The Love Affair Is Over, One Piece: Romance Dawn Isn’t Coming To North America

By Spencer . July 8, 2013 . 4:43pm

imageOne Piece: Romance Dawn will be localized for Nintendo 3DS care of Namco Bandai Games Europe. The announcement was made during Japan Expo where Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Full Burst was revealed.


At Anime Expo, we asked Namco Bandai if they will bring One Piece: Romance Dawn here since other titles have been confirmed for North America. Unfortunately, a representative said to Siliconera there are "no plans" to release One Piece: Romance Dawn in North America.


One Piece: Romance Dawn is slated for release in November 2013 in North America.

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  • Zonic505

    “Unfortunately, a representative said to Siliconera there are “no plans” to release One Piece: Romance Dawn in North America.”

    “One Piece: Romance Dawn is slated for release in November 2013 in North America.”

    What, wut?

    • Anko Is Furious

      Lol that caught my attention too xD. Was obviously a mistake or o.o… Maybe we’re being messed with..

      • Slickyslacker

        It should say “One Piece: Romance Dawn is slated for release in November 2013 in Europe.”

    • Tyler Beale

      Yep, I saw that too. Unless it’s getting a Vita release (which I know it’s not) and they’re not telling us.

    • Took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      That is quite the error.

  • Zeether

    Wow, screw you Namco. We can’t have ANOTHER One Piece game here yet again yet the lucky chumps in Europe get it, just like with Unlimited Cruise. You’d think that with the fact that Toonami is starting to show the anime again and to EXTREMELY high view counts alongside the manga which is doing well, we’d get this here, but NOPE, can’t do that.

    We better be getting Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode, unless they want to pull the same stupid thing again and not bring it here. Jerks.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      Unlimited Cruise wasn’t very good, though

  • AGAIN:

    if we get to 65k sigs like the Dark Souls PC one did which Namco was SUPER impressed with, this should do the same, WHY are they so afraid to bring this to NA?!

    Like hell we’re getting Unlimited World R as well, they must think people in NA hate One Piece or something. O_o

    • Why would someone down vote this? O_o And 56 comments and hardly anyone else has signed.

  • hunterslasher13

    Wait first you say it isn’t then you say it is make up your mind already.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Figures, Namco is still Namco. They may try to hide it with a few Tales localizations, but deep inside the company is still run by idiots.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I dunno. This is nothing compared to Project X Zone, for my money. Didn’t think that’d ever happen. Got Ni no Kuni, too. In light of those, I’d say this is like nothing.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        *still annoyed about not getting Soma Bringer*

        • Solomon_Kano

          That’s never gonna stop hurting. ;_;

        • SerendipityX

          Soma Bringer has a complete fantranslation (google it) the only thing not translated in the patch is the encyclopedia, which isn’t really needed to understand or play the game.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Those bloody bastards, they’re like Channing Tatum in White House Down, DOESNT FINISH ANYTHING.

          • SerendipityX

            lol it’s 99.79% done. So some of the encyclopedia was translated just not all.

        • kylehyde

          Soma bringer is not more on nintendo fault than namco fault?

          Still I agree, I’m annoyed too that soma bringer never was localized. I wish that someday nintendo makes the same that capcom with ace attorney or Atlus with Soul Hackers which ported/remaked their games and then localized then. It would be awesome if they make an enhanced port of this game on 3DS, it will really benefit on 3D screen.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Its Namco’s fault.

          • kylehyde

            I think it was published by nintendo in japan, and monolith was already a nintendo first party

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            This was 2009, Nintendo didnt completely own Monolith yet

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            This was 2009, Nintendo didnt completely own Monolith yet

    • Ladius

      I think this kind of reaction is ungrateful and short-sighted, they’re doing far more than any other mainstream publisher in terms of niche jrpg localizations and, while I hate region locking and would prefere this game to see the US, it’s hardly an excuse to belittle the great work Baba has done on the Tales franchise, the way Namco made Ni no Kuni into a success, the courage behind a niche localization such as Project X Zone or the flexibility behind the Time and Eternity deal with NISA. Pre-2011 Namco would have never done any of this, there’s no way to deny they’ve changed for the better.

    • lmaonade

  • epy

    No worries! I’ll just import it and… oh…

    • Tyler Beale

      Nintendo: “Wii would like for U to play R games in the region U bought your system.”

      Sony and Microsoft: “Fuck that!!”

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        The consoles were always region locked… why the 3DS is region locked when the DS was not I suspect its used as anti-piracy firmware

        • British_Otaku

          Nope, the 3DS is region locked just because.
          Region locking doesn’t increase the strength of any sort of anti-piracy encryption and tends to mean that the importers who don’t have money for three 3DS systems (few of us) are going to have their eye out when the region lock hack comes around and perhaps consider the option of getting games for free.

          • ZEROthefirst

            Nintendo logic with region locking, you have to love it.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Well you know how they successfully crack things because they go through three different tunnels in the system… Like Linux…. so its one less hole to use to crack the system

        • evilmajikman

          Region locking these days actually promotes piracy. Without anything to pass the region lock like back in the good ol’ days with cheat/region devices like Game Genie, Game Shark, or Action replay, you either fork up the cash for another system or you’re screwed. I know people that would hack a 3DS in a heartbeat just because they want to play Gundam or One Piece.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            EXCCEEEEEPPPPPPTTTTTT, they cant crack the damn thing XD

        • Chris Lane

          The playstation is techinically region locked as well between North America/Japan (Region A) and Europe (Region B). I must say not surprised, but still quite disappointed in this, US has been getting snubbed a lot lately. (At least on games I would buy :( )

      • MogCakes

        Nintendo: “Wii would like for U to play R games in the region U bought your system.”
        Microsoft: “Us too!”
        Sony: “Fuck that”
        Microsoft: “Oh…well…uh…fuck that! We’re totally against region locking. Totally. Always have been. Ahem.”

  • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

    As long as we get Digimon, I am fine with this. Never really got into the One Piece series, anyway.

  • Carlos Luis Ayala

    Kinda like Namco screws Sony players again sigh I just don’t touch my 3ds anymore

    No one piece Vita
    No Tales Vita
    No Romance Dawn PSP/Vita

    • Lynx

      Not just Sony. There was the 3DS port of this as well that’s coming out soon in Japan.

    • You do know Pirate Warriors 2 and remakes of Innocence and Hearts are on Vita right?

      • Brandonmkii

        Pretty sure he meant “not in north america/wherever I live.”

    • TheExile285

      Seems like Namco screws portable players. Project X Zone was great and all but this just depressing. Why can’t they just give us a DD version of Pirate Warriors 2 Vita and Romance Dawn 3DS.

      If anything, they should localize Romance Dawn. I can buy PW2 on my PS3 or import the Vita version.NA 3DS owners are screwed either way….

  • Pfantzypantz

    The annoying thing being Nintendo still doesn’t want to remove the region lock.

    • Herok♞

      Why would they, they made it known why they do, even if you don’t support it, you can’t expect Nintendo go surprise guys we are unlocking our stuff.

      • reysol981

        Dunno, I feel like now is a good time for Wii U-turn

      • ZEROthefirst

        They do this and every console so far that is region locked gets some sort of custom firmware and plenty of people hack their Wii’s, Gamecube, etc. I know I hacked my Wii. I wasn’t going to buy another console when I could hack mine to play my imports and save a few hundred bucks. This is the only thing that keeps me from being a full fledged nintendo fanboy anymore.

        • Herok♞

          still its not like they locked the stuff up with no warning plus they have reasoning, I don’t like myself but its just one of those whatever and move on things.

      • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

        It’s just a shame, because in Nintendo’s 24 year run of handheld systems, the 3DS is the only to ever be region-locked.

        • Herok♞

          Sadly DSi set the precedent when they locked it.

  • Hinataharem

    Not surprising. One Piece games are non-existent here compared to other regions.

  • Jack

    “One Piece: Romance Dawn is slated for release in November 2013 in North America.” Huh……? You just said it wasn’t coming, Siliconera. Ugh.

  • Solomon_Kano


    Dammit, man.

    • SerendipityX

      Conspiracy!Siliconera strikes again.

  • Clearly what people are reading, including myself, is incorrect – it should be the European release date.

    And… region-locking rears its ugly head again. I’m looking forward to it; didn’t know One Piece was still relevant in the UK since I haven’t seen the anime in region since it was brought over by 4Kids on Cartoon Network – that long ago!

    Sorry guys, in the NA region. :(

  • Interface23

    I would understand if it was a Japanese only game, but since it’s in English how hard it to release it here even as just a limited release?

  • epndkempot

    3ds game region free, when?

  • James Williams

    This is why the 3ds region locking just needs to go, all thee americans can’t play this and all of us int he uk don’t have a concrete date or release for titles like EO4 or SMTIV.

    • Ladius

      Region locking is the real issue here, as much as I would like Namco to rethink this (unless “no plans” actually means they’ve still to announce a release) and at least give the US an eShop release or a niche print run.

      • James Williams

        I don’t know why they don’t remove it anymore, it’s getting in the way for actual gamers now. I used to import all the time for the DS and didn’t care much for the cost since i really wanted the game, people want to do this for the 3DS since this keeps happening.

        • Ladius

          With Microsoft dropping region lock, Nintendo is actually the last hardware house to promote it, not to mention how they introduced it in the only context where it was traditionally absent, handheld gaming.

          There’s an initiative on Twitter and Miiverse to make them reconsider region locking 3DS and WiiU, even if I doubt it will have any effect.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            DS wasnt region locked, got hacked alot, 3DS isint region locked still hasnt been hacked. That must be the real reason me thinks. But then again I know nothing of this.

          • James Williams

            Makes the most sense i guess, it’s just annoying for everyone who actually buys games.

          • Ladius

            Region locking and fighting hacking attempts have actually nothing in common, in fact being region locked actually makes hacking appealing even for people who aren’t interested in piracy.

          • Göran Isacson

            I’m actually kind of interested in this, mostly because I have very little knowledge of these kind of technical details myself. I have heard that region locking somehow prevents hacking, but you’re saying those two features are NOT related to each other?

            Furthermore, WOULD it be possible to disable region locking with a simple system update, or is it somehow “hardwired” into the machine and they would have to release a new version of the system just to get rid of it?

          • Ladius

            I don’t know why anyone would make that connection, locking your hardware or software depending on regional settings has nothing to do with the strength of your system’s encryption, its lack of hardware exploits or its hardware house’s ability to fight hacking attempts with quick firmware updates. Regional settings don’t make a platform inherently more secure, regardless of it being region free or region locked.

            Actually, having a region locked platform means more people will be interested to see it hacked in order to make it region free (including legit customers who bought games from other regions), while a region free platform will be hacked only by people interested in piracy or homebrews.

            Regarding the potential elimination of region locking on 3DS and WiiU, this is honestly something I can’t answer. Depending on how it’s handled, removing it could be extremely easy or almost impossible without a revision (which would make it even more unlikely than it’s already is).

          • Göran Isacson

            Ah, so removing region locking is most likely based on how the machine is designed, and the only ones who’d know that would be the fellows at Nintendo? Gotcha.

          • mirumu

            Region locking and hacking are completely unrelated in every way. Hacking exploits a security hole in the software and the holes could be anywhere. For example with the PSP a hole was found in the code uses to display photos. Another PSP hole was found in the software controlling the battery. On the original Xbox and Wii holes were found in the way certain games loaded their save files. As you can see none of this was related to region locking at all. The hackers are just looking for bugs in the code, and if they can find one that’s exploitable then they’ve hacked the console.

            As to whether or not it’s possible to disable the region lock on the 3DS with a firmware update, only those in Nintendo know for sure. It really comes down to how Nintendo implemented the region lock in the first place. As an educated guess based on how other consoles worked in the past I think it is possible, but I’m totally speculating there.

          • malek86

            I don’t think region locking and hacking are particularly related. I can think of at least two machines (the Saturn and the 360) where hackers only bothered making backup copies playable while still not removing the region lock.

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            Yup, when I was a kid I lived in the UK but we didn’t get any of the great American PS releases. Got my PS chipped, ordered all the games I wanted, never bootlegged anything. Same with my Ps2.

            Did it again when I moved back to America so I could play weird Japanese games.

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            Yup, when I was a kid I lived in the UK but we didn’t get any of the great American PS releases. Got my PS chipped, ordered all the games I wanted, never bootlegged anything. Same with my Ps2.

            Did it again when I moved back to America so I could play weird Japanese games.

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            Did you see Nintendo’s retarded press statement?


            Not to mention, PSP was hacked and bootlegged to hell, but the Vita is still region free.

          • andref

            Which won’t since there was a few articles I saw gave the president’s response,”Iwata noted that the strategy behind regional approaches to hardware and
            content was something not unique to Nintendo, that it was something the
            entire industry had to “grapple with” and manage. “I hope that game
            fans can understand that the industry isn’t doing this solely out of
            business ego,” Iwata said. “There are some reasons behind it.”

          • malek86

            Admittedly, that interview was actually done before MS announced they were making the console region free, and only published later (for whatever reason).

            Still, I don’t doubt that the initiative is pretty much gonna be useless.

          • Ladius

            That interview came before Microsoft’s backpedal regarding DRMs and region locking, though, so Nintendo’s stance was still in the majority at the time. Now things have changed, and region free platforms are the majority for the first time.

  • Warboss Aohd

    oh come on Bandai, Toonami is airing it and everything, it’s for the 3DS, THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO RELEASE THIS!

    • Ladius

      You’re so angry you dropped your orcish accent? Mork won’t be pleased.

      • Warboss Aohd

        yeah i am, ya got a problem humie?

        • Ladius

          Bring it on, being an Imperial Guard player I’m used to deal with orks :P

          • Warboss Aohd

            Da Mad Wolves have an Alliance wit da Imperium Humies, just like da Blood Axes.

          • Ladius

            Let’s call a truce for now, but no more looted IG Leman Russ tanks filled with snotlings, do you hear me? They’re a pain to reclaim.

          • Warboss Aohd

            fine, but don’t kill da snotlingz. Dey iz betta served az cannon fodder fer da Chaos Marinez.

          • Ladius

            Too late, I fear my Catachan fellows are using them as ingredients for their Rambo soup right now :

          • jeepers creepers!

  • creid8

    Good lord. I don’t know how anyone could write for a gaming site this long and not know that “no plans” doesn’t mean “definitely not going to be released.” There were “no plans” for Xenoblade, too. “No plans” for Catherine. etc.

    • Ladius

      While they could indeed announce it later, you must also consider they had no problems immediately confirming the US localization of other games announced at Japan Expo, like Xillia or Xillia 2. It isn’t even a matter of finding a suitable partner, like for Atlus games in Europe, since Namco can publish its games in every market.

      • creid8

        Ah yeah, I guess that does make this case a little different.

  • Jesse Torres

    Why are they doing this? Cant they just release a limited number of copies? Is that too much to ask?

  • AlteisenX

    What I wouldn’t give for a One Piece game, a Digimon game, a Tales of ___ game on the Vita, and even the unimaginable, another Super Robot Wars/Taisen game (the mech SRPG ones, not Endless Frontier/PxZ style)…

    *Le Sigh*

  • Yoshirouki


    • Ex Troopers is Capcom and that situation is WAY different to One Piece: Romance Dawn. Concering Ex Trooper, that was due to hard coding of images which would make it impossible to bring it over, unless they plan to rebuild it from the ground up.

  • ragingmerifes

    That wasn’t an issue with the region-free PSP.

  • Greg

    I wasn’t looking forward to Romance Dawn, but this buries my hope for Unlimited World R being localised :( Why is Europe getting One Piece games and NA is being left out? I really don’t see the sense in it.

  • Lightthrower

    Damn you Nintendo and your region lock!!!

  • Yoshirouki


    • kickstarter doesn’t work for everything :/

  • DivinePhoenix69

    Its a shame because Namco have been on a role lately localizing Tales of graces f, Tales of Xillia, Project X Zone, Ni No Kuni, and even the One Piece:Pirate Warriors games, so it saddens me to see the US miss out on Romance Dawn:/.

  • Göran Isacson

    Oooh, that’s harsh. Sorry, my One Piece loving nakama of America, I shall try to play the games and enjoy it for you… unless the situation changes, which I hope it does.

  • Highasthesky

    Good thing the 3DS is region free :D…..wait….oh yeah……COME ON!!

  • LDM

    This is just saddening the North American region gets shafted constantly when it comes to One Piece games. However, I personally, place that blame mostly on 4Kids. If it weren’t for its horrible dubbing and censoring, the love/hate relationship between NA and One Piece wouldn’t exist.

    • Just Tim

      Specifically, aim the blame at Bobby Kotick, for killing off 4kids, Guitar Hero, and forcefully shoving more Call of Duty down Americans’ throats.

      • Anime10121

        Its not Kotick’s fault that many American’s love Call of Duty and 4kids needed to die

  • laurenhiya21

    Gr why are there so many One Piece games not in NA? ;-; Was One Piece not well received over here or something? (I thought it was popular but that might be incorrect…?)

    • British_Otaku

      It is more that One Piece is huge in France, Germany among other PAL countries to the point where Namco Bandai would seem stupid to not do a Multi-5 release and cash in.

      North America has a large fanbase sure, but it seems a little more iffy at least if we are to go on the “Is it on mainstream TV? Okay it’ll sell well” thing. I suppose Toonami is something, VIZ isn’t translating over 60 volumes for nothing on top and FUNimation wouldn’t tackle over 300 episodes for a dud but it seems someone higher up in Namco Bandai America disagrees or is just playing it very safe.

      • komiko12

        Oh I see. It makes sense. SInce European countries are much smaller, the copies of the game are not scattered like those in big countries like America.

  • Dragard Kaos

    This is why region-locking is stupid.

  • NTaiyokun

    Why is it that Europe’s gets sucked all the time concerning One Piece games? It’s not fair!

  • KonjikinoSora

    You guys should have asked if the new JoJo game will be localized.

  • Donatetimo

    I wonder where the game story will end at.I’m guessing after they when to New world.

    • British_Otaku

      We have had games set in the New World since 2011 (Gigant Battle 2 practically covered Fishman Island, before the arc was done in the manga).

      However, yeah, the story cutscenes are focused on the beginning (skipping Skypiea, just because) all the way up to Marineford’s climax. No “New World” content aside from Aojiki/Kuzan after the timeskip…

  • Thankfully I can import it from Europe, oh wait…

  • Logan Moll

    I’m quite positive that the work it would take to change the “s’s” to “z’s” and take out the extra “u’s” would cost way less than the money they would make by releasing it here, even if it didn’t sell that well. Let’s also not forget that it would be good from a PR perspective. These companies are so stupid sometimes. Bamco is terrible for this. Saint Seiya, anyone?

  • Brion Valkerion

    Kinda surprising since One Piece has been restarted in USA recently without the horrible 4 Kids treatment. Oh well.

  • Prinny Dood

    this is exactly why i dont get excited when namco bandai announce games cause they almost never release it in north america. if they owned smash bros we would probably never go it.

  • Spider-Man

    God. Dammit. I was turned off by the 4kids dub several years ago, but I rewatched the series in Japanese up until the latest episode. I wanted to play this so bad, and I don’t even have the option to import. Nice going, Nintendo.

  • TheExile285

    Strike II, Namco….

  • Chris Lane

    Man Namco knows how to crush your soul >_>

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Ouch. As a European, this is one of the reasons why I disapprove of the 3DS’s region lock.

  • admeister

    This is one of those rare times where being a gamer who lives outside of the US has an advantage.

  • Brandon Stark

    Digimon World Redigitize Decode please.

  • Damn, that bums me out. Oh well, hopefully the hacking gods will grant us region free sooner or later :3

  • Renaldi Saputra

    Decode.. Decode.. Decode.. Decode.. Decode!!!!!
    For the sake of Yggdrasil, please localize Re:Digitize..

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Well, that’s kinda stupid! Sorry for the Americans …

  • Zonder88

    I dont get it. If theres a european release, that means its already localized in English, how much more would it cost to release it in the US as well? Barely anything. This move makes no sense.

  • Monterossa

    Vintage Namco Bandai.

  • Tripp3K

    Romance Dawn 3DS not coming to North America? I’m sure we are all upset about this, so how about we let Namco Bandai know!

    ^There is Namco Bandai NA’s contact info, send them a letter or even call them and let them know that we want this game! You can also sign the petition( link below)!

    It may be a long shot, but we might be able to change Namco Bandai’s mind if they see that there are a lot of fans who want this game!

    • British_Otaku

      Only 3 supporters? … Oh no wonder.When there is an upset and a cause for you to make a petition, make sure the petition is a united front.

      Here is another one in this thread of posts:

      It has 82 supporters so far, not impressive when compared to Operation Rainfall (over 7000), the one we had against 3DS/Wii U region locking since the IGN E3 interview was put up a week ago (over 21000) or the Guilty Gear for Wii U one which got Arc System Works’ attention (over 7000).

      I would recommend joining the region free effort as it helps everyone. The awareness that we get from people talking about foreign titles will increase the potential of future movements as well. And each of the three people who went for your One Piece 3DS North America should go for the more popular one.

  • Ferofax

    It seems they don’t like American Dollars that much. :(

  • Ryuuken

    So no amount of petition will persuade them?
    We at least need to try…
    I’mma die if I can’t get this game…I don’t have the cash to import an EU 3DS…
    Damnit NBG…why you gotta hate on us.

  • Haoshoku_Haki

    Im not surprised because pretty much no one piece games on 3ds go to the US, plus europe appreciates one piece more, I am Australian so I can get it from the UK, yay

  • ninjabart122

    Why does it say “slated for release in November 2013 in North America.” ?

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