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Submitted by Pozzle 1121d ago | opinion piece

Nintendo’s Game-Killing Policies Alienate Biggest Fans

Wired: The most charitable thing we could say right now about the lineup of games for Nintendo’s Wii console is that it is 'not quite' a barren wasteland.

There’s the epic adventure The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The Wii debut of the addictive, original music game Rhythm Heaven. And another Kirby game. All these are coming at some indeterminate point in the future.

And that’s about it, at least for those of us who are fans of deep, challenging experiences, or the sort of things we used to call “videogames.”

That’s in America. In Japan, where Wii has not been as explosively popular, it’s a different story. Nintendo continues to make grand overtures to the hard-core gaming fans in its home country. Most notably, over the past year it has released two role-playing games called Xenoblade and The Last Story, created by some of Japan’s most famous RPG designers. The games are exactly the sort of thing that Nintendo’s system lacks stateside: full-scale adventures with solid gameplay, high-quality graphics and music, interesting stories.

So it came as something of a shock when Nintendo did not take the opportunity at E3 to announce U.S. releases for these two games. Over the years, Nintendo of America has often declined to release many of its more hard-core Japanese games, but these two titles seem to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for many fans. ( Pikmin 2, Chibi Robo!, Fatal Frame IV, Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, GameCube, Nintendo, The Last Story, Wii, Xenoblade)

jacksonmichael  +   1121d ago
Another Operation Rainfall article. Glad this is getting so much publicity.
Gigglefist  +   1121d ago
I don't understand why Nintendo isn't doing it. Their fans are already starting to lose faith in them. This isn't helping the situation
EYEamNUMBER1  +   1121d ago
the real question here is i don't understand why people are surprised by this

they have only done it this entire console generation now all of a sudden everyone is so shocked?
Knushwood Butt  +   1121d ago
Last Story bombed.

You can get it in the bargain bin for about 2,000 Yen.
TheRichterBelmont  +   1121d ago
The word needs to spread. I'm only soft modding my Wii to play Xenoblade and Last Story. I'd love to give NoA my money, but I guess they don't want it...
zerocrossing  +   1120d ago
Agreed, We don't really have much choice other than buying a Japanese Wii and importing the games from Japan! Is that what they expect from us? The way I see it is I soft mod or my Wii collects dust until Zelda SS since that's the only game coming out for the Wii that I want that's actually getting localised.
TheRichterBelmont  +   1120d ago
Well, Europe is getting it in September, so at least it will be in English!

You are darn right about the Wii collecting dust until Zelda gets here. We want more GOOD games, Nintendo. Take our money! :P
Redempteur  +   1121d ago
namco is also guilty of this crime is some cases ..
lizard81288  +   1120d ago
lol, yeah, with the, we are bringing tales over, but the ps3 version. sorry wii owners, we are too lazy to put it on a duel layered disk for you.
Redempteur  +   1120d ago
Well it's quite complex for them to both version ... AND no it's not the same game . it's not taht easy to just transfert files over ...

not that it isn't possible it would just require too much ressources for a market they don't believe in .

Had dawn of the world been more sucessfull , thiings would have been different no doubt.
TruthbeTold  +   1121d ago
Nintendo:

'No you can't buy this game in your region.'

'No you may not buy it from another region and play it on your Wii, it is region locked.'

'No you may not mod your Wii in order to get around this.'

'No, we probably won't ever change our mind.'

When it comes to gaming, fewer things hurt worse than this sort of attitude.
thereelBT  +   1121d ago
I remember hearing things like this for a long time. There were so many RPGs that we did not have released here, and I was always jealous that Japan got them, but not us. The most baffling part? In my lifetime living in Kansas, which isn't as populated as some states in America, I don't remember retailers putting very many RPGs (if any) in a bargain bin. Always behind a case. If you wanted to buy used ones later, you could be on a waiting list for months. Doesn't this history show that RPGs can sell well in America?

But now the Internet is spreading news faster than ever before. These are games that would do quite well here. After all, fans are "crying out" for them. Things like this will only get worse and hurt Nintendo if they don't do something. RPG fans are some of the biggest diehards!
zerocrossing  +   1121d ago
All things considered lot of people are going to be wary about investing in the Wii U, Nintendo already alienated the majority of its core gamers and is doing little to rectify this. Xenoblade, The Last Story, Pandora's Tower, One of these 3 games mite have been enough to at least show they're thinking about us.
lizard81288  +   1120d ago
Yeah, even though its way off into the future, if Nintendo keeps dicking around like this, i might not buy a wiiu. i wish i had a job, so i could buy two consoles. nintendo makes great exclusives, but their 3rd party and region locking nonsense is getting annoying. I play Japaneses games and the 3DS is region locked. Nintendo doesn't want people to import...from America. I heard America has the cheapest games compared to Japan and Europe. They more or less, want more money.
zerocrossing  +   1120d ago
Thats just what I mean the damige is already done. Region locking and refusing to localize was just the start of a downward spiral thats cut of the JRPG's and other populer exclusive to Japan titles from entering the west, They could argue that most JRPG's dont sell well in the west but thats madness! look at Opperation Rainfall and all the backing from concerned gamers its getting.
Redempteur  +   1120d ago
i Agree .. when they wii came i didn't think too much about it since at least we had skies of arcadia legends and tales of symphonia ( symphonia was a succès EVEN ).. but now twith the wii as it is ..i just doubt devs will invest in the console or the wii U . Rpgs aren't games that are easily ported across consoles. so for the next "nintendo gen" , i think i'll pass.
zerocrossing  +   1120d ago
The Wii on release was great we at least had some diversity, Now we have only Zelda and other good Nintendo games that only get released every 4 or 5 and few 3rd party titles other than that just Casual games!, Nintendo annoyed me when it didn't localise Fatal Frame 4 (Project Zero mask of the luner eclipse) then region locking so I couldn't even import >.< Now more and more we have less RPG and adventure games because they refuse to sell them to us, I havent made my mind up weather I will buy the Wii U but I realy dont trust Nintendo much anymore.
lizard81288  +   1120d ago
With ALL 3 games coming to Europe, in English, i don't know why they just won't bring them over here.
mike1up  +   1120d ago
Nice Article!!!
I was very disappointed with Nintendo of America's decision not to localize Xenoblade or The Last Story. Not so much because they were fairly decent games, but because they always do this (i.e. super mario bros. lost levels, fire emblem, and almost tatsunoko vs. capcom) I decided to turn the other cheek and give Nintendo one FINAL chance. Im tired of defending Nintendo. I give them the benefit of the doubt, and in return, they give me no 3rd party games. Another game drought, just like the gamecube. If I dont get good quality 3rd party games for the Wii U, then im done... forever.

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