Nintendo Is Going To Help Bring More Games To The West!
Nintendo repeating Dragon Quest IX's publishing efforts? Say what? Yup, they're going to try and help bring some games over to the west from Japanese developers. The full story? Read on to find out.
Remember this game?
If you do and you're from the 'Merica (or Can-A-da), you'll know it was published in this region by Nintendo, something that definitely helped it in the sales department (selling over 1 million copies in North America, something Dragon Quest isn't known for over here...)
Why do I bring this up? Well, recently, Nintendo's President, Satoru Iwata, said Nintendo is planning on working with Japanese developers to bring more 3DS games to both Europe and North America, saying:
"We will increase the number of such games for the U.S. market as well as in Europe. We are also willing to flexibly assist third-party developers in distributing their valuable games overseas." - Satoru Iwata
This means we could be getting these games over here via physical print or digital copies on the eShop:
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (which sold at No. 1 in its launch week!)
Shin Megami Tensei IV
EX Troopers (aka. we didn't want to waste the Mega Man Legends 3 engine, see here for proof)
Professor Layton X Phoenix Wright
Time Travelers (also on Vita PSP)
The last one is Beyond the Labyrinth in case you're wondering. And there are a ton more worthwhile games worth looking into that haven't gotten a release date for North America I didn't mention like Level 5's Youkai Watch.
Now if you know me, I've complained about Nintendo's debacle at last year's E3 when it announced Fire Emblem: Awakening via Twitter of all places and its previous promotions for its smaller franchises, so hearing this, I'm skeptical as to what it'll do, but it's great news to hear the "Big N" is stepping up and localizing titles to give us 3DS owners even more great games to play. If Dragon Quest IX showed us anything, it was that the Nintendo brand can help boost those sales above what you'd normally expect for a series. Plus some advertising from Seth Green can't hurt.
What do you think fellow G1s? Even if you're not a 3DS owner, does the idea of Nintendo helping out 3rd party developers sound like a smart move?
» Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2013/01/31/nintendo-to-help-japanese-companies-bring-their-3ds-games-west/
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Glad to see this. Wish I had more money to support this trend.
I hope this also means Monster Hunter 4
Just say the magic words "Dragon Quest 7 3d will be translated to english" and you have yourself a 3Ds buyer
While this is cool for 3DS owners, I think this is mostly to expand the system's library and make it a more attractive buy. I would like Nintendo to be more proactive about localization so we don't need something like Project Rainfall to bring us some really great games months or years after they came out in Japan or even just an American release after a European one.
oooh cool, been wanting to see lots of jap games published overseas since DS/psp... i hope it includes AUS ahaha ^.^;;
I think I'd rather play TT on Vita, but I certainly wouldn't complain about it coming over on the 3DS.
I also wish that the big N would bring the inazuma eleven series out of japan , I love level- 5 and I love soccer so thats a no brainer for me, hopefully these games ( the list) and more quality games make it here.
I hope they make good on their word, and more importantly, I just hope the games listed do come Stateside.
Its kind of like Bayonetta 2
OH HELL YEAH!! I recently got a 3DS and I am a HUGE JRPG player so this is music to my ears! Bring them on!!! Tired of Playstation getting all the great JRPGs lol.
So that's what that looks like.
This is definitely a very smart move for Nintendo.
Did you read the article, like any part of it? It clearly says that they intend to work with third parties to help bring games over to the west. They aren't telling anyone "hey, you people have to publish in the west!" but are instead offering to be the publishers and saying they will work harder at it.
and the 3DS destoyes the Vita not only in the east, but the west as well
In our dreams apparently. Let's hope they come true.
I will buy a 3DS right now if they can confirm Professor Layton X Phoenix Wright to the East (as well as AAI2)
Nintendo, of all publishers telling others to release in the west...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! WHAT A LAUGH! Either they have seen the error of their ways, or went full hypocritical.
Its a long shot...But....I wanna have my hopes of Super Robot Wars UX.
Wheres my earthbound 3d collection?