Nintendo is doomed, obviously, but the plucky platform holder is still going to try its best anyway. Part of that valiant, if futile effort, involves bringing more Japanese-developed games to Western audiences. “The challenge for Nintendo 3DS exists in the overseas market, not the Japanese market,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata stated at the company’s third quarter financial results briefing . “We need to think about the method and its possibility of making what we have done in Japan happen.” Games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf have made the 3DS a big hit over there and other companies are starting to take notice. “Japanese software developers are eagerly assigning their top teams to develop key titles for Nintendo 3DS,” he added
In order to boost the number of new games coming to the 3DS, Nintendo plans to work with Japanese third parties to bring their games to the North American and European markets. “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,” president Satoru Iwata explained in a presentation today. “We will increase the number of such games for the U.S
Oh, Capcom! The lovable scamps behind thoughtful gestures like save files that can’t accidentally be deleted are back with yet another altruistic offering for the gaming community. Word on the street is that in an effort to promote multilingualism, the benevolent company only included English voiceovers on Japanese versions of Resident Evil 6 and various other games. Alas, some Japanese gamers have a strong desire to hear Sherry Birkin wail in their native tongue.
Most criticism leveled at the Japanese game industry over the past few years is typically in regards to its increasingly insular focus — making games that are “too Japanese-y” and thus have more difficulty than ever before appealing to a global audience. Several notable Japanese devs, such as Keiji Inafune and Hideo Kojima , have urged their countrymen to take lessons from the West and apply them towards future developments. Of course, those times that a Japanese company does make something Western-oriented , the results are rarely pretty
Ni no Kuni , created by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli ( Spirited Away ), revives the classic Japanese role-playing game with stunning results.
Apparently, nearing a decade ago, Namco and Capcom teamed up for the crossover, turn-based SRPG Namco x Capcom . Don’t ask me how they decided who would get first billing.