Niche Japanese Publisher Trying To Drum Up Interest


Spike Chunsoft, the publisher behind games such as Shiren the Wanderer, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Danganronpa and Kenka Bancho are trying to drum up overseas interest in some of their more niche games.


Back in 2010, when their visual novel-style adventure, Danganronpa, was revealed in Japan, Spike sent out a press release in English, sharing that the game was in development and was slated for Japanese release later that year. They did the same for another game of theirs, titled Conception: Please Have My Babies, which, despite the ridiculous title, is actually a dungeon crawler RPG for PSP.


Now, Spike Chunsoft are doing the same for the sequel to that game. Conception 2 is being released in Japan this Summer for the Nintendo 3DS and Vita, and it looks like Spike Chunsoft are interested in trying to bring the game overseas, since they sent out an English press release for their Japan announcement.


“The game will be released for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita on summer, 2013 in Japan,” the PR reads. “The retail price is TBD and North American and/or European releases of the game are also TBD.”


While Spike Chunsoft have been doing this for a couple of years now, these games have yet to be brought over by any U.S. or European publishers.


Atlus USA and Sega have published Shiren the Wanderer games in the West, while Nintendo publish the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games. Meanwhile, Aksys Games publish the Zero Escape series and Atlus have also dipped their toes into Kenka Bancho. While Conception is, for obvious reasons, not sought after by overseas publishers, it’s a little surprising that Danganronpa has eluded an official localization for as long as it has.


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.