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PORT THESE NOW: Five Games I Want To See In America
We hear about them all the time: excellent games from across the oceans that never see an American release. These games do make their way over to the States, but import versions just aren’t the same. For the following five games, I want to be able to go to a retail store here in America or an online marketplace, purchase a North American copy, and make it my own. I’m sure I missed some games that need porting, so any suggestions are more than welcome.
1. Melty Blood: Actress Again
I’m a sucker for good fighting games. Street Fighter, Tekken, Virtua Fighter, I’ll play them all. However, I kept hearing about a game that never made its way over to America called Melty Blood. All I thought was “wow, what a silly name.” However, when I was finally able to see it first hand at a local fighting game tournament, I was hooked. This is excellent 2D fighting, hearkening back to a time of innocence when sprite-based 2D fighting graced my TV screen as much as humanly possible. If Melty Blood where to make its way to American shores, it would most likely be on the PlayStation Network a la Arcana Heart 3, but that’s fine with me. I just want Melty Blood in my house without having to spring for a Japanese PS2..
2. Namco X Capcom
An action RPG starring the biggest characters from Namco and Capcom? Yes please! I can’t understand why both of these companies didn’t think that bringing the game to the U.S. would be a bad idea. They collaborated on Street Fighter X Tekken, and that seems to be going pretty smoothly, so why not roll the dice and bring this game back to light? Like Melty Blood before it, this game would make for an excellent PlayStation Network title, allowing players to just download it and play to their heart’s content. Unfortunately, Namco X Capcom’s Japan-only status makes me worry about the newe Sega/Capcom/Namco collaboration Project X Zone. I can only hope it won’t suffer the same fate.
3. Ace Attorney Investigations 2: Miles Edgeworth
This game’s exclusion from localization is baffling. Capcom’s Ace Attorney series has a far stronger fanbase than the company realizes. When the announcement was made that this would remain a Japan-only game, the Capcom forums lit up with irate Ace Attorney fans wondering why they were excluded, and I don’t blame them. Ace Attorney is one of the best games ever to grace a handheld, their mixture of logical thinking and investigative puzzle solving driving a fantastic group of stories. For Capcom to leave half of the world out of a new game in the franchise is crazy. I can only hope they will see this error and remedy it soon, because fans like me are waiting.
4. Pandora’s Tower
This game probably has the best chance of making it over to America, as the grassroots campaign supporting it has already succeeded with the other two games it fought for. Operation Rainfall spent a lot of time and effort letting Nintendo know that they truly wanted Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower to be localized. All three are excellent classic-style RPG games, games that bring credence back to a seemingly failing genre. That Nintendo didn’t want to resurrect the JRPG is baffling, but at least in this case the corporation let logical thinking went out. I don’t see Operation Rainfall’s fight being an effort worthy of a Meat Loaf song, so expect Pandora’s Tower to see American store shelves by the end of the year.
5. Professor Layton X Ace Attorney
This is the one that NEEDS to happen. I don’t care what I have to do to convince Level 5 and Capcom to localize Professor Layton X Ace Attorney, I’ll do it. Take the excellence of the Ace Attorney series that I describe earlier and combine it with the puzzle-based brilliance of Professor Layton and you get a crossover for the ages. It’s a game no one knew they wanted until Level 5 unveiled it in 2010, but once they did fans went crazy. Hopefully the two companies will see the writing on the wall and bring this epic crossover to North America. It’s a total no-brainer.
There you are, five games that need to see Western shores as soon as possible. What did I miss? Tell me in the comments.