Operation Rainfall had zero influence on XSEED’s decision to publish The Last Story
I’m sure this news does come to a bit of shock to some of you, especially those of you who are members of this huge grassroots campaign but it’s true.
When asked by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier about whether or not Operation Rainfall had any effect on the decision to bring The Last Story stateside, XSEED’s Ken Berry simply said, “"No, I don't believe so.”
The prerequisites Berry is referring to are:
- It has to be a great title.
- It has to have some market potential in North America.
- It has to be something that entire company is passionate about.
Apparently the decision was made after Berry picked up a copy of the game while he was in Tokyo for last year’s TGS since he thought he and his co-workers would enjoy playing it at the office.
Shockingly enough, during his first meeting with Nintendo, he was told that no other publishers were interested in bringing the game over (even with the massive campaign?) but in the end, Nintendo and Mistwalker were delighted to work with XSEED and the rest they say is history.
While I do find it hard to believe that the incredible popularity of Operation Rainfall had nothing to do with this decision, considering that this is XSEED we’re talking about, I’m inclined to believe it.
Either way, everyone taking part in the campaign and Wii owners who love RPGs should be happy that the game will be hitting North American shores on July 10.
As much as that story seems convincing, it is impossible not to be influenced by something as big as that campaign. To deny that us, gamers, had nothing to do with that decision (even a little) is complete bullshit.
Games being influenced by the fanbase? That's preposterous! (sarcasm)
Yeah, sorry XSEED, but I still see this as bullsh*t. It's not just some subtle coincidence that you just HAPPENED to pick up a copy of The Last Story, and you just so happened to think it had market potential. I think they are just afraid of admitting that fans were so supportive and so convincing that they did it for some reason. It is evidently clear.
so it'd be cool if this Berry guy picked up fatal frame 4
You would think that Operation Rainfall would account for "It has to have some market potential in North America." But I guess Nintendo doesn't pay attention to their fans if they think shovelware that not even the casual market will get, will generate sales.
Or possibly they just don't want people to think it was effective or they'll start doing it more...
and the government..., and the media..., this list goes on and on, we are just sheep waiting to be herded in their eyes
That's a little...depressing. But whatever, game is still coming so that's great for the people who are interested.
Exactly. Had it not been for Operation Rainfall, myself (and many others) wouldn't know it existed, reducing its market potential.
"it has to have some potential in North America" It seems like Operation Rainfall is what showed everyone that potential...
it makes you wonder doesnt it? is the effort of trying to get a decent product in your respected area viewed as just online whining to the people of nintendo? do they REALLY listen to the demands of their consumers? it seems like sometimes the video game industry makes us out to be these little kids who need to be told constantly what is for their own good.
But they had Zelda last year, they probably didn't want to release during the same time as Zelda
Also, that doesn't really make any sense, a console can't be dead, unless its broken or something xD
If you still have a working Wii and someone released a good game for it, it doesn't matter if its 6 year cycle ended, you'll still buy the good game right?
Just finished it, it's good especialy the combat system wich is just brilliant
it may not have affected XSEED's decision, but it may have affected Nintendo's decision to work with them.
Both games weren't advertised or shown in the west so neither GameStop nor XSEED had any idea how it would sell. However, since the pre-order estimate of Xenoblade broke 140K because of the fan campaign, I am guessing XSEED want a piece of the action.
As OpRa argued, since the games are already translated (into British), all they have to do is to recode the region code and print a few more copies. So I am sure that's why XSEED decide to jump in. OpRa influenced Xenoblade's sales and that convinced XSEED on The Last Story.
Actually, Xenoblade's publication is paid by GameStop, that's why they had the exclusive. But same concept, businesses make decision base on demand, OpRa show the publishers there are demand in JRPG.
I really doubt that's the case. If they want to wait for the right time it would be last year when Wii is still alive and the hype for the game was at the peak.
thats fine.. they realize its a game that should be brought over n did it either way influence or not least we get it
By the way, The Last Story is already out over here. =3
I still haven't bought it though. I'm still catching up with hundreds (not QUITE literally) of other games, and I've only just got ahold of Xenoblade Chronicles (which to my dismay is the only Wii game I own that cannot be played in 4:3, so my SDTV that my Wii is on won't do for Xenoblade - it's too damn small to see the game when it's letterboxed. Heck, it's almost too small for all my old-school games as well. That, and my eyesight is shit). But I will be getting it as soon as I have some monies. And then Pandora's Tower is next. I believe it's out very soon over here. Dunno about America, but I hope it comes out over there, too.