In Japan, Eichiro Oda’s One Piece manga really is the king of manga. When a new volume is released, it’s constantly smashing the print run records and is always topping the best selling lists and the anime adaptation is always in the list of top 10 anime viewed that week. Despite that though, aside from a brief TV run of 4Kids’ dub of the anime (which most fans are still trying to purge from their memories), the anime adaptation of One Piece has never been released in the United Kingdom (apparently Toei Animation want a lot for the license).
So fans rejoiced when they heard that Namco Bandai’s One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP, the 3DS remake of the two One Piece: Unlimited Cruise Wii games was going to be released in Europe. However, while the Japanese version contained both episodes 1 and 2, it was soon discovered that the European release only contained episode 1. When asked about this, Namco Bandai had this to say:
For the European release we had to integrate the game in 5 languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and this posed a problem to integrate the two sets of cartridges available on one for 3DS. We tried various approaches without success (hence the delay of the title that was out at the end of 2011) and in the end we were forced to include only the first episode.
So essentially, the European release of the game is missing half of its content. Retailers are still charging the usual price for the game though. Has this put you off buying, or are you still willing to set sail?