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Scribblenauts Unlimited Delayed In Europe

Posted by Damien McFerran

"Changes need to be implemented before we launch across Europe"

Nintendo has confirmed that Scribblenauts Unlimited has been hit by a delay in Europe. The Wii U and 3DS versions of the game were supposed to launch on February 8th. No details have been given about a new release date.

Here's the official PR:

We are sorry to announce that Scribblenauts Unlimited, a game developed by Warner Bros. Interactive & 5th Cell and published by Nintendo of Europe for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, will be delayed in Europe. It has come to light that some changes need to be implemented within the game before we launch them across Europe. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to make further announcements on the European launch of these games very soon.

The North American release happened way back in November, 2012 - as you'll know if you read our Scribblenauts Unlimited review.

This is a bit of a disappointment, especially as the Wii U is in need of new titles in the UK. Were you looking forward to picking it up? Drop a comment to let us know your thoughts.

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cornishlee

#1

cornishlee said:

Not something I was interested in but a lot of people will be disappointed by this announcement coming so late in the day.

Frapp

#5

Frapp said:

Possibly the usual thing where the localization team found a few words that mean swear words in different languages. Shame, as February was a good release window for the game. Now moving closer to March it will be up against the bigger guns of Monster Hunter, Rayman, and LEGO City Undercover.

Chunky_Droid

#6

Chunky_Droid said:

What the hell? It's available in Australia, I'm guessing European language differences are causing the delay?

At least Europeans can import a copy from Australia and it will still work.

matgr

#8

matgr said:

Australia had same versoin as EUUk we both had PAL version works the same just import u don't need to wait

LEGEND_MARIOID

#9

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Argh! Had it on pre-order. Got plenty to play in mean time, but dsappointing. Also no date on when it'll come out now. Think my next pre-order game is released on March 1st? Rayman Legends.

darkgamer001

#10

darkgamer001 said:

It's always Europe that suffers. And Nintendo wonder why it's the region they struggle most in.....
The language barrier is, and has always been an obstacle. Perhaps releasing it in English only and possibly adding other languages in optional updates can be an option. It's not fair that individual languages are holding back the whole release.

Flashman

#11

Flashman said:

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

Next game I have preordered appears to be March 28th!!!

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

Oh well more time to play Ni No Kuni!

Cipher

#12

Cipher said:

@darkgamer001 And it wouldn't be fair on those who aren't English if they were forced to wait for possible translation of titles just because they spoke a different tongue. To all intents and purposes, that's discrimination.

Bluezealand

#13

Bluezealand said:

Besides, the language specualation is rubbish, since the game is available for months in Europe on Steam (including the usual languages!).

Chunky_Droid

#14

Chunky_Droid said:

If it's been on Steam in all languages, then I'm not sure what the problem is, unless Nintendo aren't happy with some of the Nintendo content in the game? I can't think of anything they'd be upset about though.

darkgamer001

#15

darkgamer001 said:

But essentially, they are holding back the game which is ALREADY out in English in other regions. Now that's what I call discrimination. Want to play games on release day? Learn the language. English wasn't my first tongue either.

Swedishdolphin

#16

Swedishdolphin said:

@Cipher
Well, it still isn't fair for those who speak English. Especially us who live in Sweden that has to wait for games to be translated, but games aren't translated into Swedish anyway except a few exceptions (Epic Mickey, Fifa). Germany and those countries that refuse to speak English should get their games later While UK and Scandinavia shouldn't have to wait.

Vallu

#17

Vallu said:

I was going to buy the game this friday but a delay? This ruined my week...

Bluezealand

#18

Bluezealand said:

@darkgamer001
You don't get it, do you? The game is already available in all European languages for months (on Steam)- not only in English. So, different languages are obviously not the problem here.

MrGawain

#19

MrGawain said:

I wonder if there's something in the game (Guns? Zombies? Jimmy Saville?) that is stopping PEGI giving the game a 3+ rating in Europe.

Bluezealand

#20

Bluezealand said:

@MrGawain
Don't think so. It got a USK-0 in Germany (btw- back in September, which means, the translation for the game was done months before the original release date.)

@Swedishdolphin
Wow, I must be a real miracle then: The only German in a land of uneducated morons, who actually don't refuse to speak English. Maybe I should write to Guinness about that...

Bluezealand

#23

Bluezealand said:

@darkgamer001
So, why are you talking about this "issue" here then, though it has nothing to do with the reasons Scribblenauts Unlimited was delayed in Europe?
You should also consider, that half of the games you play on your Nintendo consoles comes actually from Japan and has to get translated into English as well, while other big Western developers come from countries like Germany (Crytek) or France (Ubisoft) and the people there have to wait for the English translation as well.
So unless you've no problem to play the next Assassin's Creed in French...

manic221

#24

manic221 said:

@Bluezealand NO IT ISN'T! maybe you should actually check steam before commentating Scribblenauts is due to release on steam on the 15th of February in Europe...

ClockworkMario

#25

ClockworkMario said:

@darkgamer001
I agree with you. Nintendo should treat those parts of Europe where they release games in English (Fenno-Scandia, UK, Iceland, etc.) as one portion and those which need other languages as their own.

manic221

#26

manic221 said:

@Bluezealand while i respect your argument... Assassin's Creed are made in English to begin with and localised like all other games. (it is made in Montreal not France)

Bluezealand

#27

Bluezealand said:

@manic221
regarding Steam: If you "pre-ordered" the game until the end of december, you were able to download it immediately with all languages. So, while it's true, that the game is actually not released for now, the reasons for that don't have something to do with translastions and stuff.

regarding Assassin's Creed: ok, you are right there, but I think I made my point clear.

Banker-Style

#29

Banker-Style said:

Well that just great,I was hoping to pick this up this weekend.
If this is coming out in March,I won't bother.

edhe

#31

edhe said:

For crying out loud! I was really looking foward to picking it up Friday.
I've been waiting for it since launch - that was when it was supposed to be released.

I bet the ever so helpful developers are going to fob us off with more excuses and diversions - they never did tell us why it was delayed in the first place.

drunkenmaster76

#32

drunkenmaster76 said:

All of Europe should be forced to learn English and then they wouldnt have to translate games into multiple European languages ;0)

edhe

#33

edhe said:

To all the people saying it's a translation issue, didn't the developer say that the delay was because of someting else - something they, specifically, could not talk about.

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