>PRESS RELEASE: Phase Two of Operation Rainfall Campaign
Friday, August 12th, 2011
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(08/11/2011) – As Operation Rainfall progresses with Phase Two of its campaign to encourage the localization of Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower in all regions, we want to keep our supporters updated with new information and reiterate a few key facts.
Nintendo of Europe, a subsidiary of Nintendo Co., Ltd., has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles will be launching two weeks ahead of schedule, with the new release date set for August 19, 2011. Also, Nintendo of Australia has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles will be released on September 1, 2011 in Oceania. Reginald Fil-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, recently had this to say in regards to the so-called “missing Wii games” in an interview with Richard George of IGN Entertainment:
“We will be watching very closely what happens in Europe,” “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.”
As part of Phase Two of Operation Rainfall, we very much want to see Xenoblade Chronicles sell exceptionally well in PAL regions. To all residents in the regions of Europe and Oceania, we encourage you to pre-order and purchase it at your earliest convenience. In the Americas, we encourage you to promote awareness of these titles. Good sales abroad will be a strong indicator for the title making it to American shores.
For those supporting our movement domestically don’t forget to write, stamp, and mail your letter to Nintendo of America this week. We’re hoping to get all those letters in the mail between August 13th and 17th so that they reach NOA at roughly the same time. Our goal is to have all letters ARRIVE at Nintendo of America offices on or close to August 19. If you prefer, we have a template for mail in letters featured on our website. Be sure to mention your promise to buy Xenoblade, and if relevant, your contribution to Child’s Play on our official website – http://operationrainfall.com
Also, as part of Phase Two we want to encourage everyone to make a single Virtual Console purchase on your Wii system. We specifically ask that as many as possible download “Final Fantasy (NES)” on the date of August 19, 2011 (to coincide with the Xenoblade Chronicles’ European launch date). Final Fantasy costs 500 Nintendo points and is published by Nintendo. If you already own the game, please consider purchasing the game as a gift for another Wii owner or making a donation to Child’s Play Foundation through the widget on our website. It’s important to donate through the widget on our website, so that the updated tally remains accurate. This purchase shows intent to buy products, which is important to businesses, please reference your purchase or donation in your letter, and hold off on making said purchase or donation until the 19th to coincide with the arrival of your letter, and the European release of Xenoblade Chronicles
As a reminder; while we recognize your right to import the game, we are pushing for a localized release in the Americas. Importing both a PAL region Wii and game is prohibitively expensive to the average consumer and would not make a strong enough point to Nintendo of America. Also, because hardware and software modifications involve the use of products that have not been licensed or tested by Nintendo, we cannot know the complete impact these modifications will have on the system. If you should ever have a problem with a modified Wii console—no matter what the warranty status might be—Nintendo will be unable to repair it. Your only option will be to replace the unit. Finally, we wish to reiterate that Operation Rainfall does NOT support piracy or boycotting of Nintendo products.
Operation Rainfall is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the localization of Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower for Nintendo Wii in the US, Canada, and Latin America. To date, we have reached thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter and pushed Xenoblade (under its working title – Monado: Beginning of the World) to #1 on Amazon in a 48 hour period. We have raised over $400.00 in charitable donations for the Child’s Play Foundation.
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Operation Rainfall by email at [email protected].