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Old 30 August 2019, 14:03   #1
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"Primary" Game Names

As I've been doing a lot of emulation recently, one of things I keep coming across are different releases of games that for whatever reason get different names when localised. Some of them are just stupid. So, I thought I'd start compiling them to see if I could figure out the "Primary" name of each game - if possible. If anyone wants to pitch in, then please do

Some might be contentious as to what is the primary name but hey it's only a bit of "fun". I'm typically assuming the primary name if that is what the series was usually know as, or if there are multiple regions with the same name.

I'm only really talking about differences between English versions of a game so something like Biohazard and Resident Evil wouldn't count because it's always known as Resident Evil in the Western world.

Primary names are in bold.

32X
  • Stellar Assault (Europe, Japan) / Shadow Squadron (USA)

Amiga
  • Another World (Europe) / Out of this World (USA)
  • Crazy Cars II (Europe) / F40 Pursuit Simulator (USA)
  • Crazy Cars III (Europe) / Lamborghini American Challenge (Europe) [*** Lamborghini adds 2 player mode ***]
  • Nebulus (Europe) / Tower Toppler (USA)

Arcade
  • Contra (Japan, USA) / Gryzor (Europe)
  • Green Beret (Japan, Europe) / Rush'n'Attack (USA)
  • Mr. Heli (Europe, Japan) / Battle Chopper (USA)

Game Boy Advance
  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (USA) / Castlevania (Europe)
  • Gunstar Super Heroes (Japan, USA) / Gunstar Future Heroes (Europe)
  • Jet Set Radio (Europe) / Jet Grind Radio (USA)

Master System

Mega CD
  • Thunderhawk (Europe, Japan) / AH-3 Thunderstrike (USA)

Mega Drive
  • Another World (Europe) / Out of this World (USA)
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines (USA) / Castlevania: The New Generation (Europe)
  • The Chaos Engine (Europe) / Soldiers of Fortune (USA)
  • Contra: Hard Corps (USA) / Probotector (Europe)
  • Gynoug (Europe, Japan) / Wings of Wor (USA)
  • Marvel Land (USA) / Talmit's Adventure (Europe)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (USA) / Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (Europe)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (USA) / Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Europe)
  • Thunder Force IV (Europe, Japan) / Lightening Force (USA)
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbours (USA) / Zombies (Europe)

N64
  • Star Fox 64 (USA) / Lylat Wars (Europe)

NES

SNES
  • Another World (Europe) / Out of this World (USA)
  • The Chaos Engine (Europe) / Soldiers of Fortune (USA)
  • Castlevania: Dracula X (USA) / Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss (Europe)
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars / Super Probotector: Alien Rebels (Europe)
  • Star Fox (USA) / Starwing (Europe)
  • Super Aleste (Europe, Japan) / Space Megaforce (USA)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (USA) / Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Europe)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (USA) / Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Europe)
  • Uniracers (USA) / Unirally (Europe)
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbours (USA) / Zombies (Europe)

TurboGrafx-16 / PC-Engine
  • Gunhed (Japan) / Blazing Lazers (USA) [*** Is the Japanese version fully english? ***]

Up for discussion
  • Pang or Buster Bros.? I know it as Pang but that's because I'm from the UK...

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Old 30 August 2019, 14:14   #2
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Only a few, but it will check more later.


PC-Engine

Gunhed (Japan) / Blazing Lazers (USA)


Arcade

Mr. Heli (Europe, Japan) / Battle Chopper (USA)


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Pang or Buster Bros.? I know it as Pang but that's because I'm from the UK...
It was "Pang" here in Germany too.

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Old 30 August 2019, 14:17   #3
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Contra (Japan, USA) / Gryzor (Europe)
Green Beret (Japan, Europe) / Rush'n'Attack (USA)
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Old 30 August 2019, 14:26   #4
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Crazy Cars III -> Lamborghini American Challenge
Explora : Time Run -> Chrono Quest
Explora II -> Chrono Quest II
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Old 30 August 2019, 14:43   #6
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  • Nebulus (Europe) / Tower Tobbler (USA)
  • B.A.T. 2 (Europe) / The Koshan Conspiracy (USA)
  • Operation Stealth (Europe) / James Bond 007: The Stealth Affair (USA)
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The Killing Game Show (Amiga & ST) / Fatal Rewind (Mega Drive)

Leander (Amiga & ST) / The Legend of Galahad (Mega Drive)


Consoles and Computer
Bomber Man (Japan, USA) / Dynablaster (Europe)


All platforms?

Chiki Chiki Boys (Japan)
/ Mega Twins (USA, Europe)


Arcade
Bloody Wolf (Japan, USA) / Battle Rangers (Europe)

Computers
Kult: The Temple of Flying Saucers (Europe) / Chamber of the Sci-Mutant Priestess (USA)

@Gunhed: It's a shmup loosley based on the movie. There isn't any relevant text.

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Old 30 August 2019, 22:36   #8
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Arcade original
Gradius / Nemesis
Salamander / Life Force (Though in this case there were some differences on gameplay)
Tatsujin / Truxton
Mahou Daisakusen / Sorcer Striker
Shippu Mahou Daisakusen / Kingdom Grand-Prix
Great Mahou Daisakusen / Dimahoo

Master System
Aleste / Power Strike
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Turtles (Konami) / Turpin (Sega)
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Fighting Fantasy / Hippodrome
Mutant Fighters / Death Brade
Slap Fight / Alcon
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