Korea gets repackaged GBA games sold as a single PC release

By Spencer . January 22, 2008 . 9:59am


While the Nintendo DS is popular in Korea, the Game Boy Advance was never officially released there. However, the PC is king and there are plenty of available emulators available that can play GBA games. Perhaps, one publisher (pirate?) saw an opportunity here because a store in one of the electronics malls in Yongsan had a Naruto “PC game” that is actually a disc with ROMs of Naruto: Ninja Council 1 and 2.


You’re probably thinking this is some pirated game and it very well might be. That was the first thought in my mind too, but this story would be much more interesting if it was an official GBA emulator/Naruto ROM package. Also if this was a pirate disc I imagine it would be packed with many more ROMs, but this just has Naruto. The possibility that this is an official isn’t too hard to swallow considering that the GBA was never launched in Korea. If I were a publisher of a game that needed little localization and already had brand awareness, sticking it on a disc with an emulator is a no brainer way to capitalize on it.



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  • jeffx

    Not that I’m complaining, but what’s with all the Korea posts lately? Did you move there recently?

  • @jeffx – I’m in Korea for a little bit and I thought some of this stuff would be interesting considering how little news there is. Also it’s something different and I enjoy starting new discussions about games with Siliconera :).

  • jeffx

    Cool cool, well I hope you’re having a good time! Keep those posts coming; one of them even made it to Kotaku.

  • Tyler

    It is finally here the seqeul to naruto clash of ninja revolution. Naruto: Clash if Ninja Revolution 2 is Rumored by Tomy, and D3 publisher, and said it is coming out October/ November,2008. Sadly there is no proof yet of what I am saying, but I emailed Tomy and they said there is going to be another naruto for wii, made by them along with D3 publisher, 8ing, Shonen Jump, and Viz media. Stick around on certain game areas, and I assure you there will be proof of it coming out in 2008. So stay on game sites like this for more info, and you will probably see previews in march, 2008, and I reccomend you look at them if you don’t believe me.

  • very good post – just keep`m coming

  • Naruto Fan

    clash of ninja rev 2 is coming fall or late summer if you ask me

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