Why do publishers choose to change names of games in certain regions around the world ? That is the million dollar question. They will give you all sorts of reasons and excuses, but it all boils down to the marketing teams and what they think will work in their segment.
I think these games would have an identity crisis if they were human. I mean, some games are known by more than two different names ! C’mon, that is absurd, no matter where you are from.
I have listed a few retro games that are known by various names around the world.
You be the judge of which region names you prefer for the following retro games:
|Game Name||Also Known As (AKA)|
|Bare Knuckle||Streets of Rage|
|Jet Set Radio||Jet Grind Radio|
|Devil Crash||Devil’s Crush, Dragon’s Fury, Devil Crash MD|
|Another World||Out of this World, Other World|
|Ninja Gaiden||Shadow Warriors|
|Two Crude Dudes||Crude Buster|
|Buggy Boy||Speed Buggy|
|Green Beret||Rush’n Attack|
|International Karate||World Karate Championship|
|Stunt Car Racer||Stunt Track Racer|
|Winter Olympiad 88||Winter Challenge|
|International Karate +||Chop ‘n Drop Karate|
|Microprose Soccer||Keith van Eron’s Pro Soccer|
|Driller||Space Station Oblivion|
|The Sentinel||The Sentry|
|Rock ‘n Wrestle||Bop ‘n Wrestle|
If you know of others, please share them and comment/reply below