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80s and 90s videogames that lost their anime and manga licenses

Ryan Lambie Jan 19, 2018

Fist Of The North Star? Dragon Ball Z? These 80s and 90s games looked very different by the time they appeared in the west...

Thanks to the internet and the growth of gaming as a general cultural phenomenon, audiences are now more familiar with the concept of localisation: the process of altering a videogame for a specific marketplace. Sometimes, these changes can be as subtle as altering lines of dialogue so they make sense in a given country - an everyday phrase in Japan would likely mean nothing to UK gamers if translated literally, for example - to fairly drastic changes to a game’s graphics.

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One of the most famous examples is, perhaps, Bionic Commando on the Nintendo Entertainment System. In Japan, the game roughly translated to Top Secret: Hitler’s Revival,

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