|Posted on June 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM|
Fantastic news for Wii owners came today. After I whined a couple of weeks back about there being very little on the horizon for Wii owners, Nintendo have today confirmed that long-awaited titles Xenoblade and The Last Story (previously only available in Japan) will be given a European release. Xenoblade will also be made available to American gamers under its original title, Monado: Beginnings of the World. The confirmation was made by a Nintendo of America representative, delivered to Destructoid, and comes right of the back of Operation Rainfall, a social networking campaign launched by fans and covered by gaming sites, to have the titles localised. Other titles mentioned in the campaign were Pandora's Tower and Earth seeker. Most gamers agree that it's about damn time these games saw a Western release, and that Nintendo have been infuriatingly stubborn about localisation (see: Disaster: Day of Crisis). However, after a lackluster E3, this news is certainly encouraging, and seems to indicate a level of discourse between fans and company that is rarely seen.
UPDATE: Nintendo responded to Operation Rainfall a few days later, stating on Twitter: "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." At this point, Destuctoid still stand by the story. So, either Nintendo has yet to confirm, or the games will only see a European release in the foreseeable future. I'll keep you posted.