At the end of June, a group born out of the IGN message boards pushed for three particular games to be released in North America by Nintendo. These games included Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. Their mission is simple: The games are already out elsewhere, we want to play them, so give them to us.
The movement began June 22 on IGN’s Wii message board and was soon organized into a campaign known as Operation Rainfall. Initially built around a coordinated letter writing effort requesting the Western release for three Nintendo-published Wii games currently available only in Japan (Monolithsoft’s Xenoblade, Mistwalker’s The Last Story and Ganbarion’s Pandora’s Tower), Rainfall soon morphed into a hybrid lobbying effort with its own blog, Twitter and Facebook sites. However, the most noticeable outgrowth was the spontaneous Amazon pre-ordering effort for Xenoblade that topped the online retailer’s chart from June 25-27
The group, known as Operation Rainfall, has proven unsuccessful in convincing Nintendo to comply with their wishes. On Jun 29th, Nintendo America released this response via Twitter –
@OpRainfall Thanks for being such incredible fans! Unfortunately, there continues to be no plans for NOA to release these 3 games right now.
On Facebook, they posted a more in-depth statement –
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!”
Alas. Maybe the silky smooth voice of young Andrew Eisen can convince Nintendo to release more games in North America.
Not affiliated with Operation Rainfall, but definitely wanting the same outcome, this YouTube video features an air-tight argument: Money.
The video, entitled “Nintendo: Why Won’t You Let Me Give You My Money,” is currently trending on YouTube and has amassed over 36,000 views in a couple of days. Check it out below, but be warned – his delivery and the soundness of his argument can induce a hypnotic state.