How dare you try to access material on the World Wide Web from outside America!
"Somebody made a good Back to the Future game, and it was only in Japan? What the fuck is wrong with this fucking world?!!"
seem to churn out tons upon tons of merchandise
, goodies, and special content. The majority of this stuff sees limited international release, if any. There are a few reasons why this may occur (see Analysis
To be worth mentioning here, an example must not have been released in a country even though there were good reasons
to export it there. It has to meet at least one of the following conditions:
- It is part of a franchise which has previously proven successful in other regions (e.g. Sailor Moon).
- It was made with the specific intention of being sold overseas (e.g. Sin and Punishment).
- Its genre and/or sensibilities make it the sort of thing that would be exported in the absence of foreign fans clamouring for it.
The following are not
- Television series (including anime) — by nature, most television is made explicitly for domestic consumption with little intention of exporting it. The only exception would be if it has already been released in some markets and proven successful.
- Works which are released only in very similar markets. Because Canadian and US markets share so much in common, success in both means little to success in different markets.
- Video game examples can be included only if at least one installment of a franchise has been released in a different region. Hundreds of games never get released outside of their home market for the same reasons as television shows.
This is about media that's not exported for no obvious reason
. If there's little likelihood of a strong market demand, it is fair for a company not to export media to a foreign region. Movies made in Europe from the 1920s-'50s usually weren't released in the U.S. unless the starring actor/actress was a really big, recognizable name - Sophia Loren, say. Otherwise the commercial release of said movie there wouldn't have been financially viable.
Because of the Internet, people are far more aware of media they were never really intended to be aware of in the first place. Just because a Vocal Minority
believes a market is viable doesn't mean the market is
Still, with today's primary distribution point being online for music (iTunes, Amazon), games (Steam), movies (Netflix), books (Amazon), AND television (Hulu), you gotta wonder about the motivation behind regionally restricted release when manufacture and shipping costs simply don't apply.
Trope may overlap with Region Coding
, especially where DVDs, Blu-Rays, gaming media and web media is involved. May also invoke Screwed by the Network
if it's only later seasons of a show that is not being exported and the show has been taken off the air, which may result in a case of Keep Circulating the Tapes
Nothing sucks more than a certain series you want to see translated and in some cases can't, since the company may throw a Fanwork Ban
at you which stonewalls any translation attempt.
Can lead to Sequel First
or Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.
. Contrast Short Run In Peru
. See Bad Export for You
for a less extreme, yet more insulting version. Compare to Offer Void In Nebraska
. See also Import Gaming
for a way around this. Can be caused by Banned In China