UPDATE: Tales of Hearts R Coming West?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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UPDATE: While nothing has been confirmed or denied either way, GameStop has pulled the listing for Tales of Hearts on their website. This happened a few minutes after this article was published. We hope to get more information as this develops.

Tales of Hearts R - GameStop | oprainfall

Tales of Hearts R may be coming to Western regions — or at the very least to North America. And if a recent listing is to be believed, it will be a GameStop exclusive, similar to that of Xenoblade Chronicles.

Tales of Hearts R is the Vita remake of the eleventh flagship game in Namco’s Tales series. It originally released in 2008 on the Nintendo DS, but didn’t receive a North American or European localization. The remake released on March 7th, 2013 in Japan. It has also been mentioned as the game that series Producer Hideo Baba wants Western gamers to experience.

While this is an exciting prospect, take this with a grain of salt. Nothing has been made official by either Bandai Namco Games or Sony. And a listing at GameStop doesn’t necessarily mean that the game is coming, but it is a good sign. Also of note, the game is listed as Tales of Hearts instead of Tales of Hearts R. However, this could just be the Western name of the game since Bandai Namco didn’t release the original in the West.

Tales of Hearts R - GameStop Exclusive | oprainfall

We’ll let you know more as things develop.

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  • smacd

    Anyone heard whether a digital version will be available?

    I’m not against physical copies, but I’ve been going all digital with my PSP/Vita so far.

  • stealth20k

    This version of the game is pretty terrible.

    • smacd

      How so? Wasn’t the DS version fairly loved?

    • stealth20k

      Yes it was, this version is bad bad bad.

    • smacd

      Ok, but in what way? I’ve been trying to figure it out, but even GameFAQs seems pretty positive on the Vita remake.

    • stealth20k

      The graphics are pretty ugly, bugs, glitches, weird voice acting, gameplay that made sense as sprites.

    • smacd

      Eh, none of those sound like compelling reasons to avoid this game, especially since its the only legit version we’ll be getting.

      Bugs and glitches are bad, but first- they might fix some of them while localizing, and two- its pretty much normal these days.

      As for voice acting… if the game has only been released in Japanese so far, I’d imagine that is a moot point since they will be re-recording English dialogue for the western releases.

      Graphics complaints are void for me, since I’ve been gaming for 30 years and don’t care about graphics.

    • stealth20k

      Then why did you even ask me?

      Those are pretty big, most import reviews are between 50-70. You will have to make your own decisions.

    • smacd

      I asked because you said twice that this version was bad without saying why. Now that you have explained your reasoning, I can safely dismiss it as mostly ridiculous reasoning, half of which may not even apply post localization

    • stealth20k

      Play a bad version of a good game if you like.

    • smacd

      If that’s the only version I can get, I’ll buy it and love it. I’m not going to waste my time trying to import and play a game in a language I don’t understand, just because a few people think its the better version.

    • Pyrotek85

      Could you elaborate? Just saying it’s terrible isn’t that helpful.

  • Thanatos2k

    I would make sense to drop the “R” from the name considering the original was never released. Releasing Tales of Grace F with the F there gave that game no favors.