings.[[/note]]

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* The miniseries ''[[UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr King]]'' was nominated for nine Emmy awards and won much acclaim for its star Paul Winfield but was a ratings disaster when first aired.[note]]The [[note]]The first part finished dead last in the weekly ratings.[[/note]]
28th Feb '17 3:23:52 PM PF
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* ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' did very poorly in Japan in both anime and manga sales, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff yet this series is well-liked]] among the American anime fanbase because the series [[ThisLoserIsYou pokes fun of a typical otaku]].
* The movie of ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' flopped at the box office thanks to two typhoons that hit Japan and the popularity of the ''Film/RurouniKenshin'' movie, though it got good reviews. Ultimately averted, as it eventually became the 2nd highest grossing movie in the franchise (discounting the All-Star movies).

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* ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' did very poorly in Japan in both anime and manga sales, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff yet this series is well-liked]] among the American anime fanbase because the series [[ThisLoserIsYou pokes fun of a at the typical otaku]].
* The movie of ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' flopped at the box office thanks to two typhoons that hit Japan and the popularity of the ''Film/RurouniKenshin'' movie, though it got good reviews. Ultimately averted, as it eventually became the 2nd highest grossing movie in the franchise (discounting the All-Star ''All-Star'' movies).
28th Feb '17 3:14:40 PM PF
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* ''Film/MidnightSpecial'', an original Science Fiction thriller by ''Film/TakeShelter'' and ''Film/{{Mud}}'' director Creator/JeffNichols, was highly praised by critics for its performances, huge emphasis on ShowDontTell and being able to [[GenreThrowback channel the early works of Spielberg and Carpenter]] without without it seeming like a ripoff of those filmmakers. However, the film had its release date shuffled around from November 2015 to March 2016, the same month as Warner Bros' mega budget tentpole ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. As a result of WB putting all of their eggs in one basket with ''[=BVS=]'' and a slow roll out to theaters, ''Midnight Special'' wound up getting the short end of the stick, only making a little over 6 million on its 18 million dollar budget and a release that only went a little over 500 theaters.

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* ''Film/MidnightSpecial'', an original Science Fiction science fiction thriller by ''Film/TakeShelter'' and ''Film/{{Mud}}'' director Creator/JeffNichols, was highly praised by critics for its performances, huge emphasis on ShowDontTell and being able to [[GenreThrowback channel the early works of Spielberg and Carpenter]] without without it seeming like a ripoff of those filmmakers. However, the film had its release date shuffled around from November 2015 to March 2016, the same month as Warner Bros' Bros.' mega budget tentpole ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. As a result of WB putting all of their eggs in one basket with ''[=BVS=]'' and a slow roll out to theaters, ''Midnight Special'' wound up getting the short end of the stick, only making a little over 6 $6 million on its 18 $18 million dollar budget and a release that only went a little over 500 theaters.



* ''Film/TheEdgeOfSeventeen'' got highly positive reviews, with considerable praise given to Creator/HaileeSteinfeld's lead performance (she later got a Golden Globe nomination). Some even thought it was the best teen movie since Creator/JohnHughes. Unfortunately, it opened the same weekend as ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', and struggled to break even at the box office, even with it's low budget, finishing with just under $18 million worldwide.

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* ''Film/TheEdgeOfSeventeen'' got highly positive reviews, with considerable praise given to Creator/HaileeSteinfeld's lead performance (she later got a Golden Globe nomination). Some even thought it was the best teen movie since Creator/JohnHughes. Unfortunately, it opened the same weekend as ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', and struggled to break even at the box office, even with it's its low budget, finishing with just under $18 million worldwide.



* The miniseries ''[[MartinLutherKingJr King]]'' was nominated for nine Emmy awards and won much acclaim for its star Paul Winfield but was a ratings disaster when first aired (the first part finishing in dead last in the weekly ratings).

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* The miniseries ''[[MartinLutherKingJr ''[[UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr King]]'' was nominated for nine Emmy awards and won much acclaim for its star Paul Winfield but was a ratings disaster when first aired (the aired.[note]]The first part finishing in finished dead last in the weekly ratings).ratings.[[/note]]
27th Feb '17 11:07:06 AM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}'' was loved by fans but the production costs were too much for Creator/CartoonNetwork.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}'' was well loved by fans fans, but Creator/CartoonNetwork couldn't justify the production costs were too much for Creator/CartoonNetwork. due to ''all of their overseas channels refusing to air it''. The channel decided to barely market it as a result, as they wouldn't be able to recoup costs even if it was a success.
27th Feb '17 11:03:59 AM RacattackForce
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* Slower-paced non-action anime series like ''Anime/{{Kikaider}}'' and ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' rarely do well in the ratings on American television, regardless of how liked they are by those who watch them. This is because the anime-watching audiences in North America are mostly made of younger people who come in expecting wild light-hearted action. When it turns out to be something else, they walk away and are not interested.
* Despite having an incredibly diverse group of Western fans, ''Manga/OnePiece'' has traditionally had a tough time gaining a foothold in most Western regions. The manga has become a tentpole for Viz, though not without several years of struggling before it caught up with the Japanese releases and got promoted at conventions. The anime had not found its ground until the Creator/{{Toonami}} run, though it is experiencing diminishing returns and can only pull in about half the numbers ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' receive. The reason why ''One Piece'' always has to earn its success is simple: The kids, teenagers, and young adults who get into ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' do so because they are exotic and incredibly Japanese in their premises, art styles, and storytelling (in other words, they look and act like anime, or at least their definition of it[[note]]Keep in mind, despite the cultural differences. What we consider "Anime" here is considered no different from a regular cartoons in the U.S. in Japan.[[/note]]), whereas the Western-influenced visual design in ''One Piece'' is itself an AudienceAlienatingPremise for a lot of anime fans despite it's very unique premise. In other words, hardcore anime fans find it too "cartoon-y" ironically enough. It didn't help that [[{{Macekre}} the original dub]], which was produced by [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]], [[AudienceColoringAdaptation is the most well known version by far]], especially at a critical time when dubs for ''Naruto'' and ''Bleach'' were gaining ground with Western audiences in prime-time slots. It has gotten better as the Creator/FUNimation dub has gotten more attention, with their uncut [=DVDs=] often topping bestselling anime charts, while it has gotten steady recognition on Toonami on Creator/AdultSwim.

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* Slower-paced Slower-paced, non-action anime series like ''Anime/{{Kikaider}}'' and ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' have rarely do done well in the ratings on American television, regardless of how liked they are by those who watch them. This is because the anime-watching audiences audience in North America are is mostly made of younger people teenagers and young adults who come in expecting wild light-hearted wild, heart-pounding action. When it turns out to be something else, they often walk away and are not interested.
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* Despite having an incredibly diverse group of Western fans, ''Manga/OnePiece'' has traditionally had a tough time gaining a foothold in most Western regions. The manga has become a tentpole for Viz, though not without several years of struggling before it caught up with the Japanese releases and got promoted at conventions. The anime had not found its ground until the Creator/{{Toonami}} run, though it is experiencing diminishing returns and can only pull in about half the numbers ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' receive. The reason why ''One Piece'' always has to earn its success is simple: The kids, teenagers, and young adults who get into ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' do so because they are exotic and incredibly Japanese in their premises, art styles, and storytelling (in other words, they look and act like anime, or at least their definition of it[[note]]Keep in mind, despite the cultural differences. What differences, what we consider "Anime" here "anime" in the West is considered no different from a regular Western cartoons in the U.S. in Japan.[[/note]]), whereas the Western-influenced visual design in of ''One Piece'' is itself an AudienceAlienatingPremise for a lot of anime fans despite it's very having an equally unique premise. In other words, hardcore anime fans find it too "cartoon-y" "Western and cartoon-y", ironically enough. It didn't help that [[{{Macekre}} the original dub]], which was produced by [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]], [[AudienceColoringAdaptation is the most well known version by far]], especially at a critical time when dubs for ''Naruto'' and ''Bleach'' were gaining ground with Western audiences in prime-time slots. It has gotten better as the Creator/FUNimation dub has gotten more attention, with their uncut [=DVDs=] often topping bestselling anime charts, while it has gotten steady recognition on Toonami on Creator/AdultSwim.
27th Feb '17 10:48:09 AM RacattackForce
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** ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' was praised for its originality, style, and excellent gameplay, but sold below Platinum's expectations. Creator/{{Nintendo}} then funded [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}} a sequel]] that gathered multiple perfect scores, but sold even fewer copies, possibly due it being exclusive for the UsefulNotes/{{Wii U}} as opposed to the first game's multiplatform release for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}. Still, it did end up being popular enough for Bayonetta to win the ballot to be included in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS'', to its [[ColbertBump great fortune]].

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** ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' was praised for its originality, style, and excellent gameplay, but sold below Platinum's expectations. Creator/{{Nintendo}} then funded [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}} a sequel]] that gathered multiple perfect scores, but sold even fewer copies, possibly due it being exclusive for the UsefulNotes/{{Wii U}} as opposed to the first game's multiplatform release for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}. Still, it did end up being popular However, enough for fans rallied together to get Bayonetta to win the a fan ballot to be included in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS'', to its [[ColbertBump great fortune]].
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