When it comes to Japanese games being localized for the West, I tend to like it when they stick as closely to the original release as possible. I like to hear the original Japanese dialogue, have the names of characters and locations retained, see the original cover art used, and I hate it when they change the game’s title (hey, I just noticed that Jet Grind Radio broke all of these rules!). Skies of Arcadia, however, is a rare exception. When it was revealed in the pages of The Official Sega Dreamcast Magazine that Eternal Arcadia was to be retitled Skies of Arcadia, I was not only okay with this, I actually much preferred it.
While “Eternal” lends itself nicely to an RPG epic, the localized title truly evokes the game’s sense of adventure on the high
seas skies. Despite my praise for the name change, SEGA really dropped the ball on marketing the game in the West. I don’t recall commercials for the game, and the print ads were nothing special. Meanwhile, over in Japan they had these fun 15 second spots for the game. The first ad, seen above, has some kids going above deck to discover the amazing world of Arcadia. The second, seen below, does a good job with showing off several shots of the game. It’s just a shame the West didn’t get a great ad for the game.