Astro Boy: The Video Game Is A PSP Exclusive In Japan

By Spencer . August 12, 2009 . 1:15pm

astroI saw another build of Astro Boy: The Video Game with Cameron Rains, the Producer at High Voltage Software. Astro Boy is being developed for the Wii first with their Quantum3 engine, the same foundation for The Conduit, but Japan only gets the PSP version.


Astro Boy: The Video Game will ship on three platforms in North America, the PSP, Wii, and a DS adaptation not handled by High Voltage.


Rains confirmed that only the PSP version is heading to Japan, but didn’t offer a reason why. The decision is baffling considering Astro Boy’s legacy in Japan. D3 Publisher is handling the game in both territories too so it isn’t a matter of a publisher swap.


I can’t think of a good explanation why Japan can’t have butt machine guns on the Wii, but maybe you can. Post them in the comments!


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  • lostinblue

    Huh, why?

    Isn’t astroboy more popular in Japan than outside it? then why not releasing across all the platforms in there?

    I’d understand if they only released it on PSP outside Japan, but not in Japan.

    • My thoughts exactly.

      Won’t they translate the title for Jpan, btw?

    • That’s exactly the question I asked in the post!

      Astro Boy is way more popular in Japan, which makes the decision a mind boggling mystery.

  • shion16

    Probably is to avoid the bad sales of the american anime adaptations
    just look at the DBZ evolution sales

    • lostinblue

      well, that game was turd. I can’t picture anyone buying it, specially when having a choice in the matter.

      I don’t think they knew it wasn’t developed in Japan, it just bombed because of how stupid it looked… just like the film actually.

  • maxchain

    I’ve got nothin’. But man, that resolution isn’t doing those screens any favors.

  • Name

    That’s really stupid,Astro Boy is a part of my childhood too…

  • malek86

    Could be a deal with SCEJ?

    • lostinblue

      perhaps, but then why leaving out their own PS2?

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