What happened to the Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure demo?


It’s sad watching sales in the UK for Rhythm Thief unfold, the game seems to be a Dreamcast fan’s wet dream. Especially if you were into stuff like Samba De Amigo or Space Channel 5. We can all turn around and blame SEGA for Rhythm Thief‘s lack of success in the UK, but they weren’t even the publisher. Nintendo was in the UK. But in the States, SEGA is set to publish it and they already seem to have forgotten about the title.

Back in March it was confirmed that we were supposed to get a Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure demo on April 19th. Yep, that was about four days ago and there still isn’t anything. The game has been delayed until July, so it’s possible that the demo was pushed back as well, though I wish SEGA would confirm that.

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6 responses to “What happened to the Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure demo?

  1. Hitrax says:

    I think SEGA is set to cancel the game in the US after looking at the disastrous sales in the UK, does anybody have the exact official sales figures for the title?
    It looks a lot like SEGA is going to cancel it, still if any in the US are still interested, the option of importing is there in the end and of course language localisation wont be an issue.

  2. ricerictwice says:

    The game is supposed to come out July 10th so I am assuming that they pushed the demo date back, I thought it was coming out Thursday as well then when it wasn’t in the eShop searched online for where it even said that it was supposed to be released that date. We can’t import it, because the 3DS is region locked, and they already confirmed that it is still being released here. Sega’s restructuring should have consisted simply of firing the entire marketing department and hiring a new one. The only people that buy any of their games are people that have already been Sega fans for years. For example a couple of months ago when House of the Dead 4 was announced the release date was only listed as Spring then I heard nothing of it (even though I frequent this site, follow Sega on facebook,twitter, and youtube) until the day it was released last week with the launch trailer. This is a serious flaw in their business structure. You have to step outside of the box to draw in new customers, not silently advertise your products on only Sega related sites.

  3. -nSega54- says:

    Yeah, it was delayed until July, so I fixed that bit at the end of the article. I really do hope a demo is released beforehand.

  4. Beat says:

    I will quote Kateburning on this one:

    “The US demo will be up closer to launch.”

    there you have it. This was said when Kate was still the assistant community manager, so it’s legit.

    http://forums.sega.com/showthread.php?402032-Rhythm-thief-and-the-emperors-treasure-demo/page2

  5. Richard says:

    Cant speak on behalf of the uk but in ireland where i am from Rhythm Theif came out in the worst time Game closed down, Gamestop had no acknowledge on what rhythm theif was and hmv had very few 3ds games in stock.they are the only 3 stores around my area that sell games , on top of that price was probably too high for a rhythm game that hurt sales aswell .. hope it kicks off when a price cut comes and i hope u.s give a higher demand for the game 🙂

  6. Chaosmaster8753 says:

    I thought Nintendo was just the distributor for it in the UK?

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