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.
Trademarks aren’t always garauntees that a game will be coming to a given territory, but Nintendo has registered The Last Story, a wii exclusive RPG, for the U.S. The game has been confirmed for both Europe and has already been released in Japan so there really isn’t a great deal of localization that Nintendo would need to do to release it in America.
The kids over at Operation Rainfall have been trying to get several Wii-exclusive RPG’s released over in the U.S in what is a pretty huge drought for the Wii in general. Here’s to hoping that their efforts have led to an actual release of the intriguing RPG.
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.
Hands up if you know who Mistwalker are? No? They’re the company behind Lost Oddysey and Blue Dragon, two rather spectacular RPG’s that were released on the 360 a few years back. It’s been radio silence from them since a second sequel for Blue Dragon on the DS, however a UK Nintendo Rep recently said that European Wii owners could expect to see their latest, so far Japanese exclusive offering, The Last Story, somepoint in the future.
For those unfamiliar with The Last Story, I don’t blame you – details are rather scarce, as you’d expect with Japanese exclusives, as to the plot and setting, though the game is a third person, cover based RPG – using crossbows in a similar fashion to most cover based shooters. While nothing official has been announced from Nintendo Global Headquarters, it would be strange to have a game released in the UK before the USA.
If you’re a Wii owner in North America or Europe, there hasn’t been much for you in 2011. Mario Sports Mix… Mario Sports Mix… That’s really the only title we’ve had launch this year. We’re in April and we’ve only see one Wii release by Nintendo. So what is Nintendo telling their fans right now? ‘Wait till E3, then we’ll blow your mind!’ With E3 2010’s line-up of Wii titles, that definitely seems possible. But are recent moves by Nintendo of America and Europe suggesting a slim line-up for E3 2011?
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.
Oh, Nintendo. Why you no localize your games? It started with Disaster: Day of Crisis, Another Code R, and Fatal Frame IV. Then it moved onto Zangeki no Reginleiv and, most likely, Xenoblade. So, whose the lucky fellow who probably won’t be making it outside of Japan now? The Last Story.
VG247 contacted Nintendo about a possible North American or European release of the Mist Walker developed The Last Story. Nintendo answered, “we have no plans at present.”
With only two first party titles scheduled for 2011 on Wii in North America and Europe, it isn’t looking to be a great year so far. Unless Nintendo has some plans to announce some Wii titles coming in Q1 and Q2 at GDC or their January 19th conference, Wii owners aren’t going to have a very eventful first half of 2011.
While you’re crossing your fingers for a fan translation, you can check out the latest trailer from Japan that spans a full five minutes.
When it comes to traditional RPGs, online play definitely isn’t the first feature to come to mind. Outside of MMORPGs, there are only a handful of traditional RPGs with online components. Nintendo’s platforms are also not exactly online power houses. So it is kind of strange to say this, but The Last Story features six player online co-op and competitive play.
You may saying, ‘ how in the heck does this work!?’ Well, players meet up in the game’s online “Raid Lobby,” where players can decide between cooperative or competitive play. Cooperative play has players teaming up to take down a large monster. Competitive play has players battling in an arena. For these battles, it seems players choose a character of the main cast, and not create a character. It sounds like a mix of Monster Hunter and traditional competitive gameplay.
Unfortunately, not much else has been announced. It will definitely be interesting to see exactly how well the multi-player is executed. Aside from Mario Kart, The Conduit, Monster Hunter Tri and a few other titles, Wii’s online just hasn’t been very popular. But I guess we still have to wait and see if the title even comes to North America or Europe.
The Press Conference is over, and here are the highlights. There is some important 3DS news…Enjoy!
*UPDATE* Trailers and other videos now at the bottom of the post
- Wii Remote Plus (Wii Remote and Wii Motion+ combined basically)
- The Last Story to be released January 27th, 2011
- 3DS will support Miis
- “Tag Mode” will enable the 3DS to receive data from other 3DS’s in sleep mode
- “Tag Mode” will also retain data from games, so you don’t need to have a specific game in the system in order to get the tag data.