Operation Rainfall

July 1st, 2011 -

Operation Rainfall

If you’re an RPG fan, particularly a JRPG fan, you’ve no doubt heard of at least one of the following three games: Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower. These are three games that were created for the Nintendo Wii, have been released in Japan, and have no intentions of coming to the US. That last part doesn’t bode well with RPG fans, and thus, Operation Rainfall commenced.

As of this writing, all three games have now been confirmed for localization by Nintendo of Europe. So why not America? Are the developers nobodies? Do they not want the games in North American? Not quite… You may notice that The Last Story sounds reminiscent of another RPG series: Final Fantasy. Why is that? Oh, Hironobu Sakaguchi is behind it… Other games you may recognize from his current studio (Mistwalker) are Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey. Mistwalker is fully backing Operation Rainfall, according to their twitter. How about Xenoblade? Hmm… what other games start with root “Xeno?” Oh that’s right,  Xenogears and Xenosaga. No, Square didn’t develop this, Monolith Soft Incorporated did. Some of the people that worked at Square on Xenogears and Chrono Cross moved onto this company though, in which Xenosaga was born. And now, Xenoblade. As for the last game, if you’ve ever played a One Piece video game, it’s more than likely been by Ganborion, the creators of Pandora’s Tower.

Pandora's Tower

Perhaps you don’t care about JRPGs though, so why should you care? Let me try to put this into perspective: imagine your favorite video game company isn’t located in your country, and decides they don’t make enough money to profit from localizing a game. So Halo, Call of Duty, Uncharted, whatever game you decidedly NEED to buy… doesn’t come out in your country, but does elsewhere. Silly, you say? People actually buy those games? Sure, they do. But people would also buy these. How do I know? Because on June 25th, Xenoblade was in three lists on Amazon: 1) THE top selling game; 2) #1 selling Wii game; 3) #1 selling Wii action game. This was done by preordering the game (which you can do right here) with the “under development” boxart placeholder.

Xenoblade

This is just one of the many ways Operation Rainfall intends on showing Nintendo of America that they want these games. How else are they doing so? Well, each game has a separate campaign in which they tell Nintendo how much they want the game via social media, calling NoA, writing letters to NoA, signing an electronic petition, and more. For links to participate, click here.

This is a cause worth backing if you love video games. Think of how many people you’ll make happy; it takes only a few moments of your time. Think of how disappointed you’d be if something you really wanted ended up being just out of reach, others enjoyed it while you couldn’t. Nintendo doesn’t think people want these games, and are flat out refusing to localize them because of it. The same is more or less being done by Capcom with Mega Man Legends 3, requiring a certain amount of Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype to be bought before they finish/release it. Do we really want this to become a trend? Do we really want to lose new IPs because not enough people show initial interest? Would you like a world that only sells FPS games that mimic one another, and the same sports games every year? I for one am backing Operation Rainfall, and I strongly urge you to do the same. A couple members of the blog have recorded a podcast in regards to this matter, and will tentatively be having more to come in the future. Keep an eye out for more content regarding this. For more information regarding Operation Rainfall, check their blog: http://oprainfall.blogspot.com/

The Last Story

  • It’s an action RPG made in Japan. It’s not a Western RPG. How would you properly define it so that I may fix it? It looks similar to Nier, which I consider a JRPG. I think perhaps we just have differing opinions on the definition of the term.

    I imagine the Shin Megami Tensei series would be considered JRPGs. If you’d prefer me to call it an action RPG, I’ll gladly change it.

    Comment by Jason on July 1, 2011

  • Great piece in regards to garnering support for Operation Rainfall! Hopefully Nintendo will start listening to their fans…like they claimed they’ve been doing all along…

    Comment by metalfreak on July 1, 2011

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