Thank you for your enthusiasm. We promised an update, so here it is. We never say “never,” but we can confirm that there are no plans to bring these three games to the Americas at this time. Thanks so much for your passion, and for being such great fans!
This is Nintendo of America’s response in regards to the public outcry towards the lack of North American releases of Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora’s Quest. This is nothing more than typical PR talk to neither confirm nor deny that they will not be releasing these games over. As of right now, this basically means we are not getting these three games…yet. With the Wii U still a good year away, there’s still hope of seeing these games released here.
So what can we do? Simple – we let our voices be heard. Head over to Nintendo’s Facebook page and drop a comment on their wall to let them know you want those games. Be sure to also follow them on Twitter and drop them a mention in a Tweet or a Direct Message. There’s also via the Customer Service contact form on their site. BE NICE AND CALM. Your post is likely going to be skipped over a will more than likely not be taken seriously. It will not be of any help. It’s also best to contact them via snail mail, particularly Reggie. You can write to:
c/o Nintendo of America
4600 150th AVE NE.
Redmond, WA 98052
With Nintendo stating they have no plans to release these titles in the west, this does not bode well for other titles, particularly releases such as Dragon Quest Collection. As Square-Enix has opted to stop publishing Dragon Quest titles in the west, leaving Nintendo to be the one to handle publishing Dragon Quest VI, Dragon Quest IX, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 and Fortune Street, this leaves one to wonder if we’ll even see the release of Dragon Quest Collection. The collection contains the original Famicom/NES releases of Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II and Dragon Quest III, as well as the Super Famicom remakes of Dragon Quest I & II and Dragon Quest III. The Famicom titles are fully available in the US as “Dragon Warrior“, though the Super Famicom ports were never released here. If things continue the way they are going, we may not actually see a localized release.
Unfortunately, Nintendo of America is not the only guilty party here. Several other companies have started to follow this recent trend of avoiding releases in the west of existing franchises that are known here. Sega of America has recently stated there are no plans to release Valkyria Chronicles 3 or Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity as sales have been low, with piracy on the PSP being given the blame. Phantasy Star Online 2 was also announced in Japan with a 2011 release. Despite the usage of “global” in the game’s trailer, neither Sega of America or Sega of Europe have announced the title at all.
So how do we fix this? We let them know we want to see these games. You can contact Sega via Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail. Be sure to remind them that the Yakuza series was also in danger of low sales but fan support helped keep the series running in the west. You can also suggest to them that they can place Valkyria Chronicles 3 and Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity on PlayStation Network as digital downloads to avoid any possible issues with piracy. Be sure to also recommend Steam as a choice for releasing Phantasy Star Online 2 to PC users. If you wish to write to them, they can be reached at:
Then we have Capcom. Recently, they declined releasing Ace Attorney Investigations 2 for the Nintendo DS. No real reasoning has been given as to why it’s not been released. One could link it to low sales, however this is also due to low print counts for previous Ace Attorney titles.
Unfortunately, Capcom is a company that is heavily based on Japanese business politics and tends to revolve less around listening to fans. Nonetheless, it’s always worth a shot to make your voice heard. You can contact them via Facebook and Twitter.
So why put all this effort out there? Because these games mean something to us and it’d be a crying shame to miss out on them, while companies pump out just titles that are known to sell. Variety helps keeps things from becoming stale in a world filled with western developed RPGs and shooters. Companies like Atlus and Xseed Games are known for doing what they can to satisfy their customer by not only banking on releasing niche titles, but also releasing them with extra goodies. Bandai-Namco has learned its lesson and is finally listening to its fanbase by delivering Tales of Graces f on the PlayStation 3 in North America and Europe, as well as the 3DS port of Tales of the Abyss. Something is terribly wrong when top companies mentioned above are being outdone by smaller companies with less money and a company known for outright ignoring and brushing off its fanbase.
As businesses, their primary goals are to please the customers and profit on their releases. If you earn the ire of your customers, you can’t expect them to make any future purchases. Without letting your voices be heard, these companies will believe it’s okay to continue doing what they’re doing.
Be sure to join Operation Rainfall as they continue to push on getting Nintendo to release Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Quest in North America. You can find their website here, as well as follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Hopefully, we will all be able to enoy these games without having to resort to importing or underhanded methods.