Natsume’s disinterest in recent Medarot games was not due to sales concerns

6 12 2013

vlcsnap-2013-06-18-03h18m32s66As I’m sure many of you are aware Project Rising Beetle isn’t just devoted to covering the latest Medarot news from Japan and around the world. The blog was initially started in support of an ongoing localization campaign to try to push for western releases of the games. Over two years later our efforts have yet to bare fruit.

One of the biggest blows to our campaign happened earlier this year when the publisher we were primarily targeting stated that they had “no plans to localize any current Medabots games.” Read the rest of this entry »





XSEED’s not interested in localizing modern Medarot games

27 08 2013

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While XSEED weren’t the company we devoted the majority of our campaigning to, they were a target. So a fan on Facebook contacted the company about a potential localization of Medarot DUAL on 3DS. The company’s page responded by saying:

Sorry, but not likely. We don’t have anyone here familiar with that series, so without an in-house “cheerleader” stubbornly withholding the office Dragonball-themed cookies until everyone else caves, the series will never be put up to a vote, much less approved.

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Natsume reaffirms their distinterest in modern Medarot games, including Medarot DUAL

16 08 2013

Just before E3 2013 North American publisher Natsume responded to a fan asking about Medarot 7′s localization potential. The fan got a response, “It doesn’t look like Medabots 7 is in the cards. Hopefully maybe the next one.” which dashed the fandom’s hope for a localization. However, the second part of the comment made some fans keep the faith, and hopes were raised again when Medarot DUAL was announced for 3DS a few weeks later. Unfortunately it appears Natsume were not aware of that pending announcement as the company has responded to a fan asking about Medarot Dual stating, “There are no plans to localize any current Medabots games.” Curiously, the company later added that the decision to not release Medarot 7 wasn’t their’s to make. We’ve asked the publisher to expand on what they meant, but as of this writing they did not respond. That could mean a few things, from someone else picking up the game, to Imagineer not being responsive towards foreign releases. So we reached out to the official Japanese Medarot Twitter account for a comment, but also saw no response.

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Medarot 7 Manga’s Second Chapter Fan-translated Into English

27 07 2013

It’s been a while since community member Heated Phoenix released the first chapter of the Medarot 7 manga into English, and today’s the day when chapter 2 is released. You’ll remember that the manga series ran from the August to October issues of Saikyo Jump, with a special one shot coming in the January issue. Created by Tanaka Yasuki, the series stars Azuma and Metabee as their friendship is put to the test when a meteorite collides into their town… Or not. This chapter sees Azuma take on Himuro Kohaku and his Rokusho, but what happens when the Robo Robo gang joins in? You can download the entire second chapter in English here, or see it embedded below:
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Natsume passes on localizing Medarot 7

6 06 2013

Responding to a comment from a fan on Facebook hoping for a Medarot 7 announcement at E3, the company responded with a disheartening reply:

"It doesn't look like Medabots 7 is in the cards. Hopefully maybe the next one."

“It doesn’t look like Medabots 7 is in the cards. Hopefully maybe the next one.”

Not exactly the response we were hoping for, especially after the company expressed interest in the game … The reply isn’t all negative, saying that there’s a chance for future games in the series to receive a localization. Unfortunately, I’m not too optimistic on the chances of that coming true. Medarot 7 was a very special case in that it was a 15th Anniversary title that ignored the events of the previous unlocalized entry, Medarot DS. I don’t think we’ll get another chance to see a game where that will be the case, nor do I expect Metabee and Rokusho, two recognizable faces for western audiences to be the mascots for a potential Medarot 8.
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Imagineer posts higher revenues due to Medarot 7

6 06 2013

medarot7imagineerImagineer, owner of Medarot series publisher Rocket Company reported their fiscal results for the year ending March 31, 2013. The packaged software division reporting revenues of 633 million yen compared to 401 million the year before. The company attributes the rise to the release of Medarot 7, and Neratte! Tobashite! Rilakkuma GuraGura Sweets Tower for 3DS. Touching on Medarot 7, the company highlighted running the short manga series in Saikyo Jump as a success. Interestingly, the company says it will start aiming software more towards a female audience as Imagineer feels that audience leads itself well to games with longer sales windows, rather than the front loaded nature of games targeted at men. For the next fiscal year the company expects packaged software sales to decline to 554 million yen.
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Medarot 7 Premium Soundtrack Track Listing

13 04 2013

As we mentioned earlier, one hundred lucky fans in Japan received a Medarot 7 soundtrack CD from Rocket Company for answering a survey. Japanese blogger Hasanii received one and shared some photos alongside the track listing:


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Medarot 7 Manga’s First Chapter Fan-translated Into English

5 03 2013

Community member Heated Phoenix has something fairly exciting to share with us! He’s in the process of scanning, and translating the entirety of the Medarot 7 manga. You’ll remember that the manga series ran from the August to October issues of Saikyo Jump, with a special one shot coming in the January issue. Created by Tanaka Yasuki, the series stars Azuma and Metabee as their friendship is put to the test when a meteorite collides into their town. You can download the entire first chapter in English here, or see it embedded below: Read the rest of this entry »





100 lucky fans in Japan to receive a Medarot Premium Soundtrack CD

2 03 2013

BEQy-uBCcAI38Hd Rocket Company have announced that fans who send in the survey card insert in physical copies of Medarot 7 will be entered to win one of 100 limited edition Premium Soundtrack CDs. While no track listing was given I imagine you’ll have to be a Japanese citizen to have a chance at winning. No general soundtrack release has been announced.

UPDATE:

An alternate cover art featuring KWG type Rokusho has been revealed. Unfortunately, with this news came the confirmation that Rocket Company will not be selling the soundtracks separately. Read the rest of this entry »





Medarot 7 now available to download from the Japanese Nintendo eShop

16 02 2013

ico_softwareRocket Company have announced that both versions of Medarot 7 are now available as downloads on the Nintendo eShop for Japanese 3DS owners. The game will cost you 6,090 yen which is exactly the same price as the physical release from September, how courteous of them …








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