Nintendo on Project Rainfall: We will be watching very closely what happens in Europe

While not everyone may be fans of traditional RPGs, there are many a gamer up in arms at the fact that they will not be able to play the games they wish to play. This is nothing new to gamers; in fact, I can remember at time when MOST of the game I wanted to play were only available to the Japanese speaking gamers among us. Shin Megami Tensei, Contra Spirits, Fire Emblem, Akumajo Dracula XX….these are all titles that although popular in their own right, back in the SNES days they were unavailable outside of the land of the rising sun.

These days Wii gamers have been clamoring for titles to play, and the Operation Rainfall games are tops on the list. Nintendo of America has stated on numerous occasions that they have no plans to localize The Last Story, Pandora’s Tower, and Xenoblade to the States, and NoA president Reggie Fils-Aime was recently interviewed by IGN to clarify.

“We will be watching very closely what happens in Europe. Certainly if there are business opportunities and positive consumer uptake from some of those titles, that will be great data for us to consider as we look at what to do with these titles.”

Maybe it’s just me but if a game has already been translated, and there is clearly a market for the titles however niche they may be, shouldn’t Nintendo let the market decide? Sure, the company may take a hit by releasing the titles in America, but the fan service gained by doing so will outweigh the negatives in the long run. How can Nintendo expect fans to shell out X dollars for their new system in good faith when their previous console (Wii) has essentially been taken out to pasture?

Just my two cents. What are yours?

7 Responses to Nintendo on Project Rainfall: We will be watching very closely what happens in Europe

  1. Caleb says:

    It would definitely do a lot to appease Nintendo’s fanbase, but they’re reeling from the 3DS problems right now and are very wary of taking any other risks. I totally get their perspective… they can’t afford any financial failures right now.

  2. monkat says:

    So much for the trollcast!

    Yeah. Frankly doesn’t affect me too much, since I’ll just be importing them and sprinkling some reptile-scented fairy dust to run European games.

    Of course, then we get the issue of import regret. I buy the European version, Reggie sees that European sales are up, brings the titles here….well, I already have them.

    Such is life. It’s probably for the best to leave this in Europe’s hands anyway. Their Xenoblade gets the Japanese audio, which would certainly be notably absent in a NA release. Not to mention all the cleavage that gets cleaved when publishing RPGs here, for whatever reason. (http://www.consolecuties.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/arcrise_beforeafter.jpg)

  3. Skotski says:

    The saddest thing is: People actually WANT TO PAY for these games here in the States.

    Project Rainfall had pushed Monado (Xenoblade) to number 1 in pre-order sales for quite a while!
    This isn’t some bleh-who-cares title that only the whiners want: This is something people are actually putting money down for! (Though it is sad that many trollers will be cancelling their preorders once the game hits… but hey, when you ask help from the internet, that’s what you get)

  4. XCWarrior says:

    give me one of the damn games in America and I’ll preorder it so I can make sure I have one. Run a limited release. Just give us fans of the genre a chance to play these games!

  5. EdEN says:

    Soooo… if it sells well in Europe we might get a shot at it over here? Interesting. So will the same be applied to Pandora’s Tower and The Last Story?

  6. Hitokiri_Ace says:

    Nintendo, if you don’t let me be able to buy them to support the dev’s. I will pirate them, I will. Which is pathetic, but I’m not going to boost Europe’s sales by importing. If they don’t want this market’s money in the US, fine. Just remember that you lost about 150 bucks from this guy. A few friends of mine feel the same way. At least 300+ dollars lost, just from a few friends of mine. Why?

  7. Mohan says:

    Oh look a petition that is actually somewhat working!

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