Fans’ Request to Nintendo of America to Localize 3 JRPGs Shot Down

This past week, Nintendo fans clamored for an announcement about an NA release of Japanese titles: The Last Story, Xenoblade, and Pandora’s Tower. All three have already been released in Japan. The Last Story and Xenoblade have been announced for localization in Europe by Nintendo.Eu. Code-named, Operation Rainfall, fans had campaigned NoA through pre-orders, letters, and various forms of requests to bring over the three titles. The buzz has been covered throughout the gaming community via Kotaku, Joystiq, NeoGAF, IGN, and many other gaming hubs.

The turnout has been beyond expectations. Amazon pre-orders for Monado: Beginning of the World (aka – Xenoblade Chronicles) shot up to number one, but is currently sitting at number six.  There hasn’t been this much demand for a Japanese game and who can blame them? The Wii has been lacking quality games in the past year. However, today after much petitioning, NoA has responded with an ambiguous, but no less disappointing message on their facebook:

Thank you for your enthusiasm. We promised an update, so here it is. We never say “never,” but we can confirm that there are no plans to bring these three games to the Americas at this time. Thanks so much for your passion, and for being such great fans!

Will Operation Rainfall back down? The fans are certainly not. They have the support of the wife of Xenoblade’s creator Tetsuya Takahashi, Soraya Saga. Mistwalker, the developing studio of The Last Story, has also given its support.

For more information, see Operation Rainfall’s page

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