E3 2010: Gamertell’s localization predictions

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E3 2010: Gamertell’s localization predictions

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Video game publishers always like to leave last-minute surprises for E3. Companies wait to announce games the moment the event starts, in an attempt to offer a little reward, a little special surprise for people who took the time to attend or read the latest news.

There were a lot of great games released throughout the past year or so in Japan and there’s a chance that some of these games could have US releases announced at E3 2010.

I’ve put together some brief lists of games that could end up appearing at E3 2010. The games are ranked based on the likelihood they could receive a US release.

Estpolis: The Lands Cursed by the Gods

Sure Things:

  • Estpolis: The Lands Cursed by the Gods (DS): All of the other Lufia games have received US releases, so there’s no reason why we won’t see the DS remake of Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. Square Enix isn’t about to turn away easy money.
  • Etrian Odyssey 3 (DS): Make it so Atlus. Make it so.
  • Friend Connection aka Tomodachi Collection (DS): The US release of Tomodachi Collection is probably still tenuous but I’m still sure we’ll hear about a US release at E3 2010. It’s been too successful in Japan to not get a worldwide release.
  • Luminous Arc 3 (DS): It may be a tad foolhardy to declare Luminous Arc 3 a “Sure-thing,” but I think it’s a good call since Atlus brought us the previous two games.
  • Pokemon Ranger: Hikari no Kiseki (DS): It’s a Pokemon game. Next.
  • Rune Factory 3 (DS): Every other Rune Factory game ever made has received a US release, so it’s reasonable to assume we’ll hear about Rune Factory 3 at E3.
  • Yggdra Unison: Seiken Buyuuden (DS): Atlus brought both the GBA and PSP incarnations of Yggdra Union to the US, so there’s a very strong chance the company will pick up the recent DS alternate/reality Yggdra Unison.

Ar Tonelico PS3

Possibilities:

  • 7th Dragon (DS): I keep thinking that if Sega were going to release 7th Dragon outside of Japan, that we’d have heard something already. It did pretty well in Japan, but who knows if that will convince Sega to take a chance on an English release.
  • Ar Tonelico III (PS3): The other Ar Tonelico games have gotten a North American releases and it is filled with fan service, so maybe NIS America will pick it up and show it off at E3 2010.
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DS): I know, this should probably be a “Sure-thing.” I’m sure it’ll get a US release, but not sure it’ll be at E3 2010. Square Enix may want to see how it does in Japan first.
  • Judie no Atelier (PSP): NIS America’s been on a real Atelier kick, and is one of the few publishers still putting out PSP games in North America. So maybe we’ll see Atelier Judie in the US soon.
  • Kenka Banchou 4: Ichinen Sensou (PSP): Atlus released Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble (PSP) last year, so maybe it’ll pick up Kenka Banchou 4 too. Maybe. Hopefully. Please?
  • Knights in the Nightmare (PSP): Atlus brought North America the DS verison of Knights in the Nightmare, so it might pick up the PSP port too. Or, maybe not. We’ll know at E3 2010.
  • Mana Khemia 2 (PSP): It was ported to the PSP in Japan, so maybe we’ll see it here too. NIS America did bring Mana Khemia for the PS2 and PSP and Mana Khemia 2 for the PS2 to the US.
  • MapleStory DS (DS): I’ve heard MapleStory DS is only so-so, but it may get a US release and appear at E3 2010 purely based on the PC game’s success.
  • Sakura Note (DS): If we get it in North America, it’ll be because of Atlus or XSEED’s efforts. Part of me is doubtful though, since there’s been no news or mention of it in a while.
  • Tales of Graces (Wii): The RPG-loving, Wii owner side of me wants to declare Tales of Graces a definite E3 2010 attendee. The side of me that Namco Bandai has hurt repeatedly by not bringing over other Tales of games like Tales of Vs. and Tales of Innocense is laughing at the side that actually believes Tales of Graces has a shot at a US release. It could happen, but I’ll believe it when I see the announcement.
  • Tales of Vesperia (PS3): This should be a natural “yes,” but Namco Bandai doesn’t like to support the Tales of series so the US release of Tales of Vesperia could go either way. If Namco Bandai likes to make money, then it’ll release the PS3 port here.
  • Tokyo Mono Harashi: Karasu no Mori Gakuen Kitan (PSP): Atlus’ darker RPGs tend to do well outside Japan, so maybe it’ll release the Persona-ish, RPG/visual novel Tokyo Mono Harashi: Karasu no Mori Gakuen Kitan in the US. It could be a hit.
  • Zangeki no Reginleiv (Wii): Nintendo passed on Disaster and Fatal Frame 4, and tends to shy away from publishing more mature games outside of Japan, so maybe we won’t be seeing Zangeki no Reginleiv.

Bleach Heat the Soul 6 PSP

Long Shots:

  • Antiphona no Seikahime: Tenshi no Gakufu Op.A (PSP): In my heart, I want to put this in the “Possibilities” list above, but NIS America has always neglected the Marl Kingdom series in North America so it’s probably best to leave it here – nestled among the other “Long-shots.”
  • Bleach: Heat the Soul (PSP): Yeah, there’s probably no chance of seeing a US release of the Bleach PSP fighting games but let’s keep hope alive.
  • Hiiro no Kakera Portable (PSP): Maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally see our first otome visual novel in English and some publisher will take a chance on Idea Factory’s Hiiro no Kakera.
  • President Cat aka Sukeban Shachou Rena Wii (Wii): This quirky, mini-game collection inspired a fan movement to try and spur a localization effort, but it may be too weird for a publisher to take a chance on. If one does pick it up, it’d probably be XSEED or Atlus.
  • Umihara Kawase Jun Second Edition Kanzenban (DS): It’d be nice to finally get an Umihara Kawase game, but don’t hold your breath. Remember, the PSP game was supposed to get a US release as Yumi’s Odd Odyssey and never did.

So, what do you think? Are there any import games you think will get localization announcements at E3 2010 that I haven’t mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below.

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