SCATTERED SHOWERS: Europe’s Most Delayed Games

Friday, February 8th, 2013

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You may think Europe has had it pretty sweet over the last year or so, what with games such as Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower all being released months before North America. And to tell you the truth, it has been. Us Europeans have felt pretty special with the recent treatment we’ve been getting; yet it hasn’t always been like this. We’ve been known to wait months, years, and in some cases, indefinitely for releases. Heck, even Australia has been known to get some games months before Europe.

Which is why this week’s edition of Scattered Showers is all about the most delayed games in Europe… Interestingly, these games were all on Nintendo systems. I smell a conspiracy.


So many delays


Whilst it’s understandable that the cause of these delays was due to localisation, because of Europe’s million and one languages, it didn’t make the wait any less painful.

delayed in europe

NAME: Secret of Mana 



JP – Aug 6, 1993

NA – Oct 13, 1993

EU – Nov 24, 1994


 delayed in europe

NAME: Super Mario Bros. 



JP – Sept 13, 1985

NA – Nov 17, 1985

EU – May 15, 1987



NAME: Ogre Battle 64 



JP – July 14, 1999

NA – Oct 7, 2000

EU – Mar 26, 2010



NAME: Animal Crossing 



JP – Dec 14, 2001

NA – Sept 15, 2002

AUS – Oct 17, 2003

EU – Sept 24, 2004


NAME: Super Mario RPG  



JP – Mar 9, 1996

NA – May 13, 1996

EU – Aug 22, 2008


NAME: Harvest Moon 64



JP – Feb 5, 1999

NA – Nov 30, 1999

EU – Still waiting.


NAME: Baten Kaitos Origins



JP – Feb 23, 2006

NA – Sept 25, 2006

EU – Still waiting.


NAME: Excitebots: Trick Racing



JP – Aug 30, 2011

NA – April 20, 2009

EU – Still waiting.


NAME: Arc Rise Fantasia



JP – June 4, 2009

NA – July 20, 2010

EU – Still waiting.


NAME: Earthbound



JP – Aug 27, 1994

NA – Jun 5, 1995

EU – Still waiting.


Yeah, alright North America. Laugh all you want, but us Europeans still got Pandora’s Tower, so there! … wait? … you guys are getting Pandora’s Tower too? …. Bollocks!

I’m sure they’re plenty of other games that got delayed in Europe, and not just on Nintendo systems. Let us know any others you can think of in the comments below.


About David Rawlings

David Rawlings, or ‘Rawky’ as we like to call him, joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning. He’s British and found solace with us as he was able to understand our pain about Nintendo and their localizing faux pas. He’s a big fan of the letter ‘U’ and refuses to remove them from words, even though we constantly ask him to. He also believes it’s about time Princess Daisy got kidnapped.

  • Guest

    Xenogears, Chrono Cross

    • They haven’t even had the decency to release them on the PSN. Had to make an American account and buy them like that.

  • Fox

    Well right now NOE it’s pretty much getting everything Nintendo launches on Japan…. such as bundles.
    NOA is pretty much just screwing NOA, with lazy launchs, no bundles… and well we got all the ‘OpRa’ very late.

    • Ryan_oprainfall

      Yeah NoE seems to be the superior of late in terms of localization. Or really, in terms of everything really. Not much of a NoA fan these days.

    • madmofo145

      I’m really hoping above expected sales of some of the rainfall games change NOA’s mood a bit. With an apparent loss of casual gamers to social gaming and mobile, you’d hope that NOA would really try to bring over as much as they could to recapture the core gamer.

    • Their bodies are not ready enough.

  • That’s one of the main reasons my Brit arse moved to America lol

  • Some of PS2’s RPG’s europe never got either like radiata stories, Kingdom hearts chain of memories and so on, really lame to be an rpg fan … well at least untill lately.

    Those nintendo directs are helping it seems, thats already a step in the right direction.

  • Persona 4 Arena, or really any Atlus game, typically sees long delays for a European release (or no release at all) due to the lack of an official Atlus subsidiary in the region. This forces titles to be picked up by other publishers in order to handle the European and Australian releases.

  • Slickster

    Region lock is what screws us Europeans over the most. I understand why it exists but every game that won’t be released in Europe will probably leave me with additional grey hair later on. Not all of us want to resort to homebrew either. Even if you don’t pirate, it’s still not legal and leaves a bad aftertaste.

  • You guys also got Terranigma. North America never saw that. Super jealous.

  • They Got Terranigma, I’d say that’s worth a couple of points.

  • First party games aren’t what most people are worried about, it’s the third party games that either never come or only years later.

    The original Devil Survivor was released in June 2009 in the US, Overclock in December 2011. The DS version never got released in Europe (same with 2 obviously). Overclock is coming out in Europe later this month I believe. Devil Survivor which came out in February 2012 in the US is still TBA in Europe.

    And that’s disregarding 3DS games that Europe will probably never get like Harvest Moon ANB, Soul Hackers or Rune Factory IV. Nintendo’s region lock is obviously not helping either.

  • There were some missing from the PS2 as well – Grandia III, Radiata Stories, Tales of Legendia. I’ve since imported them and just play them on PCSX2.

  • No mention of Chrono Trigger? Really? We didn’t get that game till the DS remake in 2009.

    Off the top of my head, I can name Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Xenosaga I and III (but for some reason we got II…?). Due to not getting Etrian Odyssey II and III, as the first game sold poorly over here, we probably won’t be getting IV either, meaning I’ll need to get an NTSC 3DS to play it.

    More recently: Code of Princess. And Devil Survivor Overclocked. Oh, and FE:Awakening.

  • John Ellis

    I think at one point Japanese publishers didn’t think that Europe was a profitable market. back in the 80s the only company who took interest was SEGA. Also there no companies like RSG.

  • Well, hopefully this ridiculous policy will stop as Nintendo starts to standardize international game releases as they’re doing with Pokemon X and Y.

  • Gary65

    I rest my case. This is why region locking is a joke.