Announced in May 2015 and released in Japan on November 28, 2015, Monster Hunter X is one of many exclusive titles that we want to see slapped with a western release date. When it comes to Video Games crossing the borders of Japan, both in terms of exporting and importing, it can pretty hard to call.
With the majority of well-established franchises, such as the Persona series or [Naruto: Shippuden](tag:3637021), we know that they'll be released in the West for sure. However, this was once the case with the likes of Dragon Quest and now Monster Hunter, but lately the latter's status has become a little unclear.
Monster Hunter X & Beyond - Japanese Games That Need Western Release Dates
Monster Hunter X has been a sensational success in Japan. Original estimations predicted that the 3DS exclusive would sell 2.5 million copies within its first 3 months. However, as of December 3, 2015, the game has sold 91% of its stock and over 2 million copies. I think it's safe to say that this record was broken.
But that's not all! The launch also led to a rise in total hardware sales, with sales of the New 3DS LL increasing by over 360% from the previous week. Nintendo and Capcom have a lot of love for one another right now. But based on these numbers we assume that Monster Hunter X is deserving of a release date for the west. But there are tons of other games we want to come along with it!
This little horror game from 2015 was regarded by many as one of Japan's best games of the year. It tells an emotional story of a little girl who is out hunting in the middle of the night for her lost sister. The beautifully animated streets of Tokyo provide an eerie backdrop to this classic survival horror. Somehow, through of Yomawari's explorations of death, horror and emotional trauma, the game manages to be pretty cute. We'd love to see a western release date!
There are a whole host of Dragon Quest games that have failed to leave Japan. We have the likes of Dragon Quest Monsters: Wanted!, Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light, Slime Morimori Dragon Quest 3, Dragon Quest X, Dragon Quest XI, and so much more. This is certainly a beloved series, some of the greatest JRPGs of all time are a part of this franchise. However, sales for the Dragon Quest games have been fairly low in the west for a while, forcing publishers to question whether the imports are even worth it. Well, we think they are!
Fire Emblem Awakening is arguably one of the reasons why you should purchase a 3DS. It's still one of the best games that the console has ever had attached to it and the series on a whole is generally fantastic. But there are plenty of Fire Emblem titles that have failed to make the journey to the west.
The latest installment in the franchise, Fire Emblem Fates, is one that we desperately want to get a release date in the west! The game has been well respected in Japan with great ratings and sales. We want it!!
Yo-Kai Watch 1 & 2
I don't think there's ever been a series of games more Japanese than Yo-Kai Watch. As Kotaku reported in 2014:
Yokai Watch 2 (妖怪ウォッチ２), the sequel to the exceedingly popular Yokai Watch, has been selling like gangbusters in Japan. And for good reason. Not only is the TV anime going strong and related toys disappearing off of store shelves faster than they can stock them, but the game itself is a whole lot of fun.
They're adorable, huge, and filled with tons of fun stuff to do! We'd love to try out a Yo-Kai game in the west, but it would be a fairly hard sell I imagine. The games look rather crazy: