3D Dot Game Heroes Hits North America And Europe Simultaneously

By Spencer . January 14, 2010 . 9:14am


Poor Europe. Our friends across the pond usually have to wait longer for localized RPGs, if they get them at all. Since Atlus doesn’t have a PAL branch, games like Devil Summoner and Luminous Arc 2 have to be distributed by another company like Koei or Rising Star Games.


3D Dot Game Heroes is being handled differently. SouthPeak Games will publish the retro dungeon crawler in Europe this May, the same time Atlus plans to publish the game in North America. “They [Southpeak Games] also recognise the frustration of many European gamers to not get exciting releases until months after other regions, which is why we’re working closely together to deliver a simultaneous launch for North America and Europe,” said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Atlus.


Just to put this in perspective, Europe still has a list of Atlus USA localized titles to catch up on. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, Knights in the Nightmare, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier, The Dark Spire, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, Crimsongem Saga, Demon’s Souls… etc. haven’t even been announced there.

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  • csmzs

    ahhhhh! why atlus?! why did atlus have to pick up this game?! i wish another publisher/developer was releasing this game in the united states and europe instead, at least the game would last a little longer when it comes to being printed.

    watch how fast this game goes out of print. i’ll give it two months.

    • Volcynika

      Ahh, complaining that a publisher took the time to want to localize this title that most other publishers wouldn’t bat an eye at. It’s a close to the status of being a game, and that’s what pubs like Atlus are all about. If you want the game before it’s hard to find, pick it up on release! US version is even coming out $20 cheaper than most games for the PS3. :D

      And no matter who published it, it wouldn’t be a very huge launch and not have 1000s of copies available everywhere, so I’m not sure what gave you that idea.

      • csmzs

        “If you want the game before it’s hard to find, pick it up on release!”

        well volcynika, not everyone can afford to buy a videogame on the first day of it’s release. most people don’t live at home with mommy and daddy if you get what i’m saying?

        • Volcynika

          Hey, you’re the one with all the complaining. And just so you know, I’m already done with college and have a great job so I can buy things very easily :) But good for those people that live at home still?

          And hey, you said yourself it’d be two months before it’s out of print, that’s more than enough time to pull enough money together.

          • csmzs

            “you said yourself it’d be two months before it’s out of print, that’s more than enough time to pull enough money together.”

            not when your paying $1500 dollars for rent!

          • Volcynika

            Better start saving!

          • Soma

            Or try and find cheaper rent. o_o
            That’s exorbitant. Also, Atlus has been doing a lot of re-prints lately. Even if this goes out of print quickly, give it some time and it will be back on shelves.

            Gotta hand it to Atlus. They certainly cater to their fans. =3

          • Hi, this isn’t LiveJournal.

          • Hraesvelgr

            If you’re paying $1500 for rent, you must be well off enough to afford a $40.

          • Hraesvelgr


      • 9inchsamurai

        Wow it’s only going to be $40 new?! Awesomeness

    • Just get it online, you won’t have to worry about missing it then.

      • csmzs

        i don’t like ordering videogames online. i want the videogame in my hands on the same day that i go to buy it.

  • Pichi

    Hope more Atlus titles come to Europe. Its small now, but better than nothing, and I think it’ll grow in time.

  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    This is coming out in Europe!?

    Man, it makes me want to cry. Excellent!
    But if Atlus releases the game with the usual goodies… I’m afraid I’ll have to buy the US version anyway!

  • malek86

    Weird. Southpeak is usually known for publishing western-developed games. I think this is actually the first time they pick up a japanese title.

  • BarnabyJones4evar

    Yeah that’s great for Europe, now tell us we get the DS XL at the same time as them too and I’ll be pleased.

  • Saturnus

    I thought this was a downloadable game?

  • csmzs


    screw you volcynika! people got bills to pay.

  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    *sigh* Chill…
    But yeah, it’s not all Skittles ‘n beer being european, we have our fingers crossed and prayers to whoever, whenever a great niche game are in discovered. Thankfully some companies, like NIS, are interested in focusing more work for the good of us EU people. Atlus, you know I love you, now give me a EU branch, dagnabit!

  • csmzs

    “Or try and find cheaper rent. o_o”

    Somato, there’s no such thing as cheaper rent! every year the rent goes up!

    • Soma

      Where the heck do you live? I have a house, and my monthly mortgage payment isn’t anywhere near that much. $1500/month is a ridiculous amount to be paying for rent.
      Like Hraesvelgr said, if you have $1500 to spend on rent, then you shouldn’t have any problems coming up with $40 for a game.
      Also, as I already said, Atlus has been doing a lot of reprints lately. Even if you can’t get this game immediately, you’ll likely be able to pick it up at a later time.

  • badmoogle

    I was going to import this on day 1 so i’m glad to hear that Southpeak will save me the trouble.
    Only thing that remains to be seen is if it will also have the same low price as the NA version.But anyway,in the end it will cost me less than importing it (at least i hope so) so it’s all good.:)

  • csmzs

    “Like Hraesvelgr said, if you have $1500 to spend on rent, then you shouldn’t have any problems coming up with $40 for a game.”

    well, hraesvelgr is wrong. minimum wage!

    • Strike_Man

      Not sure if I’m feeding the wrong comments here, but I’ll bite.

      It would be tough to earn $1500 in a single month on a single minmum wage job, without even accounting other bills for food, utilities, etc., let alone the taxes that would need to be paid on that paycheck.

      In addition:
      A) If you can’t save up $40 for a game over the course of two months before its release, how exactly will you be affording it two months after release? Or four months?

      B) What bargain bin did you find your PS3 in?

    • ReturnOfSomeDude


      Minimum wage + $1500/rent = WTF.

      You did something very wrong. Either get a roommate (because nobody in their right mind should be living on minimum wage by themselves) or suck it up and move back in with the folks and save yourself $1500 a month.

      Think about this. If you can’t scrounge up enough to pay for a $40 videogame, how in the heck are you ever going to save enough to pay for car repairs, a hospital bill, a decent vacation, a real dinner, or for the future?

      There are probably .001% of people living in circumstances like you. So of course, Atlus isn’t going to be thinking of your needs.

  • sambuque

    It’ll be even greater if it leads to some kind of permanent partnership à la NISA-TKE.

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