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GameFreak teases "surprising collaboration"
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July 19, 2013, 17:25:09

GameFreak, the studio behind Pokemon, posted on its official website an image with a silhouette and a caption which translates to:

"The well known game, played all around the world, is about to be reborn thanks to a surprising collaboration."


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Posted: 07/19/13, 17:25:09  - Edited by 
 on: 07/19/13, 17:24:50    
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@Mr_Mustache Hard to say, but usually the Layton and Phoenix Wright games are all announced to come to the West early on, so there is a bit of worry here, since this game has been out in Japan for like a half a year? without any Western announcement. And they did keep Miles Edgeworth 2 in Japan only.

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:02:34  - Edited by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:03:51

Where did Miles Edgeworth 1 go? Never heard of it.

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:03:19


*Starts sharpening knives and practicing ominous Latin chanting.*

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:04:27
@Mr_Mustache Everywhere! Worldwide release, but then the sequel never left Japan, and Ace Attorney 5 is getting this weird digital-only release in the West, so there doesn't seem to be as much confidence in Western releases nowadays. On the other hand, EVERY Layton game has had a full Western release, so who knows.

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:04:56  - Edited by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:06:20

Welp, send Reggie an email if you're super-worried. You guys are tight, right?

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:14:09
@Mr_Mustache It's a Level 5 / Capcom decision, little to do with Reggie.

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:15:11

Welp, people love Capcom for Mega Man in Smash Bros., and then hate them for not bringing Street Fighter to Wii U -- and forget all about loving them two weeks ago -- and so on. I guess I'm done with this thread now; hearing people bitch about a Publisher is not among my favorite things to do. Good luck.

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:17:50
Since when is a digital only release "weird?"

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:21:18
@Mr_Mustache I didn't realize that was what was happening here.

@Xbob42 Since practically every single console and handheld game that gets a retail release in Japan and comes West does so with a retail release in the West, including every single previous game in the series in question. I know you LOVE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS SO VERY MUCH but you can't pretend that you don't know that this is a weird thing in context. And it definitely suggests that Capcom does not have the same faith in Phoenix Wright's potential success in the West as they used to have in this series, and as they still have in the well... every single other Western release of theirs in recent memory that has not been relegated to a digital-download only. This is a very weird, isolated case when you look at the actual context involved, and it doesn't bode well for future Western releases in the series.

In fact, it feels a lot like a standard "Capcom test", and those never end well.

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:36:16  - Edited by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:37:34
Welp, that's the good thing about digital releases, you don't spend several million dollars on packaging and carts, so instead of not releasing at all like some previous games in the series you can get a fully functional version that costs Capcom nothing to make!

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:48:10
@Xbob42 Sure, but the argument wasn't "are digital download only games a good idea?"

In fact, there was no argument. Just me responding to Mustache's "Why wouldn't it come to the West?" comment about Layton versus Ace Attorney, pointing out that when one game in the Ace Attorney series (spinoff series, actually) doesn't release in the West and another releases digital-only, that is enough for me to think Capcom has some doubts about the strength of this series in the West, so I won't assume the collaboration game (which is out in Japan and still has no Western release announcement, retail or digital) is definitely going to make it over here.

Of course, as I stated above, the other side of this is that every single Layton game has had a full retail release in the West.

So it's tough to say what the hold-up is here, and I really have no idea if the collaboration is coming West or not, at this point.

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/13, 23:56:44


It's like Phoenix Wright but better in every way. Because it stars a great character instead of a lame one.

Yeah, I said it.

Posted by 
 on: 07/24/13, 00:25:07
What the heck is all this "welp" nonsense?

Posted by 
 on: 07/24/13, 00:32:52

Those Layton games all came to the West because Nintendo produced them, not because Level 5 wanted them in the West.

So I think we DO need to bug Reggie so we can get this awesome-sounding cross-over game localized!

Posted by 
 on: 07/24/13, 00:33:11

'Every single release in the series in question' came out on the DS where digital distribution wasn't an option. Now it is.

Like I said in the other thread, this is a niche title. Those who want it will download it. This cuts Capcom's costs enourmously, and eliminates the risk of unsold inventory. It really was a no-brainer decision.


Yet he keeps losing to Phoenix. Oops.

Posted by 
 on: 07/24/13, 00:59:39
@-JKR- I thought the Edgeworth games were incredibly inferior to the Phoenix Wright titles.

Posted by 
 on: 07/24/13, 01:06:16
@GameDadGrant I think Level 5 is all about becoming global too though. Albeit some of their self-published stuff hasn't come West, but I think a large part of that is that they have no real Western distribution of their own. I remember a few years back they were talking about solving that, no idea if they ever did.

Posted by 
 on: 07/24/13, 01:31:01
soooo......have they revealed it yet

Posted by 
 on: 07/24/13, 03:28:40

Yeah, its back a page.

Apparently some Solitaire / Horse Racing deal. Really.

Posted by 
 on: 07/24/13, 04:13:37
Well great, now I just want a Miles Edgeworth/Pokemon game.

Posted by 
 on: 07/24/13, 06:42:10
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