The best Nintendo games that never made it to France

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Today, Nintendo is one of the three largest 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, JV’s editors offer a small selection of the best Nintendo games that have never been released in France.


  • Drill Dozer
  • Earthbound / Mother
  • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  • Marvelous: Another Treasure Island
  • Ouch! Tatakae! Oendan / Rhythm Tengoku
  • Pokemon conquest
  • Sin and punishment
  • super mario rpg

Drill Dozer

Drill Dozer is one of the little nuggets of the little-known Game Boy Advance. Although the project was developed by Game Freak, the studio responsible for Pokémon, it is just one colorful action platform game where you play as Jill, a little girl who uses her drill to pursue the gang members who stole his precious red diamond. Therefore, in order to get revenge, she will use her machine to drill, dig and destroy everything she finds in her way to reach her goal through different levels.

Throughout the adventure, the various parts and drills in his drill can be upgraded to increase efficiency. Thus we alternate between phases of puzzles and riddles to be solved, exploration to get our hands on treasures and of course boss fights. In addition to its cheerful atmosphere and sparkling graphics, the title stands out because it was one of the few games in the GBA that delivered gamer vibes thanks to its Rumble cartridge.

Earthbound / Mother

We continue this selection with the obvious, even when we talk about cult Nintendo games that never appeared with us with Mother. In fact, the saga is best known for its second episode, EarthBound, released on the Super Nintendo in Japan and the US, 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 casting of Super Smash Bros.

And if you’ve never heard of this franchise, you should know that it is turn-based RPGs set in worlds that look realistic at first glance, but are actually crazy and weird. In these adventures we play groups of children each time. If these games are known for their humor, they include a terrifying role, as shown by the villain of Earthbound, Giygas, but also great moments of emotion like the scene with the sunflower field in Mother 3, which marked all those who saw it. . 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 the Game Boy Advance that the franchise got its first release in America and Europe. However, the saga was already very popular in Japan as six other episodes had appeared on the Famicom, Super Famicom and Game Boy Advance. If we could have put all these games on the list, it is on a Super Famicom opus that we stop: Fire Emblem: Seisen No Keifu or Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, which is definitely the best episode of them never released outside of Japan. This is a very important title for the license as it introduces the iconic triangle of weapons as well as the system of supports which changes a lot of things in the way of approaching the battles.

Marvelous: Another Treasure Island

Marvelous: Another Treasure Island or Marvelous: Mōhitotsu no Takarajima is definitely the least known title on this list, while its director is very famous among Nintendo fans. Released in 1996 on the Super NES, it is an action-adventure game with RPG elements, which is the first project made by a certain Eiji Aonuma. If that name doesn’t mean anything to you, it’s none other than the current producer of The Legend of Zelda saga, who we see every time we talk about giving news about the sequel to Breath of the Wild, and who has worked as a director on many major episodes such as Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess.

Returning to Marvelous, it is precisely a title that is very reminiscent of A Link to the Past, where we embody a group of children who discover an island on which the wonderful 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 much inspired by Zelda that Eiji Aonuma was then placed on the development of Ocarina of Time.

Ouch! Tatakae! Oendan / Rhythm Tengoku

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

The second game should bring back more memories for French players as it is about Rhythm Tengoku, which we know here at home for its sequels with the title Rhythm Paradise or Rhythm Heaven in the US. This time the title takes the form of a set of rhythmic mini-games, which also offer fun situations, but which require very precise timing. The very first episode thus appeared exclusively on the GBA in Japan, but luckily in the West we got the right to the sequels released on the DS, 3DS and Wii.

Pokemon conquest

Among the games that have always made Nintendo fans dream, Pokémon Conquest occupies a special place, 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 the DS. In reality, it’s a crossover with the strategy game saga Nobunaga’s Ambition, which we know a little about here, and whose rights belong to Koei. The action thus takes place in feudal Japan, in the Sengoku era more precisely, the period to which the historical character of Oda Nobunaga belongs, which has given its 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 actually released in Europe… but not in France. The title is thus available in English if you wish to get it, but unfortunately not in French.

Sin and punishment

Sin and Punishment is definitely one of those little-known Nintendo 64 nuggets that deserves so much more exposure. As the name doesn’t suggest, it’s a rail shooter developed by Treasure (Gunstar Heroes, Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga) in collaboration with Nintendo, set in a futuristic world. Thanks to the knowledge of these designers, the title manages to offer frantic action while offering impressive graphics for the console. Using their guns and lightsabers, the two heroes Saki and Airan can overcome the legions of robots that fall in their path. 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 the Wii called Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies.

super mario rpg

We finish with another cult Super Nintendo game that was never 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 develop the Mario universe into a turn-based role-playing game. We follow the famous Italian plumber with a moustache, accompanied by his teammates, who goes to find Smithy, the antagonist of this adventure, who has stolen the seven stars on the Star Trek, which make it possible to grant wishes. In all its efficient turn-based combat system, somewhat unsurprisingly on Square’s part, the title has become particularly cult over the years for its humor, which set the tone for other Mario RPGs that followed such as Paper Mario or Mario and Luigi.

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