Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:52 PM
ZM90 (353 posts)
Operation Rainfall is a success!
For those who don't know what Operation Rainfall is...
"Operation Rainfall (shortened as oprainfall) is a fan campaign originally formed to persuade Nintendo of America (NOA) to localize three role-playing video games for the Wii console: Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower. It was launched on June 23, 2011."
"Three Wii-exclusive titles were made the focus of "Operation Rainfall: Xenoblade Chronicles developed by Monolith Soft (makers of Xenogears, the Xenosaga series), The Last Story developed by Mistwalker and AQ Interactive, and Pandora's Tower developed by Ganbarion. All three titles were published by Nintendo in Japan, Europe, and Australia between late 2010 and early 2012.
"On June 23, 2011, Mathieu Minel, the marketing manager of Nintendo France, stated that Nintendo of Europe wanted to show Xenoblade Chronicles at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, but that "Nintendo of America wouldn't let them because they didn't want to show products they aren't planning to sell." Minel's departure from Nintendo was announced 11 days later. In response, fans of role-playing video games on the IGN message boards, specifically the Nintendo Wii Lobby, started a campaign the next day, dubbed "Operation Rainfall", in the hopes of persuading Nintendo of America to localize Xenoblade Chronicles, along with The Last Story and Pandora's Tower, as ultimately, none of these three games had appeared at the Expo or possessed any sort of North American release."
"On December 2, 2011, Nintendo revealed on its Facebook page that it would be publishing Xenoblade Chronicles in North America on April 6, 2012. The game was sold on Nintendo's online store and at retailer GameStop. On February 22, 2012, The Last Story was confirmed to be scheduled for release in North America on August 14, 2012 by third party publisher Xseed Games. Finally, Pandora's Tower's North American release was announced for a North American localization by Xseed on January 16, 2013."
Quite frankly I love Xenoblade and the Last Story and I am quite excited for Pandora's Tower and I am happy the fan campaign was met with success.
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