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Old 10-12-2009, 11:43 PM   #1
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Default "[W]hen the market is ready" says Min Kim

Kart Rider is officially in limbo...

The important part about Kart Rider from the story linked:

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Not everthing has been rosy for Nexon in North America. The company put its game Kart Rider into beta in the U.S., but elected not to launch the game after that period. Kim says that it wasn't because the beta went poorly. "People feel like the beta failed and that's why we didn't launch it, but it's more complicated than that. The U.S. didn't really have the market yet," says Kim, for a truly casual online game.

"We went on a silent path with Kart Rider," says Kim. "I think one of our mistakes was the perception [created by the decision to] not talk about it. People assumed Kart Rider was not successful; that was not the case at all. The numbers were looking really good. What we saw... was that the market was pretty small."

Years of audience evolution in Korea, with casual web games, and MMO games in parallel had created a sizable audience ready for Kart Rider, but North America's audience was too small, says Kim. "Korea had evolved through years of building a more casual market. [In North America] Kart Rider would have been the first game to meet the audience, and we felt that it would have been a waste of what Kart Rider was." Kim said that the launch will come "when the market is ready."

Nexon also founded a studio called Humanature in Vancouver, but shut it down this year. The studio's Klei co-produced game, Sugar Rush, was shaping up, says Kim, but the 2009 "economic shift of the market last year scared the crap out of us." However, Kim believes in the viability of domestic development in North America.
There are a couple of stories that mention Kart Rider on Google News today, but they say about the same thing. Kart Rider has been shelved. The release date is unknown. We have our answer.
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:25 AM   #2
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:52 AM   #3
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People assumed Kart Rider was not successful; that was not the case at all. The numbers were looking really good. What we saw... was that the market was pretty small.
so...it wasn't successful enough to bother releasing it. its nice how he contradicts himself.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:44 AM   #4
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so thats why they didnt release, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE EATING DONUT
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:18 PM   #5
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Just saw this, was coming here to post; you beat me to it ;).

At least we're finally getting some answers.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:34 PM   #6
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Well, my connection is 30/5 MB...You think that is ready enough for MR Kim?
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:28 PM   #7
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Well, my connection is 30/5 MB...You think that is ready enough for MR Kim?
= / ... not really what he meant, lul.

... hmmm... if there was a good way to control it maybe it could get released on xbox live arcade?... kinda needs a keyboard tho. bah.

... if it's a 'casual game' then maybe the wii... lulullulul.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:48 PM   #8
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so i guess they'll launch a sh*tload of crappy games instead and once people are sick of playing maple story and start leaving they'll try to recycle the bored player in kartplayers? wow very smart (and a waste of play time for those poor maple players -.-; )
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:25 AM   #9
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You need to all throw away your nintendo X Boxes and WI consoles and start playing games on your computer only what a crock of shit if mr kim thinks waiting there will be less ppl using consols instead of computers to play games he is very wrong I see prices dropping every year making the consols avaliable to more ppl the longer they wait the more they loose What a great game plan Nexon.
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:34 AM   #10
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If you quote, quote correctly and remove the last paragraph.
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:27 PM   #11
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haha wow....
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:36 PM   #12
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=/ This is interesting, but still crappy news.
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:05 PM   #13
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Min kim is a dick fucker
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:20 PM   #14
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Market will never be ready in NA cause they fail. Asia ftw right now
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The NA market will only ever be ready for bad FPS games and stupid MMO's that require no real skill to play.

and the longer they wait the less likely it will ever do well here.
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