Sony renames Afrika 'Hakuna Matata' outside of Japan
- Posted July 31st, 2008 at 23:43 EDT by
- 32 Comments
Although it's still keeping the name Afrika for its Japanese release next month, Sony's photo safari game will be renamed for the rest of Asia, and quite possibly North America, if the game is ever to see a U.S. release. The new name? Hakuna Matata (translates to "no worries").
Why the name change? Sony has yet to make an official announcement. Perhaps they've changed the name for marketing reasons, aiming to capitalize on a title that has been made popular by a famous catch phrase from Disney's The Lion King. However, until further notice from Sony, we can only speculate.
Share your opinion on the name change in the comments section below.
- 1:56am EDT - August 1st, 2008
Hakuna Matata isn't Disneys' invention.
- 2:07am EDT - August 1st, 2008
Is this some kind of bad joke?
- 2:58am EDT - August 1st, 2008
just to clarify, the word matata is not actually a word in Swahili, hakuna means there isn't but matata was a phrase coined by Disney, so they do own that word in a sense.
- 3:02am EDT - August 1st, 2008
lame name. but i will buy it
- 3:08am EDT - August 1st, 2008
Oh, I was recently in Kenya for my first time. Everyone said "Hakuna Matata" all the time. Loved it! Great philosophy behind that phrase.
- 3:33am EDT - August 1st, 2008
psn id: gingo... i really hope this game sees a release in US or EU cause even though its a real life pokemon snap it could be quite relaxing
- 4:21am EDT - August 1st, 2008
These comments show what wrong with the gaming community. A broken sense of association therefore something always is said to be copied or ripped off from something else.
- 5:39am EDT - August 1st, 2008
Why would they even want to call it that. Why Call it "NO WORRIES". dumb name dumb decision. this has to be a joke.
- 7:24am EDT - August 1st, 2008
- 12:33pm EDT - August 1st, 2008
I like the new name, not sure what the deal is with everyone else. And to say you won't buy a game because of the name is stupid.
- 7:03am EDT - August 3rd, 2008
I'ts good that it's not a only japan game (even though i have no intention in buying it) but changing the name to this is like the worst april fools joke a dev could think of, especially when it's not even april fool's day! maybe they've got august fool's day in japan?
- 1:51am EDT - August 4th, 2008
Hakuna Matata rules!
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