Nintendo Thought About Releasing Project Hacker: Awakening In The US

By Spencer . March 29, 2010 . 3:13pm


Way back in 2006, Nintendo and Sakura Wars developer Red Entertainment teamed up to make a hacker adventure game called Project Hacker: Awakening. In the game, players step in the shoes of an digital crime fighter, use the bottom screen as a memo pad, and crack computer themed puzzles.


Nintendo never announced Project Hacker: Awakening for North America, but it seems like an American version was in development at some point. In July 2007, about a year after Project Hacker came out in Japan, Nintendo of America filed copyrights for packaging and more interesting a US instruction manual.


All of the copyrights also used a localized name, Project Hacker: Awakening a direct translation of the Japanese title Project Hacker: Kakusei. Since Nintendo created a US instruction booklet and cover art, it seems like they were, at least, considering to release Project Hacker in the states. However, the game never even made it on a release calendar like DS Air (aka Jet Impulse) and Disaster: Day of Crisis. Both titles were canceled for North America, but released in other territories.


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  • No Export for America? Ouch.

  • nyoron

    Cool, thanks Nintendo.

  • So it seems like there’s a pattern emerging regarding Red Entertainment’s releases in Western territories.

  • Vino (Tim N)

    Was there a terrorist attack or accident or something during the said releases of these games? Is that why they weren’t released?

    • BK0000

      It wasn’t released here because Nintendo cares more about hardware sales than it does releasing games in America.

    • I tried it but it was too ‘mathy,’ like, “where’s the do it for you button?”

      Translation: Market/market perception and estimated sales. Also, the players who would like this type of game also predominately like flash carts.

  • Meh, Project Hacker’s not that good anyway.


  • Tokyo Guy

    Ah, another example of Nintendo ignoring the foreign markets…(see Mother/Earthbound fanatics for example). Though to be fair, this game sold HORRIBLY and was in the bargain bin slashed to prices under 1000 yen within the same month of release.

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