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Henry Hatsworth Gives Australia a Miss

Posted by Damien McFerran

Our tea-drinking hero won't be making the trip Down Under

Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is certainly one of the freshest games to emerge from EA in quite some time. Featuring a unique brand of 2D visuals and old-school puzzle/platform gameplay, we awarded it a very respectable 8/10 when we reviewed it not so long ago.

Bearing this in mind, it's clearly a game that should be experienced by as many people as possible, but sadly our friends Down Under won't be getting that chance - because EA has confirmed that Henry won't be making the trip to Aussie Land.

No solid reason has been given at present, but it's been rumoured that sales in the North America and Europe haven't been amazing. Perhaps EA simply doesn't consider Hatsworth to be a money-spinner. Shame.

[via gonintendo.com]

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CorbsAdmin

#1

Corbs said:

That's a shame for Australian gamers. I always hate to see it when a good game isn't made available in a certain territory.

KDR_11k

#2

KDR_11k said:

No solid reason has been given at present, but it's been rumoured that sales in the North America and Europe haven't been amazing.

Wait, sales in EUROPE? I've never seen the game, Amazon doesn't know about it, etc and I'm pretty sure it's not one of those games that got blocked for excessive violence.

timp29

#5

timp29 said:

Does the DS have region specific games? Is it like the Wii, where australians and new zealanders could just ebay this from the UK, or are we totally screwed. (Not that it matters I don't have a DSi - not that I would say no to one)

EDIT: I just read the caption to the news story image. slaps forehead

flatspikes

#6

flatspikes said:

@KDR_11k - doesn't seem to be in Germany my brother looked for it out there (he lives there now) but bought it when he was last over here. A quick look at ebay.de shows a good number of UK sellers offering it for a reasonable price...

WiiMan192

#7

WiiMan192 said:

I am sad. This news makes me sad. I am sad. :(

I am sad. Play-Asia has Henry Hatsworth in stock. I am no longer sad.

:D

Betagam7

#9

Betagam7 said:

Big deal. The DS is region free. There's nothing to stop people picking it up on import. Hardly the end of the world.
Perhaps publishers don't see viability in a game about a tea drinking English stereotype in a country that largely despises them as "whinging Poms".

Chunky_Droid

#11

Chunky_Droid said:

@Betagam7: Although I'm Australian and I'll import it (the only reason my flag is American is because all my gaming comes from there), doesn't mean everyone can do it.
Although the average consumer probably wouldn't pick this up anyway.

But feel free to call us whinging Australians because this is yet ANOTHER game we don't get. (Hence why I import ALL my gaming lol)

Starwolf_UK

#12

Starwolf_UK said:

EA seem to not be bothered with Australia for anything really. I datr not mention the Medel of Honor game missing online because EA couldn't see the point in setting up a local server (if Aussies imported a US or EU version they connected to those servers...and got an extremely laggy experiance due to the sheer distance meaning high latency).

But this is pretty sad that the creative side of EA if effectively getting kicked in the face. It seems weird as while EA didn't market Henry Hatsworth they at least made if affordable (most places online have it for £15).

Wiiloveit

#13

Wiiloveit said:

That's a shame for Australian gamers. I always hate to see it when a good game isn't made available in a certain territory.
I hate it when any game isn't available in certain territories, because of what that says about how publishers see the territories, and because it's excluding people from trying it.

MarkyVigoroth

#14

MarkyVigoroth said:

This game mocks/satirizes United Kingdom/Great Britain/England/whatever, but AUSTRALIA misses this game?

SeniorDingDong

#15

SeniorDingDong said:

In europe, the game is only out in the UK right now AFAIK. I had to import it from there... Really sucks that the game doesnt get the promotion (and sales) it would deserve!

Nintendude92

#16

Nintendude92 said:

In came out in March and went up against other heavy weight games. Several RPG's and a grand theft auto. Then you have impending DSi launch. The box art for this game put me off until I saw gameplay.

Its a good game and the sales are unfortunate.

Stuffgamer1

#17

Stuffgamer1 said:

The game's only real pre-release press came in Nintendo Power (at least, that's the only place I saw it previewed extensively), so it's not surprising that it isn't selling too well (a real shame, though, since the game is so great).

I do strongly recommend importing this game. It's worth it. It gets really hard later on, but it's a really cool game anyway.

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