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

3DS XL official press shot

2. Fantasy Life: Link!

Fantasy Life is a life simulator, akin to Animal Crossing, in a JRPG setting. While the Rune Factory series has done something similar to this style of play, Fantasy Life sets itself apart as a unique title. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Fantasy Life is that you do not have to focus on combat, as the majority of the game’s classes do not focus on battling monsters. Instead, you can play the entirety of the game through occupations like a fisherman, chef, or a lumberjack, and progress as smoothly as a warrior. The newest iteration of the game, Fantasy Life: Link!, includes a ton of massive updates to the original game, such as the ability to play online with four other players and send messages to friends. The game was released in Japan on July 25, 2013, and was published by Level-5.

Why it should be localized: Life simulators, such as Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, sell extremely well in the west. Also, the game is being developed by 1-UP Studio, formerly known as Brownie Brown, which is composed of veteran Square Company and Mother 3 developers. This is just too good to be a Japanese exclusive!

The odds of it being localized: Very likely! Not only is Fantasy Life doing extremely well in Japan, but it has also been trademarked in the United States.

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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.

    • 1570 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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