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Old February 21st, 2013 (9:18 AM).
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    Originally Posted by Hikari10 View Post
    That's not exactly the case, based on the pattern of past games most of them saw Europe getting the games last, with Australia usually being in the middle.

    The only times Australia came last in releases was with Red & Blue and Black & White, and they did get Gold & Silver before the US. I'm sorta speculating the pattern will be the same as most games - Japan > US > Australia > Europe.

    In fact, here's the patterns based on the last few games (I'm counting Japan out since it's always first):

    Red & Blue: US > Europe > Australia
    Yellow: US > Australia > Europe
    Gold & Silver: Australia > US > Europe
    Crystal: US > Australia > Europe
    Ruby & Sapphire: US > Australia > Europe
    FireRed & LeafGreen: US > Australia > Europe
    Emerald: US > Australia > Europe
    Diamond & Pearl: US > Australia > Europe
    Platinum: US > Australia > Europe
    HeartGold & SoulSilver: US > Australia > Europe
    Black & White: Europe > US > Australia
    Black 2 & White 2: US > Australia > Europe

    Notice how it's almost the same pattern? Australia usually almost always ends up in the middle. Even though some games had a big few months' difference with the international releases, it often ended up with the same pattern except for Red & Blue, Gold & Silver and Black & White.
    That makes sense.
    Japan gets them first because it's where the games are made.
    The US gets them second, because translating from Japenese to English makes sense.
    A delay between the American release and the Australian release makes no sense, but it's there.
    Then the translation to the other European languages begins, so the games can be released in Europe (in all languages at the same time).


    More than likely I'll get the games the day before the release date. I think Diamond might've been the last Pokémon game I bought on the release date, all others I bought before the official release date (with Black being the exception, but I got white the day before the release). I even got my 3DS the day before the official release (does that make me a very early adopter?).