The lights are on
UPDATE: Fan efforts to bring notice to these Japanese releases are already starting to pay off. Over on Amazon, Monado: Beginning of the World (the original title of Xenoblade) has become the #1 bestseller in the video game category based on pre-orders. This is without the game having an official announcement or release date for the U.S. Well done, people! Keep it up.
ORIGINAL STORY: With Nintendo focusing on the 3DS and its Wii U announcement at E3 this year, there was a notable lack of Wii news in general. But amongst the most surprising and frustrating missing tidbits for fans of RPGs was Nintendo of America's continued lack of announcement regarding bring over three very promising Japanese RPGs: The Last Story (pictured), Xenoblade, and Pandora's Tower. Now some fans have started a campaign to push Nintendo toward localizing these titles.
Destructoid has full details on this letter-writing campaign -- yes, real paper letters -- which started on the IGN message boards in what has ballooned to a 23-page thread. The thread includes letter templates for each title urging Nintendo to localize and publish them in North America and a mailing address for Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime.
The effort doesn't stop at letters, though. The fans behind this push have started a Twitter account titled @Operation Rainfall, there's a Facebook group for the cause, and even GI's community has got into the spirit in the user blogs. If you'd like to see these games out in North America before the Wii dies, be sure to support some of these efforts however you can.
I doubt anyone from Nintendo is reading this news post, but just in case, let me muster all the power I have to tell you: I'd rather like to play these three games, so please consider releasing them here.
[Thanks to Dominic and Jesse B. for the news tips!]
Nice! The fans are affecting SOMEthing already, so hopefully by its end this campaign will have affected NoA. It'd give me a reason to pick a Wii up greater than any price-drop ever would.
I would like to see The Last Story, pretty excited for that.
Just wanted to remind people to head over to Nintendo's Facebook page too. There are over 700 comments about this issue there currently:
Now, I'm not telling people to bomb nintendo's facebook page, but I will say this: Nintendo of Europe wanted to give NOA their localized (in progress) Xenoblade Chronicles so they could bring it to e3 this year, and NOA SHOT 'EM DOWN. Source: wii.nintendolife.com/.../xenoblades_north_american_release_chances_take_a_knock
Now that you're good and pissed at Reggie and his NOA tools, do what you feel like:)
The Last Story absolutely MUST come to the West. It's likely Hironobu Sakaguchi's last game.
is that squall?
Keep the work up this makes me so happy to finaly see the wii get some good games t might actuly make me play it again ^^