Natsume Explains Why Recent Medarot Games Haven’t Been Localized; Confirms Virtual Console Plans

2 04 2015

Over the last few years we’ve seen Natsume express interest in the localization of Medarot games on the Nintendo 3DS. Unfortunately, that interest has yet to materialize itself in the form of western video game releases. Natsume has stated on more than one occasion that was by no fault of their own. While their answers left room for speculation, they never elaborated on the exact reason … until now. In an interview with video game podcast Fragments of Silicon, Graham Markay, Director of Operations at Natsume, discussed a whole host of topics, including a few Medarot fans will want to hear the answer to. Read the rest of this entry »





“No current Medabots [games] will be localized,” says Natsume

21 08 2014

With Medarot 8 set to hit Japanese retail next week, fans are anxious about the localization potential for the latest Nintendo 3DS game. After all, the game acts as yet another reboot to the franchise’s lore but still offers some familiar mascot robots like Metabee and Rokusho. It should be a shoe-in for localization, right? Well, mirroring what we’ve heard before, Natsume has shut that down:

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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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