The Best Nintendo Games that Never Made it to the West

The Best Nintendo Games that Never Made it to the West

Nintendo is without a doubt one of the leading console and game developers. Since the launch of the NES back in 1985, Nintendo has brought has some of the best retro games of our time which include Pokémon, Fire Emblem, Mario and many more. Over the years, Nintendo has gained almost a cult-like following internationally due to the sheer enjoyment of their games but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a Japanese Company which means that not all games have made their way to international shelves.

Naturally, one would assume that most games that did not make it out of Japan were low key productions but as surprising as it may be there are some major titles from our most beloved series that haven’t been localized to any other country except Japan. Here are some of the best Nintendo games that never made it to the west.

So Many Mario Games

Mario has been Nintendo’s flagship since the first game came out and since then it has become one of the finest selling franchises in the history of gaming. With so many fans of the series outside of Japan, the number of Mario-verse games that didn’t make their way to the west is incredibly disappointing.

With incredibly amazing titles like Mario & Wario and Mario's Super Picross along with 46 more Mario Verse games that include some very high-end productions, it’s a shame that many international fans will never even know about them much less actually play them. On the bright side, there hasn’t been a Japan exclusive Mario game for years.

Dragon Ball Heroes

The Dragon Ball Franchise is without a doubt one of the most popular game series even today. As a Japanese series, Dragon Ball has a plethora of Japan Exclusives but the most notable among them is the Dragon Ball Heroes series which had a variety of new animation in the original art style of the anime as well as being the only Dragon Ball Card Based game.

With a variety of new content related to the anime and surprisingly enjoyable story, Dragon Ball Heroes only came out on the 3DS in Japan and chances of it ever making its way to the west are none. Luckily, there does seem to a fan translation in the works which just goes to show how popular the series is.

Seiken Densetsu 3

The Secret of Mana is a staple for old school RPG’s that has some of the finest and most memorable gameplay elements of any action RPG out there. Seiken Densetsu 3 is a direct sequel of the Mana games that took place after the two Secret of Mana games.

This is exactly why it came as a surprise to many back in the day when the third and possibly the best part of the series wasn’t released for international fans to enjoy. Luckily, fans did get together and make an English patch for the SNES which is still the only way you can play it English today.

Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem is one of Nintendo’s bestselling franchises which are also the perfect example of just how many good games never came out in the West. There are a total of 15 games in the main series, in which only 7 have been localized internationally and 8 have still not made their way outside Japan. 

Even today, some of the best Fire Emblem games like the Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem are exclusive to Japan without any possibility of there being a western release which makes it all the more unbearable. As of today, including the main series, there are over 14 Fire Emblem game titles that still haven’t seen localization in any other language or country.


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