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Japanese licensing: MonkeyPaw boss explains why it’s a challenge

PS3 Attitude writes, "Licensing problems. Throughout the nineties, we complained when Japanese titles never made it to stores near us despite taking the Fear East by storm. It got a bit better in the noughties, as our hobby grew in popularity, but the issue never completely disappeared.

There are a few reasons why Japanese titles (such as these) never made it to the West. Cost is a big one. Publishers, translators and other staff are needed to develop a localised version and they don’t work for free. Demand also has a big part to play. The fact is many of the games that grace the Japanese charts are perceived to be too odd for the Western market. The third major issue is licensing."

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