Last week iNiS’ rhythm-shooter Demons’ Score hit the iTunes App Store, disappointing many fans by padding the $7.49 game with nearly $40 of additional content. Meanwhile, in Japan, the entire game costs just $20.
NeoGAF poster StarCreator popped into the Japanese app store this weekend, where they discovered that the native version of Square Enix’s latest big-money iOS game was available for ¥1500, roughly equivalent to $20, with all of the game’s demon-pact content included. The only in-app purchases listed are optional ‘Soul Eater’ pieces, essentially potions to help players survive more difficult levels. Basically, Japan gets the full game for half the price North America and the UK wind up paying for it.
What can we conclude from this substantial discrepancy? Either Square Enix loves Japan more, or it loves Western currency so much it needs it more than it needs yen.