J-Stars' Licensing May Be Keeping It From The West

J-Stars' Licensing May Be Keeping It From The West

J-Stars Victory Vs. is a hot title for many anime fans, including those here in the west. According to J. Kartje, Community Manager at Namco Bandai America, "I don't know much about it - But I know it's complicated with all the licensing etc."

This is completely understandable. Bringing a host of different characters from different franchises can be extremely difficult. A big recently example was PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale, which failed to bring Spyro or Crash Bandicoot due to problems with Activision (who own the rights).

With characters like Monkey D. Luffy and Naruto, it may take forever for the parent companies to license them for North America. Either way, you can expect CGM to have a copy of J-Stars Victory Vs. when it hits Japanese shelves March 19th. It will be available for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.


  • Fuck you.

    I already know why I wouldn't get it anyways, it's PS3 exclusive. Way to go Sony, real douche bad move on that one. Didn't realize that people all over the world like anime, and manga? Not just PlayStation owners? I have one, but I have friends that only have the 360, and want this game. If I can't play a game that should CLEARLY be a multiplatform title with my friends, you lost a sale. I hope the game tanks because of this, blatant consumer abuse forcing people to buy a PS3 to play a mutliplatform game. What's next? Movies adapted into games are now Sony exclusive, too? Bite me. You shouldn't get exclusive rights to ANY game based on other works you don't own.

    • Anonymous

      1. It's called capitalist economics, they are free to do whatever they want with their products.
      2. The reason that it's a PS3/Vita exclusive is because the vast majority of gamers in Japan have those systems. The 360 is virtually nonexistent over there, so why should they waste money to make this game for a very small market? You have no right to bitch because this game is NOT meant to bet marketed to you, or any other international anime fan. It's being marketed almost exclusively to Japanese fans, because that is where they will make the most money for their costs. And here's the biggest kicker: your friends couldn't even play the game anyway, because the 360 is region-locked. That means, among other locations, it cannot play Japanese games. And as this article says, there's 0 chance this game is going to be produced in the west because of licensing costs, so the only way to play it is to import it, and the only console of last gen that's region free is the PS3. So there you have it, that's why your entire complaint is totally ungrounded. Enjoy missing out on a great game because you don't know shit about the video game industry.