As a long time gamer and a person who has lived in Japan for a few years being from America let me say this: who gives a **** about what Japanese gamers think?! Their gaming industry is in a state of decay when it comes to the international stage. Most gamers in Japan do not play games that are produced outside Japan borders and they are just fine with that. What is popular in Japan is in stark contrast with what is popular elsewhere in the world, even in Australia. Their game industry is not dead, it is just very fine tuned to Japanese tastes and sensibilities. With the exception of great hardware, nobody really cares about the Japanese gaming industry anymore like they did back in the day when getting to TGS was just as cool as getting to E3 or PAX. Back when the industry was in its infancy and JRPGs ruled the most wanted import list, they could be a major player on the international stage. Now that RPG's in the rest of the world and all other genres have grown up and beyond dating simulators and focussed on realism and high tech, Japan is definitely lacking.
In updating my games collection list since I just got new games I noticed a huge contrast. I do not own any Xbox 360 downloadable games while on my PS3 I won more downloadable games than I do physical copies. Playstation Plus is worth more than what I paid for it.
So, I got my first PS3 a few weeks ago and so far it has not disappointed. Well maybe with that one game Heavy Rain, but I am just in the beginning and the beginning is so boring. After the new console fascination wore off I tapered off to a rough schedule of playing about 3-4 nights a week. That machine along with all the others (not including the PC) only get a few days a week game play time but with the PS3 there is something more. It folds at home twice a day. When I get ready for bed I turn it on and go to sleep and before I go to work I turn it on and leave the house. So far, it gets more folding time than anything, not saying it is not a good gaming machine.
I know it is not just me when I say things like Wii developers are lazy. I just saw a preview clip of the new NFS game for Wii and man does it look assy. I just cannot beleive that developers have gotten so lazy as not to even try to put any effort into making the games on Wii pretty, run smoothly or figure out good control schemes rather than just plain waggle. If this is the best racing games can come up with for Wii, which look worse than Dreamcast racing games, then why even bother? Sega GT an MSR need to be ported to Wii so we can have at least some sort of decent racing games for Wii, also add in a little online functionality and it would be better than what we get now.