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Japanese games only released in the west

Postby zinger » Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:39 pm

I found an interesting example a few years ago called Trampoline Terror. It was published in the U.S. alone as far as I know, by Dreamworks for the Sega Genesis. Anyway, the NCS Masaya logo is what immediately caught my attention.

After analyzing the game more thoroughly just recently, I noticed some similarities between it and Mamono Hunter Yohko (some aspects of the presentation, and the dodgy game design :)), so most likely it was developed by KLON (the company behind MHY). A friend of mine just confirmed that the music is similar to that of Atsuhiro Motoyama's older soundtracks, who apparently worked for KLON before he started composing for Raizing. Bingo!

I still haven't been able to find a Japanese release yet, and neither have the lot of Japanese game freaks I've asked about this. Most likely, it doesn't exist.

In-game footage: http://youtube.com/watch?v=s38UuG8-7Jc

If you know other examples of JP games only released in the west, please post about them in this thread!

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Postby ave » Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:56 pm

Power Strike 2 which is basically Aleste 2 for the Sega Master System. Got only released in PAL territories although it was developed by Compile.

Another one would be Bubble Bobble Rainbow Islands for the Sega Saturn which got only a US and PAL release.

PS: I can confirm that Trampoline Terror was a US-only release by Masaya.

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Postby zinger » Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:09 pm

ave wrote:PS: I can confirm that Trampoline Terror was a US-only release by Masaya.

Well I know it didn't get a Mega Drive release. What's so special is that there are no related games (ports or other parts of a series) in Japan at all.

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Postby Macaw » Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:22 pm

Run Saber for Super Nintendo.

Possibly also the snes Power Rangers games?
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Postby sven666 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:34 pm

werent NCS/masaya involved in Metal Warriors (SNES) early on?

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Postby Recap » Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:33 pm

ave wrote:Another one would be Bubble Bobble Rainbow Islands for the Sega Saturn which got only a US and PAL release.


That's not Japanese.


And the SNES Power Rangers fighting game was actually using a Gundam game engine by Natsume, if I recall.

Konami is the name for this topic. From the superb Adventures of Batman & Robin (and I guess even earlier games for NES) to the more recent Shaman Kings for the GBA without forgetting Cowboys of Moo-MESA for the arcades. I strongly believe that even Asterix didn't see the light in its native country. Hurts.

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Postby Greatsaintlouis » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:52 pm

Speak of Konami, did Sunset Riders ever get a Japanese release?

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Postby JoshF » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:50 pm

I know the MD port did not.

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Postby CIT Seven Force » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:08 pm

Neither did the SNES. Arcade did though, afaik.

Power Strike 2 and Run Saber are probably the best never to have been released in Japan. Rolling Thunder 3 is another big one that I think hasn't been mentioned yet.

I generally dislike franchised games, so many of the West-only Japanese games are not so interesting to me.

Of course there are many games that were improved for their Western releases, such as GBA Astro Boy, Snatcher or Valkyrie Profile.

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Postby Recap » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:11 pm

What was improved on Valkyrie Profile? English voices made of that version a tragicomedy, as far as I remember!

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Postby zinger » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:21 pm

Please, let's save that topic for another thread.

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Postby Recap » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:24 pm

Like for this one?

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Postby zinger » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:25 pm

Ah, there it is! Somehow I've missed it, I'll read it right away.

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Postby ave » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:29 pm

Recap wrote:
ave wrote:Another one would be Bubble Bobble Rainbow Islands for the Sega Saturn which got only a US and PAL release.


That's not Japanese.


It was developed by Taitテエ and as Taitテエ has no western studio yet, why shouldn't it be Japanese?

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Postby Recap » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:30 pm

ave wrote:It was developed by Taitテエ


But nope.

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Postby dcharlie » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:42 pm

the conversion of Rainbow Islands was handled by UK's Graftgold, i believe.
Braybook and co. did a lot of RI converting back in the day.

So RI on saturn/playstation is western developed.
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Postby CIT Seven Force » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:46 pm

Recap wrote:What was improved on Valkyrie Profile? English voices made of that version a tragicomedy, as far as I remember!


There are some extra FMVs and the item menu is far less annoying as you can sort items and equip all characters, whether active or not. Major glitches were also removed.

About the voice acting, yes its crap. But I can hardly imagine you would have more fun wading your way through the Japanese version not understanding anything. Even I found the language used in the game too dense to allow for an uninterrupted game flow.

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Postby Recap » Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:14 am

citcelaid wrote:not understanding anything.


I thought that that indeed is what makes of RPGs a tolerable experience...

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Postby Shou » Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:56 am

As previously mentioned, older big titles like:
Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES)
Cowboys of Moo Mesa (Arcade)
Power Strike II (Compile)
Rolling Thunder 3 (Genesis)
Run Saber (SNES)
Sunset Riders (Genesis, SNES)

Konami's Asterix PCB was released in Japan.

There are maybe hundreds of JP developed titles that were only released in the West if you look at the 8-bit stuff. Master System in particular had a lot of JP developed original titles/ports only seen in Europe and Australia which weren't ported over to GG, almost reads like Sega's arcade catalog....

Other titles:
Alien Front Online (DC)
Alien Storm (SMS)
Altered Beast (SMS)
Animaniacs (Genesis)
Batman Returns (NES)
Bomberman Online (DC)
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (XBOX) - released in Asia
Crisis Zone (PS2)
Cyber Shinobi (SMS)
Dungeon Explorer (Sega CD)
E-SWAT (SMS)
Forgotten Worlds (SMS)
Gain Ground (SMS)
Ghouls N Ghosts (SMS)
Golden Axe (SMS)
Golden Axe Warrior (SMS)
Kid Icarus (GB)
Laser Ghost (SMS)
Legendary Wings (NES)
Line of Fire (SMS)
The Lone Ranger (NES)
Lords of Thunder (Sega CD)
Mega Bomberman (Genesis)
Mercs (SMS)
Metal Combat (SNES)
Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance (XBOX) - released in Asia
Mission: Impossible (NES)
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (SMS)
Ninja Five-O (GBA)
Ninja Gaiden (SMS)
Renegade (SMS)
Running Battle (SMS)
Sagaia (SMS)
Scramble Spirits (SMS)
Shadow Dancer (SMS)
Shadow of Destiny (XBOX) - PAL only
Shenmue II (XBOX)
Silent Hill 4 (XBOX) - released in Asia
Silent Scope Complete (XBOX)
Snake's Revenge (NES)
StarTropics 1-2 (NES)
Street Fighter II' (SMS)
Strider (NES)
Strider (SMS)
Super Punch-Out! (SNES) - no regular release, only Nintendo Power download
Tiny Toons (GBC)
Tiny Toons (Genesis)
TMNT 1-4 (XBOX)
TMNT: Tournament Fighters (NES)
Zen (NES)

I'm certain there's more, that's just what I can think of at the moment....
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Postby zinger » Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:30 am

Impressive list Shou. Also, Cadash seems to have been released for the Genesis only.

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Postby Imhotep » Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:17 pm

Tiny Toon Adventures - Buster's Bad Dream (GBA) is another one (got released in Europe, there's a US release aswell but was only sold online afaik)

Ninja Five-O / Ninja Cop (GBA) (edit: already mentioned by Shou)

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Postby dcharlie » Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:40 pm

well, it's always worth mentioning Ninja-5-O again, great game :D
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Postby LGB » Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:58 pm

zinger wrote:Impressive list Shou. Also, Cadash seems to have been released for the Genesis only.

And PC-E.

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Postby ave » Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:26 pm

What about Dr. Mario 64? US-only... but has it been developed in Japan or not?

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Postby zinger » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:32 am

LGB wrote:
zinger wrote:Impressive list Shou. Also, Cadash seems to have been released for the Genesis only.

And PC-E.

You're off topic man.


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