Hey, everyone. It's Star_Light. With a bit of bad news, I'm afraid.
A couple days ago I sent an E-mail to Nintendo of America, asking if they were planning to translate the previous Starfy games and I mentioned that me and many other fans would love for them to be translated. I didn't think I would get an answer in less than a day and I wasn't sure I would get one at all, but I did! This is what I got...
I appreciate your writing in with your desire to see more Starfy games! So far, there hasn't been an official announcement of a release in this market. While I’m unable to offer a specific reason regarding this title, there are many reasons that Nintendo or any other publisher may decide to release a game in one market, but not another. These can include difficulty or cost of localization, the size and financial strength of the publisher, the size of the distribution network, and (most often) the idea that the game will simply not be accepted or enjoyed in another market. However, there are (like you) real fans of those games or franchises in this market who would love nothing more than to see these games on store shelves here. I understand (and sometimes even share) your frustration! Having said that, please understand that those fans may constitute too small a portion of the gaming public to justify the costs associated with bringing a game here. Of course, you never know what the future holds, as evidenced by the appearance in this market of previously Japan-only franchises like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem. Keep an eye on our website (http://www.nintendo.com) for all the latest news as it becomes available. Sincerely, R.M. Ricketts Nintendo of America Inc."
With that being said, the Starfy Wiki may very well be the only place to find translated things from the previous games right now and possibly in the future. It is disappointing, but it encourages fan translations. Once I'm better at Japanese I'll do whatever I can to help translate all four of the first Starfy games! Of course, this may not mean future Starfy games won't be translated. Like Ricketts said, you never know what the future holds!
Star Light 22:11, May 9, 2010 (UTC)