Top Ten: 3DS Games We Want to See Localized

These ten games deserve a western announcement or release in 2014.

By Anthony Vigna. Posted 01/14/2014 09:00 6 Comments     ShareThis

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Nintendo consoles have been home to a number of localization miracles as of late, the most notable being the release of Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower on Wii in the United States, which were pushed into relevancy by the Internet fan campaign called Operation Rainfall. Fans demanded the release of these games, and their success in the western market proves that niche titles can do well overseas. The induction of the eShop is further propelling the localization of games as well, since it is a lot cheaper to exclusively distribute virtual copies of a video game. Without the eShop, localized 3DS titles like the individual Guild 01 and Guild 02 games, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, Unchained Blades, Senran Kagura Burst, and Kokuga may have never made it outside of Japan.

But because I’m incredibly selfish and greedy, this massive amount of localized games isn’t good enough for me. There are so many gems over in Japan that western gamers have not had the opportunity to explore, and I won’t be satisfied until they are all localized! In order to call some attention to these Japanese titles, I’ve decided to compile a list of ten games that I would love to see localized here in the west. So, without further ado, here are my top ten most wanted Japanese exclusive games!

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6 Responses to “Top Ten: 3DS Games We Want to See Localized”

  • 819 points
    Toadlord says...

    I’m definitely a Game Center CX fan, and I love that there are a group of fans so dedicated to getting the shows translated into English when they come out. I don’t own Retro Game Challenge, but I followed the development of both the first and second game, and I thought the team did a fantastic job of capturing the era of gaming featured so often on the show.

    It’s a shame that the game didn’t sell well in the west, but the fact that games like this exist warms my heart.

  • 222 points
    PanurgeJr says...

    I’ve wanted to play Beyond the Labyrinth since I first saw a trailer a few years ago. I suppose the only hope is that someone concludes that the cost of localization will be covered by sales in the West, and that Japanese sales might not be the best predictor.

    • 1567 points
      penduin says...

      Here’s hoping! These all look interesting in one way or another, but Beyond the Labyrinth looks especially appealing to me.

      …Well, that and Dragon Quest VII. :^)

  • 1294 points
    Robert Marrujo says...

    Very, very good list Anthony.

  • 849 points
    ejamer says...

    Nice list of games! Some were already on my personal watch list, others I’d heard about then forgotten, and a few were complete unknowns for me. Great to see them get some exposure in the West. With software like this, it’s no surprise that 3DS has become a “must own” piece of hardware.

  • 180 points
    Anthony Vigna says...

    Thanks for the comments everyone! I had a lot of fun writing this one up, and I genuinely hope that these games get localized! More software on the 3DS is never a bad thing :)

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