Dans une Interview accordée à N-Gamer, David Tomlinson de Nintendo Europe affirme que Animal Crossing est actuellement en phase de traduction pour le marché européen, David Tomlinson serait en train de tester une version PAL du jeu. L'homme confirme également que Nintendo Europe prévoit de lancer le jeu Online sur GameCube cette année.
N-Gamer: Why did Nintendo of Europe decide to not bring Animal Crossing to Europe?
David Tomlinson: Nintendo of Europe decided not to bring Animal Crossing to Europe because this genre of game hasn’t been tested in Europe or America. Because of this, Nintendo made a business decision to launch Animal Crossing in one region other than Japan. The region chosen was America. They then decided they couldn’t bring a new type of game out it one region, and not in Europe, the region complaining about being treated badly, so they launched Doshin the Giant here. Both games have been a success in both regions, and Nintendo of Europe is currently in the process of translating Animal Crossing for Europe.
N-Gamer: Will Animal Crossing every reach European shores?
David Tomlinson: Well, let’s just say that I am testing a PAL conversion of it at the moment…
N-Gamer: What are Nintendo’s main business objectives for the near and distant future, and does online gaming play an integral part in these objectives?
David Tomlinson: Nintendo of Europe have told me that they plan to launch online gaming some time in 2003. This means that, yes, online gaming plays a part in whatever objectives the people high up in NoE have set.