Games that never came to America from Japan

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How come they never came?

A lot of games I noticed that were really great in Japan never came to America. The Sakura Wars game series that made a hit in Japan never came to America. The Game made a whole bunch that showed great protential for the American markets was never released in Americam yet the Anime Series was. When the huge Cardcaptor Sakura Era came, despite the show was horrible dubbed by Nelvana, it still became the most popular anime in the America and the world, game companies in Japan released Cardcaptor Sakura games that became popular, but game companies in America never released it in America. They missed the the opperatunity to sell it to millions of fans in America. Why should game comapnies deny anime fans the opperatunity to buy some of the games they want? So far the distribution for such games only goes through half. The anime games that are released in America and the other anime games that never get released. Also can someone here give me a list of games that were released in Japan, but never came to America?

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Create a revolution for anime.

  • Sep 25, 2005

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WEll you have to realize that american companies have to think of a broader audience other then just anime fans. Yes I know there are a heck of alot out there but added up it just doesn't make profits like games such as the resident evil series. Basically what I believe the reason is these games never came is money. Anime might not have been as big as it is now. So the games were thought to be non-profitable and as such not worth brining over. This is just what I think so feel free to add, disagree, or agree. Oh yeah sorry but I don't know of any games that were only released in Japan

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iono, just buy them as imports. Japanse games that we have, have subtitles and such. i guess america dun have translators or something. so u guys have ur own game makings.

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Was Final Fantasy 3 for the NES ever released in the u.s.? (Not the one with Kefka and the Espers...)

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  • Sep 25, 2005

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well thats how it is! you have to be P..A..T..I..E..N..T! HA! like I AM anywayz! XP

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  • Sep 25, 2005

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Patient? Trust me half of the games that are anime from Japan are never published. Since Dreamcast lost in the comeption containing the other anime games, and X-Box having one of the worst connections with Japan and publishing the least anime games in the gaming world that half is sharp. Anime games that came in the 2000 [Japan] lost half of the anime the world has ever known.

As Karl Marx had said in the last sentence of the "Communist Manifesto,"
"Anime fans around the world unite!"
Create a revolution for anime.

  • Sep 25, 2005
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Megaman and Bass never came into America untill the GBA. It was originally for the snes.

  • Sep 25, 2005
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Quote by GearStalker05Was Final Fantasy 3 for the NES ever released in the u.s.? (Not the one with Kefka and the Espers...)

Final Fantasy III will finally make its appearance in the US on the DS. Of course, the translations for the NES ROM have been around for years, if you don't mind the 8-bit graphics.

The series I'd love to see the most in the US are Super Robot Wars and Sakura Taisen. If we're talking about one single game, it would have to be Namco X Capcom. I can't think of any good reason for the above not to be released in the US. If Nippon Ichi titles can make a niche and profit, why couldn't the above series? And Namco and Capcom clearly have enough US fanboys to make Namco X Capcom a winner.

  • Sep 25, 2005

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Man there are far too many Japan only games out there to name that were not release state side. *Sigh* I still don't know how exactly to get my PS2 to play Japanese games anyway. If I did I would definately import. Alas, conversion for GCN is alot easier then PS2....

Don't know of many games off the top of my head that weren't released over here. Though one that doesn't seem as if it will ever hear over to the states that I am interested in is Ponkotsu Roman Daikatsugeki Bumpy Trot.

As for why, well it's simple why Japanese games don't often come to the US. Spystreak said it pretty well. The consumers are alot different in America than in Japan. Interests, popularity all have differences that effect what they would want to buy. I mean, how many third party Japan games that do make it over the Pacific do you see flying off the shelves? Not many. Most of the third party big hits are Europe or US produced. Unfortunately, that means that the overall percentage of popularity of Japanese games in the US is overshadowed by western Developers.

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Way too much games. I still dont understand why they did not export Seiken Densetsu 3 and Tales of Phantasia.

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I think Star Ocean, Sekken den Tetsu (sp?) and Fire Emblem 1-6.

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well there are lots of games that even if they made it to US wont encounter succes at all , also you need to translate and all . not to mention lots of terrible porn games

  • Sep 26, 2005

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The 64DD was only released in Japan, which is disappointing. It didn't have a good success when released. It prolly would of sold a bit better in the US, but Nintendo must of figured it still wouldn't be worth spending the money to see.

  • Sep 26, 2005

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well yeah there are tons of anime games that never make it to us because of different reasons. of couse what Spystreak said is true you have to think about everyone and not just anime fans. but also if you know about anime games alot of them are dating sims. Which is a gaming gernre that does't exist here in the states. so pretty much almost all anime hits has games. here are just a few.
Evangelion
Love Hina
Da Capo
Naruto
Kenshin
Samurai Deeper Kyo
Lain
Samurai Champloo
NamcoXCapcom
Berserk for the PS2 not the one on the Dreamcast
Dn angel
and more but I don't feel like saying them all oh yeah and one of my fav RPGs Grandia well the third game is out now in Japan and so far there is no US date man that makes me mad. I wish I could read kanji

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  • Sep 26, 2005

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It could have been worse, you could have lived in europe and gotten even fewer games. When i look at a shelf with ps2 games i see one or two that origins from an anime, at most.

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  • Sep 26, 2005

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I also noticed that anime games never appear in PC. Except that Yu-Gi-Oh! game for PC. That creates another sharp for anime games. Also does anyone know if UMD imported games for American PSPs and PS2 games for American PS2s work?

As Karl Marx had said in the last sentence of the "Communist Manifesto,"
"Anime fans around the world unite!"
Create a revolution for anime.

  • Sep 26, 2005
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guess the biggest reason they ask is.. will it sell??
since they are aiming towards everybody .. not just fans of the anime...

  • Sep 26, 2005
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I just want the naruto fighting games for game cube to come over. I just imported it,, and haven't stopped playing it. It's so addicting. Even if it is in japanese ppl will just sit down and start to fidget w/ the controls, and be addicted.

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Quote by xdayI also noticed that anime games never appear in PC. Except that Yu-Gi-Oh! game for PC. That creates another sharp for anime games. Also does anyone know if UMD imported games for American PSPs and PS2 games for American PS2s work?

i think that some format umds work on jap and us machines, but some dont.
maybe it says on the case or something?

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The Games I want to come to the US

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
Star Ocean Original
Tales of Phantasia

  • Sep 29, 2005

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