Remember the Fox Kids and ABC Family anime series Medabots? It might come as a surprise, but the journeys of Ikki and Metabee are actually based on a series of role-playing games dating back to 1997. The games series saw a revival in 2010 on the Nintendo DS and have since seen three entries on the 3DS. But how come they haven’t left Japan? Speaking to video game podcast Fragments of Silicon, Graham Markay, Director of Operations at Natsume, had this to say:
[…] not every game that’s made in a particular territory, such as Japan, is always made with a worldwide release in mind. Another thing to consider is that we’d have to use Rocket Company’s engineers and programmers in regards to localizing a game. Even if we were to translate it, they’d have to be available. We reached out to them and told them we wanted to do more. We had a great time back in the day on the GBA releasing those four Medabots games, and on the Gamecube. Unfortunately, the stars have not yet aligned. Hopefully there’s a game that they have time to partner with us on. […] I would’ve loved to have brought [Medabots 7 and Medabots 8] over to the US. It just doesn’t seem like the right timing now. Then that begs the question of when would be the right timing. Maybe when their team frees up, but then when’s that going to be? When we’re free, they’re free, is it still going to be viable for the 3DS market at the time? We haven’t given up. It’s not like they reached out and said, “Hey, we need A, B, and C to make this happen.” We both looked at our calendars and unfortunately they were involved with something and weren’t available at the time.
It’s not all bad news, though. Graham later confirmed that GBA titles Medabots: An RPG Adventure and Medabots AX will be headed to the Wii U Virtual Console later this year in the west.