The Real Reason S Rank Is Used In Games

The Real Reason S Rank Is Used In Games

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This video takes a look at what S Rank means in games and why this would sometimes be changed when games were released outside of Japan.

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  1. Arc Ray on June 9, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    oh finally, ive been meaning to look into this subject. but its such a minor thing i kept forgetting. thats neat!

  2. Battle Master on June 9, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    I’m surprised they didn’t censor "SS" rank

  3. LPNP on June 9, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    I assumed it was a different grading system inJapan, good to have confirmation.

    Thank you for these general video game interests videos, they’re a nice break from the cases of actual censorship/localization changes. Sometimes I just want facts and trivia and less gamer outrage (from the comments, not you).

  4. MaverickXIII on June 9, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    A rank? Aw hell nah, redoing the level again!

  5. jalene150 on June 9, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Ngl I didn’t even think about why it’s a thing.

  6. Casey Decker on June 9, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    In the Viewtiful Joe video game series, the highest ranking you can get in each level is ‘V’ which stands for ‘Viewtiful’. 😉

  7. DatGameh on June 9, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    I looked through google translate and it seems that "Shu" means "Hide"…?
    How can it be?

  8. Mr.Diesel on June 9, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Insert Sadistic dead meme thing i don’t even know about with the anime girls idk

  9. Danielthesiberiancat on June 9, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    S mean Superior??

  10. AWSUMSAS on June 9, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    But what about X Rank…

  11. sonicspeediscrazy on June 9, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Always assumed s stood for super

  12. Bizargh on June 9, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    I certainly wasn’t aware of that fun fact myself. But I would have to had believed this originated from Japan considering the wealth of games from Japan such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Ace Combat, Devil May Cry & more make use of the rank, whereas I recall my home country using A* [A-Star] as the highest awarded grade in education much akin to the commonly known A+.

    I’ve rather liked the S-Rank myself, particularly how it’s often worded as an "Above & Beyond" rank in games such as the Devil May Cry series (It’s nice knowing that picking up a sword & fighting demons is Dope!, but that it takes master combo artistry to display Smokin’ Sick/Sexy Style!!! with it).

  13. Luliby on June 9, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    That’s fascinating. I somehow knew for the longest time that S Rank was the best (probably just obvious context clues), but I had no idea that this concept is specific to Japan. I thought this was just a thing around the world. Well…now I know.

  14. im replying to this comment on June 9, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks man

  15. OmegaVideoGameGod on June 9, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Yeah S ranking in Japanese region is actually a lot of harder to get and therefore more rewarding, Japanese also feel it might be too hard for outsiders to also get so they usually just leave the s rank out for the most part.

  16. Vidya★James on June 9, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Interesting! I have seen some games use letters other than S for high rank such as Splatoon (X-Rank) and some modern DBZ games (Z-Rank) but didn’t know the S grade was actually pulled from scholastic grades like our are ..

  17. Mthiyane Ndaba on June 9, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    When I first play sonic unleashed I gat s rank I thought is stand for ‘Super’

  18. Antonio Martinez on June 9, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    S for Super!

  19. Gwalothion on June 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    And – back to censorship – even these ranks were "censored" sometimes. Some games in Germany had the "SS"-rank removed because of its similarity to the "Schutzstaffel" from back in Nazi Germany. Actually, for the very same reason the logo from the band Kiss was changed here.

  20. PedoBearNomsLoli on June 9, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    And this is why localization is pointless. People are inevitably going to be exposed to new ideas and cultures, so why even bother delaying it? I swear the people who think that people needs to held by the hands are pretty racist and arrogant to think that the world simply cannot come to understand each other. We can if we actually tried.

  21. Rhettorical on June 9, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    I was super confused when I played Dance Dance Revolution back in the 90s and would get a rank of S. I had no idea what it meant. Some DDR machines used AAA as the highest score, but others used S, and I never knew why.

  22. Bryzantine on June 9, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Then there’s Z rank from dragon ball

  23. Nekufan1000000 on June 9, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Wow, a video that’s only as long as it needs to be to inform the people watching? That’s some S rank content right there. I’m so glad this didn’t have, like, a long winded story about "The first time I saw S rank I was like, ‘wut’ and that’s what led me to making this video. I was playing a game and saw the S rank and it confused me" cue long winded backstory that has little to nothing to do with why S rank is used. Like most B tier channels.

  24. Artistically No-One on June 9, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    We may not use S much in the west but Japanese don’t usually use F as the lowest grade instead E. Although it makes sense since we completely skip E.

  25. Gahlok12 on June 9, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    One thing is why does sonic riders 1 have an x rank ?

  26. Peter Gill on June 9, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    I honestly just thought it was a Sonic thing. I don’t remember noticing it in any other game.

  27. BankaiIchigo12345 on June 9, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I remember playing MegamanX 4 on Playstation, and I mean the English version, not the Japanese version. One of the levels you had to get an S rank on a certain section of the level (kinda like a mini game) to unlock a Doctor Light powerup capsule (I think that’s what it unlocked, but I don’t remember for sure). I remember that there were ranks D, C, B, A, and S. I always wondered why S was better than A. I thought nothing could be better than A, by definition of A being the best grade you can get in school. I assumed it was based on an unofficial grading system just used in this game, and that S meant Super. I never knew that S was an actual grade used in schools in Japan (or anywhere for that matter). I just assumed that D, C, B, and A were international standards for school grades, used everywhere in the world. Now thanks to this video I know that Japan added an S grade, and that is the best possible grade in actual schools in Japan.
    What’s surprising here is that this was the English version, and the translators didn’t to erase this bit of Japanese culture from the game.

  28. Double Click on June 9, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    i always just assumed…

  29. Soushin on June 9, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Nowadays, "Platinum" in a Gold/Silver/Bronze system is the equivalent to S rank.

  30. A_creator's stuff on June 9, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Fun fact, sonic riders series of games has taken the S rank system and made an S rank and a H rank, S painted golden, referencing super sonic, and H painted in silver rainbow, like hyper sonic

  31. starg09 on June 9, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Never even thought about it to be honest… Then again, in spanish (or at least in Argentina) the initial part of the education system often uses the term "Sobresaliente" (Outstanding) for what US would probably call an "A+" while grading work. So I guess it was easier to accept it as the top score here 😛

  32. MagcargoMan on June 9, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    That’s interesting. I always thought it just stood for "Special". Never found it odd to me.

  33. Puleva wargamer on June 9, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    So the real reason why It is usted is the way that It is really used? Whoa unexpected….

  34. Instead Of Mayo on June 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    I feel like the only one in the world who thought of Phantasy Star Online 3 CARD Revolution when thinking of S Rank

  35. Mateu-san1999 on June 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    I swear I’ve seen this in some Western games…

  36. Revolsin on June 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    How’d you manage to waste a full minute of a 3 minute video on an intro
    Just put the content upfront ffs

  37. GundamBarbatos9 Veterans on June 9, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    S rank I remember seeing that in sonic games and Megaman x5

  38. Cunnysmythe on June 9, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Interesting; I always just assumed special

  39. びんびんごはんケーキー on June 9, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Dante: I always got three S’s in school!

  40. Azure Fuentes on June 9, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    S rank just makes achievements hard to get

  41. João Loução on June 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I had no idea this was introduced into the West through videogames nor that it was something that came from Japan. Interesting

  42. Blackjack y Mujersuelas on June 9, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Its to reward skill,however the ranks in 3rd Strike are broken.
    Notes like XS or MSF are nonsense.

  43. Danthrax40 on June 9, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    So why aren’t A ranks instead Y ranks for yū? Or B ranks instead R ranks for ryō? Why would they change only the top grade to conform to the Japanese grading scale?

  44. Kenneth Smith on June 9, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    I swear, I thought that S meant Super all this time. I mean the first time I remember seeing it was in the original Marvel vs. Capcom, waaay back then, and I just thought "Super" made sense. Anyway, thanks for the trivia, CG.

  45. Aquason on June 9, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    There was a Japanese redditor who thought they found the origin of ‘S’ rank above the ‘A’ starting from the concert seating at music venues. which originated as an abbreviation for ‘Special’

    They also had this to say about the School Grading:

    >Some universities in Japan have S grade in their score for GPA and others not. And GPA itself is relatively new in Japan, so most grades are designed in around ’90~’00 maybe. So it should not be the origin of S ranks in game.

    >Traditionally, scores in Japanese university are 優(yuu=excellent)/良(ryo=good)/可(ka=fair)/不可(fuka=failed), or A/B/C/F, as far as I know. In high school, 優/良/可/不可, A/B/C/D/E, 10..1, 5..1 are I’ve heard.

  46. Draco Mundo on June 9, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Wait is Dante using summoned swords

  47. The Extreme One on June 9, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Huh, the more you know

  48. Marcel Walter on June 9, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    I always get a double S rank and they call me a racist

  49. VINCENTNATTI on June 9, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Regular Japanese Games: S rank


  50. TheCrazyhusky on June 9, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the bit of knowledge,
    I do prefer S over A+ as it give you that feeling of accomplishment that you’ve achieved a whole new rank than having a " + " stuck on to of an exisiting rank.
    Also it looks neater too.

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