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  • Fan Translation: After several years of Development Hell, the PlayStation 2 remake of Marie and Elie have been translated, including several bug fixes and minor features restored from the original versions added to the English patch.
  • I Knew It!: Ever since the release of Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings without an English dub, many fans speculated that Koei Tecmo wanted to save money and in the long run and speed up the North American releases by stop dubbing the games altogether since the Atelier series is very niche as a franchise. This is somewhat proven correct, although they cited it's mainly because of the fanbase preferences of the Japanese voices.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.":
    • Parts of the casts of the first two games made their American debuts in, of all things, Gust's other RPG series EXA_PICO, in a bonus virtual reality level for the two heroines in the first Ar tonelico. And with the release of Cross Edge in the States in May 2009, Marie has made her American console debut - completely outside her own franchise or even company.
    • "Marth Syndrome" ended up striking the franchise twice; Trinity Universe received a US release, and it features characters from Gust, Nippon Ichi and Idea Factory games... including the titular heroine of Atelier Viorate. This means that Viorate (called Violet in the game itself) joins Marie in debuting in America in a game not directly produced by her home company. Frothing, possibly rabid gamers armed with carrots have been spotted outside NISA's offices at this point.
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    • And, of course, there's the fact that, thanks to bringing Atelier Annie over first, this trope now applies to Liese Randel, the heroine of Atelier Liese.
  • No Dub for You: Most of the Atelier games were dubbed up to Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings, which at that point, the Atelier series were released without one. According to the PR manager from Koei Tecmo, the vast majority of players use Japanese voices and decided it would speed up the Atelier game releases and save more money in the long run.
  • No Export for You: It took eight years for any material of the series to be released in America, and that started with the first Atelier Iris game. To this day, despite a PS2 remake for the first two games and PSP remakes for the Gramnad games (Judie and Viorate), none of the first five games in the series have ever shown any sign of being brought over. The Atelier Marie & Elie manga also took over half a decade to cross the Pacific, and with Tokyopop's financial troubles and closure, the last volume was cut from publication. Atelier fans used to have good reason to think that the series was "cursed" in the West, especially for "classic-style" games, but with every game in the series (bar Lina) having come over since the series switched back toward its classic mechanics, the curse now seems solidly broken. There's still no indication that the original five games will ever be exported, though.
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  • Porting Disaster: Not a disaster on the Dreamcast port of Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg itself, but with the extras that came with the GD-ROM as typical with Dreamcast releases. First-print copies of the game came laced with the Kriz computer virus in the form of an infected screensaver that screwed with certain computer BIOSes and corrupted files on hard drives and network shares. Naturally, the publisher had to issue an apology and a product recall with affected copies returned in exchange for an amended GD-ROM.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • The original games were reportedly brought over to Sony for U.S. release approval several times, and shot down every time because "Americans won't get a 2D game that revolves around Item Crafting". This despite the games selling six-digits in Japan and influencing how the industry approached Item Crafting.
    • And then, when Tokyopop finally decided to bring over the Atelier Marie & Elie manga, first they were going to sell the books online only without any bookstore exposure (a decision later reverted), and then when the company hit financial rocks, guess which series was thrown overboard with only one volume to go?
  • Sequel First: Arguably started with Atelier Iris 1, since we got that game ahead of the first five "proper" Atelier games. This happened much more blatantly with Atelier Annie, however, which serves as a sort of sequel to Atelier Liese; Liese Randel, protagonist of the previous game, makes a major appearance in Annie, and her game not making it to the States necessitates marking some spoilers out of politeness.
  • The Wiki Rule: There are several wiki sites covering the games in the series, including the Atelier Wiki. Unfortunately, No Export for You means that games that aren't exported to English-language countries don't have English-language wikis.
    • This one covers the PSP-version of Atelier Viorate.


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