When it gets to be late here in the Shoryuken offices (also known as my home), we like to take a look around for anything silly we may have missed over the past few days. Luckily, a report was recently put out by Movoto, a real estate blog focusing on rather offbeat statistics, that details each state’s most pirated video game.
Movoto collected this data from nearly 4 million computers that had downloaded content through Bittorent and were then providing resources for others who were downloading the same content, otherwise known as seeding nodes. Some of the results are less than surprising: Watch_Dogs ranked in as the most pirated game in nineteen states, with The Elder Scrolls (presumably the latest installment, Skyrim) taking the honor in four others.
While sales have remained steady for fighters over the past few years, their niche market almost kept them from making a blip on the map. Were it not for one unlikely title, the genre would have had absolutely no representation in this study.
The game? Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But Ian, those silly Naruto games aren’t fighters! Stop messing with us.” The thing is, they totally are.
Sure, they’re far from what you would call a traditional fighting game and they don’t make regular appearances on the normal tournament circuit, but the series has enough of a player base (most likely due fans crossing over from the manga and/or anime) for CyberConnect2 and Bandai Namco Games to keep developing them. In fact, the fourteenth installment, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, is scheduled to release next month.
I’ve played these games before, albeit rather briefly. They’re fun enough, interesting in their own way, but I can’t say I’m very knowledgeable of their competitive community outside of a random tournament Tough Cookie hosted last March. But, if you may recall, there was a time Smash wasn’t considered a fighting game nor their scene a part of the larger community, and these days Super Smash Bros. Melee is providing arguably some of the most exciting Evolution matches we’ve seen in previous years.
Maybe Oklahomans know something we don’t?
For a full look at Movoto’s data, which also encompasses movies and television programs, be sure to visit their original report. Oh and, Maine? Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is available for free on YouTube. Have at it.