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New episodes of television shows aren't aired on the same day or even week everywhere in the world. Obviously, new episodes of an anime are going to be out in Japan before they're shown in the United States due to the time it takes to translate it and time subtitles (dubbing only increases the wait). Shows made in the United States are, naturally, usually shown in the United States before they're shown in another country. It only makes sense that a show will be shown first in the country that made it.

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However, an odd trend is that, although a title was made in one country, the people in another country see new episodes first, which seems extremely counter-intuitive, at least to the viewers of the country of origin. Usually it's a US-based show that's shown first in Canada, Australia, the UK, or even Latin America.

The reason this happens is that, once they've paid for them, licensees/networks in those countries often have considerable control over when they want to air the episodes, and they just happen to air them earlier than the original country's station does. Oftentimes a contract will state that episodes cannot be aired before a certain date, anticipating that the home network will air the show before then, but then for whatever reason the airdate in the home country is pushed back, but the foreign station keeps its originally planned airdate.

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No matter the case, upon the advent of file-sharing networks and sites like YouTube, this means that anxious viewers in the work's home country gained the ability to see these episodes weeks or even months before they're ever aired.

This may overlap with Germans Love David Hasselhoff, which can sometimes be either a cause or an effect of this phenomenon.

Contrast Late Export for You, where certain regions get the work later than others, and No Export for You, where foreign countries never see the work at all.

And "Short Run in Peru" does not refer to a work that's short-lived outside its home country. That would be Unfinished Dub.


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Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Teknoman, the English-language adaptation of Tekkaman Blade, had its entire run air in Australia before it premiered in the US (which only ended up screening about half the series). It was also a different dub that had the main character keep his original name, and is generally seen to be closer to the original, and did not tell the entire backstory in the opening credits either. This is the version used for the DVD release.
  • The anime Afro Samurai was animated in English with American voice actors (but otherwise used entirely Japanese staff). As such, it was picked up by Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV) and aired before its subtitled Japanese broadcast.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters miniseries, which used the 4Kids cast, first aired on RTÉ Two in Ireland. US fans didn't even know about it until after the second episode had aired. Their run of Pokémon also overtook other countries (including the US) for a while back in 2000.
    • RTÉ airs quite a few US shows very early, at least before the UK. This is due to licensing being much cheaper for such a small country like Ireland, and trying to beat competition from UK channels which are easily available on cable and satellite (or terrestrially if you're near the border or south east coast).
  • The movie to the second Yu-Gi-Oh! series (the one everyone is familiar with) was not screened in Japan until after it had already been released in the rest of the world for over a year.
    • This is partly to do with its production being headed by 4Kids, rather than TV Tokyo. It originally wasn't going to even get a Japanese release, and yet the American version still had nearly 20 minutes of footage cut compared to the original Japanese version.
  • The dub of Sailor Moon had this happen when the final 17 episodes of R were finally dubbed. Because of the show's success in Canada, there was no trouble getting YTV to air them, but it took the show getting popular on Toonami in the US for the them to be released in the states, a year later.
  • Samurai Pizza Cats is an interesting case. While a grand total of 52 episodes of the series were dubbed, Canada (which got the show first) had four dubbed episodes pulled from the package. When the show resurfaced many years later in America, these four episodes were included but twelve different episodes were missing instead. Nobody knows why any of these episodes were pulled – fans have often speculated on censorship (because America), but since they were already dubbed and censored anyway, this argument makes no logical sense unless you're a programming planner at a US TV syndicator.
  • This happened in Australia with Funimation's dub of One Piece; the dub first premiered in America on Cartoon Network in Fall 2007, taking off from where the 4Kids dub ended, but was cancelled after about six months due to insufficiently improving ratings. However the entire season, which had 28 more episodes, was already completely dubbed, so when Australia decided not to cancel the show, they ended up showing the rest of that season first. For the record, it took Funimation over three years for their DVD sets (which had started at the very beginning by fan request) to reach the Australia-only episodes.
  • IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix was aired in English in the United States on Toonami one day before before being aired in Japan due to it being co-produced by Toonami. Japan had the entire 2nd season air before the US saw its release though.
  • Transformers Armada aired in America about five months before Japan; unfortunately, this was due to the translators having to work with unfinished episodes, resulting in distinctly sub-par animation and occasionally strange dialogue.
  • In Australia, Redline was part of Madman Entertainment's 2010 Reel Anime Festival, with a limited cinema run in early September, several weeks before its Japanese cinema debut.
  • The second season of the 2001 Cyborg 009 series was aired in Latin-America more than a year before the US did the same.
  • Pokémon:
    • The Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon anime special aired in the US first, despite being specifically made for the tenth anniversary of the games' Japanese release (back then, North America got the games years later). Since the other episodes of the anime were aired in their original order in the US, the special actually aired an entire year before it would normally air. Possibly a Justified Trope, as Pokémon USA used the special to test out the new voice actors that would be replacing the 4Kids actors the following year.
    • And then there's Pokémon Chronicles. While it was a compilation of episodes that had previously aired in Japan (3 1/2 years previously in the case of the opening three-parter), the series debuted in the UK a whole year before US audiences saw it, with Canada picking it up not long after the UK. The US promos still called it a world premiere.
    • The UK has a regular history of jumping ahead of the US for a few episodes, then falling far behind. In the same year as Chronicles, Advanced Battle had the Spoiler Opening edited to cover up Pokémon that weren't supposed to be shown outside Japan yet an episode later than in the US airing due to scheduling. And in a massive case of timing, it came out that Kids WB would be skipping three episodes (later turned out to be delayed by two months) right as the third of those episodes was airing in the UK.
    • Many episodes of Black and White: Rival Destinies aired in Italy before every other western country.
    • The first two episodes of Sun and Moon aired on CITV in the UK first before their US premiere.
      • In addition, the first two episodes of Sun and Moon premiered on Disney XD in the US before XY, the previous season, has finished its Cartoon Network US airing.
    • Starting with Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, the English dubs of the films would air in Australia and New Zealand before the United States.
  • The Gantz movie got a theatrical release in the US a few days before it opened in its native Japan.
  • Xam'd: Lost Memories was available for download in the US by PlayStation 3 owners months before the series had even aired in Japan.
  • The Trigun movie, "Badlands Rumble", first premiered at SakuraCon in Seattle, Washington, a few months before its Japanese theatrical release, presumably at least partially because of the show was significantly more popular in the US than Japan. Somewhat unusually for this trope, it was shown raw (aka in Japanese with no subtitles)
  • A well-known instance of this on the anime front was Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust. According to The Other Wiki, Bloodlust had its world premier in Australia over a year before it screened in Japan or the US. Unusually for an anime, the English dub was recorded first (in fact, the initial Japanese DVD release of the film was English-only).
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a minor case of this trope for the English dub. Granted, while the series is readily available to watch on DVD, and has been since the beginning, the dub has not aired at all on television in its country of origin, while in Australia it aired on ABC3. Which is primarily a children's station, though the series is (luckily) aired in a timeslot which appears to be meant for teenagers.
  • Stitch!, the anime based on Disney's Lilo & Stitch, was dubbed into English using American voice actors, and aired in various English-speaking countries outside of the US for almost two years before it showed up in the States. And then it didn't even last a week before it disappeared in favor of Rated "A" for Awesome. As of January 2017, it's never aired again and seems unlikely to do so.
  • The Doraemon episode "Big G: Master Chef" was released to the internet before it aired on TV, along with "Noby! Noby! He's Our Man; Gone With The Sneeze", though the latter was removed after its TV premiere.
  • The highly-anticipated Space Dandy had the gimmick of being a "simul-dub", meaning that new episodes of the series would air on Toonami in the U.S. hours before they would in Japan.
    • Oddly enough, the last episode of both seasons were aired in Osaka several days before it aired in America and the rest of Japan, making the show have a Short Run in Peru in its own country.
  • The 2015 version of Lupin III aired in Italy two months before its Japanese release, since the show takes place in the country.
  • Episodes 13, 14 and 15 of the English dub of Yo Kai Watch aired in Canada weeks before they did in the United States, and episodes 20-26 aired in Australia before their US run.
  • Ever since Hugtto! Pretty Cure Futari wa Pretty Cure All Star Memories, the Pretty Cure movies have been released in China to streaming service iquiyi months before they are released on home video in Japan.
  • The Hamtaro episode "Happy Ham-Ham Halloween!" aired in the U.S. on October 21, 2003, ten days before its Japanese airdate on October 31. That means the English distributors of Hamtaro got the episode, dubbed it and made any other localization edits (there was Japanese text that got changed to English, for example), and got it to Cartoon Network before it ever aired in Japan. It should also be noted that in Japan it was episode 173, and the English dub didn't dub past episode 105 in order, so this episode was treated as a special in the U.S. instead.
  • The English dub of Zoids Fuzors was cut short in the US. It's full run was only screened in Australia and Japan.
  • FLCL Progressive premiered in the US on June 2, 2018, over three months before its Japanese release.
    • The first episode of FLCL Alternative takes this Up to Eleven with the subtitled version having a stealth premiere in the US on April 1, 2018, five months before its Japanese release.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Adventures of Tintin was released in European countries in Fall 2011, and was one of the most popular movies of the year over there, but it didn't hit American theaters until December, and it bombed therenote . Probably due to the fact that while Tintin is one of the most successful and well-known franchises in Europe, it's hardly known in America aside from hardcore fans (and children who watched the animated version on Nickelodeon). Even in North America, the movie debuted earlier in Quebec, where Tintin (and Franco-Belgian Comics in general) are huge cultural icons.
  • Coco was released in Mexico a little under four weeks earlier (October 27) before its set release (November 22) in the United States. Justified, since Día de los Muertos, which the film centers around, is November 2 and being released long after the holiday would make little sense.
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011) was released in the UK 3 months before it was released in the US. Somewhat justified, because it adapted a British work.
  • The UK got Minions and The Secret Life of Pets a few weeks before their US release. It was quite justified for the first example, since a majority of the film took place in London.
  • The Lion King (2019) was released one week early in China to avoid "the blackout," an annual month-long period in which only Chinese films are allowed to be released to promote Chinese cinema.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Taken was released in America several months after it was in the UK (and a full year after France).
  • The American indie horror film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was released in Britain in 2008... and was not released in America until 2013, due to the rights for the film being caught in a legal limbo when its distributor went out of business. The horror website Bloody-Disgusting ranked it #1 on its list of the best unreleased horror films for four years straight.
  • The 2011 film of Jane Eyre was a UK production, but its UK cinema release was 6 months after most countries, and it was already on DVD and Blu-ray by the time the UK saw it.
  • A few of Jean-Claude Van Damme's movies were released first in Brazil, where he's really popular.
  • A number of superhero films, such as Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Amazing Spider-Man (and its sequel) and Aquaman were released abroad in several countries several weeks before they received a U.S. release, presumably due to more advantageous schedules and, in the case of the Spider-Man films, a more lucrative foreign market (the rebooted series has had limited American success compared to the Sam Raimi films).
    • Averted by Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which both had their previously scheduled "first weekend of May" US releases moved forward to match the "last weekend of April" European release date, seemingly in order to prevent the spoiler-heavy endings of said films leaked to American audiences before they had a chance to see the film. Endgame took things even further by also moving the Chinese release to the same weekend - Infinity War and prior Marvel summer releases had previously been typically scheduled for release in China after their domestic release.
    • Spider-Man: Far From Home was released in China on the weekend preceding its U.S. release to avoid the threat of competition by the Chinese would-be blockbuster The Eight Hundred. Ironically, though, The Eight Hundred saw its release cancelled, apparently due to Chinese censors, shortly before the opening of Far From Home.
  • Warcraft began its worldwide run two weeks prior to its U.S. release, with some suggesting the move as an effort to save face for a pending lackluster debut in its home territory. Warcraft was one of many summer movies (Civil War, Apocalypse, Neighbors 2, The Angry Birds Movie) which are getting earlier in foreign markets — not only to take advantage of international money, but because the European Championship will make it hard to drive Association Football fans to theaters.
  • This was the case for the Amanda Bynes vehicle Love Wrecked; the American production was released in a few parts of the Eastern Hemisphere starting in June 2006, but didn't make its US debut until it was dumped straight-to-cable via ABC Family in January 2007.
  • Being an American film adaptation of a popular Japanese property, Dragonball Evolution was released in Japan a month before America.
  • Shopkins: Wild, one of the Direct-to-Video movies based off Shopkins, played in Australian movie theaters a month and a half before its' American DVD release.
  • Woody Allen's 2019 film A Rainy Day in New York was pulled off of distributor Amazon Studios' release slate after Allen's past allegations of sexual abuse were taken more seriously thanks to the #MeToo movement, and ultimately Amazon washed its hands of the film and gave the distribution rights back to Allen. It has yet to find an American distributor, but it has already been released in some foreign territories.

    Literature 
  • Due to production delay of the anthology it was written for, Lois McMaster Bujold's novella "Winterfair Gifts" was first published in Croatia, rather than in the US.
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer was written by the American author Dan Wells, but it debuted in the UK before being published in the United States. Ditto for Mr. Monster, his second book.
  • Despite living in America for much of his later life, most of Vladimir Nabokov's works (particularly Lolita) were published in France and Britain long before they saw the light of day in the US.
  • During Sylvia Plath's lifetime, The Bell Jar was pseudonymously published in the UK only.

    Live-Action TV 

Creators:

  • This has happened to three different Gerry Anderson series. Several episodes of Space: 1999 made their debut in either the US or Australia before airing in the UK (though not in Italy, even though the series was partly financed by RAI) and a number of episodes of Terrahawks were shown in the US and/or Japan before their British screenings, but the champ in the Anderson canon is Space Precinct — the entire series was shown in America before Britain.

Networks:

  • When Disney Channel launched in Canada in 2015, they got to air brand-new episodes of all of Disney Channel's shows at least one week ahead of its U.S. counterpart as part of the launch event. Regarding Disney Channel's two most popular show in particular, Girl Meets World and K.C. Undercover, this created a huge demand for Canadians to record the episodes and then upload them to file-sharing sites for their US brethren. This prompted Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard and creator Michael Jacobs to very vocally speak out against the issue of piracy of their show, even threatening that such piracy would adversely affect production of future episodes.

Series:

  • The Canadian series Anne with an E. All of season 2 was released on Netflix in July 2018 in several countries... except for Canada, where episodes were broadcast weekly on CBC beginning in late September 2018.
  • Babylon 5 aired in the US amid the then-usual reruns. In a variation, the UK did not show the reruns, and thus were always ahead. They finished every season several episodes before the US did, making this a partial example.
  • This happened with the first season of Battlestar Galactica, which was co-produced by the Sci-Fi Channel and BSkyB. By the time the series premiered in the US, all but the final episode had already aired in the UK. Series creators Ron Moore and David Eick went so far as to post a plea on the show's official message board asking American fans not to download the episodes before they aired in the US (what an oddly specific request).
  • The final eight episodes of Bear in the Big Blue House aired in a number of non-US markets for around three years before finally being seen in the US on Playhouse Disney in 2006.
  • This practice was pointed out in Henry Jenkins's Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, with fans on the US/Canada border recording French-dubbed episodes of Beauty and the Beast that aired a few days (or weeks) earlier than the US Stations, and the women at the viewing party "shouting out" lines they understood from old high-school French classes.
  • Beyond the Break suffered this hard with season 3, which didn't even start in the US until June 2009 (at which point the entire season was aired in the span of three weeks, with new episodes premiering Mondays through Thursdays), over a year after they'd aired in Canada.
  • The final five episodes of the cancelled series Caprica were broadcast in Canada months ahead of anywhere else.
  • BBC4 aired all six episodes of Crimes Of Passion… which have not actually had a Swedish TV airing (the first aired in cinemas, the others went to DVD).
  • Recent seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation have seen some episodes airing in the US before they air in Canada. So far, episodes 6-1 through 6-8, 7-1 through 7-12, and 8-2 through 8-7 have aired in the US first, as have three of the four specials (one of which has no set air date in Canada, oddly enough).
  • Doctor Who:
    • 20th anniversary special "The Five Doctors" aired on a collection of PBS member stations in the US before it aired in the UK. This is because the BBC decided to delay the special to Children in Need Night 1983 — November 25th — whereas the PBS stations just went ahead and aired it on the actual anniversary, November 23rd.
    • Parts 2 and 3 of the Seventh Doctor story "Silver Nemesis" aired in New Zealand as part of a compilation broadcast prior to being shown in the UK.
    • The 1996 television movie aired in Canada and the US two weeks before it hit British airwaves, due in part to it being an international co-production between the BBC and Fox.
  • CTV is scheduled to air the remaining episodes of Do No Harm, an NBC series that was cancelled after two episodes, the series premiere having broke the record for the lowest-rated premiere on a Big-Four network.
  • Garth Marenghis Darkplace is the Trope Namer for this, in story. In the first few minutes of the first episode, Marenghi, the fictitious "creator" of the Show Within a Show, mentions that although the show was never broadcast in its native land of Britain when first produced in The '80s, it did have "a brief run in Peru".
  • Happened to H2O: Just Add Water. The third season was aired in the U.K. before being aired in its native Australia, and wasn't aired at all in the U.S.
    • This has since changed though as TeenNick added episodes of H2O from the third season to its broadcast rotation of the show in January 2012, when the network brought back the series from a short sabbatical from the network (additional episodes of the second season that were also unseen in the U.S., due to Nickelodeon pulling the program halfway through airing the second season in 2008, were also added to TeenNick airings of the show).
  • Due to several factors (extremely bad critical reception of the pilot, two school shootings that took place around the time the series was supposed to premiere, and the general climate in the US not being the best for the themes this kind of show presented) nobody bought the rights for domestic distribution of the TV series based on Heathers. The series did end airing in several European countries via HBO. In The UK it airs on StarzPlay.
  • Brazil aired Kamen Rider Dragon Knight beyond episode 15 where it was held in the US on a hiatus.
  • For some reason, Kingdom season 3 aired in Belgium six months before airing in the UK. Why? Why Belgium of all places? Nobody knows.
  • Series 2 of Law & Order: UK aired in Canada almost a half year before the UK. The same has also happened in regards to Series 4.
  • A number of second season episodes of LazyTown have never aired in the US, most of them airing first in the UK or Canada, though two aired first in Australia. This is presumably due to attempts on Nickelodeon's part to screw the show over, but forgetting that Lazy Town is neither under their control nor dependant on the American market (the next season was commissioned by The BBC), and it continues to be a success in the rest of the world.
    • In a better example of this trope, Lazy Town is consistently released in a number of English-speaking markets before it is dubbed for showing in Iceland, its actual country of production.
  • The third-season Married... with Children episode "I'll See You in Court" never aired during its original run on Fox as a right-wing boycott of the show happening at that time lead network executives to become nervous over its premise (the Bundys and Rhoadeses sue a seedy motel that tapes the couples having sex without them knowing). The episode still aired overseas during the show's run but didn't air at all in the U.S. until 2002, five years after the show ended.
  • The final eight episodes of Mind Games never aired in the US, as the show was cancelled after the fifth episode. They did air in Japan, however, as the full series was shown over the summer. Also, the show made it to the UK, supposedly.
  • New episodes of Murdoch Mysteries air about a month earlier in the UK than in Canada.
  • The final season of BBC series The Musketeers aired in several Eastern European countries and Canada, as well as being made available via Hulu in the US, over a month before it finally premiered in the UK.
  • Several episodes of MythBusters - namely, "Plane Boarding/Bite the Bullet" and "Traffic Tricks" — for some reason aired in the UK first before being aired in the US. Apparently the root cause of this is that several US bodies and companies were suing Discovery Communications over various aspects of the episodes. But since the lawsuit only named Discovery US, the international counterparts were unaffected and thus get to screen them in line with the season while US viewers needed to wait until the lawsuit is cleared before it can be screened in the US.
  • Most PBS affiliates in the USA aired the first episode of The Noddy Shop a week before TV Ontario did in the show's home country. As a result, the affiliates that ran the show from Monday-Friday at the time ran a majority of the episodes before Canada got them.
  • A Downplayed Trope with the British show Peaky Blinders in season 3. In the U.S., the show is distributed by Netflix. As is standard for Netflix, all 6 season 3 episodes premiered at once on May 31, 2016. However, the UK didn't finish airing the episodes until June 9.
  • Seems to be a trend with Power Rangers.
  • The third season of Primeval aired one and sometimes even two episodes in advance in Spain compared to the UK.
  • The final three episodes of Pushing Daisies aired in the UK before they did in the US, although apparently they aired (with English audio available) in Italy before either.
  • It's crossed the pond the other way too. Red Dwarf's eighth season took eight weeks to air all eight episodes in the UK, but when it was shipped to the US for broadcast, most of the PBS affiliates who picked it up aired the whole thing in two nights.
    • In one case, this was notably averted. KTEH 54 in California received the season 8 tapes weeks early. While their agreement allowed them to air them before the BBC did, they were asked to wait, and they did. Out of gratitude, the BBC had several of the actors (notably Craig Charles) come over to the states for their pledge drives – which led to dozens of viewers pledging money on the condition that Craig call them a smeghead on the air.
  • The final series of Scrapheap Challenge aired in Australia before the UK. When it did reach the UK, it got split into two blocks, aired a year apart, and dropped part-way through the second block, leaving several episodes still unaired.
  • Season 6 of The Shield started airing in France (with no changes other than the opening credits being in French) right before it starting airing in the US, and the French run saw two new episodes shown each week, so France quickly jumped way ahead of the US. As you might expect, the French broadcasts proved to be very popular on torrent sites.
  • Australia was getting Sliders ahead of the US at one point.
  • In the US, South of Nowhere had its Season 3B premiere pushed back from May to October 2008. However, it appears that France did not have the mid-season break that the US uses, meaning that the series (which was filmed between seasons) aired in its entirety there.
  • Stargate:
    • The initial broadcasts of Stargate SG-1 aired in America ahead of the UK, but when the North American showing had a mid-season hiatus the UK showings catch up, as they continuously aired the episodes in one go.
    • Something similar happened with season 3 of Stargate Atlantis and Season 10 of Stargate SG-1. The first half and the second half were separated in the US by a few months. The UK had them in one go. This resulted in the latter's show finale, "Unending" being shown in the UK about two months before the US.
  • Due to time zone differences, WWE SmackDown aired in Australia, the Philippines, India, the UK, and Ireland before it reaches the US. It had also previously aired a day earlier in Canada (due to the channel airing National Hockey League games on Thursdays). As of right now, SmackDown, just like WWE Raw, is live, so it airs either simultaneously with the US, or on delay. It's still possible during international tours when show is recorded.
  • By 1985, both the CTV network and the Ottawa local affiliate that made the show had cancelled You Can't Do That on Television; Nickelodeon paid the station to keep making new episodes as it was their breakout hit at the time. The middle seasons remained unseen in Canada until YTV was created in the late '80s.
  • Episodes of the US soap The Young and the Restless air in Canada one day before they do in the US.

    Music 
  • Junior Senior's Hey Hey My My Yo Yo was released in Japan first, then later their native Denmark (it was briefly available in other parts of Scandinavia too). Two years later, it was released in the US and Australia. Oddly, it was never released in the UK, despite the band's previous album D-Don't Stop The Beat being very successful there.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen's 2015 album Emotion was released in Japan two months before it was released in the U.S. and her native Canada.
  • Imagine Dragons released the Smoke + Mirrors Super Deluxe album overseas in February 2015, the same date as they did the normal version of the album. In the US, the Super Deluxe version didn't become available until October 2015. Although, the bonus tracks had already become available by then on either their own singles, or other soundtracks.

    Theatre 

    Video Games 
  • The PlayStation 4 was released in the US and Europe on November 15th and 29th 2013, respectively, while its Japanese release date was pulled back to February 22nd a year later. This can be explained because of the early release date of the anticipated European game Killzone: Shadow Fall. The game was probably never meant to appeal to the Japanese audience, so Sony pulled back the date for the Japanese release to make sure it came out on the same day as Dynasty Warriors 8.
  • Several games in the Japan-created Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, including all the main-line Genesis / Mega Drive games, were released in North America before Japan. Somewhat justified since the series was created specifically to appeal to Western fans, and also because Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic Spinball were made at Sega's American branch. But even the 100% Japanese Sonic 1 came out in the US first.
    • Sonic 3D Blast (a.k.a Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island), made by UK firm Travellers Tales, saw first release in Europe, then North America about a month later, then finally Japan over a year later.
    • In fact, the only "Classic" Sonic games to avert this (other than some Game Gear titles) are Sonic 2 (16-bit) and Sonic CD.
    • This happens from time to time even in the "Modern" Era, though nearly all production has moved back to Japan, on the occasions where Sega has Americans write the scenarios (thus the English dub gets recorded first).
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle was released in America in January 2010, and was released in Europe in April and in Japan in late October. Justified as the first game bombed in its native Japan but did slightly better in America.
  • Advance Wars was originally intended to be a minor example of this, it being released in the US shortly before the Japanese release in October 2001. It was pushed back after 9/11 and wasn't released until 2004 in a compilation pack with its sequel, long after most other territories got them.
    • The Japanese release of Days of Ruin was delayed several times before being cancelled: so this Japanese-developed game never got released in its own country - until late 2013, where it's being released as a digital download title for the 3DS.
  • MadWorld was developed by Japanese company PlatinumGames and released in America and Europe in March 2009. Due to its graphic violence, however, Sega refused to release it in Japan; it eventually reached Japan eleven months later, published by Spike.
  • The first Rock Band game was released in America in late 2007, but didn't see a European release until the following May. To make up for the difference, some extra songs were included in the European version of the game that were released as paid DLC in the US version.
  • Mach Rider was an NES launch title that Nintendo created for American audiences, publishing it one month earlier in the US than in Japan. Of course, the result was clear.
  • Werewolf: The Last Warrior was released by Data East USA seven months before it was released in Japan... by Takara, of all companies.
  • Dungeon Master II was developed in the US, but the series' greater popularity in Japan is reflected by the fact that the PC-98 was the first platform on which it was released.
  • Angry Birds Blast was released in the UK in October 2016, two months before the USA, and even before the voices were added.
  • Ever Oasis was released in the West almost 3 weeks before its release in Japan, which is especially rare for niche JRPGs.
  • Kirby Battle Royale was released in Europe first (with Australia getting it one day later) rather than Japan. The American release came out two months after the Japanese release.
  • Nightmare Circus for the Sega Genesis was intended for physical release in North America in late 1995, but ultimately canceled by Sega of America, only to surface on the Sega Channel in late 1996. Between cancellation and release, it was brought to store shelves in Brazil by Sega's local publisher Tectoy. This version is an Obvious Beta, suggesting that it was the last version of the game before its official cancellation.
  • Since Sega dropped support for the Sega Master System/Mark III in Japan rather abruptly after the launch of the Mega Drive, several Master System games developed in Japan and likely intended for Japanese release were released in Western countries exclusively or first. These include Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, which even had enhanced music for the Japan-exclusive FM Sound Unit, and did receive later Japanese releases through ports to other console systems.


Alternative Title(s): Foreign Premiere First

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