What do these things have in common? Besides being from Japan.
they have been around for what seems like forever, and their respective companies won’t let them go.
*you see my chest !!!*
*clears throat* Like I was saying…
Some of them deserve to keep going…
some, not so much…
I had a conversation with someone earlier today, and the question that was hard to answer was “Why?”
Why were these brands still alive?
I did some looking around on Wikipedia research. Here’s what I found:
- Power Rangers has been running in America since 1993.
- Pokemon hit America in 1996.
- Street Fighter II was released in 1992.
- Mega Man was released in 1987.
These brands have been around for at least a decade !!! (it’s been 13 years for Pokemon). It’s funny because somehow these 4 brands have been able to get milked by their companies reinvent themselves to still be around.
We know one company had counting problems… (I’m looking at you Capcom)
the other was able to recycle things every couple season… (Bandai/Fox/Disney)
As we get older, we notice these things and usually leave them alone; but our little brothers and sisters who were too young to hang out with us are just now catching these things, and that’s how these companies can keep these gravy trains running.
What do you think? should these keep going? I dunno about you, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to see
“Ultra-Hyper-Mega-Unbelievably Long title- Super Street Fighter 7 Amazing final director’s edition”
or ANY more Power Rangers…
or Pokemon 1,001.
What other brands can you think of that’s been around forever and need to give it a rest?