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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 Hailinel

@RichieJohn said:

We've still got Last Story coming next year so hopefully the US will get that too.

I'm still hoping for Trauma Team in Europe! Probably not going to happen now.

Trauma Team is a great game, but unfortunately, the lack of an official Atlus subsidiary in Europe really screws with the possibility of a European release of any of their games.

Posted by RichieJohn

@Hailinel said:

@RichieJohn said:

We've still got Last Story coming next year so hopefully the US will get that too.

I'm still hoping for Trauma Team in Europe! Probably not going to happen now.

Trauma Team is a great game, but unfortunately, the lack of an official Atlus subsidiary in Europe really screws with the possibility of a European release of any of their games.

It's a pain in the ass! Nintendo published all the Trauma Centre games so I was really expecting it.

When I finally get a working PC I'll try playing it on Dolphin.

Posted by WickedCobra03

Will buy week 1. Even if it is a limited release Gamestop exclusive, I will mark down a preorder just so I can get my hands on a Wii. Thank god nintendo announced this because come christmas break I was going to start working on soft modding my Nintendo Wii a little more to accept import discs as well!

Posted by Godlyawesomeguy

@Cynical_Gamer said:

One of those overrated JRPGs of all time.

So "one of those" indicating a commonality in overrated RPG's, and this being no different than the rest and then "of all time" indicating that it is the most overrated?

I don't mean to pick on you or anything, but I must say that when I saw this, I did quite the double-take.

Posted by Michaelblack18

Absolutely great nintendo budged and is giving us this,now give us the last story that looks absolutely amazing for a wii game id pick that or xenoblade or skyward sword as the games of the year wise for the wii if both xenoblade and the last story came here this year as well

Posted by sickVisionz

I hope people actually go out and buy this game. It will be a sad day if this comes out and tanks, showing that Nintendo knew exactly what they were talking about then they initially chose not to release it.

Posted by BBQBram

Operation Rainfall? Sounds about right for a bunch of JRPG fans.

Posted by sopachuco13

I already bought the European version! They should have sped up the process. I doubt I'm the only one who bought a European version, which is going to effect the American sales.

Posted by sopachuco13

@kevingadd said:

I really hope they don't replace the awesome British voice acting with new recordings by American actors. It was so refreshing to hear voices that didn't sound anything like the five or six overused actors we hear in every video game (even if I really do think Nolan North and Liam O'Brien are both great voice actors).

Oh man, I disagree! I really don't enjoy the European voices. I have finally come to understand why localization is needed!