Is The Idolmaster Going International?

By Spencer . December 4, 2012 . 1:20pm


None of the Idolmaster games made it overseas, but Namco Bandai might be localizing the Idolmaster: Shiny Festa series. Namco Bandai filed trademarks for The Idol Master and Shiny Festa in Europe.




These could be protective trademarks, but the Idolmaster series is seven years old. It would be odd for Namco Bandai to suddenly care about the Idolmaster games and a spinoff series all of the sudden.


If (and this is still an if) Namco Bandai wants to the Idolmaster to go international, Shiny Festa is their best bet since these are regular music/rhythm games, which have a larger audience than say an idol training simulation.

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  • Spectacularity

    If it does get localized, I’ll buy 5 copies…

    • Himiko

      I’ll buy 6. Ha!

    • psycho_bandaid

      You’re already in the spirit of things. [email protected] is ridiculously expensive.

      • Hidayat246

        u mean DLC ?????
        Graveru 4 You series?????

        • psycho_bandaid

          everything, friend. To be a hardcore [email protected] fan is to suffer.

          • Hidayat246

            Sound like u have a hard-day with [email protected], bro!!!

          • psycho_bandaid

            I watched the series and while my interest was still high I went to see how much it would cost to get [email protected] 2 on ps3. To my dismay it was over 100 USD. After that I read this… “To buy every piece on DLC currently on the PSN would cost 71,180 yen ($895.02) —almost nine times the cost of the game.”


          • nano_desu

            “PS3 the Best” version of [email protected] 2 is about 30$ at the moment.
            DLC is terribly expensive.

          • Hidayat246

            u can buy car with that lolol
            but u still not count the Graveru 4 You Series, if i not wrong G4U have 9 Volume with each volume cost $60, just for mini game & episode from [email protected] anime series
            Andriasang have covered this but all link is dead now

  • ragingmerifes

    Shhhh… it’s The Idolm ster. Don’t let Google redirect people here. Some people will get that.

    • LynxAmali

      -Forgetting the @ sign.

      That’s like, a prominent piece of the title!
      You can’t just ignore it!

      • ragingmerifes

        What if “they” find out, man?

  • Ganali Castillo

    WTH i have been waiting for God knows how many games to be localized i now i hear this is getting localized *BUMP this man.

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    Not PS3. Until then, Bamco won’t be getting any money from me.

  • malek86

    That’s possible, since it has more chances than the idol simulation games… on the other hand, the PSP is not exactly a good market now. I don’t think they published any game for the PSP in the west in the entirety of 2012. It would be surprising to see one in 2013 at this point. We don’t even know if the PSP version of GE2 is gonna be localized, probably not.

    • superdry

      It’s possible Bamco could just do a digital release through the PSN since the Shiny Festa games are playable on the VITA too.

      • malek86

        That’s possible, but I’m not seeing many developers adopt that kind of thinking. Keep in mind that most likely, for many PSV users, PSP games are “undesirable” so to speak (worse graphics, no real second stick support, no trophies, etc).

        And those users who do care about PSP games, probably are people who would have bought (or pirated) the game if it had come out on PSP anyway, so they are not really an increased audience. Right now there’s probably a huge overlapping between PSV and PSP owners, meaning that most people who have a PSV used to have a PSP too.

        • superdry

          Ah, right. I can understand that. But, [email protected] is niche and a fan who owns a PSV might just download it from the PSN since it’s available.

          I think it’s easier for Bamco to localize it (shouldn’t be too much money to do so), put it on the PSN and earn something off the game with little effort and risk.

        • Romored

          Shiny Festa is actually one of the best-looking PSP games out there, I doubt anyone would notice that it’s not a Vita game.

          I can see Namco publishing it on the PSN as a PSVita title.

          • ワン スャレ

            Shiny fiesta looks good because all the pvs are pre-recorded. You won’t get stuffs like project diva where you can change the costumes and actually see that change in pvs.
            But if they are localising the ps3 [email protected] 2, then they get all my money. No kidding.

  • Sold!

  • LynxAmali

    I’m getting Tales Of Hearts flashbacks.

    Nothing good will come of me getting hyped for something that I know will not happen.

    • Just Tim

      The only givens/guarantees are Dragonball & Naruto anyway…

  • ThomasTruong

    “Just do it already you dingus”
    -Mark Twain on localizing the [email protected] games.

  • Shiny Festa was the one with 3 thousand(yes overexaggerating) versions, where you have to buy all to have all chars, right?

    In that case I’m not interested, I’d prefer to play a single Idolmaster with a full cast. Also aren’t they PSP games? Pretty weird(and late) trademark they are having there.

    • LynxAmali

      No. SF was where the cast was separated in ‘teams’ and all had an exclusive OVA and tracklist.

      SP was the one with three versions where you had to get all three to get most of the characters.

      -Also aren’t they PSP games?
      Only SP and Shiny Festa were.
      The main titles have always been console titles.

      • “Each game will feature a different set of idols from the fictitious studio 765 Pro. [email protected] Shiny Festa: Honey Sound will include Chihaya Kisaragi, Haruka Amami, Ritsuko Akizuki, and Azusa Miura.

        [email protected] Shiny Festa: Funky Note will feature Yayoi Takatsuki, Hibiki Ganaha, and Iori Minase as well as Ami and Mami Futami.

        [email protected] Shiny Festa: Groovy Tune will have Miki Hoshii, Yukiho Hagaiwara, Makoto Kikuchi, and Takane Shijou.”

        That’s the one I mean. It does sound like each game has exclusive characters. And yeah I know the main game is on PS3/360, that’s what I’d like to see overseas xP

        • They have character specifics songs, and like 6 songs that appear on all the games. So just buy the one with the most songs you like.

  • kroufonz

    don’t want to get my hope up. but please bamco localize especially the PS3 version.

  • Tianyu Wei

    why not localize the PS3 version… Shiny Fest wont’ move much copies at all…

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Implying that the ps3 version will move much aswell?

      • Manny Being Manny

        It should move as much as those niche NISA rpgs

        • That amount of copies wouldn’t cover the costs to localize the game, much less cover securing the music rights and the like and making sure that Western parties get paid DLC that won’t violate the wallet.

  • Heriel

    not sure if want i must say…

  • Zonic505

    More like [email protected]

    ….that was your terrible Idolmaster pun for the day.

  • Blesmi

    Would rather have them localize [email protected], since the thing that makes [email protected] so much fun is the management portion. Either way though would be neat to see it release over seas.

  • Saku

    The Shiny Festa game is simply just a rhythm game, like the Hatsune Miku games, so if they were going to localise any, I could see them doing this one. At the same time though, if you’re looking for the idolmaster experience in English, this isn’t really the game for you.

  • Shiny Festa would make sense, kind of. It does have those anime episodes that would kind of give an introduction to the characters (I wonder if they would considering dubbing it).

    It seems kind of pointless if they would localize this game, but not the main ones, though. Then again, an anime distributor released that wack mecha anime version of The [email protected] and not the show that showed the idols doing actual idol things…

    • LynxAmali

      Xenoglossia = /= Imas
      It really has nothing to do with it aside from maybe character names.

      That’s like saying Mazinger Z TV = Shin Mazinger or Getter Robo Armageddon = Shin Getter vs Neo Getter.

      • Despite that, I’m still tempted to get the English DVDs ><

        They managed to get on track with the OVA they released right after. Was it better? Eh… I'm just glad we eventually got a faithful adaptation at all that wasn't half bad.

        • LynxAmali

          Xenoglossia was panned by fans of the franchise for not being imas or having the same VAs but I actually really enjoyed it. I still think adaption means taking base ideas and incorporating them into something new.

          But yeah, Live for You fixed it. The A1 Pictures show is pretty faithful to the series as well.

  • I don’t care what you guys think, I will buy as many copies as needed to get the PS3 version localized. AzureNova loves The [email protected] and has even watched the anime too lol =^_^=

    • Yuriangels

      I buy like 20 copies. the game looks so cute and fun.

  • Go2hell66


    lol but seriously this is awesome, dunno how many times i’ve seen people streaming this game, i want to get my hands on it so bad rofl

  • Manny Being Manny

    Needs to be a PSN release so I can play it on my Vita. I’ve abandoned buying UMDs since I just can’t go back to playing PSP games on a small tiny screen again.

  • Juuu

    No, DON’T GET EXCITED…Keep repeating to yourself: “It’s only a copyright troll, it’s Scamco Bandai, it’s only a copyright troll..” IT’S NOT WORKING, I must know what this means. ;-; Oh goodness, having foolish hopes is the worst feeling!

    • Hidayat246

      Keep Positive Thinking if u want idolmaster come to outside japan someday
      This copyright is hope!!!!!

  • This is nice and all, but Id much rather one of the bigger games. Im much more interested in making my own damn groups and Idols.

    Regardless of this though, I would love to show my support.

  • Just Tim

    I guarantee the true reason why the series proper (the one with idol management) won’t make it to Anglo countries is because of its own media’s attempt to link it to Toddlers & Tiaras or worse, JonBenet.

    I’m speaking in foresight…

    As for the music game spin-off, did [email protected] already get its own Taiko no Tatsujin game?

    Also, I won’t find it hard to believe if Namco Bandai EU is taking this chance to introduce [email protected] & a new music game in Europe, by virtue of a certain big name music game would have its 15th Anniversary in 2013.

  • I myself don’t care anymore (since I can into Japanese), but would be cool if my friends could play this after all

  • Keyanf

    I’d prefer the training games myself. Hopefully this does well and we get one, then I can see what Kentaro Miura’s is obsessed with.

  • PreyMantis

    If this is indeed true; then:

  • i want all of 3 versions for the xbox….i dont have a ps3…only psp,xbox and wiiu

  • Do this and I will buy it for every member of of my family! Well almost .. I’ll buy until my wallet is empty. Doubt my grammie will even get what it is. She’ll think I drew the cover or something ( ._.)

  • Leon_Tekashi

    This series…I’ll be surprised if it comes to NA.

  • animaster

    I would love to play English [email protected] :D

  • Neppygear

    Idolmaster 2 on PS3, please. Please. ;_;

  • Kevadu

    If it’s not the console games then I don’t care. Shiny Festa may be easier to localize, but it’s a mediocre spin-off. Nobody who isn’t already a fan is going to care and without the core games localized there aren’t exactly a lot of fans in the west. Plus it’s on the PSP…these games will flop and then Namco Bandai will use that as an excuse to not localize the games that actually matter.

  • harmonyworld

    if it’s download only in america (because ps has some strange thing about jap voices only) I will buy it!!

  • Hell will actually freeze over if this is true. o_o

  • >Is the Idolmaster going international?

    >Europe trademark postings

  • SupaPhly

    so they decide to bring the only [email protected] game that you don’t need to understand japanese to enjoy… clever

    better than nothing though I hope it’s true, and possibly join all three versions into one :D

  • TheSwordUser

    Guys, don’t get your hopes up.
    Remember that they also did trademark Tales of Innocence and Tales of Hearts?
    Well, what happened to them? Answer this by yourself.

  • I wouldn’t really call Shiny Festa rhythm games… There’s anything but rhythm to the gameplay. And I wonder, would they really release a game full of Japanese pop songs outside Asia?

    Most publishers even today will remove any Japanese references from games and even delete a Japanese voice track even when the original game had dual audio option. Copyright/piracy issues are my guess.

    • Have you played it? .___. IT IS a rhythm game, it has all the characteristics of one.

  • Belenger

    For some reason I get a sort of feeling of deja-vu, didnt this already happened years ago on original [email protected] for the 360 also for europe and for some reason Namco canned it?

  • I was under impression, at least in the states, that [email protected] couldn’t get some licensing -hence no localization.

  • So looks like Idolmaster is going to go international. I hope it goes to the USA soon.

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