AQWBlaZer91's Top 10 Countdown:
The Top 10 Tales of games that were never released outside Japan.
Namco's Tales of RPG series has got it's share of the Western Market but back then the series was below underground and was barely noticed at all, unlike it's popularity in Japan. From little to no advertising, poor sales and only a small team of translators made it difficult for publishers to make a localization possible. This countdown looks at the 10 Tales of Games that perhaps would have been great for an English release but unfortunately never happened. To make the following entries count I'm only going the games that have never been released in English and some of the ports that perhaps fans were hoping to have instead of it's inferior release. I'm not saying that every single Tales of game should be released in the West but it's nice to think about the audience every now and then. Which of the Japan-Only titles made the list?
10: Tales of Innocence
Platform: Nintendo DS/PlayStation Vita
Tales of Innocence was a purely innocent Tale that sure the main character Luca was just as much as a coward as Emil, but Innocence was a massive improvement over the god awful Tales of the Tempest. Nice tweaks to the combat including guilds from Radiant Mythology, a Tension Guage like previous installments and a ability system allowing the player to give their characters increased stats and new abilities. Tales of Innocence may have an English Fan Translation but unfortunately never had a proper English release, maybe due to the translators already working on the localization of Tales of Vesperia for the XBox 360.
9: Tales of Versus
Platform: PlayStation Portable
A fighting game with many of the famous Tales of Characters together? We sure would like it. Many fans were exited for the series first ever shot at the fighting genre much like Final Fantasy with the Dissidia games. Unfortunately fans were teased in a US PlayStation Magazine for the games eventual release in the states, only for the company to say that they had no plans to release it in English dispute the trailers being shown entirely in English. Or wasn't there enough fans to help support the game. Sure Tales of Versus is perhaps a version of Super Smash Bros but the game offers depth and variety that keeps players coming back to brawl out with their Tales of characters.
8: Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon
Platform: Gameboy Color/PlayStation Portable
The first Narikiri Dungeon was a departure for the series and the first actual sequel for one of the mothership titles. This Gameboy Color title went for a Turn-Based variation of the Series trademark battle system but however added features like giving the two main characters different outfits like Warriors, Mages. Archers and also cameo outfits from other Namco games as well as the original Tales of Phantasia heroes. It's shame that the game plus it's PSP remake were never released outside Japan and neither did it's crossover sequels. When asked about the titles the company replied that the games will not be in English due to the term Narikiri being to difficult for people to understand or translate. A fan-translation of the second game is more or less complete but however the other games were only given just a menu translations with no word of a possible complete translation.
7: Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3
Platform: PlayStation Portable
There have been many Tales of crossover games but the only one to make it stateside was the first Radiant Mythology for the PSP. It's follow up sequels didn't come outside Japan because there just too many characters to be able to voice in English which would have been problematic for the company on top of the poor sales of the first game in the West. Radiant Mythology 3 has the highest roster of characters as well as having plenty of new jobs to try out. Sure the title was about as deep as it's predecessor's but the refinements made it possibly the best of the Radiant Mythology titles. With Xillia and it's sequel alongside the announced Zestiria there should be a Radiant Mythology 4 for the PSVita and also in English but with the Japanese Voice acting.
6: Tales of Rebirth
Platform: PlayStation 2/PlayStation Portable
After Tales of Symphonia on the Gamecube became one of the most successful games in the West, many would have high hopes for Tales of Rebirth to do the same. Tales of Rebirth discarded the TP bar for a Force Gauge as well as Enhancing various weapons and Armor. Skits didn't use boxed faces. IGN reported that the game was a likely to be released but though it never metalized for the PS2 and nor the PSP. Some people suggest that the game could have possibly been a bit racist due to one of the characters being a black beast, but I suppose that's not the case. An English fan translation luckily is currently being worked on but there currently hasn't been any update in progress for a long while.
5: Tales of Destiny (PlayStation 2 Remake)
Tales of Destiny was one of the first ever games in the franchise that was released in the West but only in America. Sure the PSOne wasn't one the systems finest RPG's but however a decade later the game made it's way to the PlayStation 2 with refined graphics, storyline and combat system which would later be similar to Tales of Graces and Tales of Xillia. Swordians can now equip different skills, skits where improved from the original, 3D rendered environments with re-drawn character sprites and so on. It's a big shame that an English release of both the standard remake nor the Director's Cut release got a chance to be localized for the West but however it did however became a popular PS2 import title that at the time Namco Bandai decided to make a possible statement that they could influence future Tales of games to come to the West thanks to a poll that showed a screenshot of the game on there. At least a fan-translation from both fan-translating groups is keeping the fans destiny to this version out alive today, however no word of an update has been made.
4: Tales of Phantasia (Super Nintendo)
Yes, Tales of Phantasia did get a release outside of Japan thanks to the agreement of Namco and Nintendo but however many fans were disappointed at the English Translation which became so bad that it's laughable. Many people however remember the game when it was originally released as one of the first game in the series and it deputed on the Super Famicom in Japan. It utilized 48-Megabit capabilities and a powerful soundchip which pushed the capabilities of the SNES platform towards it's limits showcasing excellent graphics such as shadows, water reflections, impressive effects and detailed sprites which at the time were unlike any other game that RPG fans would ever experience. Even if the game was never released outside Japan it became popular enough to receive a English fan-translation making it one of the more popular translated titles in the franchise.
3: Tales of Hearts
Platform: Nintendo DS/PlayStation Vita/iOS
If the Nintendo DS already didn't have enough fan favorite RPG's that stood out among the crowd, out came Tales of Hearts which combined not only the battle system from the Tales of Destiny PS2 Remake. It also introduced upgradeable equipment known as Soma, Spir Mazes which are time limited based dungeons and absolutely insane characters like Shing, Jadeite and the sexy woman Innes which are enough to leave the fans in stitches. Tales of Hearts is one of most infamously teased games in the franchise towards western fans. Not only did Namco Bandai never give a possible announcement of an English release but also the series producer Hideo Baba also teased fans to play the game which nearly broke the fans hearts. XSeed even wanted a chance to localize it but however the company The Nintendo DS's life cycle may have run out but however the company has a possible chance to bring Hearts to the West on the PlayStation Vita alongside Tales of Innocence. Do not tease Western fans for games that aren't released in English speaking countries, that just upsets the fans.
2: Tales of Vesperia (PlayStation 3 Port)
Get one thing about Tales of Vesperia is that while it was one of (if not) the best J-RPG released on the XBox 360 but however it was the only game in the franchise to appear on a Microsoft console. When the company saved ideas for a PS3 port such as new dungeons, new bosses and a young pirate girl named Patty Fleur, many fans who stuck with the PS3 instead of the 360 were exited. People even questioned Yuri's voice actor Troy Baker about possibly the company were planning at one stage to bring the PS3 version over to the west, only for words that Troy had provided additional voice acting for the PS3 port. Reality needs to be set in that the company have no plans to bring the PS3 port over to the west because Microsoft had came into a deal with Namco Bandai to give the XBox 360 version an English Localization. Many fans begged and still do for the company to do the same for the PS3 but maybe it's time for the fans to understand this turn of events.
1: Tales of Destiny 2
Platform: PlayStation 2/PlayStation Portable
Tales of Destiny 2 for the PlayStation 2 is the real Tales of Destiny 2, it was never released in English, not for the PS2 nor for the PSP. The worst thing about this upsetting news that it will never because what if anyone was to say that Tales of Eternia on the PSOne in the US became the American Tales of Destiny 2? Yes, no kidding and with no relations to the original game what-so-ever. Many fans can blame the He-Man Universe for their world being called Eternia making the company change the name, but however Namco renamed the title in the west because it was to follow the success of the original game in the west. When Tales of Eternia got a release in Europe on the PSP it retained the original name but Tales of Destiny and it's real sequel never got to shine in the UK. Shame on you Namco for this dumb decision and as such we'll never ever get to experience the Tales of Destiny story 18 years later in any shape or form in English. Our only hope is a possible English Fan-Translation.
That was the Top 10 Tales of games that never saw the light of day outside of Japan. Do you agree with our list? Which other Tales titles did you want released in English but never happened?
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Written By Anthony Hayball (AQWBlaZer91)