One of the complaints of Western Nintendo fans is that they tend to miss out on some real gems Japanese gems that don’t get ported to their shores. The complaint is usually prevalent with RPGs (which is almost always impossible to play even if you manage to import a copy if you don’t read and understand Japanese), but is also a problem with other genres, like the action adventure MMO Monster Hunter.
The complaints will finally be addressed this year, since part of Nintendo’s third quarter financial results briefing include Nintendo president Satoru Iwata addressing one of the ways Nintendo is planning for 3DS to succeed in markets outside of Japan. The first of their strategies include bringing more Japanese software to North America and Europe.
“The challenge for Nintendo 3DS exists in the overseas market, not the Japanese market,” Iwata said. “We need to think about the method and its possibility of making what we have done in Japan happen.
“Japanese software developers are eagerly assigning their top teams to develop key titles for Nintendo 3DS,” he continued. “We therefore plan to more actively support the Japanese software developers in distributing their key titles overseas this year.”
While he didn’t specify many game titles that will be ported, he did mention a few familiar names:
“Among those third-party titles both developed and published in Japan, there have been some games which Nintendo published in Europe, including the Professor Layton series. We will increase the number of such games for the U.S. market as well as in Europe. We are also willing to flexibly assist third-party developers in distributing their valuable games overseas.”