Okay, so we know a lot of you have been enjoying the personal looks back from various members of our staff, but I bet a lot of you are still wondering how we’ve done in terms of business during 2013. So, let’s get started with a review of what’s happened and changed in the last year!
One of the biggest highlights and marks of our growth during 2013 was probably the fact that we were able to announce over three different new partners as well as over 16 new titles acquired for release here to the western audience, and a great deal of those are already out if not rapidly nearing completion. We’ve been expanding and growing at an incredible speed here in the past year, and there have been a few road-bumps as we pick up speed and start stretching our wings. As our staff already mentioned in one of our previous looks back, as of this year, we at MangaGamer can now officially say that we are the localization company which has single-handedly put the most visual novels and eroge titles on the Western market for English-speaking fans of all varieties and walks of life to enjoy! So let’s take a look at our top sellers for 2013!
- EROGE! ~Sex and Games Makes Sexy Games~
- Demon Master Chris
- Harukoi Otome ~Greetings from the Maidens’ Garden~
- Cum on! Bukkake Ranch!
- Tick! Tack!
- SSSS: Super Secret Sexy Spy
- Throb! The Greatest Inventions of the Sexy Era!
- Kara no Shojo
- Koihime Musou
- Touma Kojirou’s Detective File -Murder at the Opera House
So, in short, the porn has been doing quite strongly this year, which gives us a lot of hope for the success of Lilith’s line of games as they start pouring out in 2014, but the more story-centric ones are still trying to put up a fight. We’ve added a new title to our catalog nearly every month since the new website went up in April, and each and every one of them is doing well. Eroge‘s success has definitely proven that longer, more involved nukige have a chance of succeeding as a full-priced title, so we’re very hopeful about our upcoming releases of Ultimate Boob Wars and the extra-long Imouto Paradise. We also have a few other exciting pieces along this vein to announce already, but we’ll hint at those later in our look forward.
What about our hard-copy sales though?
- Boob Wars
- Go Go Nippon
- Harem Party
- We Love Master
- Higurashi When They Cry
- Kara no Shojo
- Da Capo 2
Boob Wars has undeniably become one of our top sellers with over 1500 hard copies sold this year on top of it’s already similarly large digital sales, so we’re quite excited to see how well Ultimate Boob Wars fares with the longer content and higher price. It’s good to see that at least in hard copy form our story games are all running strongly against some of our other options. Though we didn’t get to add too many titles to our hard copy selection this year between all the road bumps involved in getting our new hard-copy section of the website up and running, we’re very happy to add Kara no Shojo to that list, and we hope everyone here who hasn’t tried it takes this chance to pick up the Limited Edition before it’s gone. The soundtrack for the game is beautiful, and you wouldn’t want to miss it. We’ll be talking about new additions to our hard copy catalog later, but we’re glad that everything is now up and running. We’re still adjusting to taking orders and handling this ourselves to some extent, so be sure to share your feed-back with us so we can help improve our service.
Earlier we mentioned some road-bumps as our expansion has really been picking up speed, and they’ve been felt all around. With the retirement of slaonereinja from our editing department and his replacement by ochareinja with Tim assisting on more occasional editing, our entire team has been forced to take note of several translation standards we’d been previously taking for granted as known by everyone. This specific bump has been even more pronounced by the fact that we’ve been adding many new translators to the team of contractors helping us bring these wonderful games to everyone. Hopefully our old-time testers are pulling through and none of you reading this will be able to notice this bump at all. If so, make sure to give them another pat on the back in addition to ours. That being said though, this has helped us create a better defined list of standards, that will hopefully help our broad team produce more unified results for your reading pleasure.
Our convention attendance this year also saw some expansion, and we’re very pleased with all of the results thus far. Though we won’t be expanding our attendance in 2014, we do plan to keep attending all the conventions you’ve seen us at this year.
With all this rapid expansion, things here at MangaGamer have been getting very busy on every end, but our strive to bring out lots of good games with quality translations remains the same, and we’re excited and hopeful that our fanbase will continue growing along with us!