Sorry fans, Nintendo has 'no plans' to release Xenoblade, Last Story or Pandora's Tower in US

Over the last couple weeks, online group Operation Rainfall has been boldly pushing Nintendo to do something that shouldn’t be too hard: publish good games. Unfortunately the games in question are fairly niche JRPGs, a genre that’s never been a big seller for Wii. Nintendo of America promised a response to the vocal collective, but it wasn’t the one we wanted to hear. NoA said it currently has “no plans” to publish those games.

In a Facebook update, Nintendo said, “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!” Nintendo had a similar Twitter reply: “Thanks for being such incredible fans! Unfortunately, there continues to be no plans for NOA to release these 3 games right now.”

For the JRPG fans reading this, things may seem pretty grim, but you can always hold on to the hope in the words “at this time.” Maybe they don’t have any plans now, but who knows about a month from now? Of course, Nintendo has a spotty history with publishing niche titles like those, something fans of Fire Emblem and Mother/Earthbound know all too well.

It’s certainly very frustrating to think these quality games will never see a US release, especially when you take into account Xenoblade already being localized for Europe with a September 2 ship date, but look at it from Nintendo’s side. Why publish games with an already small audience for a system with such dwindling hardcore support as the Wii? It just doesn’t make much business sense.

Though some fans hold out hope that perhaps a JRPG publisher along the lines of Atlus and NIS might pick up these titles, earlier today Shane Bettenhausen from Igintion (a company that’s no stranger to publishing offbeat Japanese games) pointed out to us on Twitter that historically Nintendo almost never allows third parties to publish its games. In spite of this news, Operation Rainfall isn’t giving up, stating: “Nintendo's response - or lack thereof - did not deter Rainfall supporters, who still have a letter-writing campaign scheduled for July. However, the final line of the company's response – ‘Thanks so much for your passion, and for being such great fans.’ - did not sit well with many online posters.”

No matter how this pans out, we wish Operation Rainfall well, and if you’d like to join in supporting the group, visit their official site.

Jun 30, 2011




  • olio22 - May 24, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    It's funny because they did.
  • Crimmy - July 4, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    It doesn't make any sense to localize it, then not change the region lock to bring somewhere else that speaks the same language. We can always hold out and hope though.
  • CrackerBlack - July 3, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    wtf, there isnt really anything else that i would want for the wii. boycott their lame ***. boycott
  • IcePotato - July 1, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    How about they bring over more Fire Emblem games also.
  • D0CCON - July 1, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    At least Wii owners still have Arc Rise Fantasia! Right?
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - July 1, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    C'mon Nintendo, just make a small 20,000 copies run for North America. Small investment, small profit, huge goodwill earned from the hardcore community. I have $100 here waiting for Xenoblade and The Last Story. Just give me subtitles for The Last Story, I'll do without English voice-overs. If they don't get released at all then to hell with the Wii U. At this point I'm not even sure Dragon Quest X is going to come out for the Wii with Nintendo seemingly doing everything in its power to kill the Wii off before the Wii U gets pooped out onto shelves (minus Skyward Sword).
  • shawksta - July 1, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    @chrisat928 Give up on wii? are you kidding? You think we have all out gaming hopes on just the wii? Your a troll and as all trolls you think the wii is just a piece of trash, well your wrong. The wii still has allot of games thats not a bunch of overrated Shooters and gorefests and we still Skyward sword and others. A true gamer tries everything and doesnt "Give up" I swear i REALLY hate people who think the wii is nothing when its done so much in itself and outside.
  • shawksta - July 1, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    Atleast they didnt say 'Never', Sven of capcom announced no plans to bring Ace attorney investigations to the US yet, but fan reactions took him by suprise and now he's being considering to do something. @valcrist first,Nobody said you had to only be fans of them, I have both a wii and 360 and play both daily, second, What the fuck are you talking about? Have you seen what happened in 2010? The Nintendo we know and love is back and while things seems wierd now, its no time to doubt them. You sound like your pretending as if something stupid made you quit them, get over it, grow up and understand whats reality, the 3DS, the Wii U, they are the innovators they were back then.
  • quincytheodore - July 1, 2011 7:26 a.m.

    "Thank you for willing to give us your money, but tough luck, we have enough already. Even if you guys, all 5 of you, buy it, the cost is too expensive for our greedy pockets. Shit happens, get over it. Just so you won't cry, we hint that we'll consider it, maybe a month or a decade later. Oh, Japan's calling. Gotta go. Nippon F^ck Yeah!" You might think this is a sarcastic joke, but I'm still bitter that they held out Fatal Frame 4. So there!
  • Valcrist - July 1, 2011 5:47 a.m.

    I find it funny how the relationship between nintendo and it´s "former" (?) hardcore audience looks like an abusive one. They release only party games, they won´t giove support to good ideas, and just when the fans are getting fed up with it "Oh look hardcore gamers, here is the new metroid/new donkey kong/new pokemon game/Wii U! we can be cool! we totally promise we will treat you right this time!" just to be disapointed with 50 or so crap titles and start all over again I didn´t wanted to believe it but it is clear to me that the nintendo of old is no more; remember waaay back in the day when nintendo meant innovation? when it the seal of quality meant exactly that, QUALITY, (I almost cried when I saw that seal in a nacho libre game box) remember back in the day when the word nintendo was used instead of videogame because it was such a big and huge impact force to be recognized? It is clear that since they realized that the wii was to be used to a different audience they just got this big image of a money-filled pinata in their heads with the word "consumer" plastered with golden coins. If you look at their track reckord almost all of nintendo desitions are moved only by money. It´s ok, I know it is a company, and a company´s first goal will always be to make profit, it just sadens me to realize than rather than growi with it´s consumers, rather than get in direct competition with sony and xbox, nintendo decided it was worth it to just dith their loyal fans and go to whoever had the money. I mean seriously, would the nintendo from 10-15 years ago would have ditched the localization of a game made by the creator of freaking final fantasy? Besides there are other ways to make money, just look at the steam sale that started today, Do you not think that Valve loses huge HUGE HUUUUUUUGE amounts of money with these sorts of things? and yet they do them, why? because it shows that they care, because it creates brand loyalty, because it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy and happy, and buy a game at full retail price every now and then to repay the favor, because this way they can keep the customer happy. Personaly it is not a completely lost cause, while it is piracy: wii + hard drive = profit. I could even stop there and say "it´s fine if they lose money, because they were not even counting on me buying it for real, so they arent losing anything -trollface-" (and that is technically right), but I´m not, I am gonna end up importing these games like I´ve done many times in the past because I care for them and I care for the amazing ppl who made em and took the risk of releasing these on the wii running this sort of risk, and it makes me mad that this whole genre is getting this sort of treating and leaving me no other viable option but to improve my japanese enough to enjoy the storyline fully (which if any of you have tried it, it takes a looong time to memorize that freaking vocavulary) Who knows, you remember that translation patch that came for Tales of innocence? just brilliant, and it was all fan made, maybe, just maybe a fan translation will come up for Pandora But after this... after seeing , albeit late, how nintendo changed not only it´s logo but also it´s vision, I can safely say: I am sorry nintendo, but you lost a very loyal customer of yours. I am not eating your candy again, I am not getting hurt again by your promises of hardcore gaming, and originality, and unique esperiences just to be thrown a box saying "Zumba!" on it: when the time comes im gonna go out there, and go either with sony, or microsoft or with a pc, I know I will miss mario, I know I will miss zelda, and metroid, and many manny good games, but at least I won´t be hurt or dissapointed again.... (looks at kinect and move) ... then again.... they say the lesser of 2 evils is still evil.... .... I think I´ññ go check that steam sale about now
  • pr0tostar - July 1, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    Sad to see these games have no place in the mindless killstreaking/ego-boasting generation of western computer entertainment. I miss the days when all games; shooter, racing, sports, rpg, were enjoyed simply for what they presented to the player. Videogames are too social now in my opinion, and seemingly all that matters to the western demographic to make a game successful, is how much it empowers the player's ego. I could write a formal essay on this crap, but it's not like it'd do me any good. Here's hoping for an NA publisher to pick these up, even if for limited runs.
  • Shinespark428 - July 1, 2011 2:53 a.m.

    Also @Leathersoup seppuku is suicide to regain a sense of honor; which doesn't seem the case here.
  • Shinespark428 - July 1, 2011 2:45 a.m.

    Fanboy smash!
  • Leathersoup - July 1, 2011 1:29 a.m.

    It's like Nintendo of America is intent on committing Seppuku.
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - July 1, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    What really doesn't make sense about this is that two of these games - The Last Story and Xenoblade - are already getting UK localizations. I'm sure many North American fans would be happy with playing the UK localization, if only Nintendo would just distribute a version of that that was compatible with North American consoles. How hard would that be? I think Pandora's Star is pretty hopeless, but it's possible that Nintendo *is* planning on bringing the other two to North America but just isn't ready to announce it yet.
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - June 30, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    "What? No, of course we won't let you give us your money. What were you thinking?"
  • fullmetallegend - June 30, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    I reaaaaally wanted The Last Story. The others didn't look like anything too special, but I really wanted The Last Story.
  • Corsair89 - June 30, 2011 10:44 p.m.

    As an enormous JRPG fan, this feels like a knife in the heart. And the "Thanks so much for your passion, and for being such great fans!" quote feels like Nintendo twisting the blade.
  • kl4d0 - June 30, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    No one? PROJECT RAINFAIL....loooooooooooool
  • falcon4196 - June 30, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    So these people push the game to the top of Amazon's videogame bestseller's list and Nintendo's response is "thank you but please stop asking us for these games" So some quality JRPG's can't get a release in the US but don't worry because you have games like "John Deere" and "Chick E. Cheese Super Collection" to look forward to. (not joking check amazon) Hopefully the Wii U gets more respect from Nintendo.

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