After nearly two years, the final title in the Operation Rainfall trilogy, Pandora’s Tower, will be receiving its North American release, thanks to Xseed Games. It’s easy to see why Xseed is bringing it over, as The Last Story became their best selling title, despite being on a system that has been arguably dead for quite sometime. I have yet to experience The Last Story myself, but I do see it gasping for air while being crushed by my mountainous backlog. I’ve continued to neglect it as I, instead, ended up putting a good seven hours into a European copy of Pandora’s Tower.
It’s no secret that I love Nintendo’s side releases, like Disaster: Day of Crisis, Chibi-Robo, Geist and more. But, overall, titles like these see little support. I thought I was alone, but it is a surprise to find so many Nintendo fans suddenly standing up to support the localization of The Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Pandora’s Tower. Where were these fans before, and why have they stayed almost completely silent with their voting dollars on Wii software releases like Sin & Punishment 2, Excitebots and Fling Smash? And where were they when Disaster and Another Code R were originally making their way only to Europe only.
I’m not saying that I’m one of the few fans of the content and that the rest are posers, or something like that. But it definitely seems questionable if this sort of interest would be in these titles if, say, there was a new Star Fox, F-Zero and more heavy hitting franchise names spaced out amoung the year alongside Zelda and Kirby. Could Operation Rainfall simply be so big just because of the current circumstances with the console, or are gamers truly interested in these software titles?
Check out my thoughts on the topic over on VGChartz’s gamrFeed.
Meanwhile, at Nintendo of America…
As some of you may know, Nintendo recently released 3 titles in Japan. Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. And while Xenoblade and The Last Story are announced for Europe, Nintendo of America seems to be showing an extreme disintrest in localizing these titles. And if the recent rumor is true about Nintendo of America having no intentions localizing Xenoblade, I don’t have much hope for The Last Story either. What are North Americans to do?