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Old 01-12-2011, 02:35 AM
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Post Black & White: International Release Dates!





The Official Nintendo Magazine UK has revealed the European release date for Pokemon Black and White as March 4th, two days before the US release on March 6th.



It has also been announced that Pokemon Black and White will be released in Australia and New Zealand on March 10th.



Such a close release across continents has not taken place since Gold and Silver versions and is great for fans outside of the US. For example, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were released over 2 months later in Australia and 3 months in Europe.



Sources: Official Nintendo Magazine UK, Official Australian BW Website



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Old 01-12-2011, 02:39 AM
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4 days after the American release, sweet.

Hopefully be getting this on release, maybe not though, because I'm getting a 3DS on release.
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:27 AM
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I was very pleasantly surprised by this! Less than 2 months to go!
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SMD America. :')
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SMD America. :')
Oh, no need to celebrate because you are first for the first time in your life!

I mean, I am not American, but it does not really make me happy to be as offensive and mean as possible to the U.S.
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Oh, no need to celebrate because you are first for the first time in your life!

I mean, I am not American, but it does not really make me happy to be as offensive and mean as possible to the U.S.
Anyone taking offence to that, should be burnt.
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I can't believe we are getting the game after Europe. I know it is just by a couple of days, but still, its' pretty odd since that rarely ever happens. I wish we all could have gotten the game shortly after it launched in Japan though. I wonder why it took them this long to translate...
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^Seconded.

I think even Platinum took less time to translate, along with Heartgold and Soul silver.
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I'd hazard a guess at that Asia is where Nintendo make money.
If dedicated im sure a good translator could do nearly everything in a pokemon game in a day.
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I can't believe we are getting the game after Europe. I know it is just by a couple of days, but still, its' pretty odd since that rarely ever happens. I wish we all could have gotten the game shortly after it launched in Japan though. I wonder why it took them this long to translate...
Its not just translating. Distributing to retailers, marketing, production, and logistics are all a part of it too, and that's a lot of complicated stuff.
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Its not just translating. Distributing to retailers, marketing, production, and logistics are all a part of it too, and that's a lot of complicated stuff.
There's also usually some cultural fiddling that goes on, and it's more than just translation, there's making sure the jokes come across right, and all of the choices in the mini-games make sense with the way the flow is going, and the repeat answers (what they say when you talk to people again later) don't sound funny when repeated endlessly.

You know that, because we've all seen cases where they didn't do it "right" in other games.

Just think about things like the rankings of dog trainers in the Nintendogs series. They make sense from a Japanese translation standpoint, but they reverse the order of rankings the UKC and AKC use and sound odd -- and even funnier is the way the high rank translation "dog TAMER" sounds to us. Dogs are already TAME, not like lions!

And who can forget the goofy Church guy's speech (in diamond and pearl) about "there I do see my father, there I do see my son... " That wild mix of theology and pokemon that was just crazy and funny. They changed him for the lady in a hat in platinum who at least doesn't talk like she's high on the communion wine.

Or in the old Harvest Moon? LOL There was a Nun in there wearing a cross who read tarot and told your fortune -- everyone cracked up about that.

They are much better now about not doing those kinds of literal translations and cultural hiccups, but they still happen, and avoiding them takes time. For translators, and game programmers and testers.
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Its not just translating. Distributing to retailers, marketing, production, and logistics are all a part of it too, and that's a lot of complicated stuff.
Sure, it is complicated; I do agree. But why do they wait so long to do so? Why can't they work at the same pace or alongside Japan, so Pokémon games can release earlier in the US? I am sure there is a legitimate reason for this, but I am curious.

If I go to the BW tour in Paramus, NJ, I will try to pick Black or White (I think I can only get one this time) at Nintendo World or somewhere along the way back home.

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