Submitted by digitaleraser 1536d ago | article

Top 20 Games Nintendo Wouldn't Release In The US

Critical Hit! says: "Xenoblade Chronicles. The Last Story. Pandora’s Tower.

The truth is, Nintendo has a long history of holding games back from US release. The reasons sometimes vary (when reasons are given), but it’s a practice that goes all the way back to the early days of the NES.

To give you a small glimpse of what you’ve been missing, I’ve compiled a list of the twenty non-US first-party Nintendo games that struck me as being the most important, most interesting, or most potentially fun to play. I’ve limited it to mainly console releases (as opposed to handheld) in order to narrow things down. Now, allow me to guide you on a journey into the forgotten past…" (Another Code: R - A Journey Into Lost Memories, Captain Rainbow, Disaster : Day of crisis, Dynamic Slash, Fatal Frame IV, GameCube, Last Window The Secret of Cape West, Mother 3, Nintendo, Retro, Sin & Punishment, Wii)

gillri  +   1536d ago
lol you guys get it lucky

its Nintendo's fault I never got to play Chrono Trigger as a 12 year old kid, FFVI....or Super mario RPG

egidem  +   1536d ago
Yeap...thanks to their region locking of consoles. Seriously, who does that? The PS3 is no longer region locked - a good thing.

Nintendo - for some weird reason just refuses to listen to its fanbase and continues to alienate them, by essentially not giving them what they want. Like for what reason have they just not released Xenoblade Chronicles in the US??
mike1up  +   1536d ago
Fantastic read. Without a doubt one of the best articles that i have ever read on here.

You know that it is a good article when you're completely outraged at the end. No more Fire Emblem?! I hope that you are wrong, because i will be absolutely crushed!

To make things worse... i never got a chance to play Earthbound! I have been patiently checking my Virtual Console every week. Just knowing that Earthbound would eventually come (they have 2 Earthbound characters in Smash Bros.). Before reading this, i had no idea about the potential legal issue with the soundtrack. It seems very likely that i will be crushed again.

I knew that NoA had a reputation (for being wrong), but, i had no idea that their track record was THIS bad. It hurts because i have just lost a lot of my optimism for Xenoblade and Last Story being released in the US.
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digitaleraser  +   1536d ago
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-)

I had a feeling while writing it that people would find the first half fascinating, and in the second half the fascination would turn to outrage. I see my prediction wasn't too far off. ;-)
ShaunCameron  +   1536d ago

The Last Story
Pandora's Tower
Disaster: Day Of Crisis
Dynamic Blade a.k.a Zangeki No Reginleiv
Fatal Frame 4

These are games that could have made the Wii more respectable with HD console owners. I don't know what to say but it seems that NOA and many 3rd-party developers really dropped the ball on the Wii.
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digitaleraser  +   1536d ago
In the case of 3rd-party devs, the problem is that it takes extra work to down-convert a game as opposed to just being able to do a straight port. That's something Nintendo didn't foresee when they decided not to make the Wii an HD system. So initially, devs skipped releasing to the Wii because it took extra work (with the outcome being a game that doesn't look as good), and then later skipped the Wii just because the older audience had moved on to other systems anyways.

As far as NOA not publishing first-party games that have been developed specifically for the Wii, it seems that NOA has simply decided to abandon older gamers. Which seems pretty foolish, but they probably think what they're doing makes sense somehow from a business standpoint.
ShaunCameron  +   1536d ago
It makes sense. Developers invested a lot of money into high-end engines. And they're trying to get the best results from them.

I originally wanted to get a PS3 but due to budget constraints, I ended up getting an XBox 360. Either way, good thing. A lot of the Wii's library just looks....SAD!
Relientk77  +   1530d ago

and pretty much most of the games on that list

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