Region Locked

By Matt Barnes, Dazz Brown and Greg S-C

A fascinating exploration of the weird and wonderful video games not available to Western audiences

Gaming | Illustrated
115% funded
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Edits in progress

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Breakdancing cats! Singing pandas! Space cowboys!


Not all games are released equal. The barrier between language and culture can leave our world divided, and this includes the video games that we get a chance to play. Region Locked is a YouTube series we created to give people an insight into titles that never left their home countries; and now we bring it to you in a book.

See games from your favourite series and developers that you may have never known existed as well as some straight up bizarre creations and trivia. Learn more about games which were never published outside of their native regions; we explore what they are, who made them, and try to provide you with insight into why these games never saw international exposure.


Wonder Project J on the SNES


Growing up, we played hundreds of games released in the west, and a few which we barely understood because of a language barrier. At the time we relied on translations created by fans of these games, a hobby in its infancy. Now, thanks to the ever-growing passion of the gaming community, access to many more of the missed gems of our youth and even more recent titles have been unlocked.

Throughout this book you’ll discover games from popular series you may have never known existed, unique titles from your favourite developers which were easily missed, and games which just seem so crazy that you might wonder how the hell they were created in the first place. It features games from all eras and a variety platforms so there’s sure to be something to pique the interest of the casual gamer to the most hardcore.

You may already know a few games which were never released on your home turf, but we’re certain that there are some which even the most avid of gaming fans are unaware of. Masterpieces which are a total mystery as to why they were never translated, and others which are… well… Not so masterpiece-y. But don’t you worry, we’ve played them all, gathered the information you need, and present it to you in this glorious slab of paper and ink. This also gives us the chance to share some of our personal opinions on a few of the games that really stood out to us. And to top it all off, you don’t have to suffer through our best attempts at some of those more challenging pronunciations.

Marvelous: Another Treasure Island – Page Mock Up

Altered Beast – Page Mock Up

Mario & Wario – Page Mock Up


WHAT GAMES ARE IN THE BOOK?

Our provisional list of games to be included, ones in bold have not not been featured in a video. There will be more in the final book...

Altered Beast (PS2), Bahamut Lagoon, Battle Golfer Yui, Bomberman Hardbal, Bushi Seiryūden: Futari no Yūsha, Broadcast Satellaview Zelda Games,Captain Rainbow, Cowboy Bebop, Crime Crackers, Door Door, Doki Doki Majo Shinpan, Evil Twin: Cyprien’s Chronicles, E.X. Troopers, Fatal Frame IV, For the Frog the Bell Tolls, Gunple: Gunman’s Proof, Holy Diver, Holy Umbrella: The Reckless Dondera!!, Kaena, Kira Kira Star Night DX, Kuma Uta, Klonoa Beach Volleyball, Live A Live, LSD: Dream Emulator, Mario & Wario, Marvelous: Another Treasure Island, Namco X Capcom, Panekit, 3 Japanese Exclusive Pingu titles, Pokemon Trading Card Game 2, Rakuga Kids, Real Sound: Kaze no Regretv, SEGAGAGA, Genso Suikogaiden: Swordsman of Harmonia, Super Galdelic Hour, Sweet Home, Tales of Destiny 2, Terranigma, The Adventure of Little Ralph, The Firemen, The Mysterious Murasame Castle, Tobal 2, Twin Caliber, Valkyria Chronicles III, Vib-Ripple, Wonder Project J: Machine Boy Pino


The book will be hardback, 320 pages long, 190mm X 184mm with colour throughout. Alongside the text for each of the featured games there will be colour images from the games.


Sega Dreamcast's Segagaga


Japan's L.S.D. Dream Emulator for the PS1


Enix's First NES Game, Door Door


Cowboy Bebop's Japanese Exclusive PS2 Game

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    Daniel Loyall “Dazz” Brown, Greg S-C, Matthew Barnes

    Dazz, Greg & Matt, life long friends and even life longer gamers. Growing up in the mean streets of Norwich, England, the trio worked hard honing their knowledge, suffering through dial-up connections just to find out that little bit more about games they really shouldn’t have bothered playing in the first place. No matter what glorious summer days were thrown their way, they would always draw the curtains and invest their youths into games they definitely, 100% don’t regret playing now - nothing has changed to this day.

    Dazz has worked with games from a young age, running one of the largest archives of sprites even to this day, being featured in the credits of several games and publications.

    Greg achieved his degree in Visual Effects and Animation that did absolutely nothing for him. But at least it gave him the skills he needed to make videos.

    Matt has a sweet Metal Gear Solid collection.

    Their powers combined, they work on the popular YouTube series Region Locked and DidYouKnowGaming.

  • 12th June 2019 Drafts Are Wild!

    Hey all!

    We've handed in the first draft of the Region Locked book manuscript! Success!!

    This isn't the end of the road of course, there's still plenty work that needs to go into this book but this ends our huge effort to compile all of the games we want to include. Guest pieces are in, our opinions compiled, and the words on the page (minus edits) are complete!

    Thank you guys so much for…

    9th May 2019 Update!

    Hey everyone!



    We thought we'd give you an update on where we are with the book. We're currently just finishing up our manuscript getting it ready to hand in and that's when the cogs are really going to start turning. At the moment, we're waiting for the last couple of guest pieces to come in and then we're ready to go! We've set ourselves the deadline of the end of May (we still have to make videos…

    18th March 2019 It's getting so close...

    We've hit over 90% in just a matter of weeks! This is absolutely incredible news and it's all thanks to you! It's looking like with one last push we can get this thing funded by the end of the month. Don't forget you can change your tier if you went for the digital version being unsure it would get funded.

    There are no words to express how much this means to us and how excited we are to bring you…

    21st September 2018 Smashed 50%!

    We have absolutely smashed the 50% mark in less than 2 months and that, frankly, is incredible.

    Thank you so much to everyone for your support! You'll never know quite how much it means to us to have the opportunity to share this with you guys and gals but we still have a long way to go.



    We have a big update coming up soon with some pretty exciting news about the book so keep your eyes peeled…

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  • Derek Simmons
    Derek Simmons asked:

    Are you able to ship to the United States?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Absolutely, Derek! Just add your shipping address during the checkout phase. Unbound Support

    Abel Adan Martinez
    Abel Adan Martinez asked:

    I'd love to pledge for a physical edition of the book, although I do not reside in the U.S. To which countries would you be able to ship the book?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Abel, We ship the books from the UK all over the world - just add your delivery address during the checkout process. Thanks! Unbound Support

    Niall Tatton
    Niall Tatton asked:

    What is the set date for this book to be released if funding is successful? (If you have mentioned it somewhere, I then haven’t seen it, sorry for asking this pointless question if so)

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    Shipping is likely to be 8-12 months after the book gets funded. - Greg

    Lee Dewar
    Lee Dewar asked:

    When do you aim to have the book completed and unlocked into our hands?

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    Shipping will be about 8-12 months after the book gets funded. - Greg

    Eric Gwaltney
    Eric Gwaltney asked:

    I looked through the page and didn't see anything about an estimated release date... When do you plan to ship this beautiful labor of love?

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    The book should be in your hands 8 - 12 months after it's successfully funded. It'll be worth it wait BABY - Greg

    Fernando Sanchez
    Fernando Sanchez asked:

    Will it have every game you have a video on? Are there certain games that did not make it? Like Atlus Games?

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    The book won't feature every game we have a video on, no. However, it does feature a number of exclusive games that don't have videos!

    Grant Roberts
    Grant Roberts asked:

    Hey there, I'm a graphic designer who has always digged your videos and the work you do for the retro gaming community. Your content has greatly influenced my import purchases on my trips to Japan, and because of this I want to help out in more ways than just donating. If you guys need any help with the visual design process of this book, it's cover, or anything else, just let me know! I wouldn't mind helping out any way I can for free, as an additional "donation" to this project. Regardless, Best of luck and looking forward to this release.

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Thanks Grant, that is a lovely offer but we already have the design covered - but thanks for your kind words.

    Derek Rumpler
    Derek Rumpler asked:

    When does funding end?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Derek, we are getting closer to 100% each week, so we are going to keep the campaign going a bit longer.

    Susanne Dreilinger Novak
    Susanne Dreilinger Novak asked:

    When funded, what would be the estimated time for getting the book?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Susanne, after book funds, the manuscript needs to be put together then their is a period of designing, editing etc. The book should come out about 12 months after the delivery of the manuscript.

    nicholas ligato
    nicholas ligato asked:

    I was curious to know what the Region Locked customised Japanese SNES pledge looked like and if another one could be made available. Thanks!

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Nicholas, let me check with the authors and i will get back to you. If you want to drop me an email at mathew@unbound.com and i can put you in touch directly.

    Mathieu Hunter
    Mathieu Hunter asked:

    Any estimate on when this would ship?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Mathieu, the book will be delivered about 12 months after the manuscript gets delivered. As soon as it funds we will post regular updates for pledgers on how work on the book is progressing.

    Pierre Gabriel Dumoulin
    Pierre Gabriel Dumoulin asked:

    Hello there. Just wondering if you have any ideas on when the book will be published. Thanks :)

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Pierre, the book will come out roughly 12 months after delivery of the manuscript. We will post regular updates on the page to let everyone know how work on the book is progressing.

    ゴゴゴ ゴゴゴ
    ゴゴゴ ゴゴゴ asked:

    Earlybird?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Sorry not sure what your question is?

    Joseph Benson
    Joseph Benson asked:

    Just pledged and I can't wait for my copy! Will the logos on the front cover/spine be gold foil-blocked?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    We are looking into that at the moment Joseph.

    Brian Jones
    Brian Jones asked:

    What does the bookmark look like?

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    We will have a mock-up available soon!

    Jun Lam
    Jun Lam asked:

    will the books only be produced when you reach 100% funding?

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    Yes unfortunately it will only be produced if it gets fully funded, but we're well on our way!

    Edgar Mauleon
    Edgar Mauleon asked:

    When will the first batch books be shipped

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Edgar, the book will come out roughly 12 months after delivery of the manuscript. We will post regular updates on the page to let everyone know how work on the book is progressing.

    Rachel Oliver
    Rachel Oliver asked:

    If bought as a gift for someone else, will you ask what name should be put in the book?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Rachel, You can change the name in the book here: http://help.unbound.com/unbound-for-readers/managing-your-subscriptions/changing-the-supporter-name-thats-printed-in-a-book Best wishes, Unbound Support

    Julian Bieder
    Julian Bieder asked:

    Hi, what is the estimated goal you want to reach and how long will it approximately take for the book to be printed after funded status has been reached?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    We can't start work on the book until the funding target has been reached. After that, we can schedule the book for publication once we have received the final manuscript, so we can't set a date yet we're afraid. Unbound Support.

    Scott Shanbom
    Scott Shanbom asked:

    Do you guys have any ETA on when you think the book will be published? Will it be in a few months or closer to several years?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Scott, the book will come out roughly 12 months after delivery of the manuscript. We will post regular updates on the page to let everyone know how work on the book is progressing.

    Brennan Lewis
    Brennan Lewis asked:

    When does funding end? Or does it keep going until the authors cancel it or it’s funded?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Brennan - yes it will keep going until it funds (now on 71% so getting close!) or until the authors cancel it.

    David Kelley
    David Kelley asked:

    If this isn’t 100% backed will it still be published?

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    Unfortunately the book will not be published if it doesn't reach it's goal. So make sure to tell all your friends how amazing it's gonna be. - Greg

    Ricardo Ralha
    Ricardo Ralha asked:

    I pleadged for Two Signed Books with a friend but paid from my account. Is it possible to provide two names to add to the back of the book?

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    I believe if you follow this link you should be able to change the names in the books. http://help.unbound.com/unbound-for-readers/managing-your-subscriptions/changing-the-supporter-name-thats-printed-in-a-book - Greg

    Brannon Evans
    Brannon Evans asked:

    Why is the shipping $20??

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Unfortunately that's what the shipping costs to send books overseas. We don't make any profit on the shipping.

    Joseph Ortiz
    Joseph Ortiz asked:

    How long are you planning to wait before claiming the book to be unfunded?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Joseph, the book is now on 71% and is still getting pledges so we are going to keep it going for a while longer.

    Joseph Ortiz
    Joseph Ortiz asked:

    Will the backers be refunded the money pledged if the project ends up unfunded?

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    I believe so, yes. - Greg

    Daniel Quasar
    Daniel Quasar asked:

    The campaign seems to have gone stagnant. The last update was back in September and the pledge amount has barely moved. Any news from y'all? I want to see this come to fruition but I feel like it's gonna be years away at this point.

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    Hey! Thanks for your support and your concern. We're actually planning on a big update in the very near future with new tiers and goodies along with an update video that should hopefully reignite the project in a big way! - Greg

    Victor Beucher
    Victor Beucher asked:

    Hi ! Will my credit card be debited right after I enter my informations or after the book is successfully funded ?

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    Hey Victor, I'm not entirely sure about this. I will attempt to get Unbound to tell you more. - Greg

    Daniel Quasar
    Daniel Quasar asked:

    Hey there, I originally pledged for the Earlybird Signed tier and I was hoping to upgrade to get my hands on a bookmark as well. However, it won't let me choose an upgrade tier with the bookmark added for some reason. (I mean, unless I go really high and get the super bundle but I can't afford that) Will there be an alternative way to get bookmarks? Maybe as an add-on?

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    You should just be able to change it, I'm not sure why it doesn't work, I will contact Unbound and get back to you ASAP - Greg

    Scott Shanbom
    Scott Shanbom asked:

    Hey, the last update was back in September, so I was wondering when you guys would be making a new update on the progress of the campaign. Congrats on 66% and thanks in advance for answering.

    Region Locked
    Region Locked replied:

    Hey Scott! Thanks for your question, we have a meeting with the people for Unbound coming up soon and we'll post a proper update after that. We'll also now be posting 2 region locked videos a month on DidYouKnowGaming, which should garner the project a lot of attention! Thanks for your support. - Greg