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Monday, June 27, 2011

Operation Rainfall: Something Needs to Change at NoA

I'll provide a little background on myself. I've been a loyal Nintendo customer for well over 20 years now. That's roughly more than 80 percent of my entire life. But now for the very first time, I'm almost entirely apathetic towards Nintendo's next system, dubbed Wii U. Embarrassing name aside, attracting the more traditional segments of the gaming population who were less than pleased with its current Wii platform has been declared a cornerstone of Nintendo's policy going into the next generation. Yet it's difficult to take them seriously in light of their refusal to bring 3 highly reviewed games (Xenoblade, Last Story, and Pandora's Tower) designed to appeal to this very demographic to our shores, despite at least 2 of them already being prepared release in Europe (thus, already in English) later this year.

Fortunately, this rather conspicuous contradiction is far from lost on Nintendo's most loyal American followers. Nintendo fans everywhere are FURIOUS, and that's putting it mildly. NoA has pulled similar stunts a multitude of times throughout the past 5 years, but fans have finally had enough. Since word broke out that Nintendo of America denied their European counterpart the opportunity to show these 3 highly anticipated games off at this past E3 because "we don't plan to sell them", a campaign entitled Operation Rainfall has emerged.

This isn't the first time a movement of this nature has erupted, as fans of the Mother series are no doubt well aware. However, things are a little different this time. Xenoblade, which was briefly shown at E3 2009 under the name Monado: Beginning of the World is still apparently in Nintendo of America's database. As a result, Amazon also has it on their site (even if it's never coming out) and gamers everywhere pre-ordered the title, eventually pushing it to the number one spot. A very impressive feat to be sure.

This leaves Nintendo in a very vulnerable position. Will they take the perceived risk of printing releasing these titles and appeasing their fanbase? That remains to be seen. However, I feel the chances of this campaign changing things for the better is still rather slim. But if Nintendo doesn't act now, then they could very well end up alienating their bread and butter audience.

It's hard to blame the fans. I know that I, for one, am really fed up with their complacency.

1 comment:

  1. I was just reading up on this the other day. It really puzzles me why the big N doesn't want to earn a few extra bucks in its coffers for games that people are screaming that they would gladly pay money for. Hell, get ahold of Atlus. They love throwing stuff like this out to the American public.

    Good post dude. Can't wait to read what else you got cooking.