It’s the weekend and I don’t generally post news, but this particular bit of news feels close to me since I’m a huge RPG fan. Some concerned Wii owners have decided to take it upon themselves to post on Nintendo’s Facebook page about how they have not localized Xenoblade, Last Story, or Pandora’s Tower and how it would be something they’d be greatly interested in. If not being localized in the U.S./Canada was bad, then finding out that the games are being translated into English in Europe. People in Europe deserve to play these games, but so do the U.S. Wii owners. Nintendo of America shouldn’t leave money lying on the table, by not jumping on this chance.
What bothers me the most about this is their reluctance to serve each territory with a variety of games. Xenoblade and Last Story are big games made by big studios. They should have been approved for each region the day they were announced. Xenoblade was at least listed to be localized as Monado: Beginning of the World, but Last Story never got so much as a listing, even though the game was a labor of love by the creator of Final Fantasy.
Since the Wii U was announced Nintendo has gone through great lengths to say that they want to serve the “core” demographic better than they did with the Wii. I agree that this needs to happen, but one way they can get people on their side is to take one for the team and release these games on the Wii as a sign of good will. I’ll go so far as to say that by simply announcing that these games will be released in the U.S. they’d send a strong message that all genres will be served all they’ll do what they need to in order to make sure that happens. I mean, they did the same thing in Japan by funding these games as well as Zangeki no Reginleiv (The Slashing of Reginleiv). What was the point of even creating these games if they had no intention of giving them more exposure in other markets? Seems like a waste of money to me.
Why did I go through all of this? Well, if you have been looking forward to any of these games, then let yourself be heard by posting on Nintendo’s Facebook page. You have to “like” it first, but after that, you’ll see the post with over a thousand comments. Just leave a comment there.
Pandora’s Tower Trailer:
The Last Story Trailer:
Zangeki no Reginleiv:
One final note. If you really like to provide a bit more incentive for Nintendo to take all of this seriously, head over to Amazon and pre-order a copy of Xenoblade. The original name for Xenoblade was Monado: Beginning of the World. I don’t recommend you pre-order if you have no intention to buy, and do not pre-order more than one copy unless you plan to buy more than one copy. Doing more than that hurts the legitimacy of the pre-order and it doesn’t help the cause. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy, please do the same if you’re serious about picking it up.
Amazon’s Xenoblade listing: Monado: Beginning of the World
Let Nintendo know that there are many of us out there who want to see these games released in North America. It wouldn’t hurt Nintendo in the least to give something back to the players who have stuck with the Wii for this long.
Thanks for your support.