With the announcement of The Last Story coming to North America, Operation Rainfall’s work appears to be almost done. Their third and final objective is Pandora’s Tower, which is launching in Europe about the same time North Americans will get their hand on Xenoblade Chronicles. On the surface it appears their grass roots movement has been a success: Operation Rainfall supporters made their presence known to Nintendo and pushed Nintendo with American fan power to get the titles out here… right? Honestly, I have a feeling NoA hardly considered Operation Rainfall and its supporters when making their decision. Chances are, they were thinking about Europeans.
With Xenoblade Chronicles being met with a smile and warm welcome into European gamers Wii’s, news that will delight the American supporters of the game, Nintendo of Europe have decided to use that as a push for the other two games that have been the focus of Operation: Rainfall.
Embracing the Let’s Play community with a competition entitled “Let’s Play Xenoblade Chronicles” , Nintendo have asked players to create a video showing something the player really enjoyed, like a sidequest or area, or something along those lines – one person wins a voucher for both Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, while the four runners up gets a choice of which one they get. The contests is for those sixteen and over, finishes on October 18th and can be found here.
The contest does show that NoE really want all three games to do well, especially with Reggie stating that they were watching Europe carefully. If the momentum keeps up, then the organisers of Operation: Rainfall may yet be claiming a success.
During the short periods of the time where the citizens of the UK aren’t laughing at unsuccessful efforts to bring over such game as The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower (We call this Project Divine Retribution), they are waiting for the release of the much anticipated Xenoblade Chronicles which is set to hit games stores everywhere (in Europe) on August 19th. In order to satisfy such needs of Wii exclusive JRPG’s made by a company whose games are only liked by one person on the entire planet, the awesome people at Nintendo of Europe unveiled the trailer that will be supplemented with the release of Xenoblade Chronicles. The trailer can be found after the jump and people who are offended by scenes involving British accents in a video game may want to proceed with caution.
In a news item that would interest some of our UK readers, the release date for Xenoblade Chronicles for Europe has been moved forward from September 2nd to August 19th (One day after my Birthday… Joy). For any Europeans or potential importers, a Special Edition of the game is also available for pre order. The Special Edition contains a red Classic Controller Pro (as with the Special Edition of Monster Hunter Tri) as well as three exclusive posters signed by Tetsuya Takahashi (the head of Monolith Software). Along with it’s uniquely British voice-acting (Which the gaming industry could use more of rather than hiring Nolan North for everything), humongous landscapes and unique gameplay, Xenoblade Chronicles ranks up with The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower as some of the best Wii games for gamers to look forward to during 2011.
Bad puns aside, this post is one typed by a grieving American Wii gamer… Nintendo of America just announced on their Twitter that they have no plans to ever bring Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora’s Tower, or The Last Story to North America.
While this might look like the final nail in the coffin for ever seeing these titles stateside, there are still other routes- like the one taken by Solatorobo: Red the Hunter; where Nintendo published it in Europe but XSeed is handling the North American side of things(Coming July 1st in Europe, this Fall in North America- Just a helpful reminder). So instead of kicking a dead horse when it comes to Nintendo translating and importing the title, maybe all that’s needed for Operation Rainfall to succeed is for one of the many ‘importing’ publishers to pick up the licenses for these extremely anticipated titles.
I know there’s been a lot of Xenoblade Chronicles posts over the last few days, but I need to make a correction. There was a mistranslation with the french website Nintendo-Master that Xenoblade Chronicles was pushed into 2012. But now we’re hearing that isn’t the case, as multiple sites confirm that the title is still launching this year. The title will go on sale September 2nd. The title will launch alongside a limited edition version that includes a red classic controller pro that matches the color of the blade the main character uses in the title.
While we’re here, there’s some more Xenoblade Chronicles info going around. After the huge explosion that was Operation Rainfall, IGN is claiming that Nintendo of America is readying a statement regarding Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, which is set to hit either tonight or tomorrow. What that statement holds is unknown.
Also, some European footage of Xenoblade Chronicles has come out, showcasing some of the voice work for the game. Being localized in the UK, all the voices demoed have British accents. You can find the footage after the jump.
While North Americans rally in hopes for a release of three of Nintendo’s latest Japanese only titles, European’s been sitting back and relaxing simply waiting for the release date for Xenoblade Chronicles. But now, Europe gets double the JRPG fun as Nintendo of France confirmed that The Last Story is coming to Europe in 2012. Unfortunately, Xenoblade Chronicles
has been pushed back into 2012 as well. Originally it was announced as “TBA 2011.”
While many would probably be happy just with the JRPG duo, Europe may be taking it a step further. When asked about the chances of Nintendo’s Devil May Cry style Pandora’s Tower, Nintendo of France’s director of marketing, Matthew Minel, said that localization of the title looked “promising,” but wouldn’t officially confirm it.
So it looks like Wii releases will still be pretty bare around the world in 2011 until Kirby Wii, at least we know that European Nintendo fans have a lot to look forward to next year.
Update: Information regarding Xenoblade Chronicles’ delay was a mistranslation. The title is launching September 2nd in Europe.
Me post time. In case you didn’t already know, Nintendo of Europe is localizing Xenoblade for a release later this year, rumored to be September. With a European localization in the works and Nintendo of America registering the domain name for Xenoblade Chronicles, it would seem likely that a North America release would be on the way. Unfortunately, that may not be the case.
GoNintendo reported that Nintendo of Europe intended on showing the the title off at E3, but said Nintendo of America didn’t want to show case games they didn’t plan on selling, which would point to no localization. But, if you follow the source, it links back to a forum post only claiming what that the lead France branch manager said something about it on the TV show No Life. Therefore we don’t have a direct quote to say if the information wasn’t skewed. But honestly, I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo of America after Disaster: Day of Crisis, Another Code R, Last Window, Band Bros. etc.
The bright side to all this is, supposedly, Xenoblade Chronicles is getting a special Classic Controller Pro in France. We’ll have to see if that applies for other regions in Europe as well. Also, there was no mention of it being bundled with the title, but I’d assume it would be.
All of my rage, Nintendo of America. All of my rage.
It’s taken awhile, but it looks like Nintendo’s two 2010 RPGs released only in Japan might make it to North America. Xenoblade Chronicles, which was announced for Europe last week, is looking for a likely North American release with Nintendo of America registering xenobladechronicles.com. We also get our first sign of Nintendo localizing The Last Story with a registered domain by Nintendo of America for thelaststory.com
These are not confirmations, but they are definitely a good sign. I really hope both titles get localized, although I’m still not sure if I’d pick up The Last Story. Xenoblade would be a day one purchase for me though. Let’s hope Pandora’s Tower follows.