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.
Today Nintendo have released a long list of games due out over the next few months, some with more vague release windows than others, however among them was the European release date for Link’s latest adventure in Skyward Sword.
Also in the list was The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, two of the three games that Operation: Rainfall focused on last month, will be coming out to Europe on the Wii some point in 2012. Other notable titles include Kirby: Mass Attack (DS – 28 October), Super Mario 3D Land (3DS – November), Mario Kart 7 (3DS – December) and Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Touch (DS – November)
Unfortuantely still no solid release date for Cave Story 3D, though the DSiWare version is due out at some point in Q4 of this year.
(Source: NintendoLife )
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.
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.
Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return To Your Side is the latest project by Ganbarion, a company well-known for their work on the Jump! Super/Ultimate Stars! series as well as creating the One Piece games (One Piece: Gigant Battle which looks to be a fusion of Jump! with One Piece characters will be released in Europe this Summer). Pandora’s Tower is about Ceres, a girl cursed with a condition that causes her to return to a primeval instinct if not fed the meat of a beast living in Pandora’s Tower. You play as Ende, a friend of Celes who decides to infiltrate Pandora’s Tower to find this legendary meat. Gameplay resembles a cross between a Hack & Slash such as Dynasty Warriors with various flips, slashes and shots as seen in Sin & Punishment 2. Whilst playing through the game, Ende will have three upgradable weapons: Twin daggers that can be used to close range combat, a great sword for enemies that prove to be tough to fight and a long scythe that can be used for puzzle section as well as nifty combat tricks. The trailer can be found after the jump and the game is set to be released in Japan on May 26th.
Here’s the second trailer for Pandora’s Tower, Nintendo’s Devil May Cry / God of War style hack and slash. Since the last trailer we’ve learned quite a bit about the game. While we only saw a slice of action with the chain weapon in the first trailer, this trailer shows that it is an integral part of the game used for grappling, swinging and combat, and is not just some side weapon. It actually plays a part in the plot as well, ripping flesh off beasts to feed Ceres, a girl cursed to become a monster if she doesn’t eat the raw meat.
The title is launching next month in Japan, but there have been no signs of a Western release just yet. We’ll have to cross our fingers for E3.
Pandora’s Tower is the recently announced Wii RPG being published by nintendo. Featuring a girl who has to eat the flesh of beast’s to keep from turning into one, and you has the person who fetches those beast’s. The control scheme and actions that you can perform in the game are the main news here. The plot has your character wielding a chain that can rip flesh off of beast’s for the heroine, Ceres, to eat and and for swinging around and using it to contrain beasts to go in for the kill.
The whip like motion of the chain makes it seem like motion controls would be certain, however they are allowing you to control with a classic controller or a Wii Remote and Nunchuck. There are many doubts that this game will ever see a US release, but it sure looks interesting.
A few months ago, Nintendo announced a surprise Wii title, Pandora’s Tower. The only hint we got of what the title was about was a image of a girl with a tattoo on her back and a couple of lines of dialog. Now we get our first look at the title and it is, oddly enough kind of looks like Devil May Cry in terms of gameplay.
As we can tell from the trailer, the title uses a hack n slash formula mixed with a variety of weapons including what looks like your standard sword, a scythe, and a grappling chain. The title is being developed alongside Ganbarion, who has previously worked on One Piece titles and Jump Super Star over the past ten years. We’ll have to see if they can prove themselves with a new IP.
Pandora’s Tower is launching in Japan May 26th. Will the title get localized? Who knows. We’re set to get one Wii title before E3 in North America, but Nintendo of America hasn’t spilt the beans on what title that is exactly. But if it does launch simultaneously with Japan, then this could very well be that title. At this point, I remain skeptical about the localization any Nintendo published title that doesn’t have Mario or some other big franchise character in it.