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* A truly baffling case with the Game Boy Advance port of ''VideoGame/MrDriller 2''. It released in Japan in 2001, but didn't release in Europe until 2004 and North America until 2005. Its release in NA came after not only the Japan-exclusive ''Mr. Driller A'' for Game Boy Advance (which has ''six playable characters'' by default compared to ''Mr Driller 2's'' two characters), but also the Nintendo DS game ''Mr Driller: Drill Spirits'', which had released in all regions by that point. Only Namco knows why they bothered with the comparatively-miniscule ''Mr Driller 2'' after that.

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A truly baffling case with the Game Boy Advance port of ''VideoGame/MrDriller ''Mr. Driller 2''. It released in Japan in 2001, but didn't release in Europe until 2004 and North America until 2005. Its release in NA came after not only the Japan-exclusive ''Mr. Driller A'' for Game Boy Advance (which has ''six playable characters'' by default compared to ''Mr Driller 2's'' two characters), but also the Nintendo DS game ''Mr Driller: Drill Spirits'', which had released in all regions by that point. Only Namco knows why they bothered with the comparatively-miniscule ''Mr Driller 2'' after that.that.
** That being said, the above doesn't come close to ''Mr. Driller: Drill Land''. ''Drill Land'' was announced for a worldwide Nintendo Switch release in 2020, nearly ''18 years'' after its original release on the [=GameCube=].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron'' received a Polish dub in 2017, 32 years after the movie's premiere.


* EMI America declined to issue Music/KateBush's albums ''Lionheart'' and ''Never For Ever'' in the U.S. following the failure of her debut, ''The Kick Inside'' there. The Billboard chart entry and favorable reviews for ''The Dreaming'' there prompted them to finally issue those albums stateside.

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* EMI America Creator/EMIAmericaRecords declined to issue Music/KateBush's albums ''Lionheart'' and ''Never For Ever'' in the U.S. following the failure of her debut, ''The Kick Inside'' there. The Billboard chart entry and favorable reviews for ''The Dreaming'' there prompted them to finally issue those albums stateside.


* This happened to many Studio Ghibli movies in North America:
** ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'': Released in Japan in August 1986, released to DVD in North America April 2003, 16 years later. [[note]] The film was [[ReleaseDateChange supposed to get a VHS release in spring 1999]], which would have been 13 years later, but it got delayed for unknown reasons.[[/note]]
** ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'': Released in Japan in April 1988, released in North American theaters May 1993, five years later.
** ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'': Released in Japan in April 1988, released on a subtitled VHS in North America June 1993, 5 years later.
** ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'': Released in July 1989, released in North America on VHS September 1998, 9 years later.
** ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'': Released in theaters in July 1991 in Japan, aired on Tuner Classic Movies January 2006, 14 years later.
** ''Anime/PorcoRosso'': Released in Japanese theaters in July 1992, released on DVD in North America in February 2005, 12 years later.
** ''Anime/OceanWaves'': Aired on Japanese TV in May 1993, released in North American theaters December 2016, 23 years later.
** ''Anime/PomPoko'': Released in Japanese theaters in July 1994, released on DVD in North America August 2005, 11 years later.
** ''Anime/WhisperOfTheHeart'': Released in Japanese theaters July 1995, aired on Turner Classic movies January 2006, 10 years later.
** ''Anime/MyNeighborsTheYamadas'': Released in Japan July 1999, released on North American DVD August 2005, 6 years later.
** ''Anime/TheCatReturns'': Released in Japan in July 2002, released on North American DVD February 2005, 2 and a half years later.
** ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'': Released in Japan July 2006, released in North American theaters August 2010, 4 years later.



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': ''Anime/MewtwoStrikesBackEvolution'' is an interesting case. While the film saw a premiere with Japanese subtitles during Anime Expo 2019, the English dub didn't get a release until Creator/{{Netflix}} announced it for streaming outside Japan and South Korea on February 27, 2020. Its release in Japan was July 12, 2019; so many expected the dubbed film to be released in theaters that November, but this never came to be despite some tie-ins with the trading card game and events in ''VideoGame/PokemonGo''.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': ''Anime/MewtwoStrikesBackEvolution'' is an interesting case. While the film saw a premiere with Japanese subtitles during Anime Expo 2019, the English dub didn't get a release until Creator/{{Netflix}} announced it for streaming outside Japan and South Korea on February 27, 2020. Its release in Japan was July 12, 2019; so many expected the dubbed film to be released in theaters that November, but this never came to be despite some tie-ins with the trading card game and events in ''VideoGame/PokemonGo''.


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* This happens to many Studio Ghibli movies in North America:
** ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'': Released in Japan in August 1986, released to DVD in North America April 2003, 16 years later. [[note]] The film was [[ReleaseDateChange supposed to get a VHS release in spring 1999]], which would have been 13 years later, but it got delayed for unknown reasons.[[/note]]
** ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'': Released in Japan in April 1988, released in North American theaters May 1993, five years later.
** ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'': Released in Japan in April 1988, released on a subtitled VHS in North America June 1993, 5 years later.
** ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'': Released in July 1989, released in North America on VHS September 1998, 9 years later.
** ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'': Released in theaters in July 1991 in Japan, aired on Tuner Classic Movies January 2006, 14 years later.
** ''Anime/PorcoRosso'': Released in Japanese theaters in July 1992, released on DVD in North America in February 2005, 12 years later.
** ''Anime/OceanWaves'': Aired on Japanese TV in May 1993, released in North American theaters December 2016, 23 years later.
** ''Anime/PomPoko'': Released in Japanese theaters in July 1994, released on DVD in North America August 2005, 11 years later.
** ''Anime/WhisperOfTheHeart'': Released in Japanese theaters July 1995, aired on Turner Classic movies January 2006, 10 years later.
** ''Anime/MyNeighborsTheYamadas'': Released in Japan July 1999, released on North American DVD August 2005, 6 years later.
** ''Anime/TheCatReturns'': Released in Japan in July 2002, released on North American DVD February 2005, 2 and a half years later.
** ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'': Released in Japan July 2006, released in North American theaters August 2010, 4 years later.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': ''Anime/MewtwoStrikesBackEvolution'' is an interesting case. While the film saw a premiere with Japanese subtitles during Anime Expo 2019, the English dub didn't get a release until Creator/{{Netflix}} announced it for streaming outside Japan and South Korea on February 27, 2020. Its release in Japan was July 12, 2019; so many expected the dubbed film to be released in theaters that November, but this never came to be despite some tie-ins with the trading card game and events in ''VideoGame/PokemonGo''.

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** Level-5's status with this trope has been [[SelfDeprecation acknowledged by them]] on their official Twitter for ''[[VideoGame/TheSnackWorld Snack World]]'', which itself is another example. Two years after the Switch version, three years after the [=3DS=] (which will remain NoExportForYou)


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* Despite the popularity of the ''VideoGame/KunioKun'' series in Japan, very few of the titles made it overseas (notable exceptions include ''Crash n the Boys'' and ''River City Ransom''). With the release of ''Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle'', '''11''' of the un-localized games on the Famicom finally saw release outside of Japan.


** The original anime was not made available for a digital streaming release in Canada until 2016 when Viz released it subtitled only on Tubi TV. Given that many people in the West were introduced to the franchise through the DIC/Cloverway dub (which was produced in Toronto), quite a few fans were understandably disappointed. To this day, Viz's dub still hasn't aired on Tubi TV.

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** The original anime ''Sailor Moon'' was not made available for a digital streaming release in Canada until 2016 when Viz released it (as well as ''Crystal'') subtitled only on Tubi TV. Given that many people in the West were introduced to the franchise through the DIC/Cloverway dub (which was produced in Toronto), quite a few fans were understandably disappointed. To this day, Viz's dub still hasn't aired on Tubi TV.


** The original anime was not made available for legal online streaming in Canada for over two years after viewers in the United States could start watching it that way. Given that many people in the West were introduced to the franchise through the DIC/Cloverway dub (which was produced in Canada), fans were not happy. When it did become available for legal streaming in Canada, only the Japanese audio track was made available. Canadians still cannot stream the show容ither the original anime ''or'' its 2010s remake様egally with English audio, and that may unfortunately never be fixed.
** ''Anime/SailorMoon'' came out in 1992 but took until 1995 to reach American shores. This is due to a licensing war between different companies who wanted a piece of what was likely-to-be (and which did indeed end up) a CashCowFranchise. This is where the infamous ''WesternAnimation/ToonMakersSailorMoon'' comes into play[[note]]In 1993, Toon Makers had wanted the ''Sailor Moon'' rights so that they could produce an Americanized version[[/note]].

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** The original anime was not made available for legal online streaming in Canada for over two years after viewers in the United States could start watching it that way. Given that many people in the West were introduced to the franchise through the DIC/Cloverway dub (which was produced in Canada), fans were not happy. When it did become available for legal streaming in Canada, only the Japanese audio track was made available. Canadians still cannot stream the show容ither the original anime ''or'' its 2010s remake様egally with English audio, and that may unfortunately never be fixed.
** ''Anime/SailorMoon'' came out in 1992 but took until 1995 to reach American shores. This is was due to a licensing war between different companies who wanted a piece of what was likely-to-be (and which did indeed end up) a CashCowFranchise. This is was where the infamous ''WesternAnimation/ToonMakersSailorMoon'' comes came into play[[note]]In 1993, Toon Makers had wanted the ''Sailor Moon'' rights so that they could produce an Americanized version[[/note]].


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** The original anime was not made available for a digital streaming release in Canada until 2016 when Viz released it subtitled only on Tubi TV. Given that many people in the West were introduced to the franchise through the DIC/Cloverway dub (which was produced in Toronto), quite a few fans were understandably disappointed. To this day, Viz's dub still hasn't aired on Tubi TV.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': ''Anime/MewtwoStrikesBackEvolution'' is an interesting case. While the film saw a premiere with Japanese subtitles during Anime Expo 2019, the English dub didn't get a release until Creator/{{Netflix}} announced it for streaming outside Japan and South Korea on February 27, 2020. Its release in Japan was July 12, 2019; so many expected the dubbed film to be released in theaters that November, but this never came to be despite some tie-ins with the trading card game and events in ''VideoGame/PokemonGo''.


* Music/CocteauTwins' albums prior to 1988's ''Blue Bell Knoll'' were only released in the U.S. through Creator/CapitolRecords in the early '90s. Prior to that Creator/FourADRecords entered into an agreement with Relativity Records to distribute the band's ''The Pink Opaque'' compilation in the U.S., but opted not to issue their individual albums.

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* Music/CocteauTwins' albums prior to 1988's ''Blue Bell Knoll'' were only released in the U.S. through Creator/CapitolRecords in the early '90s. Prior to that Creator/FourADRecords entered into an agreement with Relativity Records to distribute the band's ''The Pink Opaque'' compilation in the U.S., but opted not to issue their individual albums. Their albums were still popular enough imports that they were able to play a handful of gigs in the U.S. before they had an American record deal.


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** The original anime was not made available for legal online streaming in Canada for over two years after viewers in the United States could start watching it that way. Given that many people in the West were introduced to the franchise through the DIC/Cloverway dub (which was produced in Canada), fans were not happy. When it did become available for legal streaming in Canada, only the Japanese audio track was made available. Canadians still cannot stream the show legally with English audio, and that may unfortunately never be fixed.

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** The original anime was not made available for legal online streaming in Canada for over two years after viewers in the United States could start watching it that way. Given that many people in the West were introduced to the franchise through the DIC/Cloverway dub (which was produced in Canada), fans were not happy. When it did become available for legal streaming in Canada, only the Japanese audio track was made available. Canadians still cannot stream the show legally show容ither the original anime ''or'' its 2010s remake様egally with English audio, and that may unfortunately never be fixed.


** The original anime was not made available for legal online streaming in Canada for over two years after viewers in the United States could start watching it that way. Given that many people in the West were introduced to the franchise through the DIC/Cloverway dub (which was produced in Canada), fans were not happy.

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** The original anime was not made available for legal online streaming in Canada for over two years after viewers in the United States could start watching it that way. Given that many people in the West were introduced to the franchise through the DIC/Cloverway dub (which was produced in Canada), fans were not happy. When it did become available for legal streaming in Canada, only the Japanese audio track was made available. Canadians still cannot stream the show legally with English audio, and that may unfortunately never be fixed.


** ''VideoGame/KirbyBattleRoyale'' was released in November in Europe and Japan, but in January in the [=US=].


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** ''VideoGame/KirbyBattleRoyale'' was released in November in Europe, Australia and Japan, in January in North America and in February in South Korea.


* The 3rd season, the last 26 episodes, of ''Anime/SonicX'' were supposed to air in Japan in 2005. They were cancelled and wouldn't air until 2020.

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* The 3rd season, the last 26 episodes, of ''Anime/SonicX'' were supposed to air in Japan in 2005. They were cancelled Their original TV run was canceled and they ended up released DirectToDVD instead; it wouldn't air get a proper televised airing until 2020.


* In November 2019, Creator/DisneyPlus launched in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands... and that was it. European countries outside the Netherlands have to wait until about March 2020 to get Disney+. It's especially problematic given the hype and coverage of its current {{flagship|franchise}} show, ''Series/TheMandalorian'', in an age of worldwide launches for big new TV shows, and it's especially frustrating for fans who don't live in one of the five countries where it launched first and take big spoilers in the face on geeky news sites. It's especially weird considering [[SpoiledByTheMerchandise merch that involves spoilers]] of said show (namely, toys and T-shirts of [[WalkingSpoiler the Asset]], who turns out to be [[spoiler:a baby of Yoda's species]]) will be available for Christmas 2019 in some of the countries that don't have Disney+ yet. Some resort to using [=VPNs=] to get Disney+, others use [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil illegal means]], wich some media commentators have attributed to the fact that ''The Mandalorian'' is not yet available worldwide.

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* In November 2019, Creator/DisneyPlus launched in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands... and that was it. European countries outside the Netherlands have to wait until about March 2020 to get Disney+.Disney+, while Mexico and Latin America have to wait until near the end of 2020. It's especially problematic given the hype and coverage of its current {{flagship|franchise}} show, ''Series/TheMandalorian'', in an age of worldwide launches for big new TV shows, and it's especially frustrating for fans who don't live in one of the five countries where it launched first and take big spoilers in the face on geeky news sites. It's especially weird considering [[SpoiledByTheMerchandise merch that involves spoilers]] of said show (namely, toys and T-shirts of [[WalkingSpoiler the Asset]], who turns out to be [[spoiler:a baby of Yoda's species]]) will be available for Christmas 2019 in some of the countries that don't have Disney+ yet. Some resort to using [=VPNs=] to get Disney+, others use [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil illegal means]], wich some media commentators have attributed to the fact that ''The Mandalorian'' is not yet available worldwide.

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