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Your Letter Writing Campaign Paid Off: Xenoblade: Chronicles Is Coming to America [UPDATED]

All it took was months upon months of acrimonious petitioning, but finally, Nintendo begrudgingly agrees to release another Wii game in North America.

UPDATE: While it may go without saying, we checked in with Nintendo about whether Xenoblade: Chronicles would come here featuring the same translation that accompanied the European version.

"The game will be based on the version that launched in Europe," said the company in a statement.

That leaves some wiggle room for some changes, but don't expect any drastic differences.

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Finally, after months of fan petitions, angry emails, and at least one article outright endorsing hacking the Wii for the sake of just getting to play one single, measly video game, Nintendo has finally thrown its hands up in prostration and acquiesced to the demands of its fans: Xenoblade: Chronicles will, in fact, be coming to North America.

Get ready to finally don this sweet techno vest and slay some stuff in 2012.

The release was announced officially via Nintendo's Facebook page, initially teased with a few images of the Japanese role-playing game's central characters, followed by an actual, honest-to-god announcement of an April, 2012 release date. Earlier rumors of the game being a GameStop exclusive have yet to be confirmed, but one way or another, Xenoblade is headed to the States.

This marks at least a partial end to the Operation Rainfall saga. Rainfall, for those unaware, is a dedicated group of Wii owners bent on bringing Xenoblade, alongside RPGs The Last Story and Pandora's Tower, to North American consoles. However, Xenoblade always seemed to be the top priority here, with numerous intense pleas for an official North American release seemingly falling on deaf ears at Nintendo.

Nintendo's reluctance to bring these titles out in America was never anything short of baffling. Given the exceedingly paltry Wii lineup this year, an extra critically-acclaimed RPG or two might have helped pad the coffers a bit, especially given that Xenoblade had already been localized for the English language upon its release in Europe, thus negating those extra costs.

Bizarre timing aside, at least Wii owners can rest easy knowing that once they finish Skyward Sword, they now have at least one more excuse to keep their Wii plugged into their TV for the next four months, before eventually retiring the thing to the plastic storage container that contains all their other discarded consoles of yesteryear. Sort of like a retirement home for consoles, really, except with more tangled wires and less of that old people diaper smell.

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Posted by biospank

I just hope people actually buy this game so it is not a waste of time. But it looks like I gotta buy that game now with a controller.

Posted by SirDancelot

@wrathofconn: Well done.

It's definitely good news for Nintendo fans, too bad it took so long. Sounds like a pretty cool JRPG, last one I really enjoyed was probably FF X, wouldn't mind checking this one out next year.

Posted by rubberluffy

I already beat the PAL version (hacked wii) but I ran out today and went to my local gamestop and put some money on this.  One of the best games I've ever played.  I can't wait to put another 100+ hours into it.

Posted by Rudeboy217

Awesome, now I don't have to import a copy.

Posted by RE_Player1

I'm interested to see the sales.

Posted by bodine1231

I feel good that you guys will get to play the greatest JRPG of all time,enjoy!!!

Posted by mrfluke

@biospank said:

I just hope people actually buy this game so it is not a waste of time. But it looks like I gotta buy that game now with a controller.
Posted by Beforet

I might just get a Dolphin box for this.

Posted by crusader8463

Zero interest in the game myself, but glad to see peoples hard work pay off for once instead of falling on deaf ears.

Posted by Cynical_Gamer

Played the Japanese version. Awful game. One of those overrated JRPGs of all time.

Posted by Marokai

Awesome and about time! Finally; a smart move from Nintendo.

Posted by DeF

So glad people can finally enjoy this everywhere without having to jump through a bunch of not-really-sanctioned hoops.

Posted by Sergeant_Stubby

to little to late, already imported and soft modded my wii.

Posted by MentalDisruption

Would have been nice if this had hit america when I actually cared about my wii and what games it has :\.

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Posted by august

[insert anime emoticon here]

Posted by Hailinel

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

Should be on the 360.

The game was developed by a Nintendo-owned studio.

Posted by Hailinel

@UnrealDP said:

@Hailinel said:

@UnrealDP

Cool, now if only my Wii wasn't in some box in my closet...

And you doubted this would happen. Who's laughing now, chuckles?!

I said that nobody buys Wii games, Nintendo waited until they milked the import sales and Wii games still don't sell well so I bet this games going to make tons of money, I mean really. This whole release is just to quell rabid fans, right?

You ceaselessly trolled every post I made regarding the subject of promoting Operation Rainfall. You said it wouldn't work. Whether or not Operation Rainfall had any effect on this is immaterial because it is coming, therefore the movement could be considered a success.

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@Hailinel said:

@UnrealDP said:

@Hailinel said:

@UnrealDP

Cool, now if only my Wii wasn't in some box in my closet...

And you doubted this would happen. Who's laughing now, chuckles?!

I said that nobody buys Wii games, Nintendo waited until they milked the import sales and Wii games still don't sell well so I bet this games going to make tons of money, I mean really. This whole release is just to quell rabid fans, right?

You ceaselessly trolled every post I made regarding the subject of promoting Operation Rainfall. You said it wouldn't work. Whether or not Operation Rainfall had any effect on this is immaterial because it is coming, therefore the movement could be considered a success.

I responded to two posts... Also why are you posting this when Breaking Brad is at its climax? But yeah operation rainfall was a success seeing as Nintendo brought it over, so great job, now all the enthusiast that wanted it have imported it and the casual players that won't buy it will continue not buying it. Maybe I was a bit of a dick, but I just thought the entire thing was pointless and stupid. I still do, but hey, if Nintendo has to release a most likely dead on arrival product just to appease its fans, then so be it.

Posted by Guided_By_Tigers

@Hailinel said:

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

Should be on the 360.

The game was developed by a Nintendo-owned studio.

I know its just wishful thinking on my part....I'll get this when its cheaper and I'll have to dust off my dormant Wii to play it.

Posted by sopranosfan

I want to play it but I put the WIi in my daughters room and I don't know if I am motivated enough to move it for it.

Posted by Hailinel

@UnrealDP: I'm talking about months ago.

@Unknown_Pleasures: Its potentially limited availability may make that tactic difficult.

Posted by Guided_By_Tigers

@Hailinel: Eh it depends on sales....they may not even be able to sell out a limited supply (Nintendo didn't want to release this game in America for a reason)....I hope it does do well though, maybe then Nintendo will release more of their games geared towards a Japanese audience in America.

Posted by Hailinel

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

@Hailinel: Eh it depends on sales....they may not even be able to sell out a limited supply (Nintendo didn't want to release this game in America for a reason)....I hope it does do well though, maybe then Nintendo will release more of their games geared towards a Japanese audience in America.

Not buying the game is a good way to ensure that doesn't happen.

Posted by Guided_By_Tigers

@Hailinel: My one sale won't make a difference.....I wasn't a part of the petition either, people who were a part of the petition who don't buy the game would be the real ones to blame.

Posted by EuanDewar

@Hailinel said:

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

@Hailinel: Eh it depends on sales....they may not even be able to sell out a limited supply (Nintendo didn't want to release this game in America for a reason)....I hope it does do well though, maybe then Nintendo will release more of their games geared towards a Japanese audience in America.

Not buying the game is a good way to ensure that doesn't happen.

Man project rainfall didn't do shit, they just realized there's nothing coming out in 2012 so they delayed putting it out here until the Wii's last year. Also, making it Gamestop exclusive is really just "hey this fucking game won't sell enough to warrant a localization because we targeted this device towards families and not neckbeards, who'll buy these copies from us with a small margin of profit?"

Not my words but the opinion of someone very dear to my heart.

My dark fucking heart.

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@Hailinel: I don't even know what you're saying by that, so I think we should just stop here, eh?

Posted by JackSukeru

So I'm like "April? Sounds far off enough to maybe be worth picking it up." and then I remembered it's been out here since forever. I guess I could still wait until April and watch the quicklook or something to decide if I should get it or not.

Posted by Hailinel

@EuanDewar said:

@Hailinel said:

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

@Hailinel: Eh it depends on sales....they may not even be able to sell out a limited supply (Nintendo didn't want to release this game in America for a reason)....I hope it does do well though, maybe then Nintendo will release more of their games geared towards a Japanese audience in America.

Not buying the game is a good way to ensure that doesn't happen.

Man project rainfall didn't do shit, they just realized there's nothing coming out in 2012 so they delayed putting it out here until the Wii's last year. Also, making it Gamestop exclusive is really just "hey this fucking game won't sell enough to warrant a localization because we targeted this device towards families and not neckbeards, who'll buy these copies from us with a small margin of profit?"

Not my words but the opinion of someone very dear to my heart.

My dark fucking heart.

There's a contradiction in there. If it's not worth the localization cost (mostly taken care of by the European release), why release it?

Also, your friend is a grinch.

Posted by Brodehouse

I just realized why those three RPGs wound up on the Wii; no HD textures.  I bet they saved themselves a whole bunch of art costs by only building for 480p.
 
I think the JRPG boom in the late 90s was kind of an isolated event... every other period of the genre is it struggling to find anything more than a niche.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@Brodehouse said:

I think the JRPG boom in the late 90s was kind of an isolated event... every other period of the genre is it struggling to find anything more than a niche.

Isn't that true of many once-great genres? Adventure games, platformers, shmups, etc.

Posted by dragonzord

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

@Hailinel said:

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

Should be on the 360.

The game was developed by a Nintendo-owned studio.

I know its just wishful thinking on my part....I'll get this when its cheaper and I'll have to dust off my dormant Wii to play it.

Then it clearly SHOULDN'T be on the 360 if it's getting you to play your Wii again.

Posted by iamMigz

THANK YOU SANTA!

Posted by Hypertreb

This is absolutely great... now... Last Story please? :3

Posted by JakeLogan

Don't look so pleased with yourself Nintendo

Posted by Mexican_Brownie

I've seen people saying great things about this game ever since it was released in Japan. EXCITE!!!

Posted by Dan_CiTi

The European version is great, one of the best JRPGs in awhile for sure. Up there with Lost Odyssey, Tales of Vesperia, Dark Souls, and Resonance of Fate as the best JRPGs this generation. Man if they get new voice actors I am gonna miss the "whatta bunch of jokeuhs" sound bit.

Posted by Contrarian

The best aspects of Xenoblade are the lack of American accents and correct English spelling .... meant I didn't have to mentally correct all the spelling mistakes.

Will NOA take out the "u"s, replace "s" with "z"s and replace "c" with "s"s ????? Mmmmmmm, colour, armour, moustache, defence, authorise ...... mmmmmmmmmm.

Posted by mewarmo990

Cool!

Posted by vegetashonor

Moral of the story kids, is bitch until you get what you want... :/ Lol

Posted by Masha2932

I hope all the people who wrote letters and voiced their concerns on forums put their money where their mouth is and buy the game. If not then I'm fairly certain that a similar effort in the future might not work. 
 
Money talks people.

Posted by maskedarcstrike

Will definitely pick this up more than likely, after reading what some other have people have said I'm excited to hear it exempts itself from many of the tropes of JRPGS. For instance I've heard you can fast travel anywhere, you don't have to turn in side quests once you have completed them.

Plus I've heard that it has an immense amount of exploration with gorgeous scenery.

I dunno about Last Story, I heard it has a much more linear design choice as far as exploration is concerned which isn't really my type of thing.

Posted by Hailinel

@Brodehouse said:

I just realized why those three RPGs wound up on the Wii; no HD textures. I bet they saved themselves a whole bunch of art costs by only building for 480p. I think the JRPG boom in the late 90s was kind of an isolated event... every other period of the genre is it struggling to find anything more than a niche.

You mean it had nothing to do with the fact that Nintendo either produced or co-produced all three games? :P

Posted by craigymail

@vegetashonor said:

Moral of the story kids, is bitch until you get what you want... :/ Lol

All the way.

Posted by AgentJ

@Amphetama said:

Awesome, now just bring out The Last Story and put a bullet in that thing.

Posted by Xeiphyer
@craigymail said:

@vegetashonor said:

Moral of the story kids, is bitch until you get what you want... :/ Lol

All the way.

At least this is the right kind of complaining, so its a little justified =P
Posted by Skanker

Most americans interested in the game would have most likely played it already, no? Still, really happy they're bringing the game over there, it's an amazing one.

Posted by lanyuan

Mother 3!!!!!! XD

Posted by gormers

@Loomies said:

I hope this game doesn't disappoint after how much clamoring there was for it

Most likely not, well at least I think it is very good.

Posted by blaakmawf

Cool.