3DS and Kirby’s Epic Yarn partly to blame for The Last Story releasing only in Japan

Thursday, 20th January 2011 14:53 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton has said the reason the firm isn’t releasing Mistwalker’s The Last Story outside of Japan at release is because of Europe’s diverse languages and the the fact Nintendo has “so much on its plate at the moment.”

Speaking with Eurogamer yesterday in Holland, Yarnton said not to fret too much at the moment though, as the firm has released many RPGs in the region before.

“With all the conversions, when we do it in Europe we’ve got to do the whole of Europe,” he said. “So it’s multiple languages. It has to be viable. We’ve got so much on our plate at the moment. The most important one is in the first quarter this year. Kirby’s Epic Yarn is the most important title. We’ve got some great product coming out.

“On top of that, when we add in 3DS, it’s just so much.

“We’ve released quite a lot of RPGs on the Wii in the UK. It’s an area that’s been growing for us. It’s up to the market. We never write anything off.”

Nintendo told VG247 last week it had “no plans at present” to bring The Last Story over to either Europe or North America, dashing the hopes and dreams of many in the process.

The Last Story will be released in Japan on January 27.



  1. Suikoden Fan

    and people wonder why we moan about region restrictions

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    “The most important one is in the first quarter this year. Kirby’s Epic Yarn is the most important title. We’ve got some great product coming out”, he said.

    “Of course, that has practically no text in it and therefore should’ve been a piss easy localisation and out last year alongside the US version, but we fucking hate you European wankers”, he didn’t add.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Suikoden Fan

    tbh with region locking on 3ds and this attitude by nintendo its like we should make a new slogan ‘Piracy, as promtoed by Nintendo’s negligence’ or ‘Custom Firmware, the savour of region free’

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Nintendo’s ‘worldwide’ support is basically a joke. They can’t even get downloadable titles out in all regions at the same time.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Suikoden Fan

    being honest i couldn’t give a shit about kirby, and in some ways i hope it fails hard now. Nintendo just entered my bottom five publishers, twats

    #5 4 years ago
  6. KrazyKraut

    Wow….so many fails in one announcement…gtfo Nintendo.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. marijnlems

    Why oh why didn’t Mistwalker sign with a different publisher? Even Activision would have been a better choice.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Rhythm

    What a cunt. There’s no fucking excuse for not localising at the same time as everyone else does. EA, Acti, Sony, MS et al all manage simultaneous Euro/US/Jap releases, so why not Ninty?

    As for the 3DS causing delays to the localisation of games, what kind of bullshit is that? Is Ninty Europe staffed by 3 school leavers or something? It’s not as if Europe has suddenly developed a load of new languages overnight.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. stoopid

    They’ve improved on this since the n64 and to some extent the GCN days, but a few gems always get this treatment.
    Does anyone else remember when David Gosen was head of NoE? Those were dark days!

    Hopefully this will get a release later in the year to pad out a release schedule because it is one of the most interesting titles of the year on the console.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. varsas

    Which RPGs have Nintendo released in Europe? It looks like Nintendo are not going to bother to solve the problem of the poor Wii release schedule.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    Just import the US version when it’s released.

    I can survive with “colour” being spelt “color”.

    #11 4 years ago

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