A rare occurrence has happened in the video game industry as gamers in North America and Europe are set to receive a Japanese games, or games in this case, that they’ve desired. As several trademark registrations already hinted at, Level-5 will be bringing three games from the Guild 01 collection to North America and Europe. In fact, gamers in Europe can feel special for once as they can literally go to their 3DS and download one of the games right this very second.
For once gamers in Europe aren’t playing second fiddle as Liberation Maiden, the Grasshopper Manufacture helmed title, is now available on the Nintendo 3DS shop. Yup, my friends over in Europe can enjoy some 3D shooting StarFox style as envisioned by Suda 51 and the glorious team at GhM. Gamers in North America who have been eagerly waiting to play the game will have to wait a while longer as Level-5 have yet to reveal when the game will be released or how much it’ll cost. I know that such a situation may suck, but at least everyone now has a chance to play the game.
In addition to the release of Liberation Maiden, Level-5 is also bringing the RPG Crimson Shroud and the quasi puzzle game that Aero Porter. Some gamers may already be familiar with Crimson Shroud as it’s a traditional style RPG directed by Yasumi Saito, but Aero Porter is a bit more eccentric as gamers need to manage the baggage terminal of an airport. Aero Porter may sound a bit weird, but it was created by Seaman designer Yoot Saito so it’s probably amazing.
As predicted, the last game in the Guild 01 collection, Omasse's Rental Weapon Shop, won’t be receiving a Western release at all. Such a thing is likely because the premise, you play a forger of weapons, was a bit too different and likely would’ve been too much of a bother to localize since it’s so niche to begin with. So sadly those gamers who wanted to enjoy a game created by a Japanese comedian will be out of luck for the moment.
The forthcoming games bound for NA in Guild 01 may not have received widespread acclaim when the game was released in Japan, but I don’t see the harm in spending a buck or two to play a mech controlling female president or doing some classic RPG action that doesn't feel like it was overly commercialized.