VoteVita Campaign Begins to Bring Unannounced Vita Games to the West

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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PlayStation Vita Feature

The first VoteVita campaign has begun. The group is campaigning for four currently unannounced Vita titles to receive a Western release date.


The games they are campaigning for are Adventures of Mana, Freedom Planet, Yakuza 0 Vita App, and Gal Gunvolt. VoteVita is asking Vita owners to fill out a short survey that they plan on sending to developers and publishers. They also request people use the the hashtag #VoteVita and #BuildingTheList. At the time of this article they passed the 1500 vote milestone.

The PlayStation Vita may be lacking in triple A games, but there is a large group of Japanese developers creating content for the handheld that has a low chance of localization. VoteVita is gathering fans in hopes to prove to these companies that there is Vita support in the West.

We have reached out to VoteVita for a quote and will update when they respond.

Which Vita games do you want to see localized?

  • Mr0303

    I’m not particularly interested in the listed games, but I would love if Valkyrie Drive comes to the West.

    I’m not sure how effective this campaign will be, but at least it signals interest to publishers for the said games.

  • Tara

    The only one of this bunch that I might have some interest in is Adventures of Mana. I already have Freedom Planet on the Wii U and Steam, so I couldn’t care less about a Vita release. The other two, I have zero interest in.

    However, what I would *like* to see is a localized version of Tales of Innocence, though I already have the Japanese version of the game. (Both the DS and Vita versions, at that.) The only thing I’d say in regards to that, is… no pointless name changes this time. If you’re keeping Japanese audio, leave the names the same. It’s actually rather jarring when you know enough Japanese to understand the basic idea of a phrase, and then hear a different name than the one mentioned in the text. Obviously isn’t an issue for those that aren’t aware, but it was still annoying for me.

    • Yasmin Torpelund Weaver

      I agree. I’ve been hoping they might release Tales of Innocence since I picked up a copy in Japan, but as time’s gone on… Nothin’. My Japanese ability isn’t nearly strong enough to wade through the kanji in the JP version.

      And yes, the name changes in Tales of Hearts R were just irritating for me also. There was no need to change them, especially leaving some in tact while changing others. :/

      I was hoping we’d get Ciel Nosurge as well, since they localized the SEQUEL, Ar Nosurge. But Tecmo said they refuse to localize it, for whatever reason. 🙁

    • Tara

      The good thing about most Tales games would be that there are a lot of pretty good translation guides for them out there, especially the entries that did not get localized. I have been out of practice with any Japanese for almost a decade, and I was still a beginner when I last really practiced any, though I still import games that I know I can play with minimal knowledge of the language. (Or games that I really want that won’t get localized, ever.)

      I also normally don’t care that much about name changes in games as long as the voiceovers are also being changed. I mean, Refill becoming Raine isn’t bothersome because there isn’t a voiceover calling her “Refill” when you’re playing. But then having a character renamed “Kor” in English, while the voiceover says “Shing”… really irritates the hell out of me.

      Unfortunately, I don’t think Ciel Nosurge will happen, ever, though I suspect if it ever gets any sort of “anniversary” edition or something at a later time, they may localize that, you never know. (But I was also disappointed that they decided not to do that one, Koei-Tecmo is really fickle as hell about what they choose to release.)

    • awvnx

      I don’t see why people keep bringing up Tales of Innocence. It’s highly unlikely it’ll ever be localized. This poll has nothing to do with the bigger publishers like Namco Bandai.

    • Tara

      Adventures of Mana is Square Enix and Yakuza 0 is Sega, so… pretty sure it does involve big publishers. (And both companies have a considerable number of subsidiaries, despite neither company making as many games as they once did.)

      As for people bringing it up, and the likelyhood of it being localized… well, I will agree it’s unlikely, but so was Tales of Hearts. True, it’s been a longer time since Innocence, and Namco Bandai is known for not localizing more than half of the Tales games, but it’s still something I would like to remain hopeful on (but not with any expectation.)

  • MusouTensei

    All I want is Tales of Innocence R and Valkyrie Drive ._.