Nintendo Are Distributing Solatorobo: Red The Hunter In Europe This Year

By Ishaan . April 11, 2011 . 2:29pm

This is certainly unexpected… and interesting. Nintendo of Europe have signed a distribution agreement with Namco Bandai to handle sales, marketing and distribution of Solatorobo: Red the Hunter throughout Europe.


Namco and Nintendo haven’t announced a release date for Solatorobo yet, other than confirming that the game will be released in European territories this year.


It’s interesting to see how Nintendo of Europe are approaching discussion of Solatorobo. Their announcement mentions that the game’s cutscenes are designed by anime studio, Madhouse, credited for Marvel Anime, Ninja Scroll, Death Note, and CardCaptor Sakura.


In case you forgot, Solatorobo is a DSi-enhanced game. You can use the Nintendo DSi camera to take pictures for use within the game. It also includes a four-player racing game, titled Air Robo Grand Prix, which you can play with friends over local wireless.


Namco Bandai and developer, CyberConnect2, also provided downloadable quests for Solatorobo in Japan, but whether or not these will be available in Europe hasn’t been mentioned so far.

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  • Would love to see Nintendo of America bring this over. Maybe a E3 type of announcement, as a last hooray for the DS line.

    • kylehyde

      I would love to see that, but it appears that NOA is less open to games like this. I hate to being pessimistic, but I can’t see NOA doing this, instead they will come with a ridiculous excuse.

      Still I agree with you, this would be a good last hooray for the DS line, and in moments like this I’m really thankful that DS is reagion free.

  • Guest

    Ignore. I’m an idiot who didn’t do his research. Looking forward to this title.

    • Ren

      Luckily, I got a DSLite.

    • Aren’t DSi enhanced games only region locked on DSi’s? Not sure but I remember reading that, though, if you have a DSi then yes~

      • Guest

        Huh, guess you’re right. Never mind!!!

  • Ren

    Best. Day. Ever!

  • Magnifique ;)

  • Code

    rar, I’m kind of impressed, good job Nintendo of Europe >w<;

  • Okay. I totally didn’t expect Nintendo themselves to publish this! So glad to see them handling it. The game will get the proper marketing it deserves. I’m importing this day 1. :3

    Maybe NoA will surprise us this E3 by announcing a NA release. Kinda doubtful considering how many games they have already passed up but one can hope, right?

  • maxchain

    This usually means the ship has sailed on a US release, but hey, English is English, as far as I’m concerned.

  • kylehyde

    Is more than official NOE >>>> NOA, at least lately.

    • EvilAkito

      I’ll say. But I’m willing to bet Play-Asia is loving all of the extra business from Americans who have to import.

      • kylehyde

        thanks for existing playasia.

    • Joanna

      Yeah :(
      Why is NoA so sucky right now? I…can’t afford importing right now, so this means I probably won’t be able to get any of the European-only games on my wishlist for awhile. D:

  • puchinri

    Yay, go NOE! You shall be seeing my moneyz for Solatorobo and Xenoblade Chronicles.

    Did EU get the downloadable puzzles from Prof. Layton? Or was Layton not published by NOE…? I would guess that if there was downloadable quests, there would be no reason to not offer them. But I guess it happens.

    Even though it’s DSi enchanced, the local wireless can still be played on lites, right? And what are the chances EU will see the standard and limited edition versions?

  • Yamaneko22

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if this NoE x Namco Bandai relationship were to result in future with more Tales of games in english? xD Wishful thinking, but still:3

    • vadde939

      I second this. Wasn’t Nintendo involved with advertising Symphonia? If they do the same with Abyss 3DS it could do really well.

  • MrRobbyM

    NoE sure is doing better than NoA recently(Xenoblade and now this)

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Is it just me or has Nintendo of Europe been awfully generous lately?

  • jealousy …

  • Nintendo loves us :D Sorry America, you must try harder to win the love of your video gaming father

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