I'm not sure what the question is. The game was planned from the start to be released world wide.
Only to get poor sales and either never be touched upon again or get sequels that are japan exclusives, like every other Sega game.
I hate the US market.
A lot of Japanese games make it to America. Just not really niche stuff that won't sell enough to be profitable. It's a shame how things work, but that's just how it is.
I'm amazed we are still getting Yakuza games. I wish SEGA would treat Valkyria Chronicles the same way it does with Yakuza.
Games with big focus on pretty girls in them are usually not marketed in the U.S.A., such as: the Puyo Puyo series, the Sakura Taisen series, the Valkyria Chronicles series, the Project Diva series, and so on.
Violent games though were indeed marketed, like: the Yakuza series, Bayonetta, and so on.
Singing one's way out of battle is NOT an option.
At least in some people's mind anyway.
Attacking a stunned enemy during a song is ALWAYS an option on the other hand.
Dancing one's way out of a battle? That is what Ralph regulary do in the game.
Back to 2012's Rhythm Thief R.
2012's Rhythm Thief R, 2012's Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai, and other games of their kind (such as the Final Fantasy rhythm game) are stopgap measures, at least until the Japanese game publishers are ready to publish their main Nintendo 3DS games.
For example, the Sonic Nintendo 3DS game is still Missing in Action:
The Nintendo 3DS version of 2011's Sonic Generations is basically a Nintendo DS game that was upgraded into a Nintendo 3DS game. The same goes for the Sony PlayStation 3 / Microsoft XBOX 360 version, only from the Nintendo's Wii. Hinting that during 2011, there was a Sonic game (possibly a 360/PS3 game) that went Missing in Action.
2012's Rhythm Thief R itself also might have been originally a Nintendo DS game, since that it does not really focused much on the Nintendo 3DS' features. Its story though seems to be aimed toward teenage girls, the same target market for 2006's Sonic the Hedgehog.
Long time no see Bark. ^__^
And yeah Rhythm Thief is a Japanese made game localized. I would support it if you want SEGA to risk bringing out more in the future. After all we vote with our money.
Just play what you want and don't let others get in the way of that. Even if you are looking forward to that One in particular, I'm just not gonna touch it anytime soon.
Well, the game itself takes place in France but yeah...
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