Watching what Nintendo is doing in Korea has always been rather interesting to me. Unlike other companies that shovel games to the market ripe with Japanese text, Nintendo is carefully localizing each game. Releasing Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team in Hangul is of their major localization projects and it arrives in South Korea at the end of the month. This is going to be the first RPG… (okay it’s a dungeon RPG, but it’s still text heavy) game localized by Nintendo of Korea.
The other project I was hoping to see was Elite Beat Agents/Ouendan. Which group would Nintendo pick for Korea? Would Nintendo make an entirely new game? What about songs? Will we see Boa, Rain, etc.? The single screenshot shines some light on the project. Nintendo of Korea picked the CIA trio over the Ouendan and at least one of the storylines is going to be the same. OK. But what about music? Somehow I doubt that Nintendo is going to completely refresh the song list with K-Pop, but there is a slim chance one or two songs have to be switched because of licensing issues. However, if the song list is brand new Elite Beat Agents (KR) might be the first widely imported Korean Nintendo DS game.