Nintendo games that never officially left Japan.
These days there are very few first-party or Nintendo-published titles that don’t get an international release, but back in the day it was common for games to remain in their Japanese homeland for months or even years, if they ever came overseas at all. No, we’re not just talking about the countless Famicom/Super Famicom Mahjong or horse-betting titles which never left Japanese shores. In the dim and distant past we gamers in the West caught wind of foreign treasures via grainy screenshots in gaming mags; a whole other world of gaming which existed, hidden on the other side of the planet.
The more industrious among us began sourcing import hardware to get our greasy mitts on these ‘forbidden’ games. Nowadays we’re lucky enough to have access to so much more than before, with previously unavailable games receiving official remakes and restorations galore. Last year’s Collection of Mana, for example, was the first time that Seiken Densetsu 3 was officially available in the West, and there’s a 3D remake coming soon, too.
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