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It's okay that Persona was delayed because Digimon World: Next Order releases soon

A good Digimon game needs to have just the right mix of cringeworthy cheese and skill-based combat, and it looks like Digimon World: Next Order is right on track. The story trailer released today runs down the plot for the game, which ...   read

 
 
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The worst video game translation job ever

Localization is an underappreciated aspect of game development. There is a lot that goes into localization such as redesigning cover-art, censoring parts of games for cultural sensitivity, and recording new voice-overs in the target languag...   read

 
 
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Square Enix promises to bring more Dragon Quest titles to the West

Dragon Quest Builders turned out better than I would have expected given its block-laying influences, and I'm already hoping for a sequel that gives us more of the same, essentially, just with added co-op support. You too? Another spinoff, ...   read

 
 
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Summer Lesson to get an English edition for Asia

Last year I mentioned that Summer Lesson, a Project Morpheus tech demo cooked up by Bandai Namco's Tekken team and later expanded to a full game, looked like everything I wanted out of VR. That hasn't changed, as even after a year it's...   read

 
 
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How to Stay Fresh in Japan

I make no secret about my love of Splatoon. I've thanked Nintendo on several occasions for creating a product specifically for me, and I hope they get around to making something specifically for each of you in turn. Thanks to Nintendo's Bad...   read

 
 
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Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse's localization slip-up makes for a good story

Tales from localization are some of the most entertaining around in this industry. Today's comes from Atlus in light of the recently-released Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, and I like it for two reasons. One, it involves a slip-up. It's...   read

 
 
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Tokyo Mirage Sessions director says the altered western outfits are 'quite cute'

[Update: Hirata also tweeted about how he was initially "disappointed" with the changes, but was glad to see the "passionate support" of fans.] Wii U-exclusive Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is legally the last game for the system until Legend o...   read

 
 
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The US box art for Persona 5 has less cleavage than Japan's

[Update: Atlus has addressed the box art situation here and here.] Today the North American release date of Persona 5 was announced with images of the localized box art in tow, to which there were some minor changes. The cat-like creat...   read

 
 
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Persona 5 gets a North American release date

Those of you who refused to let yourselves get hyped up for Persona 5, waiting on the announcement of an English-language release date, are now at liberty to GET HYPE: Atlus USA has confirmed an official release date for the North American ...   read

 
 
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El Psy Kongroo: Steins;Gate sequel to get localized in 2016

You can stop rubbing your lucky metal Upas and chugging sacrificial Dr. Peppers, folks! It's happening! PQube has announced that Steins;Gate 0, the sequel to one of the better visual novels available in English, will be getting a localized ...   read

 
 


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I translated the new Persona 5 trailer, so let's analyze it

Persona 5's a thing, eh? The game is set for a Japanese release this September, but at the moment, overseas fans are still left in the dark as to when localized versions of the latest in Atlus' hit series will make it to their shores. I can...   read

 
 
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Grasshopper Manufacture plans to localize The Silver Case for PC later this year

In an interview with Suda51 at PAX East, the Grasshopper CEO announced that the studio's very first game, The Silver Case, will be coming to PC later this year. The Silver Case debuted on the PlayStation in 1999, but was never released outs...   read

 
 
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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is the next game to have localization changes

It is a day that ends in 'y' which means another Japanese game is getting localized, and people on the internet are calling it censorship. This time, the game is the Wii U exclusive Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE -- which is only a slightl...   read

 
 
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Granin's explanation for 'Metal Gear' makes a bit more sense in Japanese

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is first in the series chronology (it's set in 1964, twenty years ahead of the recent Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain) which makes it a good enough spot as any for an in-universe explanation for the term...   read

 
 
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Nintendo isn't doing the translation for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE in-house

A billion years ago, SMT x Fire Emblem was teased for the Wii U and then went radio silent for quite a while. Last month, Nintendo announced the game's new name, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, and that it would be coming West&nbs...   read

 
 
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'Merica: Nioh will have dismemberment added in the West

A trailer was released alongside the announcement that Team Ninja's Nioh would be getting a demo on the PlayStation 4 this month, as seen above. In the YouTube comments, viewer Alucard3362 begged the developers to include dismembermen...   read

 
 
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Final Fantasy XV is first in the series with Spanish, Portuguese localization

Two Brazilians I met last week joked about Portuguese being "a dead language," but that's not stopping Final Fantasy XV from doing what it can to win Latin American fans. Square Enix isn't alone here. Namco Bandai has been pushing its weab...   read

 
 
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Nintendo: 'Bravely Second side quests changed due to overwhelming feedback from Japanese players'

Remember the Bravely Second side quest changes people have been up in arms about? Well Nintendo released a statement stating they were intended, and are based on the feedback of Japanese players.   read

 
 
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Get your zombie and Nep Nep fill in MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies on Vita next month

Calling all Nep Nep fanatics! It's a day that ends in Y, so you know what that means: another game in the Neptunia series is getting localized! This time, it is MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies, a four-player beat-'e...   read

 
 
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Rumor: Bravely Second English localization has lots of edited costumes

[Update: Regarding Bravely Second's rumored side quest changes during localization that multiple commenters urged me to look into: I did. What I found was that outlets covering these changes all pointed to the same GameFAQs post...   read

 
 
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What changes can we expect from an official Mother 3 localization?

We've waited nearly 10 years for Nintendo to officially localize Mother 3. The wait has been so long, it's started to seem like an impossibility. However, due to some rumors over the past week, it's beginning to feel more and...   read

 
 
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Nintendo removes character petting during Fire Emblem Fates localization

Kotaku has confirmed with Nintendo that the ability to pet your characters has been removed from the English localization of Fire Emblem Fates. "Yes, that is the case [that petting isn't in the English version]," a Nintendo representative c...   read

 
 
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Rumor: Bravely Second swaps Native American headdress for cowboy hat

Destructoid just received a heated news tip in our tips inbox stating "...I learned that Square Enix has replaced a Native American class called Tomahawk with Cowboy class in Bravely Second's western version. I find this very untasteful con...   read

 
 
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Zero Escape 3 gets new name and release shenanigans

The third entry in the Zero Escape franchise was announced earlier this year at the Anime Expo. Today, we learned a little more about the 3DS and Vita game. In North America, it will be known as Zero Time Dilemma, and feature Destiny's Chil...   read

 
 
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Square Enix considers crowd funding localization

Mom and pop shops like Japanese developer Square Enix are having a rough go of it with all the economy stuff that's going on (derivatives, mortgages, you name it!) and so the company can't always afford to localize its Japanese games unless...   read

 
 
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