E3′s only a month away! It’s time to get excited. More important, it’s time to start speculating. A lot of Japanese games are out there that haven’t been announced for worldwide releases yet, and there’s a good chance some of them could end up being “surprises” announced at the show. Which means now is a good time to think about some of those games and consider if they’re possible candidates for possibly getting released outside Japan.
So I decided it’s time for some more localization predictions! I’m going through some games that could show up. That way, you’ll have an idea of what to look forward to and hope will show up at the show.
- Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS): This is a given. It’s selling well in Japan and Nintendo’s already called dibs on a Fire Emblem: Awakening website. I’m guessing the announcement will be one of the highlights of Nintendo’s press conference.
- Monster Hunter 3G (3DS): Over 470,000 copies were sold in the first two days after it debuted in Japan and most of the translation’s already done since it’s an enhanced version of Monster Hunter Tri. Oh yeah, we’re getting it.
- Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSP): Atlus hasn’t let us down yet when it comes to Persona games, and I’m sure they’ll make sure we get the PSP port of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. E3′d be as good a time as any to announce it.
- Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney (3DS): A worldwide, simultaneous release of this adventure game would be a thing of beauty, and entirely possible if Capcom and Level-5 work together.
- Tales of Xillia (PS3): Namco Bandai’s all about showing love for the Tales series now and Xillia is supposed to be one of the best entries yet. This would be an absolutely perfect E3 2012 surprise.
- Atelier Ayesha (PS3): NIS America’s been pretty awesome about bringing Atelier games to North America. Odds are they’ll snap up Atelier Ayesha, so this is really a matter if “when” rather than “if.” I’m guessing we wouldn’t see this until E3 2013, but NIS America could surprise us and announce it early.
- Beyond the Labyrinth (3DS): JRPGs were plentiful on the DS, and they’re migrating to the 3DS as well. It wouldn’t be totally surprising to see some publisher pick up this pretty dungeon crawler with turn-based battles. I could see a company like Atlus, Aksys or XSEED taking a chance on it.
- Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterflies (Wii): Nintendo of America took a chance on Spirit Camera, the Fatal Frame spin-off, but that really wasn’t a great game and could hurt the chances of us getting the Wii port of Fatal Frame 2. However, it is already confirmed for Europe so who knows.
- Final Fantasy Type-0 (PSP): The one thing FF Type-0 has against it is that it’s on the PSP, and it’s practically dead. Unless Square Enix decides to make this a PlayStation Store exclusive, we probably won’t see it.
- Pandora’s Tower (Wii): This is the last Project Rainfall Wii RPG. The Wii is nearing the end of its life, but let’s hope Wii U backwards compatibility convinces Nintendo or some other company to take a chance on it.
- Rune Factory 4 (3DS): It’s could be a bit early to announce since it isn’t out in Japan yet, but I’m sure Natsume or XSEED will make sure North America gets Rune Factory 4.
- Tales of Hearts (DS): I’m tempted to say there’s no chance we’ll see this, since it’s a DS game, but there is always a chance Namco Bandai could release it as a 3DS eShop exclusive.
- Tales of Innocence R (Vita): The DS version of Tales of Innocence was a really great RPG. Combine that with Namco Bandai’s desire to support the Tales series now and there’s a good chance Tales of Innocence R could be revealed at E3.
- Tokyo Jungle (PS3): The idea of helping animals survive in a post-apocolyptic Tokyo, with one of the stars being the cutest video game Pomerian since Ghost Trick‘s Missile, seems like just the kind of crazy game that could develop a cult following. Especially since you can play through missions or just go through a survival mode as an unlocked animal.
- Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (3DS): Call it a gut feeling, but I don’t think Square Enix would consider any localization plans for Bravely Default before seeing how the game performs in Japan.
- Conception: Please Have My Babies (PSP): Spike Chunsoft may have issued an English language press release indicating interest in releasing Conception overseas, but somehow I don’t think North American publishers are ready to take a chance on a PSP dating sim-RPG about making Star Children to send into dungeons to fight demons.
- Girl’s RPG: Cinderellife (3DS): Abysmal sales in Japan, lots of cross-over characters and the fact that it’s a hostess simulator mean we’ll probably never see Cinderellife outside Japan.
- Next Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (Vita): As awesome as Sega’s Hatsune Miku music games are, especially since they let you import your own songs, the virtual idol doesn’t have enough of a following to guarantee an English release for this.
- Project X Zone (3DS): This isn’t even out in Japan yet, so I think it’s way too early to hear a North American announcement. Besides, there could end up being licensing issues, like there were with Jump Ultimate Stars, that could keep this trapped in Japan.