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Nintendo watching Xenoblade 'very closely' in Europe

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime has breathed new life into hopes for at least one of the Operation Rainfall games reaching our shores, as he's stated the Nintendo of America will be watching Europe's sales carefully.

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Nintendo has been reluctant to bring a few high-profile Japanese RPGs to market in the US, despite heavy demand from a vocal movement that has dubbed itself "Operation Rainfall." One of the games, Xenoblade Chronicles, has even been localized by Nintendo of Europe, so the translation and voices are finished. The other two titles are The Last Story and Pandora's Tower, which have to-be-announced 2012 plans for Europe.

Now we have cause for renewed hope of US releases, as Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has implied that European success for the RPGs could convince the North American branch of Nintendo to publish the games.

"We will be watching very closely what happens in Europe," Fils-Aime told IGN. "Certainly if there are business opportunities and positive consumer uptake from some of those titles, that will be great data for us to consider as we look at what to do with these titles."

This is a far cry from Nintendo's previous statement on the matter. "We never say 'never,' but we can confirm that there are no plans to bring these three games to the Americas at this time," the company posted on its Facebook page.

This is putting the waning days of the Wii in stark contrast, as the system ages and game adoption slows, and Nintendo puts its focus on the Wii U. If the other two games aren't set to release until 2012 in Europe, that would likely pit them against a new Nintendo hardware launch, and they'd risk getting lost in the shuffle.

Ultimately, Nintendo is a company and its primary goal is to make profits. Of the three titles, the US has the best shot at Xenoblade since it's already translated. But we won't even get that game in the states unless the company thinks they can make a buck on the prospect, even if the bulk of development costs and localization has already been covered. So if you're one of our European readers, do us yanks a solid and buy two or three copies, yeah?

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    August 11, 2011 6:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Nintendo watching Xenoblade 'very closely' in Europe.

    Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime has breathed new life into hopes for at least one of the Operation Rainfall games reaching our shores, as he's stated the Nintendo of America will be watching Europe's sales carefully.

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      August 11, 2011 7:17 PM

      Not getting my hopes up, but hey, I'll be a day one buyer if it happens.

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      August 11, 2011 11:50 PM

      I remember lusting over the exotic and interesting Japanese carts in the back of game mags in the 90s. I got my hopes up with Dreamcast and wasn't disappointed except for the system's longevity at peak; not sure I can get it up for JRPGs anymore.

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      August 12, 2011 12:33 AM

      I just don't get it. If it's on sale in Europe, that means it exists in English, no?

      Why wouldn't they just release that in the US?

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        August 12, 2011 3:09 AM

        Support and marketing costs perhaps?

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        August 12, 2011 3:17 AM

        Opportunity cost. The time and resources needed to release this game in the US means less time and resources available for potentially much more rewarding projects.

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          August 12, 2011 4:33 PM

          yes, nintendo has loads of games lined up for people like us.

          The last Wii game i bought was mario galaxy 2. The only other title I plan to buy is skyward sword. Maybe if they put out games i'd buy more of them.

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          August 12, 2011 4:33 PM

          yes, nintendo has loads of games lined up for people like us.

          The last Wii game i bought was mario galaxy 2. The only other title I plan to buy is skyward sword. Maybe if they put out games i'd buy more of them.

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