UPDATE: Pandora’s Tower has been announced for North America, published by XSEED Games, and scheduled to be released Spring 2013!
The information below is being kept as an archive. For up-to-date resolution status for those looking forward to receiving a collector’s case, please visit this page.
COLLECTOR’S CASE UPDATE
Many of our readers have been asking about the status of the Collector’s Case. On July 15th, we sent out confirmation emails to everyone that donated $10 or more to Operation Rainfall. If you did not receive an email from us, you may need to do one of these things:
1) Check your spam box for an email from “Operation Rainfall Staff” and add “firstname.lastname@example.org” to your safe list.
2) Check your PayPal account to make sure you have it linked to a current email address.
3) If your PayPal email address is correct and the email is not in your spam box, please send an email to “email@example.com” and let us know the email address linked to the PayPal account that you used to make the donation. We will then proceed to re-send the confirmation email to you to confirm your mailing address.
As we mentioned in the confirmation email we sent out, we have experienced a few delays in having the cases printed, but we expect to have more updates mid-August, which also happens to be around the time that The Last Story launches in America.
PANDORA’S TOWER UPDATE:
Due to the business nature of working with third-party companies to obtain the licensing rights to a first-party title, there is not much to disclose as far as which companies are unable to publish the games and which ones are. When information comes up that we are able to share, we will share it.
One of our staff members decided to import a copy of the game for himself and will be creating a series of videos to showcase the game and help build awareness of the title in America, and hopefully we’ll have these ready soon.
We want everyone to know that our website staff is all voluntary. No one receives a penny from this, not the writers, nor the editors, nor any of the admins.
We actually brought in several new volunteer writers to help flesh out the website with new content, and we hope to expand our roster of writers even more as our site grows and starts covering more niche games. In the process, we haven’t forgotten about Pandora’s Tower or promoting The Last Story, we are simply figuring out a way to sustain Operation Rainfall without the need to ask for donations in the future. Operation Rainfall took many thousands of man-hours to manage, almost all of it behind the scenes by many dedicated volunteers. Most of us have been paying out of our own pockets since day one to keep this in motion. Even though it took the joint effort of everyone on Facebook, Twitter, and around the internet, without the guidance, direction, and hard work of a few individuals, none of this would have been possible or coordinated as it was. We want to thank everyone that sent a donation to help us defer the cost of purchasing the copies of Pandora’s Tower and the materials we are using to market the game. We pledge and promise to use all donated funds wisely, and again, part of the reason for us expanding our news coverage is so that we won’t need to resort to asking for donations for future efforts.
All of the volunteers at Operation Rainfall have families, jobs, homes, and their own personal responsibilities to take care of – this is a hobby for us, not a job, so we hope you all understand why it has taken so long for us to get everything taken care of.
Finally, we want to see Pandora’s Tower published in America as much as all of you, but you will need to understand that even if we work our asses off to pitch the game, the final decision still rests with Nintendo. Even the third-party publishers will still need Nintendo’s approval before the game can be published.
Thank you for understanding.
– Operation Rainfall Staff