Aksys Localizing A New Jake Hunter Game

By Spencer . February 26, 2009 . 8:33am

imageJake Hunter: Detective Chronicles didn’t start the Tantei Jinguuji Saburo series on the right foot. Stories were cut from the Japanese version and the localization left a lot to be desired. Moves like this could end a series prematurely, but according to Nintendo’s spring 2009 lineup Aksys isn’t giving up on Jake Hunter yet.


Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles: Memories of the Past is slated to come out on May 26 on the Nintendo DS. Since the game hasn’t been announced officially we’re not sure which Tantei Jinguuji Saburo DS game it is. It could be Tantei Jinguuji Saburo: Kienai Kokoro which came out last year or Tantei Jinguuji Saburo: Fuserareta Shinjitsu which comes out in Japan this March.


Always good to see more visual novels getting localized, but gritty detective stories are tired. Aksys might have better luck moving on with another series. We have some suggestions for them.

  • Strike_Man

    It could also, unfortunately, be the “missing” episodes from the Jake Hunter game that Aksys already released in the US. In a way, I’m hoping that’s not the case here.

  • JustAnotherOtaku

    Great news! Despite its flaws I loved Jake Hunter so this one will be a day one purchase for me :)

  • Sigh. Jake Hunter. The first one wasn’t impressive in the least. Not too excited about this one either. But hey, we have Lux Pain coming up in March! :)

    • Couldn’t agree more.

      Lux Pain really looks cool!

  • Cool. I’m always hesitant with these linear visual novels, because once I play them, I trade them back in because there’s basically no reason for me to play them again, ever. (See: Phoenix Wright/Apollo Justice, Time Hollow, Hotel Dusk <– although this is clearly the best of the bunch)

  • Well, it’s a good thing that companies understand that some people outside of Japan enjoy these sorts of games. Even if the actual games they localize are of dubious quality.

  • superdry

    Haha…so the Aksys rep I talked to at ComicCon hinted at a new Jake Hunter release when I asked why the original had stories cut from the Japanese version. He told “There’s a reason why we did that, but that would ruin the surprise.”

  • Nekobo

    According to the latest Nintendo Power, this features three new episodes and all three episodes from the original release, retranslated. Basically, it’s the version Aksys should have released last year.

    • Mikael

      Yeah I heard of that, which made me much more interested in this game by hearing that.

    • This doesn’t sound so bad after all. I’m still not expecting anything groundbreaking but this might at least keep me busy until Capcom announces an English version of Gyakuten Kenji.

    • Trickless

      The first Japanese DS Saburo game was called ‘Inishie no Kioku’ (trans: Ancient Memories), and this game is called ‘Memories of the Past’.

      So yeah, it looks like that is the case

    • Really? Sucks for those who paid full price for the first one. They should at least get a mail-in rebate or something. Retranslated? “hey we totally messed up the first one, so pony up for the correct version”. I don’t like to the sound of that. Aksys sure has its ups and downs! They need to get more SHMUPs and RPGs though.

    • Oh wow. When writing this I thought for a second if Aksys would just put the other three episodes on a DS cart and then sell it. The title subtitle for the first DS game sounded like it would fit too, but after the first game I thought Aksys would shuttle forward. Guess not!

  • Anon

    As long as they don’t cut anything out and translate it properly, I’ll be happy.

    I’d like the one that was especially designed for the DS too if this is not it.

  • Trickless

    Official site: http://www.aksysgames.com/games/jh-mp/

    Which confirms the info from the previous posts.

    Well, atleast we know Aksys listen to their feedback. Sucks for those that went out and bought the first game though.

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