Msupdate’s Top Nexon Games That Should Be Brought To North America
The games appearing on this list are games which are published by Nexon in Korea, Japan or Europe but are not currently serviced in North America whether by Nexon or any other publisher. Games which have a global English service which is aimed towards a Western audience do not qualify even though they don’t have a service localized for North America. Games may be the intellecutal property of Nexon or another company.
Developer: Neople (Nexon Co. Ltd.)
From Neople, the developer of the worldwide blockbuster Dungeon Fighter Online (American name; Arad Senki in Japan; Dungeon & Fighter elsewhere), comes a new action fighting strategy MMO known as Cyphers. A fast paced and intense game with good graphics and combat, Cyphers is excellent for the North American market. It’s a real-time strategy (RTS) game similar in ways to League of Legends, Dota, Heroes of Newerth, etc., but is played from a third-person behind the back view with gameplay elements which differ greatly from those games.
You get matched up in intense 5 vs 5 matches in which you choose one of the many very varied characters available. Destroy your enemies’ guardian, towers and central tower. Sounds like your generic RTS such as League of Legends, right? Unlike the usual RTS, you won’t be using a point-and-click approach to combat in which you click on your enemies, spit out skill commands and your character just performs said skills. You’ll be working in a non-targeting combat system (similar to the system used in Vindictus and Dragon Nest) where you, the player, are actively involved in every movement that your character makes controlling things such as timing and aim. Knock together combos and time your attacks to perfection. Know your map and effective strategies. Cyphers is the game for every action game and strategy game fan.
Cyphers Online was launched in South Korea in early 2011 and has yet to be exported to any other market. Come on North America!
2. Kart Rider
Developer: Lodumani Studio (Nexon Co. Ltd.)
You didn’t really expect this not to be here, did you? As we await the release of Facebook platformed Kart Rider Dash, I continue to hope for the return of the North American service of the downloadable Kart Rider.
Kart Rider is an immensely popular online racing game developed and published by Nexon. Kart Rider has services for South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and France. Kart Rider was officially launched in Korea on June 1, 2004 and has since become one of the the world’s most popular online games with an unbelievable 250 million players worldwide. The game’s overwhelming success can be attributed to its Korean and Chinese services. Kart Rider is the national game of South Korea where it has been played by more than one third of the Korean population.
Kart Rider was launched into open beta phase in North America from October 2, 2007 to March 19, 2008 as the third game of Nexon America (after MapleStory and Audition). The game was not officially launched. It is still believed that Kart Rider will return to North America in the future.
Developer: Nclipse (Nexon Co. Ltd.)
Everplanet is a casual cartoonish super fun MMO developed by NCLIPSE and published by Nexon. It is very MapleStory-like with characters, skills, enemies and even a storyline similar to MapleStory’s, but in a 3D with an innovative camera system. Everplanet is the first game to use to “globe” camera system in which your character seems to be located on a planet and as you walk, the camera moves forward giving the effect of you walking around a spherical planet rather than a flat world as in other games. In other games when you walk along, distanced objects just seem to come into view from out of no where. In Everplanet distanced objects arise from below the horizon giving the world its spherical appearance.
The graphics aren’t good for the usual gamer, but if you like MapleStory graphics you’ll probably like Everplanet graphics. The graphics in Everplanet are amusing and refreshing and put a smile on my face. With countless skills, adventures and quests, Everplanet is sure to be fresh with content every time you jump on to play.
I can see Nexon America taking Everplanet over here any time. There’s nothing stopping them that I know of. Everplanet will be a sure success for the more casual gamers and may even attract some MapleStory players who want a change.
4. Counter-Strike Online
Counter-Strike Online is an action based first person shooter developed by Nexon under license from Valve Corporation, the company behind the popular Counter-Strike series. Counter-Strike Online is free-to-play and is targeted towards Asian game markets, but with a bit of localization, I’m sure it can do well over here in the West. With services in South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and South East Asia, Counter-Strike Online is among the popular online shooters in Asia. Pioneering the now widespread “zombie” game mode, Counter-Strike Online is also one of the most innovative shooters in the world.
Although tailored for an Asian market the gameplay is impressive and I am sure that through a bit (or a lot) of localization, Nexon can successfully port Counter-Strike Online to America. Unfortunately, getting license to publish Counter-Strike Online in North America will be close to impossible since the rest of the Counter-Strike series is still booming here and releasing a free version of the game might stop possible players from purchasing the rest of the games in the series. But still, we have a tiny bit of hope as Min Kim, Nexon America’s Head of Live Games, has said in the past that Nexon America is interested in bringing Counter-Strike Online to an American audience.
As soon as I decide on a 5th game that’s worth taking to America I’ll update this post.