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Criminal Girls' sexual punishment will only be mildly censored

Moans out, fog in
Jul 08
// Steven Hansen
A lot of people were upset after NIS America announced it had "edited certain aspects" of Criminal Girls: Invite Only for Western release. The "c" word (censorship) was thrown around nobly as it always seems to be w...
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omg censhorshop!!!!

Sexual punishment probably scrubbed from Criminal Girls western release

Maybe just don't localize it?
Jul 04
// Steven Hansen
Criminal Girls: Invite Only, a touched up version of the 2010 PSP game Criminal Girls, is coming to Vita in North America and Europe next year, NIS America announced. Criminal Girls involves guiding seven girls through ...
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Corpse Party

Corpse Party returns to its PC birthplace with upcoming XSEED release

I've...come...round...full circle
Jun 05
// Brittany Vincent
Corpse Party is one of my favorite horror series (even if it's a little tame at times) and I was thrilled to see it make its debut as a PSP cult hit back in 2011. Now, XSEED plans to bring the original Windows edition to life...
Game Center CX photo
Game Center CX

Fans have translated Retro Game Challenge 2

Well I'll be damned
Jun 02
// Jordan Devore
At long last, Aaron Tokunaga-Chmielowiec and co. have released their English translation for Retro Game Challenge 2 / Game Center CX 2. The patch is available for download here. Thanks to XSEED, we got a taste of the series b...
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Samurai Warriors 4 coming to PS3, PS4, Vita this fall

Warrior? I hardly even know her!
May 21
// Steven Hansen
Tecmo Koei would like you to know that Samurai Warriors 4 is coming to the US and Europe this fall for PS3, PS4, and Vita. It released in Japan early this year. Samurai Warriors 3 came out four years ago.
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Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash is being localized by FUNimation

They 'flash,' alright
May 21
// Brittany Vincent
Fans of rip-your-clothes-off-while-fighting-to-the-death Senran Kagura Burst should be tickled pink, as the popular ninja girl beat-'em-up is receiving an anime series courtesy of FUNimation. Tamsoft's side-scrolling saga wa...
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Breaking: my hair looks great today
Here's your Tuesday Newsday for the last week or so! Today, we got a sexy new Dragon Age III: Inquisition trailer, some HD footage of Star Citizen out of PAX East, announcements of a new Fatal Frame on Wii-U as well as a bun...

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Nintendo doesn't want story of EarthBound published

NDA prevents game's localizer from telling his story of development
Jan 19
// Wesley Ruscher
Earthbound stands as one of Nintendo's most beloved cult classics. Known as Mother 2 in Japan, the franchise's loan release in North America is still highly regarded for its unique setting and characters, and, above all,...
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Nintendo: '100K signatures doesn't mean 100K sales'

Reggie Fils-Aime comments on fan campaigns
Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
It's hard not to look at "successful" fan campaigns like Operation Rainfall or petitions like the one for Dark Souls' PC port and feel some sense of pride at gamers' ability to come together for a common cause. Speaking candi...

All four Pokemon Origins episodes now in English

Stupid Ash Ketchum
Nov 22
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The fourth and final localized episode of the Pokemon Origins mini-series is now live for you to view. As a reminder, Origins is based completely on the Pokemon Red/Blue games, as opposed to the horrible prolonged and never e...
Pokemon Origins now live photo
Pokemon Origins now live

First two episodes of localized Pokemon Origins are live

It's so good, you guys!
Nov 18
// Brett Zeidler
Well, it's finally here guys. The first episode of the localized Pokemon Origins went live this past Friday, the second went live today, and it's all free to watch on Pokemon TV. If you're not up to speed, Origins is an anime...
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Idea Factory

Idea Factory International website officially launched

Your one home for all things Idea Factory
Nov 03
// Wesley Ruscher
Fans of Idea Factory games rejoice, the official international website for all things Idea Factory is finally open for public consumption. As reported by our sister site Japanator, the focus of the site is to provide news and...
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Namco Bandai

Namco doesn't have the staff to localize every Tales game

Dev team focusing on flagship releases like Tales of Xillia over portable entries
Oct 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Namco Bandai simply doesn't have the staff to bring every Tales game to Western markets. The publisher prioritizes "flagship titles" like Tales of Xillia when determining what to localize, series producer Hideo Baba told Sili...
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Tecmo: Atelier studio to include dual audio going forward

Publisher apologizes for Atelier Ayesha localization
Oct 25
// Kyle MacGregor
All future titles in Gust's Atelier series will feature dual audio, Tecmo Koei has announced. "We want to say sorry for the incidents of Atelier Ayesha; also a big thank you for letting us know your feeling regarding the voic...
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Mugen Souls Z

Mugen Souls Z coming West, minus creepy bath minigame

No rub a dub dub in the tub
Oct 24
// Steven Hansen
Compile Heart's Mugen Souls Z, a sequel to PS3 RPG Mugen Souls, will be coming to Europe and North America in 2014 courtesy of NIS America. My guess is there is a "Z" in the sequel's title because it looks enough like a "2" t...
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Idea Factory

Idea Factory charters Western satellite studio

Former NIS America president to head up group as CEO
Sep 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Idea Factory is establishing an outpost in California. The Tokyo-based publisher announced the creation of Idea Factory International today, which expressly aims to strengthen the company's brands around the globe. Forme...
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Final Fantasy Agito

Final Fantasy Agito 'will definitely be localized'

Though no guarantee it will be released outside of Japan
Sep 18
// Steven Hansen
We recently learned about Final Fantasy Agito, an Android/iOS game in development at Square Enix that is a companion to Final Fantasy Type-0 (which was formerly known as Final Fantasy Agito XIII and was a mobile game before ...
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Analogue: A Hate Story

Analogue: A Hate Story coming to iOS, Japan

*Mute and *Hyun-ae await!
Sep 16
// Josh Tolentino
Visual novels are cool games, but if there's a pet peeve I've developed with the genre lately, it's that most of them are PC-based. Visual Novels, dating sims, and the like are the perfect type of game to play on mobile and t...

EarthBound's English editor talks about his masterpiece

Aug 24 // Tony Ponce
Working from an essentially context-free text file was, as he described, "like free-form jazz." But such freedom allowed him to whip up real magic -- the jokes and Easter eggs are basically all Lindblom. He named a character after his daughter Nico, used his wife's name as one of Paula's default names, and called Pokey's mom "Lardna" just because he felt like it. He also confirmed and disproved popular myths. For example, the "BH" in Onett mayor BH Pirkle's name does indeed stand for "Bald Head." Also, the fact that Giygas sort of looks like a baby fetus is a complete coincidence. There's more at the Kotaku link below, so do give it a read and show some love for the man who helped make one of your favorite games that much better. The Man Who Wrote Earthbound [Kotaku]
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Marcus Lindblom is happy that his writing is now remembered fondly
With EarthBound tearing up the Wii U eShop and finding its way into some gamers' hearts for the very first time, those responsible for breathing life into that world can look back on their handiwork with pride. Series creator...

Senran Kagura Burst photo
Senran Kagura Burst

Senran Kagura Burst will hit retail AND digital in Europe

Huge tracts of land
Aug 10
// Tony Ponce
Gentlemen, get your oils and scented candles ready, because Senran Kagura Burst will be arriving in Europe some time in Q1 2014. Americans received a localization confirmation from XSEED earlier this week, seemingly leaving o...
Senran Kagura Burst photo
Senran Kagura Burst

XSEED to release Senran Kagura Burst in North America

It's official!
Aug 06
// Kyle MacGregor
Senran Kagura Burst is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in North America, XSEED Games has announced. The Tamsoft-developed side-scrolling brawler will launch exclusively via the Nintendo eShop this fall.  A two for one followi...
Dragon Quest Monsters 2 photo
Dragon Quest Monsters 2

Dragon Quest Monsters 2 coming to 3DS in Japan

'Localization?' jests the monsters at Square Enix
Aug 01
// Steven Hansen
Foolishly, one of the bigger reasons I wanted to pick up a 3DS was for the remake of a Gameboy Color favorite, Dragon Warrior Monsters (Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland in Japan). Unfortunately, Dragon Quest Monsters...
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Square Enix

Square may yet release Dragon Quest X outside of Japan

And if they do, it will be different
Jul 10
// Kyle MacGregor
It's been nearly a year since Dragon Quest X first launched for the Nintendo Wii. Since then, Square Enix has released a Wii U version of the online role-playing game and there's a PC port in the works as well. Awesome. Sound...
PS Vita photo
PS Vita

NISA localizing Danganronpa and Demon Gaze for PS Vita

Cool dood!
Jul 07
// Kyle MacGregor
The localization-smiths at NIS America are preparing to bring a pair of PlayStation Vita titles to the West, the publisher announced during a panel at Anime Expo in Los Angeles this weekend. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, ...
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Skylanders in Japan

First Skylanders hits Japan in July, gets Wii U port

That's... weird
Jun 25
// Tony Ponce
We are so used to waiting insufferably long periods of time for Japanese games to be localized and brought out West that we often imagine Japan as this floating island of privilege and good fortune. How easily do we forget th...
Super Mario Bros. 3 photo
Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario Bros. 3 had major regional differences

Japan had the harder game, of course
May 29
// Tony Ponce
I've mentioned on several occasions that my family lived in Japan for a few years, thus my first games console was not an NES but a Famicom. I grew up playing the Japanese versions of famed Nintendo classics, and it was only...
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XSEED: Localizing Senran Kagura a 'scary proposition'

Physical release is unlikely, digital distribution 'plausible'
May 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Yesterday, Pandora's Tower publisher XSEED Games announced that it has acquired Atlus Online from Index Digital Media, integrating both companies under the common banner of Marvelous USA. Siliconera reached out to XSEED boss ...
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NIS America

Former NIS America staff form indie publisher acttil

Good luck, doods!
May 07
// Kyle MacGregor
A group of former NIS America employees have left the nest to stretch their wings as a new independent publisher, acttil. Based in Los Angeles, the budding studio plans to publish videogames and other digital media for consol...
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Localized Wii U games

SMT X Fire Emblem, Monolith Soft's X reconfirmed for West

Confirmed before, EXTRA confrmed now
Apr 25
// Tony Ponce
[Awkward Zombie by Katie Tiedrich] Two of the more mind-blowing Wii U announcements in the past few months have been Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Monolith Soft's "X," the spiritual successor to Xenoblade. For the soft...
Guild02 photo

Nintendo Direct: All three Guild02 games coming to US

Yes, even Attack of the Friday Monsters!
Apr 17
// Tony Ponce
It was previously announced that two of the three games in Level-5's Guild02 compilation, Bugs vs. Tanks! and The Starship Damrey, would be localized for the US eShop. Missing from that news was any indication that ...

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