Feb 21st, 2013

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Europeans have been waiting to get their hands on Scribblenauts Unlimited for some time now, with the game being pulled last minute from launch earlier this month. No solid reason has been given for the delay, but a new rumor has emerged stating that the game didn’t contain UK English, meaning words like “aluminum” and “flavor” are spelled the American way instead of the traditional “aluminium” and “flavour”.

This makes sense since the PC version of the game that’s available on Steam and can be purchased in Europe also supports US spellings while not recognizing those that are in the UK. It seems like a valid reason to pull the game since children who play the game won’t understand the difference between American and British spellings, but something could have been said to let loyal fans know this is the official reason.

Hopefully our friends across the pond will be able to get the game soon.

[via Nintendo Nation]

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  • Bloody hell!

  • AAAkabob

    Blimey! =d

  • Sydney Ultrasyd

    Oh noes /o Can’t they distribute it in the rest of Europe ?

  • Sdudyoy

    What on earth how long will this game be delayed in the UK? It was finished here in the USA and released so why on earth is it still not out there?!

    • Mickey Mouse

       Read the report and you’ll find out!

      • dr scoobie

         its still just a rumour, we will never know until it comes out.

    • dr scoobie

      its not out here because the games industry hates europe.
      earthbound was never released
      we got 50hz baloon trip
      games cost £50 brand new
      and the wiiU cost £350 at launch

      a quick google search should reveal how many dollars that is,
      and while your at it type “do a barrel roll”

  • Johny

    i think british spelling is bogus….it shouldn’t exist imo… 

    no offense british people 🙂

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      How can they not take offense to a narrow-minded comment like that? Lol. 

    • Steve

      This is only a rumour, but I think it is a huge offence to have to use American spelling. It is of lesser calibre and I do not recognise it as being proper; it is most dislikeable. Consult any British enclycopaedia for the correct spelling. 

      I have quarrelled with you for long enough, but will not depart without first calling your mum a moustachioed scallywag who has ugly pyjamas.(Only joking.)

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Our english is different cause we prefer to be different from our British friends. Calling it lesser is stooping down to his level. Unless you were joking about that too, then all is good.

        • Steve

          Yeah, I just thought it would be funny to use as many British spellings as possible in one post.

      • dr scoobie

         i just use whichever word i prefer the sound of, who cares what country it came from.

    • person

      What a dumb thing to say, how could that not offend British people? 
      LoZ: Skyward Sword was irritating because it just used the US localisation. UK games should be localised properly in British English and I don’t mind waiting for that. 

    • Guilliman

      No offence taken.  But really American spellings are the ones that are arbitrary and sometimes daft 😉

      Did you know that American spellings came about partly out of patriotism and partly out of the bizarre belief that spellings were too complicated? 

      Noah Webster (whose name is where the Merriam-Webster dictionary takes its name) took it upon himself to simplify words.  Examples: offence & defence changed to offense & defense; colour to color.  That might make sense and seem obvious to Americans and people who are used to such spellings, but old Noah also tried to change others like ‘women’ to ‘wimmen’ and ‘tongue’ to ‘tung’, but these never gained acceptance and were not adopted.  Presumably because it makes it look like the spelling of a moron. 

      It seems the rule of thumb in the early days of American spelling was that people would accept small changes in words that are commonly misspelled, but not if the changes were so radical as to seem silly.

      • bizzy gie

        I don’t think your way of spelling is stupid at all. It just seems like a lot of extra work for nothing. Adding an “i” to aluminum, adding a “u” to flavor and color, dropping the “e” for an “st” with the word “while” seems like a bit much for no grammatical benefit whatsoever.

        Hey, but it’s kind of cool to know that there are different forms of english though. You don’t even want to know what “put the hard word on” means in Australia.

        • dr scoobie

          al-u-min-um just doesnt sound as nice as

          just my opinion.

          • bizzy gie

            Eh. If you say so?…

      • Nintendude

        If I remember correctly, you guys pronounce the letter Z as “zed”, while Americans pronounce it as “zee”.

        • Linskarmo

           So do Canadians (or at least Canadians do.) I know that from Stargate Atlantis. Zed-P-M 😉

        • dr scoobie

           Zed is capital Z
          and zee is lowercase z

      • Linskarmo

         Good explanation. I wish the U.S. could have kept the original spellings, because it’s all so confusing, and needlessly so in my opinion.

    • audi lover

      We invented the language you silly american, its your people that buggered up an eloquent lanquage with all your southern hill billys

      • Edgar Robles

        I lived in Blackpool, England as a DJ for about 10 years I know what you mean. (I miss my flat)

      • dr scoobie

        english is still a bit too complicated,
        what with several words with the same meaning
        and several meanings for the same word.

        and rules that work under certain circumstances and not others.
        we would all be much better off if we grew up learning Polish or something.

    • Tecpedz94

       British people could easily say that about you.

    • RoadyMike

      I’m not british,but even I wonder how in the world can that NOT be offensive? “shouldn’t exist” is the offensive part,genius ¬¬
      I think American english is bogus.Words sound right but when you look at them written on paper you can’t help but think “Wait,this…doesn’t look right…”

    • CyanideInsanity

      Well if british spelling didn’t exist, I don’t think our americanization of their spelling would exist either.

    • dr scoobie

      “no offense british people”
      so the ENGLISH spelling of ENGLISH words are bogus?
      i am a little bit offended by that.

    • Roman Strode

      What a silly thing to say. I do hope you realise that all english originally derived from England. If it didn’t exist neither would the american variant. 

  • “Since children who play the game won’t understand the difference between UK and US spelling”

    I’m an adult and bloody hell even I don’t understand the difference between UK and US spelling haha, perhaps that is because English isn’t my native language. Just a secondary language I like a lot too.

    I only hear the difference in speech (and dialect) hehe, but sucks if the rumor it true indeed 🙂

  • Devilus

    There seem to be almost no good game news connectet to the wiiu latly. sure the promise of a few obvious nintendo games and so on, but its been littered with bad news latly from software reasons to game delays and no games for this system for various reasons, remember blizzard saying D3 could come to the wii u now its on for ps3 and 4…that is not a good thing.

  • twk3

    I doubt it, 5thCell said there would be a separate UK release of even the PC game, so you can’t base it on what is on steam. And I’m pretty sure my Canadian sold version of the game already supports those words. Guess I won’t be sure till I get home and try, but if nothing else, the packaging/manual slip would have had french.

    Also, this isn’t the first time 5thCell has shipped a scribblenauts game, they should know what they are doing here.

  • john madsen

    i would say this needs to be fixed think about it this way this game requires dictionary spelling at times for objects in the game for example .

    instead of aint the person could want aunt and it would be ashamed for u.k users not to enjoy the game like everyone else so i actually support this and hope they fix it for people in other countries 

  • ffgg gfg

    I don’t understand this article, I’m in the UK and I’ve had this game for over a week now.

    • dr scoobie

      there is four possible ways you could have did that.
      1: import from aus
      2: pre-order from amazon
      3: on the 8th buy on eshop
      4: trick steam into thinking you live in america or aus

  • TheUnBiasedGamer

    I personally wouldn’t be offended by it, but that’s probably because I’ve been playing lots of Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story, so I’m used to foreign spellings.

    But I can’t speak for everyone.