As Jarrod has been updating everyone via our Facebook/Twitter pages, Operation Rainfall has been denied once again by Nintendo of America. Whoever’s responsible for NOA’s Facebook page had this to say:
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 being such great fans!
Mark my words, Nintendo; this will not end in your favor. While that employer behind FB was just doing his job, Operation Rainfall continues to march on full speed ahead, insisting fans to keep their Xenoblade pre-orders on amazon and heckling NOA’s Facebook and Twitter pages with pleas. I urge Nintendo fans not to go overboard even though this is upsetting news. Personally, I’m not angry as I know what Operation Rainfall will turn into eventually. Remember; this situation has happened previously with Mother 3 GBA and Fatal Frame 3. Both had similar yet more quieter rally campaigns, which sadly turned into nothing. Worse case scenario, if NOA continues to deny people of these awesome JRPGs, fans will find alternate means of playing this game in English even if NOA doesn’t approve of them.
The first of which is a software modification on your American Wii systems which will make the console region-free, thereby granting access to the upcoming European versions of Xenoblade & The Last Story. Trust me, this mod is so simple to access it’s not even worth explaining in this post. Second method in case Pandora’s Tower doesn’t get translated outside of Japan: fan-translation software patches. This has been done with Fatal Frame 3 in the past, and again it is so simple to do. Eventually, Operation Rainfall will transform into Operation: DIY (Do It Yourself), whereby the campaign will keep fans in-the-know with these inevitable alternate methods. Heck, they may even start up fan-translation projects. I’ll say it here; I’m already set in importing Xenoblade & The Last Story from the UK whether Nintendo of America likes it or not. I mean for crying out loud; instead of this PR denial crap, at least be optimistic; say we’re looking into, say we’re working with Atlus/XSEED to deliver English scripts, say we’re aiming for a 2012 release so that games like Zelda and Kirby have enough exposure. I won’t be angry for a slight delay to next year.