Why Doesn’t Pokemon Get Global Simultaneous Releases?

Why Doesn’t Pokemon Get Global Simultaneous Releases?

Nintendo DS title Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver were released in Japan on September 12. The games isn’t out in North America until this March. With some many games these days getting either global or near global releases, what gives?

“We do our best to make our games so North American players can enjoy the game around the same time as Japanese players, however, we do not want to ignore the quality of the localised games,” Pok&eactue;mon game director Junichi Matsuda told Kotaku via email. “In order for North American players to enjoy our fun and approachable Pokémon games, we carefully choose words for each Item, localise the text and modify the layout. We always want people to play a high-quality game. That is why we need some time.”

In Matsuda’s defence, the Pokémon team has been closely the gap between the Japanese and Western release dates. The games are remakes of Poémon Gold and Silver for the Nintendo Game Boy and have sold over three million copies in Japan. But does the Pokémon team think the games will do better or worse in North America?

“A lot of North American players played the original Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver Versions and we put our best effort into the HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions,” said HeartGold and SoulSilver game director Shigeki Morimoto, “so we have high expectations.”

Let me try that again. Do you think the game will be more or less successful in North America?



  • Per capita: Japan
    Raw sales: Not sure, seems to be about 3 times the population in north America, though i would guess Pokemon would at least be slightly less popular in western countries

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