There Is Hope For Nintendo’s Unlocalized DS Games Yet

By Ishaan . November 5, 2010 . 1:40pm


The Nintendo DS has a vast library of first-party Nintendo games developed for it. Excellent games, some of which have yet to be released outside of Japan. Soma Bringer, Tomodachi Collection and Jet Impulse come to mind off the top of my head.


While none of these titles were specifically named, some of them may see the light of day yet, according to Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata.


Speaking with investors, Iwata stated that Nintendo are carefully considering how to handle the transition from Nintendo DS to Nintendo 3DS. While the company must dedicate resources to ensuring a solid line-up of 3DS games, the current large installed base of the DS and DSi cannot be ignored.


One way to take advantage of the current DS audience is to release games in territories that haven’t received them yet, Iwata feels. The original Animal Crossing on Gamecube is one such example. It wasn’t planned for localization until Nintendo’s localization branches evaluated the title and felt it could appeal to an overseas audience.


"Some software has already proved its marketability in Japan but is still not available in the overseas’ markets, and for some software titles, our localization teams are currently spending time to localize them," Iwata said to investors.


"Taking advantage of such software may be one of the ways to deal with your question about the transitional period from Nintendo DS to Nintendo 3DS," he concluded.


Food for thought:


Keep in mind that the less text a game has, the easier it is to justify localizing it. This could potentially put games like Soma Bringer, which are chock-full of text, at the very bottom of the list.

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  • I still think of Tales of Innocence and Tales of Hearts… :/

  • Testsubject909

    Well, it’s nice to see more initiative towards localisation or making foreign games available to us, in one way or another. For exemple PSOne Imports for PSN.

  • epy

    Wish someone would make a similar statement on unlocalized PSP games. There’s too many staying in Japan I would love to play.

  • SolidusSnake

    That’s always a good thing. Aside from a few very notable exceptions the DS has had slim pickings lately.

  • Kris

    Please, please, PLEASE bring Soma Bringer to the states!

    • The game is “Chock full of text”…unless its getting full on voice acting, I can not think of many people who want to read through tomes of text to play a game.

      • As someone who’s beaten Soma Bringer it’s not nearly as bad as you’re making it out to be

        But honestly, I’m pretty sure the Soma Bringer ship has sailed anyway. Most people who have an interest in the game have already played the fully English patched version. Not that I wouldn’t buy it, because it was an excellent game, but I can’t speak for everyone else :l

        • …You support piracy?

          • Not me personally. I prefer to buy my titles. I’m just saying that a translation has been available for over 2 years now, it’s a little late for Nintendo to express interest in bringing over that particular title.

            For the record I own a Japanese copy of the game, but I did download the English version when the patch was finished. I would probably buy the US version again, just so I could play it co-op(the best way to play that game) with friends who are playing that one too.

          • SolidusSnake

            …You support literacy? Oh wait, I already know the answer

      • SolidusSnake

        I can.

      • Phlo

        Oh, no! A game with lots of plot? What if it even has an enjoyable story? Anyway, thanks for the warning!

      • Again with the completely RIDICULOUS voice acting comments.


        • lol why do you hate voice acting so much to think its ridiculous? Am I wrong for desiring games to utilize full voice acting?

          • Serge73

            No, but it’s annoying with your comments of “no one wants to read ‘tomes of text'”. That’s not a popular sentiment around here…

          • Well I will admit, that in this case, I made an incorrect assessment of what people would want in a game…who am I to say what people would prefer.

          • No, he’s just saying that not everyone cares about voice-acting in every game that they play, and your constant generalizations about people’s tastes based on what you like or dislike are starting to annoy other commenters.

            (try to be more respectful of other people’s tastes. This is a community, after all)

          • Ive been trying for the past few weeks :)

          • Aoshi00

            I know it’s probably difficult for you, but you really need to learn not to be narrow minded. I love voice acting, I’m sure many others do, but let’s take Phoenix Wright for instance, it was originally on the GBA now ported to DS, no voice acting, but the series has some of the best stories, clever writing, most interesting chars. It would be a pity if you skip these games just because it doesn’t have voices. And Nier (yes, not the million seller FF13) has some parts in the form of novellas where you just read, it brought people to tears and just transport you to another world. I would take that any day over FF13’s “voicing acting”.

          • I never said that I wouldnt play a game that lacked voice acting. Golden Sun lacks voice acting and Imma still play it, Pokemon lacks voice acting, and I still play it. I just value voice acting greatly.

          • Aoshi00

            Then don’t make blanket statements that games w/ voice acting are necessarily good or vice versa. They are not mutually exclusive. Your tone has always been if there is no full voice acting it’s not worth playing. Based on your logic, why would people want to play Golden Sun? If a game is good, why would you worry about if there’s voice acting in it. FF7,8,9 were all great, they were all mutes, and Chrono Trigger too (the main char actually did not speak because you assumed the role). I also highly value voice acting, that’s why I like FFX so much (Eng wasn’t as good as Jpn but still good IMO), but it’s not be all or end all.

          • I think you are twisting my words. A game is *more* good when it includes voice acting. A game is *less* good when it doesnt include voice acting. So essentially a game can still be good with or without voice acting, its just that voice acting improves the goodness of a game, or essentially makes it *gooder*.

            My logic would state that people would be able to enjoy those games…if they are good…thus the lack of voice acting should not act as a provision to prohibit one from playing and enjoying a game.

          • Aoshi00

            “Why would people want to read tomes of text?” I think those are your words and you’ve repeated them quite enough. Not everything is better w/ voices. The Harry Potter movies might have high budget CG, acting, etc. But some might say the original books are much better than the movies, even though there’s just text, the visual and sound are in your mind, they could be even more vivid. The FF13 novellas was much better than the game even though there was no CG or voice acting that go w/ them.

          • Exkaiser

            “A game is *more* good when it includes voice acting.” Tell that to Baten Kaitos. Ugh…..

          • @Exkaiser Of the gamecube RPG’s that I played Baten Kaitos was my favorite one and first, I guess contemporary console RPG. I thought the Voice Acting was fantastic, the battle quotes were awesome.

          • Exkaiser

            “I thought the Voice Acting was fantastic.”

            D-did you play the same Baten Kaitos I did? The voice acting was so awful that I actually quit playing for a while. When I got back, I turned them off. While the party members were subpar at worst (I feel that Lyude was the weakest of them), the NPCs were completely terrible.

            The trailer for the game was better-acted than the game itself- not that it wasn’t kind of awkward in some spots.

          • @Exkaiser You thought it was that terrible? Maybe because it was my first experience playing an RPG with voice acting or something, it was in 2005/6 when I played it though. Ive been meaning to replay it, so maybe it isnt as glorious as I thought it was when I played it oh so long ago.

          • Everyone here pretty much is saying everything I wanted to say, except…

            The term is “better,” not “more good.”

      • I guess you never read a book then.

        • Audiobooks or nice. Voice Acting is nice, and I admitted that I made an incorrect assumption about what people would want.

      • Kris

        I so intensely disagree with you at times, it’s hard to remain civil.

        • Well I made an inaccurate assumption, please forgive me, especially if I caused an any dissatisfaction.

          • Kris

            Fair enough. Still, when someone says “I really want to play this game,” don’t respond with “but it’s bad because it’s doing what it tries to do.” I mean, if I play a DS RPG, I don’t expect voice acting, I expect an RPG. I mean, complaining about written text in an RPG is like complaining about beef in your steak.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      Ha ha, I had a good laugh imagining your servbot avatar yelling those words out with its funny lego face and arms spazzing… even though servbot doesn’t speak. XD

      • Exkaiser

        Whatchu mean Servbots don’t speak?

        …Ah, now I want to get back to my current Legends 2 playthrough.

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          They have dialogue, sure, but they make mousy noises that sound like gibberish to me. :S

          • Exkaiser

            They sound pretty clear to me, even if they are really high-pitched. : X

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            I must be going deaf or my memory is failing me. XD

  • tales of hearts , super robot taisen exceed, and luminous arc 3 plz

    • SolidusSnake

      A localization announcement for any of those 3 would REALLY brighten my day

    • None of those are Nintendo games.

      • SolidusSnake

        True, but he can dream, right? ;)

      • ECM

        There is nothing stopping Nintendo from localizing those as part of a broader strategy to keep the DS, which will have a larger userbase than 3DS for years, as a viable option.

        • Joanna

          That’s true, but I suspect that if they are going to bring something over it will be their own titles and maybe DQVI like Spencer hinted. If I ran a game company, I would give preference to my own titles as well.I’d love to see LA3…Aksys or XSEED, are you listening? Pretty Please with a cherry on top?

      • Thiefofhearts

        They just need to be exclusives. Baten Kaitos 2 and Tales of Phantasia were both developed and published by Namco in Japan, but Nintendo did release them here.

        • What ever happened to Baten Kaitos DS? Wasnt it one of the big titles supposed to come to the DS?

          • gatotsu911

            Cancelled. Ages ago. Unfortunately.

          • I think that was in development hell for years then died

      • but luminous arc 3 is kawaii :(

  • Pichi

    Can’t think of too many Nintendo games that haven’t be localized. I would try Soma Bringer and ASH if possible.

    • I would love to play Archaic Sealed Heat, as well.

      • Aoshi00

        I would play that game again now that I’m getting the Mario DSi XL, it would make using the stylus on the map so much easier :)

    • d00msmith

      ASH is a cool game :D

  • Sigma Harmonics!!! I know it’s a Squeenix game and not Nintendo…but still

    • Everytime I go to gamespot that game always shows up on the page. it would be nice if I had the chance to play it

      • MemeticRichard

        It’s a chance best left passed up.

    • MemeticRichard

      You DO NOT want Sigma Harmonics here, TRUST ME…

      That game is a stain on the NDS’ library. An ugly stain that even Mr. Clean can’t wipe up… Calling it crap would be an insult to crap.

      • SolidusSnake

        What’s so bad about it? Aside from being a Squeenix game, of course.

        • MemeticRichard

          One sentence will tell you everything: It’s made by the Dirge of Cerberus team.Or, do you want me to go into further detail? Like annoying puzzle elements, irritating fetch quests, overly complicated character management system, and a completely broken battle system that fails in every aspect? What else… It’s also short as all hell. Falsely advertised. Etc etc.

          • SolidusSnake

            “One sentence will tell you everything: It’s made by the Dirge of Cerberus team.”

            Yep, that’s enough for me.

          • Cool music though. Guess I’ll just stick to listening to the soundtrack and avoiding the game itself.

          • Aoshi00

            It seems that Hamauzu kept having bad luck of being assigned to compose soundtracks for some of the worst games ever (Sigma Harmonics, FF13), it’s like his amazing talent just being squandered, no wonder that guy quit right after that.. I imagine the meeting would be like this,Square guy 1: “man, the game is really bad.. can’t we do something about it?”Square guy 2: “um… how about getting Hamauzu do the music?”

          • MemeticRichard

            =_= FF13 is NOT a bad game.

            Just an extraordinarily controversial one lol.

          • Aoshi00

            I swear you’re like my evil twin or something, always speaking what’s on my mind lol.. yea, every once in a while you have people saying they want to play Sigma Harmonics, no they don’t… that’s the sorriest $60 I’ve spent importing anything ever.. Definitely false advertising, horrible piece of… people bought it from fire sale for $10 and they still think they wasted money..

  • Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu.

    How about starting with that unlocalized Nintendo DS game first!

    • Isnt that what the point of this artical is? To bring out unlocalized games to territories that havent seen them?

    • Pichi

      It should have been a sure fire thing to bring out here. I hope it is in the pipe line and coming soon. Doesn’t make sense to leave a sequel hanging. Then again, Nintendo makes weird choices…

    • The thing I hate about that game is that it reminded me how much Shadow Dragon just didn’t need to exist. There was already a remake of Fire Emblem in the original version of Monshou no Nazo, it’s silly that they broke it back up into 2 games again for the DS remake.

  • MrRobbyM

    Slightly off topic..but…I WANT FREAKIN’ XENOBLADE ALREADY, PLEASE.

    • Dont we have a video of that on the Nintendo Channel? I think its odd for them to have it but then keep delaying in mentioning it coming out beyond the JPN. I really want it too.

    • TyeTheCzar

      Don’t forget The Last Story, Fatal Frame IV, Tingle’s Rupeeland(silence, Tinglephobes!), and Zangeki no Regilev. They have no excuse keeping them in Japan. And more Fire Emblem.

      • OMG I was so looking forward to Fatal Frame IV! The game looked simply stunning and was just, ugh the videos made it look so good.

        • malek86

          Nah, believe me, you ain’t losing that much. I’m pissed too that it didn’t make it to the states and I had to import… but if I had to choose one game of the series to not play, it would be that one.

      • MrRobbyM

        Well, I’m sure The Last Story is going to be localized, that’s why I didn’t mention it. As for the other games, I just get a feeling they won’t be :/ Except Fire Emblem, where’s more of that?!

        I just really want Xenoblade :/

      • They can always remove it…it took Amazon forever to remove the Last Remnant PS3 listing…

      • MrRobbyM

        Note the “already”.

        • Oh, I thought you were meaning you want them to say its coming already….My bad…. But there is this too… There is even one for “The Last Story”

          • gatotsu911

            That’s encouraging, but keep in mind, Nintendo also owns the domain name for “”. For what that’s worth.

          • Joanna

            Gah, reading these comments is like a roller coaster. One brings me up, and another crashes me down. I still hoping we get XenoBlade since it’s still too early to give up all hope.

          • gatotsu911

            @Joanna: Believe me, I’m praying to get Xenoblade too, and for the moment I am cautiously optimistic. I should mention that I tested out potential URLs for several other unlocalized Nintendo games, and was the only one that NoA had actually registered. (Sort of – “” was registered, but listed the owner as anonymous.) “”, “”, and “”, among others, were not registered. As far as I can tell this means one of three things: 1) Nintendo of America is unusually worried about someone grabbing these particular domain names. For some reason. 2) Nintendo have very recently decided that they’ll just register the domain for every new game they release, regardless of their plans to localize it, or 3) Nintendo is planning to localize Xenoblade and The Last Story. In all honesty, I’d wager that the last of these is the most plausible explanation.

    • Fredrik

      Indeed. While this is nice, I would rather have an official word that Nintendo gonna localize the Wii games Xenoblade and The Last Story.

  • puchinri

    I hope they do bring Soma Bringer over though. I was looking at vids of it again last week and reminded of how much I want it.

    • DlanorKnox

      A terrific English patch of Soma Bringer exists if you’re willing to emulate or use a flash cart to play it.

      • puchinri

        Oh, well that is something to consider. Thanks for the information!
        Would you happen to have a link or remember the name of the site?
        Or is it easy to find in a google search?

  • malek86

    Better late than never.

    But that kinda makes you wonder why they didn’t just pick them up as soon as they saw that they were indeed marketable. What were they sitting on their thumbs for?

    • Maybe to give the third parties room to sell their games here or in Euro without the threat of Nintendo titles selling like hot cakes causing people to avoid looking at those games?

      • malek86

        Doubtful. Games such as these would not attract a big audience anyway.

    • Pichi

      I think Nintendo likes to play safe too much. They rather a profit than a lost, so rather go for the “safer” Mario, Zelda, etc titles then new IPs and such.

    • Joanna

      To add to Pichi: Over-saturation. There were lots of DS games coming out the last two years (maybe even three years, depending on how much you consider too much) and even if title X and Y were theoretically marketable, the market conditions were probably too hostile because of the sheer over-saturation. Now, since the 3DS has been confirmed, DS releases are slowly dying down and it would make it easier for people to notice whatever games Nintendo considered before. Of course, there is also the problem of people losing interest in DS games, but Iwata seems to at least think the install base is big enough to off-set this.

  • Thiefofhearts

    Well, what about the games that just haven’t come to the US, like the Last Window?

    • I guess they will evaluate titles that were released regionally for release in other regions? Odd that that game was a EU/JPN exclusive.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    Not Nintendo games, but but I am reminded that I never got to play Nanashi no Game 1 & 2. Really wanted to try those.

  • gatotsu911

    Please, God and/or Satoru Iwata: Localize Soma Bringer. For real now.

  • Guest

    7th Dragon, Saga 2 and 3. Yes please.

  • 7th Dragon, Soma Bringer, Super Robot Taisen Exceed, Luminous Arc 3, Kimi no Yuusha are ALL worthy choices IMO (prays).

    • d00msmith

      definately. I’m really hoping Luminous Arc 3 does get localized. However I lost faith and patience for 7th Dragon and Kimi no Yuusha, and imported them – which I may have to end up doing for LA3 :-/

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    Sorry, double post.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    Don’t leave me hanging without Xenosaga I&II now, Nintendo. Ignore the fact that it’s an older DS game, you guys want to do it. I know you guys do. I certainly want you guys to do it.

    • MemeticRichard

      Lol, another game you don’t want here…

      Xenosaga I&II is pretty terrible. Just stick to the PS2 makes.

      • Not that I own a DS, but what did they ruin in it? I’m guessing it doesn’t have the CGI cutscenes. What else is different?

        • MemeticRichard

          No soul, is the best way to put it. Everything about the game feels really cheap – almost like…no, not almost, definitely is the word, like movie tie-in games! It feels like a quick & dirty way to get Xenosaga on the DS, and it just feels really lifeless as a whole.

          Testament to that, is that it’s glitchy as all hell.

          • Phoenix_Apollo

            I would be fine without it mostly, except for the fact that Episode III continues from the DS events (don’t the credits from the DS game even mention Episode III?).

            Plus, hey, if it’s better than Episode II, then I’m all for it. Especially if it combines the storylines instead of leaving us with that cliffhanger from Episode I.

  • Super robot taisen exceed!!>_<
    the first one was like crack, and the new system is badass

  • Soma Bringer would be nice. Also, and I know this is actually a Sega game, if this could somehow lead to a release in the West for 7th Dragon, I would be one happy panda. <3

  • Belphybear

    Despite the fact it’s a Gamecube game, I’m still hoping Giftpia will come to the west somehow.

  • Yeah, soma bringer also has a lot of character to choose, i iamge each one of them have some parts only they have, lots of text

    • Soma Bringer actually has an ingame library with lots of information on the world, items and whatnot. That’s a pretty big undertaking by itself…

  • Hours

    -Last Window: The Secret of Cape West-Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Richie Oosouji-Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no EiyuuLocalize these games now please NoA.As for non-Nintendo games…..-Luminous Arc 3-Tales of Hearts-Tales of Innocence-Retro Game Challenge 2-7th Dragon-SaGa 2 DSSomebody translate these games too please, kthx.

  • kylehyde


    WE want soma BRINGER PRONTO.

    Sorry for using caps, is just that this ignated a little light of hope.

  • ZomaNeko

    I can think of a dozen games I’d want localized, but honestly the by far #1 game that I want is 7th Dragon

  • localize love plus+

  • Please localize the retail version of Suujin Taisen

  • maxchain

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Ahhhhhhh almost forgot (as someone else mentioned)…

    Retro Game Challenge 2 FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!

  • vadde939

    So many unlocalized DS games I’d love to see released outside of Japan. As for Nintendo published ones Soma Bringer and ASH are the ones I want most but I don’t think it’ll ever happen. We’ll probably get Tomodachi Collection sooner or later though.

  • Yer!!!!! Come On Down Blood Of Bahamut.Lookin 4ward now.2 await the game in my many,many sleepless nights (caused by exciment 4 this game!!!!)

    • Aoshi00

      I think that’s another stinker from S-E like Sigma Harmonics, *checks Amazon Jpn*, 2.5 out of 5 stars from 34 user reviews, and it costs 690 yen right now. Sometimes we should be thankful some games don’t come here.

  • Joanna

    Oh Ishaan, don’t tease me so! You’re getting up hopes up for ASH, Soma Bringer, and Last Window (US). I’d love to see ASH in particular since it’s a Sakaguchi game and it looks really fun, while Last Window is already available in English (albeit at a higher price for us importers) and Soma Bringer looks great too but I prefer the SRPG-like combat of ASH to hack-and-slash ARPG (not that it’s bad, just my personal preference). It would be awesome to have all three though. >:)

    edit: gah, I forgot about Fire Emblem. It needs to be localized! It’s already an established franchise here! Come on, Nintendo! Also wonder if the first Layton game in the second trilogy will be localized by Nintendo or L5.

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