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Can someone clarify how this is an example of the trope? I commented it out for now because it doesn't seem like one, not sure where the troper was going with it.
I hate to burst the bubble, but Marth's first western appearance was not in Smash Bros., but the Fire Emblem OVA, released in 1998.
So the trope name and his description are inaccurate. It is correct that his appearance in Melee greatly boosted his popularity and awareness of the series, as the original OVA is obscure even to this day, but it was not his or the franchise's western debut. His case is actually more of Adaptation First.
Mario Vs Wario is an SNES game with no American release that was in fact the first appearance of both Dry Dry Desert and Wario's airplane.
Is it me or is this an awful name for a trope? I really don't know what else it could be named, but this name is just so... not self-explanatory or clever or really anything other than an example of itself. I don't know: maybe other people feel this way, maybe not. Discuss if you like.
Crossover Cameo First?
The Cameo Came First?
It's also not a good title because of a technicality: Marth/Mars did debut in a game before Brawl, but the game was never released for international sale for whatever reason. This trope centers around those that made a debut in a game they were not the star/major part of before their own game/media came out, which by technicality makes the trope namer not an example, which screams Rename.
Mikaru: That isn't what the trope is about at all, actually. The trope is all about the international releases. Read the trope description if you don't believe me. You've confused it with Early-Bird Cameo. Thus, the trope namer does, in fact, fit as an example. Now, does that mean the title couldn't use work? Not necessarily.
Foreign Character Debut might work as a title for the Trope-Namer-discinclined.
A bunch of examples seem misplaced. The trope is specifically about localization and international oddities, not just "This American character debuted in an American comic book that isn't the American comic book he became famous for starring in."
Because a) it's completely irrelevant to the page, and b) the last sentence in the last entry gives the clue: just because it's correct doesn't mean it's official.
(Incidentally, "Marth" isn't an English first name. It's a last name, though, deriving from a German town whose name is pronounced "mahrt".)
Hey. I'm one of the two posters from that (The one pointing out Marth isn't the accurate romanization). Sorry for the natter. And yeah, I know the official spelling is Marth, I just pointed that, well, when they brought over his game they could have changed it if they wanted, since it's technically wrong, but they didn't. I don't really care either way (I always call him "Marth"), So Yeah. Also, thanks for pointing it's not an English name, my bad. Regardless, you wouldn't write it as "Marusu" on Japanese (I think it would be "Maruto"; no relation to Naruto), so my point stands.
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