The best Nintendo games that never arrived in France

The best Nintendo games that never arrived in France


Game News The best Nintendo games that never arrived in France

Today, Nintendo is one of the three main manufacturers of consoles in the video game industry whose productions are released simultaneously all over the world. However, there was a time when that was not the case. For this reason, the editorial staff of JV offers you a small selection of the best Nintendo games that have never been released in France.


  • Drilling bulldozer
  • Earthbound/Mother
  • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  • Marvelous: Another Treasure Island
  • Osu! Tatakae! Oendan / Rhythm Tengoku
  • Pokémon Conquest
  • Sin and punishment
  • Super Mario RPG

Drilling bulldozer

Drill Dozer is one of the little nuggets of the little-known Game Boy Advance. While the project is developed by Game Freak, the studio in charge of Pokémon, just that, it is a colorful action-platform game in which you play as Jill, a little girl who uses her drill to pursue the gang members who stole his precious red diamond. To get revenge, she will therefore use her machine to drill, dig and destroy everything she finds in her path to achieve her goal through different levels.

Throughout the adventure, the various parts and drill bits of his drill can be upgraded to increase efficiency. Thus, we alternate between phases of puzzles and riddles that must be solved, exploration to get your hands on treasures and obviously boss fights. Beyond its cheerful atmosphere and shimmering graphics, the title stands out because it was one of the few games in the GBA to deliver gamer vibes thanks to its Rumble cartridge.


We continue this selection with the obvious even when we talk about cult Nintendo games that have never appeared with us with Mother. In reality, the saga is best known for its second episode, EarthBound, released on Super Nintendo in Japan and the United States, but never in Europe. As for the first and third games, they have never been translated and are only officially available in Japanese. However, Mother is an important series for Nintendoas evidenced by the presence of Ness and Lucas at the castings of Super Smash Bros.

And if you’ve never heard of this franchise, know that it is turn-based role-playing games that take place in worlds that look realistic at first glance, but are actually wacky and weird. In these adventures, each time we play groups of children. If these games are known for their humor, they include a terrifying part as evidenced by the villain of Earthbound, Giygas, but also great moments of emotions like the scene of the sunflower field in Mother 3 which marked all those who saw it. had played. If the first two titles are playable in the Nintendo Switch Online retro catalog, the third opus is still not officially translated.

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

If Fire Emblem is now a globally recognized Nintendo license, this was not the case until very recently. It was with Fire Emblem on Game Boy Advance that the franchise had its first release in America and Europe. However, the saga was already very popular in Japan since six other episodes had appeared on Famicom, Super Famicom and Game Boy Advance. If we could have put all these games in the list, it is on a Super Famicom opus that we will stop: Fire Emblem: Seisen No Keifu or Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War which is surely the best episode of those never released outside of Japan. This is a very important title for the license since it introduces the iconic triangle of weapons as well as the system of supports which change a lot of things in the way of approaching the fights.

Marvelous: Another Treasure Island

Marvelous: Another Treasure Island or Marvelous: Mōhitotsu no Takarajima is surely the least known title on this list while its Director is very famous among Nintendo fans. Released in 1996 on Super NES, it is an action-adventure game with RPG elements which is the first project made by a certain Eiji Aonuma. If this name means nothing to you, it is neither more nor less than the current producer of The Legend of Zelda saga that we see each time there is talk of giving news of the sequel to Breath of the Wild and who has worked as Director on many major episodes such as Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess.

Coming back to Marvelous, it is precisely a title that is very reminiscent of A Link to the Past in which we embody a group of children who discover an island on which the Marvelous is said to be, the treasure of a captain of a deceased pirate. Thus we control the three boys and when we meet a character or an object, a command window appears to ask us what we want to do. It is therefore thanks to this game very inspired by Zelda that Eiji Aonuma was then placed on the development of Ocarina of Time.

Osu! Tatakae! Oendan / Rhythm Tengoku

Well, we allow ourselves to put together Oendan and Rhythm Tengoku which, if they are not from the same series, are both rhythm games. Regarding the first, we know more about its sequel, Elite Beat Agents on DS, which takes up the principle. Thereby, Oendan is a title in which we embody a group of supporters who come to support people who find themselves in delicate situations.. If we observe the scene on the upper screen of the DS in a very manga style, the lower screen is used to type in rhythm to make the best possible score. We therefore often witness crazy situations with a typically Japanese humor.

The second game should bring back more memories to French players since it is about Rhythm Tengoku, which we know at home for its sequels entitled Rhythm Paradise or Rhythm Heaven in the United States. This time, the title takes the form of a set of rhythm mini-games which also offer funny situations but which require very precise timing. Thus, the very first episode appeared on GBA exclusively in Japan, but fortunately, we were entitled in the West to the sequels released on DS, 3DS and Wii.

Pokémon Conquest

Among the games that have always made Nintendo fans dream, Pokémon Conquest occupies a place of choice, and for good reason, it is a spin-off which takes the form of a tactical role-playing game with turn-based combat released on DS. In reality, it is a crossover with the saga of strategy games Nobunaga’s Ambition, which we know little about here and whose rights belong to Koei. Thus, the action takes place in feudal Japan, in the Sengoku era more precisely, the period to which the historical character of Oda Nobunaga belongs, who gives his name to the series.

Accompanied by Pokémon, mainly from the fifth generation but not only, the goal is to prevent Lord Nobunaga from conquering Ransei’s various kingdoms. Where Pokémon Conquest represents a huge frustration for Nintendo and Pokémon fans is that it was indeed released in Europe… but not in France. Thus, the title is available in English if you wish to obtain it but unfortunately not in French.

Sin and punishment

Sin and Punishment is clearly one of those little-known Nintendo 64 nuggets that deserves so much more exposure. As its name does not suggest, it is a rail shooter developed by Treasure (Gunstar Heroes, Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga) in collaboration with Nintendo that takes place in a futuristic world. Thanks to the knowledge of these designers, the title manages to offer frenetic action while offering impressive graphics for the console. Using their pistols and lightsabers, the two heroes Saki and Airan can overcome the legions of robots that fall on their way. If the game has never left the borders of Japan, it has achieved cult status over time, to the point of having a sequel in 2009 on Wii called Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies.

Super Mario RPG

We end with another cult Super Nintendo game that has never been released here, a certain Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Developed by Square Soft, known at the time for Final Fantasy, this is the first attempt to decline the universe of Mario in turn-based role-playing game sauce. We follow the famous mustachioed Italian plumber accompanied by his teammates who go to find Smithy, the antagonist of this adventure who has stolen the seven stars of the Star Road which allows wishes to be granted. In total its effective turn-based combat system, something not surprising on the part of Square, the title has become especially cult over the years for its humor which set the tone for other Mario RPGs that followed like the Paper Mario or Mario and Luigi.

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