Nintendo Confirms The Last Story for North America

Nintendo Confirms The Last Story for North America

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In a move sure to please members of Operation Rainfall, the second of three elusive Wii JRPGs will make its way across the ocean.

Is it more accurate to say that The Last Story will be coming across the Pacific or the Atlantic this year? While the critically praised game did indeed originate in Japan, a localized version will be hitting store shelves in Europe in a mere two days. Either way, the JRPG will hit North American shores before the end of 2012, courtesy of Nintendo of America and quirky publisher Xseed Games. It's hard to say whether this release has anything to do with the members of activist group Operation Rainfall, but it does mean that they have only one RPG to go in their quest to get Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower released in the Western hemisphere.

The news came from none other than Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. During an episode of Nintendo Direct, an occasional video series in which Fils-Aime discusses Nintendo's latest offerings, he "saved the best for last - The Last Story, to be specific." While the announcement takes up only about thirty seconds, Fils-Aime minces no words: "If you follow RPGs, you know that this is one of the greatest." He reminds viewers of the title's pedigree as the brainchild of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, and promises that it will hit American soil before the year is out.

The decision to bring The Last Story stateside may have had as much to do with Xseed as with Nintendo itself. The publishing company has taken up the cause of localizing many other offbeat JRPGs, such as Shadow Hearts: From the New World on PS2 and Lunar: Silver Star Harmony on PSP. The vocal members of Operation Rainfall may also have swayed Nintendo of America, but Fils-Aime did not mention them specifically.

With Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story bound for North America, Operation Rainfall has one job left: get Pandora's Tower localized to complete the trifecta. If nothing else, it certainly sounds like an item collection quest worthy of any JRPG.

Source: Nintendo Direct

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I think it's pretty easy to say that Operation Rainfall had nothing to do with it. I'm sure Square Enix is thankful for all the money they made from those copies of Final Fantasy that got bought, though.

I already posted this. Still happy about it though. This was the big one for me.

Really? About bloody time I say.

Well, this clinches it. At some point in time, I'm going to have to get a Wii.

Just now saw gameplay footage of it.

Yeah, I'm glad it's heading stateside. Maybe it'll be the first JRPG not of the Chrono series I can manage to complete.

That's an impressive stream of Wii
... Games

Finally! Now where in the hell is Pandora's Tower?

FFFFFFFFFFFF--

Life is complete.

NO, WAIT!

Is there gonna be a Collector's Edition coming out for the US, just like the one released for Europe?! Please let it be so! PLEASE! JUST TAKE MY MONEY AND SAY YES!

...

Why is it still not up for reservation at any store?! WHY?!

Another great reason to own a Wii, the little fella was getting a bit dusty after beating Skyward Sword, not because the Wii sucks, but because I have way too many games on the PC that I haven't played yet and many that I'm currently playing.

mjc0961:
I think it's pretty easy to say that Operation Rainfall had nothing to do with it. I'm sure Square Enix is thankful for all the money they made from those copies of Final Fantasy that got bought, though.

What does Square Enix have to with this?

OT: I'm glad to see that it will hit America. I have played Xenoblade a lot and if this is the same quality I wouldn't want to see America deprived of it. I have ordered the limited edition and I can't wait. I will have to finish Xenoblade first though. Also I hate how Nintendo is taking credit for seeing the game localized when it's being done by XSEED games. Hopefully it will be a success that makes Nintendo regret not doing it themselves.

Argh, another Wii game I want to play. Last year of the console's life, successor already announced, and now they start releasing some exciting games for it. Yeesh.

I know the Wii U will be backwards compatible, I hope we get its launch lineup soon. I want to see that before I make a decision on what to buy. My only concern with waiting is this type of game often don't stay in print for very long. If we get news about Xenoblade tanking I may have to buy it and just set up Dolphin.

Glad you guys across the pond are getting it too, NoA have been ignoring JRPG fans for way too long and this cant come soon enough. And personally I cant wait for my copy to arrive tomorrow.

Sorry if I'm acting abit smug but I will be buying the game tomorrow. I will let you know if it's any good. Still I'm glad you are getting it in the end and it would be awesome if you review Xenoblade Chronicles when it's out (it's now one of my favourite jrpg).

I should be getting mine tomorrow. It's damn time to give some free time to my Monster Hunter character. ^^

now to see if the people whining for it will back up their words with actual ACTION.

Whooooo!! It's nice to have a couple of Wii titles to look forward to this year.

Although, Fils-Aime shouldn't be acting like some kind of benefactor over this considering that we had to drag these games over from Europe with Reggie kicking and screaming all the way.

Wait wait wait...the Wii has GAMES that aren't for 11 year olds and people who like to stare at whites and blaise' pastel colors? In 2012???

...In all seriousness, this might actually give me a reason to power up my Wii for the first time in...I dunno, 10 months?

This makes 2 Wii games that I give a crap about. Maybe I'll get the console sometime this year now.

Aiddon:
now to see if the people whining for it will back up their words with actual ACTION.

Already have an envelope with "The Last Story" on it filled with cash.

Aiddon:
now to see if the people whining for it will back up their words with actual ACTION.

I get the feeling that many that demanded that the game be brought to NA have alreddy got import copies of the game.

It would defy reason for them not to bring those games to NA simply because they were already localized for English speaking countries when they got a European release. But, too bad my sales already went to the European releases of both games. I modded my Wii just so I could play Pal games. And, I took the liberty of buying copies online. It's utterly ridiculous that I had to go through that. But it was worth it, Xenoblade is my RPG of the year. It was an amazing game.

So... Are they going to do another localisation for it?

Because... The European release would appear to have an entirely British voice cast.

Which makes an interesting change, because almost all our games are simply releases of stuff localised for the US.

kiri2tsubasa:

Aiddon:
now to see if the people whining for it will back up their words with actual ACTION.

I get the feeling that many that demanded that the game be brought to NA have alreddy got import copies of the game.

Or they're just going to find excuses not to buy it like they do with every. single. fucking. new. title.

Two down, one more to go. Let's just hope that Nintendo decides to localize Pandora's Tower sometime before the end of the year... and that all the people who wanted this game will BUY it and prove they were serious so that we don't get jerked around again the next time a good game won't get localized.

I am gonna pre-order a copy this weekend, and I encourage all other RPG fans to do the same.

LOL I guess in the end they prefered to take people's money than not release it in an area and have people pirate to get access to it.

Yes, YES this will benefit me. Good to know there is some semblance of common sense in Nintendo.

Now perhaps we could tackle the other issue. You know the seemingly similar on the surface, pretty different underneath elephant in the room:

And there was much rejoicing all throughout the village.

Holy shit, a Wii game that I can buy and play and not feel like a retard playing it?

This will make number 3 the other 2 being RE4 and Metroid Prime: Trilogy.

I will be delighted to pop something new into the disc slot of my poor console bought-only-for-the-purpose-of-classical-gaming for the first time in years.

Aiddon:

kiri2tsubasa:

Aiddon:
now to see if the people whining for it will back up their words with actual ACTION.

I get the feeling that many that demanded that the game be brought to NA have alreddy got import copies of the game.

Or they're just going to find excuses not to buy it like they do with every. single. fucking. new. title.

Seriously, where do you get the idea that people don't buy games? Just want to bash other gamers today?

Kroxile:
Holy shit, a Wii game that I can buy and play and not feel like a retard playing it? ...

Talk about self esteem issues.

SuperTrainStationH:

Kroxile:
Holy shit, a Wii game that I can buy and play and not feel like a retard playing it? ...

Talk about self esteem issues.

So you mean to say you enjoy flailing about like an epileptic child with some kind of hyperactivity disorder?

I'm actually quite happy with myself though, thanks for your concern :)

Kroxile:

SuperTrainStationH:

Kroxile:
Holy shit, a Wii game that I can buy and play and not feel like a retard playing it? ...

Talk about self esteem issues.

So you mean to say you enjoy flailing about like an epileptic child with some kind of hyperactivity disorder? ...

If you play motion control Wii games like that, that's your own problem.

 

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