3D Dot Game Heroes Enhanced For North America

By Spencer . February 18, 2010 . 5:38pm


No, we’re not just talking about the hero’s super long sword. From Software implemented a number of features for the North American version of 3D Dot Game Heroes.


The optional hard drive install and load screen viewer from the recent 3D Dot Game Heroes patch are built into Atlus’ version. Extra block defense levels and character edit data, which were released as paid downloadable content in Japan, are included on-disc in the North American version of 3D Dot Game Heroes. You’ll be able to start the game as a car, tank, shark, Santa Claus, and the “President” from Metal Wolf Chaos. Here’s a sample of From Software’s custom creations.


When asked about other downloadable content, Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales, said Atlus doesn’t have anything planned. Unfortunately, the downloadable Classic Dungeon characters made in collaboration with Nippon Ichi are for Japan only. Character edit data is cross region compatible so you can download the Classic Dungeon models from Japan or trade custom characters with a friend in Spain and use them even if you have the North American version.


On the plus side, From Software made some additions just for North America. The Japanese version of 3D Dot Game Heroes contains 69 loading screens, which are 8-bit and 16-bit box art parodies of games like Street Fighter II and Dragon Quest. The North American release has brand new loading screen art based on US covers of Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Populous, Secret of Mana, and more titles. The loading screen art From Software made for Final Fantasy III (VI) and Lemmings are fantastic homages.


From Software tweaked other parts of 3D Dot Game Heroes too like allowing players use their shield and sword as a paddle in “Blockout” (pictured), an Arkanoid style mini-game. The Japanese version was shield only.




3D Dot Game Heroes had a ton of video game humor and Atlus plans on preserving the tone in their version. “The localization was kept as true to the original as possible,” Scott Strichart, Project Editor, explained. “Naturally, there were some Japan only type of jokes that we used their localized counterparts, and we did go to lengths to pepper it with North American specific jokes where we could get them in there.”


During the 3D Dot Game Heroes presentation a the King said, “It’s dangerous to go alone take this”. I’m pretty sure you know where that line comes from. Characters in the From Cave joke about From Software titles by giving the hero an “Armored Core” and reference Demon’s Souls with lines like “The true 3D Dot Game Heroes starts here.”


“As you can probably already tell, the references were left intact, although names and words were changed to protect the innocent. The astute gamer will have no doubt when they find the references, though,” said Strichart.


3D Dot Game Heroes hits North America on May 11 and it only costs $39.99 here. In Japan it retailed as a full price game, sold for 7,140 yen ($78) at launch. Be sure to check out our hands on impressions of 3D Dot Game Heroes to hear more about how the game plays.

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  • mFrog

    More content for less bucks? Sounds like this will be my third game purchase for my new PS3 :D (currently having fun with Dynasty Warriors 6 and pre-ordered FF13)

  • StealthKnight

    Wish I had a ps3, otherwise i would by this. Atlus succeeds in giving us the complete game and everything less just like japan. Unlike Sega of America and some other companies. hint hint.

  • 9inchsamurai

    I had no idea the loading screens were homages to old box art. The more I hear about this game, the more it sounds like the ultimate RPG celebration. And I’m so pleased it’s retailing at only $40.

  • EvilAkito

    Day one purchase for me.

  • Tokyo Guy

    Once again Japan is expected to pay for everything. I really find it annoying that so many products are released overseas at so much lower a cost. PCs, movies, music, games…just about everything really. I purchased 3D Dot Game Heroes for the original price and then purchased the 3 add-on packs as well. It’s just a bit annoying that the game is going to have everything AND cost much less.

    I’ve never understood why it’s OK for all these unpolished games to release in Japan only to be fixed for North America and subsequently re-released here (though often with even more new content). Square is probably the biggest offender. Perhaps Japanese gamers are too docile, as no one seems to be trying to change anything with the way companies get away with this.

    • JeremyR

      You guys have most of our debt, too, recently passing China.

      So,er, thanks?

      • Aoshi00

        Well, China was dumping some two months ago and the US kinda made Jpn pick up the tab so to speak (“somebody” has to finance our debt..).. it’s all politics and self interests.. but yea, sometimes when I think about things being so crazily expensive in Jpn, it’s hard to see their economy has actually stopped growing for the last 20 yrs or so.. maybe there’s why Tomino was bitching about games :)

    • Aoshi00

      I certainly hear you man, it’s like “okay the game is 80% finished, and we’d feed it to the Jpn gamers like lab rats, good sales, now we take the extra 6 months to bring it to 100% for the US gamers, and then re-release here for the suckers who bought the inferior and more expensive ver the first time”. Sometimes I just wonder how the heck do people buy blu-ray movies over there, I don’t see them earning “that” much more. Now w/ DLCs around, you can count on games coming out at 70% done, and they’ll patch the game charging us a premium. If it’s any consolation, there shouldn’t be any important DLC for FF XIII that we’d miss, at least not until the International ver. comes out, maybe then they would let us switch characters mid-battle..

    • Pichi

      I think its because Japan is willing to double dip most of the time than overseas consumers, especially for many extras like SE likes to do.

  • Nice nice nice.

  • JeremyR

    This is really the first game that makes me wish I had a PS3.

  • Yup, day one as well. Atlus is taking my money and I couldn’t be happier.

  • abasm

    This article made me smile.

  • nyobzoo

    Sweet and all for $40

  • Jayson_N

    Can’t wait for this game. Regarding Japan getting the short end of the stick, it’s about time. Gamers in the US and around the world have suffered for years while Japan has received awesome pre-order bonuses and exclusive releases. Since there are different publishes in the US and Japan, dunno if you can really point a finger at From Software for ripping gamers off in Japan.

  • Hraesvelgr

    You’ll be able to start the game as a car, tank, shark

    I don’t really like From Software and am not really interested in this game, but that just sounds so ridiculously awesome.

  • At first I was going to start as the protagonist of Hero 30. Now I have to start as President Michael Wilson.

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