We’ve enjoyed the fruits of Nintendo’s labors in the West for over 20 years, but there are still some games we haven’t been able to play. Here are the Top 3 Game Series that Nintendo still hasn’t released outside of Japan.
The best description I can come up with for this one is Monkey Ball meets a slow spinning helicopter. Piloting a bizarre vehicle through puzzling mazes looks like a great action title. Three games have been released in this series: Kuru Kuru Kururin (GBA, 2001); Kururin Paradise (GBA, 2002); and Kururin Squash! (GameCube, 2004).
While it might seem more appropriate for the number one spot, Mother did get a little exposure outside of Japan as EarthBound for the SNES. Regardless, there are so many cult fans of this series that it seems like a quick cash in for Nintendo. You can’t tell me these games wouldn’t sell better than Super Princess Peach! Three games have been released in this series: Mother (NES, 1989); Mother 2: Revenge of Gigyas! (SNES, 1995); and Mother 3 (GBA, 2006).
1) Legendary Stafy
You’re a star fish going on platforming adventures in the ocean and beyond. This extremely cute character has had fairly good success in Japan, the commercials for which are highly entertaining animated pieces. If there’s something American audiences could use is another well put together platform game from Nintendo. Four games have been released in this series: Legendary Stafy (GBA, 2002); Legendary Stafy 2 (GBA, 2003); Legendary Stafy 3 (GBA, 2004); Legendary Stafy 4 (DS, 2006).
Do any of these games appeal to you?