Nintendo is Supporting More 3rd Party Localization

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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Note: This news article was written by the Bring “Bravely Default Flying Fairy” to the West campaign and is being hosted on the oprainfall website.

During Satoru Iwata’s (President of Nintendo) presentation at the recent Third Quarter Financial Results for Nintendo, he spoke about how Western Developers were more focused on developing for home consoles, and how not very many were interested in development for the 3DS. He then went on to say that the Japanese market was the exact opposite. Iwata then pointed out that this is causing an imbalance for the markets. In response to that fact,  he was quoted in saying:

“We therefore plan to more actively support the Japanese software developers in distributing their key titles overseas this year.” “Among those third-party titles both developed and published in Japan, there have been some games which Nintendo published in Europe, including the Professor Layton series. We will increase the number of such games for the U.S. market as well as in Europe. We are also willing to flexibly assist third-party developers in distributing their valuable games overseas.”

This is great news, not just for our campaign, but all of the games for Nintendo systems that we want to arrive in the west! We hope that an announcement will soon follow up on this, and with the recent localization announcement of Project X Zone, our hopes are higher than ever for any kind of announcement for Bravely Default!

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  • This sounds very promising. It would be outstanding to have localizations for both Bravely Default and Dragon Quest VII this year. Even early next year would still be nice, as long as we get them.

    • I would be SHOCKED not to see Dragon Quest VII at this year’s E3. Nintendo’s pushing Dragon Quest big here in America (probably so it will stay Nintendo exclusive). And if Square Enix isn’t doing the localization of Bravely Default, after its sales in Japan, I do think we are going to see Nintendo localize the game.

      Really, for me, this is a sign that Nintendo GETS how to stay relevant in this generation: be the only place to get Japanese games. They’ll win Japan that way, and they’ll win a VERY dedicated fan base in the West. If they can manage to pick up a few Wii casuals, too, they’ll have a solid (if not the biggest) consumer base to support their systems.

  • Nintendo always makes me happy. After i herd about Project X zone coming to the US and EU, i was hoping to see more games come to the US and Eu areas. After hearing this, may never again think that a crazy game from japan will never make it here to Japan.

  • This is a very good sign. I think Operation Rainfall’s success with XBC and Last Story outlines that the lack of stellar American releases for the Wii has hurt Nintendo financially compared to the competition. Good move Iwata.

  • Lightthrower

    They have no choice but to bring Bravely Default now. It looks great and sold close to 300K in Japan, it’s a no brainer.

  • I just want to see Bravery Default released, were getting Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in March for the 3DS, and Pokemon X and Y in October. Those are the only big titles I see coming out in my eyes. Oh and the Super Smash Bros they are revealing at E3… But we probably won’t see that until 2014.

  • Nintendo bieng their old self again? whuuuuut O_O!

  • Bravely default would be nice.
    Dragon quest VII and X would be too. And Mother 3.
    And a new Starfox.

  • This is great news! I hope this means we’ll be getting Bravely Default! And this bodes well for all future releases too. I like to think we played some role in this.

  • Bravely Default would be fantastic. Also Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney.