Easily the oddest game title in recent memory, Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? will be a localized version of Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida, Acquire's curious build-a-dungeon ant farm (in which the ants are monsters that protect your underground base from invading heroes taken from conventional RPGs) for the PSP.

The original Japanese title has several translations, from "For a warrior, you’re pretty impudent" to "They’re uppity even for heroes". According to Hardcore Gaming 101, which has a fantastic in-depth article on the series, the title comes from a phrase used by Nobita Nobi from the Doraemon manga/anime: "Nobita no kuse ni namaikida." Acquire's approach to picking that name is fitting, as the game is steeped in Japanese pop culture and RPG in-jokes.

Seeing as Doraemon's blue robotic cat hasn't caught on outside of Japan, the title doesn't have as much appeal in the U.S. Still, where does one get HIOPBWDIDTDT from that? Haphazard focus group testing? Repeated machine translations of the original Japanese text through dozens of languages (e.g. Japanese to Polish to Finnish to Khoisian to English)?

Nippon Ichi Software America's departing script editor Phoenix Spaulding says the process was much less involved than that: "Our editor came up with the "Holy _______, Batman!" motif idea, and I filled in the blank, threw in Badman, and spewed out the subtitle on a whim."

Marketing coordinator Nao Zook adds, "The Japanese title for this game was awesome. I really liked it. But we wanted to make it more for the gamers in the U.S. So, we decided to change the tile, which NA gamers can relate to and get the joke. I think the US version of [Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida's] title is as awesome as the JP version."

That seems as good an explanation as any. Judging by the screenshot below from the English version, NIS America is having no trouble localizing Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida's humor and parody.

Hopefully, the preorder-unfriendly title won't stifle sales to the point where NIS America decides not to bring its polished sequel stateside afterwards. I suppose that game would be Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This Again?