With the announcement of The Last Story coming to North America, Operation Rainfall’s work appears to be almost done. Their third and final objective is Pandora’s Tower, which is launching in Europe about the same time North Americans will get their hand on Xenoblade Chronicles. On the surface it appears their grass roots movement has been a success: Operation Rainfall supporters made their presence known to Nintendo and pushed Nintendo with American fan power to get the titles out here… right? Honestly, I have a feeling NoA hardly considered Operation Rainfall and its supporters when making their decision. Chances are, they were thinking about Europeans.
Rhythm Heaven series is from the small and strange corner of Nintendo responsible for the WarioWare games and other oddities. The series’ roots were on the GBA, but the first on to the western market was the DS sequel. While all three games have a lot in common, Rhythm Heaven Fever feels much more like a proper sequel to the GBA game in that it uses button inputs rather than motion controls or a touch screen. It also improves on the formula with more interesting visuals and music.
Two new Wii bundles are in the works- A black Wii packed with New Super Mario Bros. and a Super Mario Galaxy Soundtrack is set to launch in the US on October 23rd, and a blue Wii with the new Mario and Sonic at London 2012 Olympic Games ready to emerge in the EU with the game’s release November 18th.
While these bundles may seem exciting, being brand new smaller models, their form factor comes at a lofty cost indeed: any and all gamecube support has been removed from the system. The four controller ports and memory card slots have been stripped from this new model to afford its’ smaller size, and these new models are unable to read the older system’s mini-discs.
With months left until the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, you may be looking for some quality content to enjoy on your Wii in the meantime. Thanks to Nintendo’s Select line, you can do so at a budget price. Nintendo is expanding their Select line with four new titles that will carry the $19.99 price point. The new titles include a healthy helping Mario, including Super Paper Mario, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Strikers Charged. The list also includes 2009′s Punch-Out!! These titles will be available at the reduce price starting August 28th.
Starting September 16th for Europeans, Super Mario Galaxy will also be available as a select, as well as Twilight Princess, which is already a select title in North America.
During the short periods of the time where the citizens of the UK aren’t laughing at unsuccessful efforts to bring over such game as The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower (We call this Project Divine Retribution), they are waiting for the release of the much anticipated Xenoblade Chronicles which is set to hit games stores everywhere (in Europe) on August 19th. In order to satisfy such needs of Wii exclusive JRPG’s made by a company whose games are only liked by one person on the entire planet, the awesome people at Nintendo of Europe unveiled the trailer that will be supplemented with the release of Xenoblade Chronicles. The trailer can be found after the jump and people who are offended by scenes involving British accents in a video game may want to proceed with caution.
I know there’s been a lot of Xenoblade Chronicles posts over the last few days, but I need to make a correction. There was a mistranslation with the french website Nintendo-Master that Xenoblade Chronicles was pushed into 2012. But now we’re hearing that isn’t the case, as multiple sites confirm that the title is still launching this year. The title will go on sale September 2nd. The title will launch alongside a limited edition version that includes a red classic controller pro that matches the color of the blade the main character uses in the title.
While we’re here, there’s some more Xenoblade Chronicles info going around. After the huge explosion that was Operation Rainfall, IGN is claiming that Nintendo of America is readying a statement regarding Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, which is set to hit either tonight or tomorrow. What that statement holds is unknown.
Also, some European footage of Xenoblade Chronicles has come out, showcasing some of the voice work for the game. Being localized in the UK, all the voices demoed have British accents. You can find the footage after the jump.
While North Americans rally in hopes for a release of three of Nintendo’s latest Japanese only titles, European’s been sitting back and relaxing simply waiting for the release date for Xenoblade Chronicles. But now, Europe gets double the JRPG fun as Nintendo of France confirmed that The Last Story is coming to Europe in 2012. Unfortunately, Xenoblade Chronicles
has been pushed back into 2012 as well. Originally it was announced as “TBA 2011.”
While many would probably be happy just with the JRPG duo, Europe may be taking it a step further. When asked about the chances of Nintendo’s Devil May Cry style Pandora’s Tower, Nintendo of France’s director of marketing, Matthew Minel, said that localization of the title looked “promising,” but wouldn’t officially confirm it.
So it looks like Wii releases will still be pretty bare around the world in 2011 until Kirby Wii, at least we know that European Nintendo fans have a lot to look forward to next year.
Update: Information regarding Xenoblade Chronicles’ delay was a mistranslation. The title is launching September 2nd in Europe.
Me post time. In case you didn’t already know, Nintendo of Europe is localizing Xenoblade for a release later this year, rumored to be September. With a European localization in the works and Nintendo of America registering the domain name for Xenoblade Chronicles, it would seem likely that a North America release would be on the way. Unfortunately, that may not be the case.
GoNintendo reported that Nintendo of Europe intended on showing the the title off at E3, but said Nintendo of America didn’t want to show case games they didn’t plan on selling, which would point to no localization. But, if you follow the source, it links back to a forum post only claiming what that the lead France branch manager said something about it on the TV show No Life. Therefore we don’t have a direct quote to say if the information wasn’t skewed. But honestly, I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo of America after Disaster: Day of Crisis, Another Code R, Last Window, Band Bros. etc.
The bright side to all this is, supposedly, Xenoblade Chronicles is getting a special Classic Controller Pro in France. We’ll have to see if that applies for other regions in Europe as well. Also, there was no mention of it being bundled with the title, but I’d assume it would be.
All of my rage, Nintendo of America. All of my rage.
While most of us agree that the Wii U is an innovative, possibly groundbreaking console that will no doubt continue making waves until its release in 2012, there’s still plenty of things we just don’t know about it yet. Some new information recently emerged regarding the use of its touchscreen controller as well as what type of disk the system will use.
Ideally, most Wii U titles would be designed around the use of only 1 of the new controllers, with the console possibly not supporting multiple of the new tablet/controller hybrids. For multiplayer, most games will recycle Wii MotionPlus Remotes with one player wielding the sought-after super-controller. At the same time, though, it is possible that use of a 3DS as a controller might be a viable substitute, according to an interview news.com.au had with Shigeru Miyamoto.
Also, the Wii U will be utilizing a proprietary disk format which will store 25GB, on par with a PS3′s single-layer Blu-Ray disk. Since Sony owns Blu-Ray technology, that format was out of the question and led to Nintendo creating their own. It is notable to mention that the Wii U is also compatible with all Wii titles, although they will not be scaled up to HD.
This does come with a bit of sad news, however, as it is reported that although the Wii U is backwards compatible with original Wii titles, it will not play GameCube games; meaning that our cute mini-disks are a dying breed.
If you’re a Wii owner, this year has been fairly uneventful for you. Mario Sports Mix and Conduit 2 are really the only notable titles to release. Finally Nintendo will be releasing some more software for the aging console with Wii Play Motion.
Set to release this June in North America and Europe, Wii Play Motion is a collection of mini-games using Wii Motion+ technology. Mini-games include another shooting gallery, ice cream stacking, rock skipping, umbrella flying and more. As with the last title, Wii Play Motion will also ship with a Wii Remote, although the new and improved Wii Remote + version.
You can check out the trailer after the jump.