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.

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jacksonmichael2665d ago

Another Operation Rainfall article. Glad this is getting so much publicity.

Gigglefist2665d 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

EYEamNUMBER12665d 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 Butt2665d ago

Last Story bombed.

You can get it in the bargain bin for about 2,000 Yen.

TheRichterBelmont2665d 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...

zerocrossing2665d 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.

TheRichterBelmont2665d 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

Redempteur2665d ago

namco is also guilty of this crime is some cases ..

lizard812882665d 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.

Redempteur2665d 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.

TruthbeTold2665d ago


'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.

thereelBT2665d 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!

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