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Games I regret missing out on.

This list is comprised of games that I missed out on playing for one reason or another, whether it be because I didn't own the console it was for, I wasn't aware of its existence at the time, or it simply wasn't ever released in the U.S. Ideally, I'd like to be able to play all of these games properly someday. For now though, these games shall remain on this list.

List items

  • The second half of Persona 2 and the portion that was released in the U.S. I'd love to play this game, as I didn't discover the Megami Tensei series until long after its release. Maybe I'll have the chance to one day. After all, Innocent Sin was once on this list, as well.

  • Fatal Frame IV seems to be stuck in limbo. Developed by Tecmo and published by Nintendo in Japan, neither company seems willing to release the game in North America. This is a real shame given that I've heard some really positive things about this game, and I'm curious about what aspects Grasshopper Manufacture brought to the table in the game's development.

  • Shenmue has always struck me as a divisive game, but it's also a very unique blend of adventure and fighting. The uniqueness of its design is something that really set it apart, and I'm sad to say that I never owned a Dreamcast and thus never had the opportunity to try it for myself.

  • A strategy RPG crossover between Namco and Capcom characters. The absolute insanity of mixing it up with all of those characters is something that I was really hoping that I could experience in English. Unfortunately, the game was never released domestically.

  • The fourth game in the Fire Emblem series and one of the many that was never released outside of Japan. This game features an interesting story that spans two generations. If Nintendo remakes this game with the same care that was given to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, I'd love to give it a shot.

  • The game that spawned the Megami Tensei franchise. It may be severely outdated now, but I'd love the chance to see how it all began.

  • Panzer Dragoon as an RPG. How I wish I had the chance.

  • When I was young and stupid, I thought this game looked ugly and dumb. Now that I am a man, I have seen the error of my ways and wish to atone.

  • There were a lot of old computer RPGs I missed out on simply for the fact that my family didn't own a PC until I was in middle school. I don't miss the days of Windows 3.1, but I do regret missing out on games like The Bard's Tale.

  • Part company management sim, part RPG, part space shooter, part love letter to Sega's past. It was one of the last games Sega produced for the Dreamcast and was never released in the west.

  • An NES RPG based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms. I never even saw this in stores or rentals while I was growing up. Living in Wyoming in the 1980s really sucked.

  • I remember seeing an article about this game in Nintendo Power back around its release in Japan, and it seems like a very interesting concept; raising a robot to behave and act like a human. It's a shame that it was never given an official English release.

  • The Guardian Legend features a mix of gameplay that seems like it might have been ahead of its time. If I had known that it existed when I was a kid and had access to purchase it, it's something that definitely would have interested me back then.