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

6. Retro Game Challenge 3

The original Retro Game Challenge, known as Game Center CX in Japan, was a hidden gem on DS in the western market. The game was a terrific ode to gaming in the ’80s, featuring eight games that parodied classics during that time period. Perhaps the coolest thing about the game was how it brought ’80s gaming culture to life through things like game magazines, which are distributed within the game itself with tips and cheat codes in the style of the time period. It would be a blast to take a dive into the ’80s once more with Retro Game Challenge 3. The game will be released in Japan on March 20, 2014, and will be published by Namco Bandai Games. The localization of the original Retro Game Challenge was handled by Xseed.

Why it should be localized: We never got to experience Retro Game Challenge 2 overseas due to poor sales of the first title. Yet, I still believe Retro Game Challenge 3 has potential to do well in the west, especially as an eShop exclusive.

The odds of it being localized: Very unlikely. Xseed recently responded to a fan’s query about the game on Facebook, stating that, “Nobody would be happier than us to publish it, but our bank would cry…”

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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.

    • 1561 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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