Pandora's Tower Scheduled for North American Release

Pandora's Tower Scheduled for North American Release

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The last of three highly requested Wii JRPGs will reach the Western hemisphere.

XSEED Games is one of those publishers that's good to have around, even if you never touch one of its games. Its output is essentially a laundry list of quirky Japanese titles that almost didn't make it stateside, from Shadow Hearts: From the New World to Ivy the Kiwi?. In Spring 2013, XSEED will be able to add another "almost-didn't-happen" title to its repertoire with Pandora's Tower for the Wii. If bringing a niche game to a dying system a full year after its European release sounds odd, well, that's basically what XSEED is here for.

"It's fantastic to be bringing such a highly-anticipated title like Pandora's Tower to such a vocal fan base," says Shinichi Suzuki, XSEED's president. "North American gamers have been very patient in waiting for this game to be released, and we're confident they will be pleased when they get their hands on the title." Pandora's Tower is an action/RPG that concerns a young adventurer's quest to rescue his ladylove from turning into a vicious beast. The longer he takes, the worse her prognosis becomes, making time management a critical gameplay element.

Fans of quirky JRPGs have been requesting Pandora's Tower's North American release for quite some time now. Three late-gen Wii RPGs caught their attention: Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower. While the first two made it to the western hemisphere in 2012, all was quiet on the Pandora's Tower front for months before XSEED stepped in.

Some of you may remember that a group called Operation Rainfall first sparked widespread North American interest in the three JRPGs. After almost four years, its mission is complete. It's hard to say how much the games' releases were determined by activism, business concerns, or simply good timing, but it's always good to see fans rewarded for their patience. So, Asian and European folks: Will Pandora's Tower be worth the wait for those of us in the New World?

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Seeing how Nintendo are shifting toward WiiU game these days it could sell alot to those who still own the Wii/ haven't bought the WiiU yet.
I haven't bought that game yet and I doubt I will since I stop playing the Wii these days (I just play games on the PC now).

First Ni No Kuni, then Soul Hackers now this.

2013 is looking like a good year.

Xseed... You get all of my squee. All of it. Just take it before I change my mind and give it to Atlus or Nippon Ichi instead.

Oh yeah, I have seen that in my local gamestop, but didn't get it due to my massive backlog of games.

Good to see it is getting localized to another part of the world, not releasing a region locked game in all countries is cruel...

YOU HEAR THAT ATLUS! CRUEL!!

Marshall Honorof:
So, Asian and European folks: Will Pandora's Tower be worth the wait for those of us in the New World?

Well having not played it myself but having a sister that went out and bought it, I'd have to say yes. Though on a separate note, if America is considered the West and Asian countries are considered the East then what is Europe and Africa considered? Of course this is all ignoring the fact that the Earth is round rather than a flat landscape meaning if you head solely in one direction such as west you are bound to reach Asia eventually.

See this pile of money? Yeah this right here with all the cob webs on it. It has been waiting for this day. Also a great thank you, yet again, for the good work XSEED always seem to do.

Can't wait. I've bought and played Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story and enjoyed them both. I wasn't sure whether this game would have made it here on our side of the pond.

Wha? I had given up on this one.

I'm grabbing it.

Well that's a shame, seeing how I just traded in my Wii for my WiiU and now I can't-

...wait, what's that? ...I can play Wii games on my WiiU? So I CAN play this game?

Gosh, I've gotten so used to companies removing backwards compatibility, this all just seems so alien...

/sarcasm

I hear it's perhaps the weakest of the "Operation Rainfall trilogy", but good thing it's coming over regardless. Odds are I'll get to it eventually. The Last Story felt pretty average, but Xenoblade was more than worth every penny.

It's kind of moot at this point since anyone who had any interest in this game already pirated it.

Mr. Omega:
Well that's a shame, seeing how I just traded in my Wii for my WiiU and now I can't-

...wait, what's that? ...I can play Wii games on my WiiU? So I CAN play this game?

Gosh, I've gotten so used to companies removing backwards compatibility, this all just seems so alien...

/sarcasm

To be fair, the WiiU isn't really backwards compatible so much as it comes packaged with a Wii.

It'd be cool if the WiiU's first 'HD Collection', from Wii games, would be the 'Rainfall Collection'.
:D

Between this, Ni No Kuni, Fire Emblem: Awakening and Kingdom Hearts 1.5, 2013 is looking like it's gonna be a great year for the JRPG aficionado. Bravo, I say! Bravo! *sips tea*

I got this game on day one when it came out over here in Australia... and I gotta say, I was NOT disappointed. Okay, it's no Xenoblade or TLS, but it's a fantastic game in its own right. It's part Zelda and part dating sim... and it WORKS. Pandora's Tower, everybody! Don't let this game pass you by!

Good on you XSEED, it's nice to know some publishers are willing to listen.
Now if only Fire Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow would make it out of Japan. If only...

 

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