Tales Producer Wants to Expand Fanbase, Localize

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

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Throughout this past July, the Tales series was making waves in regards to localization.  The first was the announcement of Tales of Xillia coming to the West next year.  The second came less than a week later when Tales producer Hideo Baba openly talked about remaking older Tales games for modern consoles.  The third came about a week after in regards to a possible localization of Tales of Xillia, which is coming out in Japan November 1st.

Fast forward to now.  In an interview with Siliconera, Hideo Baba made a case for localization of older Tales games.  “To expand the fanbase, I would like players to have a chance to play previous titles that weren’t released overseas,” the producer said.  When asked what game he would like to see in the west, Hideo Baba chose a recent though not obvious entry:

Personally, I would want players to play Tales of Hearts for the Nintendo DS because the team pushed the DS hardware to the maximum and the game’s story is about the heart. Unfortunately, we don’t have any plans to localized Tales of Hearts, but this one is my favorite one.

Tales of Hearts is the eleventh mothership title in the Tales franchise.  It deals with Shing Meteoryte, Kohak Hearts and their friends as they work to banish Zerom – monsters that feed on spiria or hearts.  Unfortunately for this title, it came out near the end of the DS cycle with Tales of Grace coming soon and the development of Tales of the Abyss 3D coming soon, as well as during the massive undertaking of releasing Tales of Vesperia nearly simultaneously for Japan and North America.

Tales of Hearts is available in Japanese through Amazon and PlayAsia in two forms: CG movie edition and anime movie edition.  You will need to pay quite a bit due to it being an import.  However, unless I’m mistaken, the game should be able to run on any Nintendo DS.


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  • Tales of Vesperia PS3!

    ALSO: Tales of Destiny Director’s Cut! Tales of Destiny 2! Tales of Rebirth!
    An actual good version of Tales of Phantasia!

    I will buy two copies of Xillia!

  • I am so happy beyond belief! The first Tales game I played was the recent Tales of Graces f and I LOVED IT. I quickly went out and bought Vesperia, and what do ya know? I loved that too! I can’t wait to see what Xillia has in store and the rest of the Tales games!

  • Genevieve_aka_WishingTikal

    Tales of Innocence on Vita would be cool because I bought it and I have no games 🙁 I tried the DS version, but it was so-so, I’d rather play the Vita one

    • Besides, it’s the most complete version of the game, so it just makes a crazy amount of sense to bring the game over internationally, even if it has to be in digital-only form.

  • Hey, you wanna expand the fanbase?  How bout you release your game on more than one console at time?  That might help.

  • SecretX

    it be great if it was localize sounds interesting.

  • I’m a big fan of romance stories, so it would certainly be nice to see Tales of Hearts upgraded and localized for the 3DS, and perhaps a Wii U remake of the original Tales of Phantasia with smoothly animated hand-drawn sprites and fully multi-language voiced cutscenes.  They’re going to change the theme song to an instrumental if they do that though, as it seems to be their MO, and I really liked the Tales of Phantasia J-Pop theme, Yume Wa Owarenai.

  • Tales of Heart as a late DS game, Eshop Download or 3DS Enhanced Port / Remake – I’m all for it! Let Tales of Hearts come to Europe! Good choice, sir Baba!

  • personally, i have tales of hearts, anime flavor…personally, that DOES need to be localized…]xD…