SCATTERED SHOWERS: Europe’s Most Delayed Games


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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.

Europe

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 

FORMAT: SNES

RELEASE DATES:

JP – Aug 6, 1993

NA – Oct 13, 1993

EU – Nov 24, 1994

 

 delayed in europe

NAME: Super Mario Bros. 

FORMAT: NES

RELEASE DATES:

JP – Sept 13, 1985

NA – Nov 17, 1985

EU – May 15, 1987

 

 ogrebattle

NAME: Ogre Battle 64 

FORMAT: N64

RELEASE DATES:

JP – July 14, 1999

NA – Oct 7, 2000

EU – Mar 26, 2010

 

 ac2

NAME: Animal Crossing 

FORMAT: GCN

RELEASE DATES:

JP – Dec 14, 2001

NA – Sept 15, 2002

AUS – Oct 17, 2003

EU – Sept 24, 2004

 Super-Mario-RPG

NAME: Super Mario RPG  

FORMAT: SNES

RELEASE DATES:

JP – Mar 9, 1996

NA – May 13, 1996

EU – Aug 22, 2008

 HarvestMoon64Usnap0015

NAME: Harvest Moon 64

FORMAT: N64

RELEASE DATES:

JP – Feb 5, 1999

NA – Nov 30, 1999

EU – Still waiting.

 baten-kaitos-origins

NAME: Baten Kaitos Origins

FORMAT: GCN

RELEASE DATES:

JP – Feb 23, 2006

NA – Sept 25, 2006

EU – Still waiting.

 excitebots

NAME: Excitebots: Trick Racing

FORMAT: Wii

RELEASE DATES:

JP – Aug 30, 2011

NA – April 20, 2009

EU – Still waiting.

 arc_rise_fantasia024

NAME: Arc Rise Fantasia

FORMAT: Wii

RELEASE DATES:

JP – June 4, 2009

NA – July 20, 2010

EU – Still waiting.

 earthbound

NAME: Earthbound

FORMAT: SNES

RELEASE DATES:

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.

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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.