Cross Cultural Takeover

I was thinking aboiut how Wizardry was the original western CRPG, but now it’s Japanese. Likewise, a few Brøderbund titles, live on after the company’s demise wholly run by the former licensees in Japan like Spelunker and Lode Runner. On the flipside, of games becoming western, we have Midway going nuts in the 80s with their own Pac Man spinoffs, the period when the Metrod franchise was handed off to Retro, and the WayForward catalog.

Anybody else have any good examples of games culturally belonging to the some place other than their point of origin?


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daisenryaku, which led to panzer general, and american/euro panzer general clones have ended up being way more prolific than daisenryaku


X-COM: UFO Defense was made by Julian Gollop and his British team, Mythos. Over time, the series became more MicroProse, then Firaxis.


I feel like some of Tencent’s acquisitions might fit? Mostly thinking of PUBG and how the Tencent developed mobile version has by far eclipsed the popularity of the original PC game globally. A bit more of a stretch: When Riot Games refused to make a mobile version of League of Legends after getting acquired Tencent they instead just copied Riot’s homework extremely closely and made Honor of Kings, a top down MOBA that went on to become the second highest grossing mobile game globally.


In terms of pure cultural belonging, the US kind of co-opted Japan-made Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

Oh and from somewhere between 1999 and 2004, maybe, up until as recently as 2021, Capcom USA owned the publishing rights to Street Fighter. Apparently.


i’ve seen it said a few times that contra is the mario of china and russia. i think battle city has a similar status but to a lesser extent. both thanks to their ubiquitous presence on early multicarts

the master system was famously a lot more popular in europe, australia, and especially brazil than it was in japan

according to ye olde mame history.dat, cadillacs and dinosaurs was hugely popular in india, where it was colloquially known as “mustapha’s name”, though i don’t know if that’s true


Ooh, yes! I’d forgotten about that! Weren’t there also a bunchof Brazilian developed Double Dragon titles?

i know there’s a double dragon game that’s exclusive to the brazil-only console the zeebo


For a long time that oddball western made EDF was the sole entry available on PC so it was some maybe undeserved attention.

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Silent Hill has been all over the map lately


The original Strider 2 was made by US Gold, who’s actually a UK company.


this will always be hilarious for me


And that new Strider is Swedish. Lonely Swedish


America did micros to Europe

we did the Amiga and ST to young impressionable Old Worlders

we should be apologizing every day


DKC by Rare, because as a kid, how would know that this funky Ape with all his Mareeo-History would be coming out of SGI workstations?

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This reminds me…the MSX was popular in the Netherlands and the ZX Spectrum was somewhat popular in Eastern Europe. List of ZX Spectrum clones - Wikipedia


Can’t believe I get to be the first one to bring up Sega!

They were founded by an American dude who wanted to position arcade games at military bases in Hawaii. He eventually spread out to other bases, including Japan, the Japan arm grew, began repairing their imported stuff locally, started making their own stuff, made the SG-1000 during a low point for arcades, and ultimately the Japanese arm bought themselves from the ownership in 1984.

Sega Europe and Sega USA were opened after this, and I don’t think there was any personnel connection. So, the US origins probably don’t have much to do with the strong foreign offices that developed later. But there you go!


The dev team of that swore up and down that they were fans of the series, and I think I believed them. But they proved that they didn’t really “get” EDF. On the other hand, I think they were explicitly told to figure out a way to appeal to Americans, and…yeah: the most obvious way to do that is to shave off the rough edges that are the series’ core appeal.

On the other hand, it was the first one I ever played and I loved it

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