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Two years ago, we published an article about games that we would like to have localized. Since then, a lot more games have been released that we would also like to see make it to our shores here in the West. So here’s a new list of games, recently released or coming out soon that we would like to have released. Most of these games have no confirmation for Western releases, but we would surely like to see them. So, in no particular order, here are 10 games we would like to see localized (Click Titles For Official Sites, Screens, and Trailers):
The Lost Planet anime inspired spin-off from Capcom, E.X. Troopers is a stylized action game for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS that was looking pretty awesome. I even had the opportunity to play the PlayStation 3 demo and enjoyed it more than I have previous Lost Planet games. Unfortunately, Capcom has been clear that localization of the title is unlikely due to the fact that a lot of coding would have to be redone. To put another nail in the coffin for hopes of seeing this title over seas, the Western trademark for E.X. Trooper has officially expired.
A lot of us are looking for more PlayStation Vita love, especially here in the West. Namco Bandai is showing the new handheld some love with a full remake of the Nintendo DS game Tales of Hearts. Tales of Hearts R brings Vita owners some of that ‘Tales of’ charm complete with 3D graphics, fully voiced dialogue, new characters, and an expanded story. This would definitely be a great addition to the Vita’s library in the West, taking it on the right path as a home for many great RPGs like the PSP.
Ryu Ga Gotoku 5, better known as Yakuza 5 outside of Japan, kicked its way to the PlayStation 3 in 2012 bringing along high praise as the best installment of the game yet. Although all of the main Yakuza games have made their way to North American shores, there is no news at all for Yakuza 5. Most of the series’ North American releases were usually made within a year of a Japanese release, with the exception of Yakuza 2 which made its way over two years later. Unfortunately, there is no news on this latest installment on the action crime drama. A SEGA rep was noted as saying on the PlayStation Blog that there’s no news however purchasing the previous installments of the game could help improve those chances. Here’s hoping the series will continue to be released here! (While we’re at it, Kazuma Kiryu for PlayStation All-Stars anyone?)
Ah, Digimon. Although the games are great, I’ll be the first to admit, I was never a fan of Pokemon the anime. I know, take away my geek card right now! But Digimon, yes Digimon always had a place in my heart. Namco Bandai thought it was a good idea to revisit the franchise’s roots for its 15th anniversary. This came in the form of an all new Digimon RPG based on the first season, Digimon Adventure. The wave of nostalgia was almost overwhelming when hearing this news. Unfortunately, Digimon and PSP have waned support in the Western world and chances of ever seeing this title are slim. I would love for this game to make it over here, even if just as a PlayStation Vita download.
Who said Square Enix Japan lost all touch with its roots? Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy The 4 Heroes of Light. The game has received a few awards and praise worldwide although it has only been released in Japan. Known for its beautiful art, cutscenes, and music, Bravely Default was even described as one of IGN’s top games that make the 3DS worth owning.
The popular Dragon Quest series has had a pretty prosperous relationship with Nintendo. The latest venture of that relationship and next home console installment of the game comes as a MMORPG developed by Square-Enix. The first MMO for the series, the game has received positive reviews on the Wii platform and a bit of hype surrounding the Wii U release. A localization could help bolster the Wii U library while bringing what seems to be a fun game to spend countless hours on as well.
Two Dragon Quest games in a row?! Yeah, well, this is worth it. Dragon Quest VII, originally released on the PS One, got a complete remake for the 3DS and it’s looking great. The highly acclaimed and widely popular game is known for its massive size providing countless hours of gameplay. The 3DS remake brings a fully realized 3D world, full orchestra score, visible enemies, and a lot of new additions to bring the classic with enhancements for the new tech age. DQ VII would be a wonderful addition to the 3DS’ library that I’m really hoping to get my hands on. Yes, please, Square Enix?
Goku, Luffy, Toriko, Naurto, and likely more characters all in one new game for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita? YES PLEASE! Although there isn’t much news on this upcoming Shonen Jump crossover, it has already stirred up quite a bit of hype for itself. Similar crossovers have been released in the past but never made it to countries outside of Japan. Hopefully, Project Versus J will change that – hopefully.
Although Phantasy Star Online 2 has a PC release coming to North America and Europe, there is no news on its highly anticipated PlayStation Vita counterpart. The F2P MMO has been a highly anticipated title for many worldwide. SEGA has once again commented that they have no news on a Vita localization but fans are definitely pushing for it.
Although the PSP is essentially dead in the West, many of our hopes of seeing Final Fantasy Type-0 still live on. The Final Fantasy title was followed closely by Final Fantasy fans worldwide since its announcement and gained fantastic reviews when it finally released. While hints have been thrown about for a release in North America and Europe, there has been nothing conclusive. Square Enix has said that they open to considering a release – possibly even on the PlayStation Vita. Let’s hope this happens sooner than later!
So there you have it, 10 new(ish) games that I would like to see make their way over to our side of the globe. Some of these may or may not make it, we never know. As our last installment showed, sometimes all we have to do is show a bit of patience and persistence. So you saw my list, what about yours? Sound off in the comments below! What games would you like to see localized?