Campaign Hub: Operation Zero For Physical Edition of Fatal Frame V

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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Recently announced, Fatal Frame V: Maiden of Black Water, will be coming exclusively to Wii U’s eShop on October 22. This digital only version of the game is also only exclusive for North America. For fans of the franchise this is not right and some have come together to form Operation Zero.

At first the campaign’s goal was to make sure Fatal Frame V was released in the West. After news of it’s localization announcement the movement could have claimed victory, but then news came of a limited edition of the game…only for Europe. Strange that the company would announce the games release in Europe and give no hint as to when fans could expect it in North America. Finally, Nintendocame out and announced that Fatal Frame V will be digital only in the North American region.

That brings us to Operation Zero’s campaign their case is as follows:

What opzero aims to do is to show publishers (specifically Nintendo of America) that there is a profitable demand for the Fatal Frame (aka project zero) intellectual property and customers have been waiting for this one especially.

What opzero has done so far is provided a voice for customers and fans of the Fatal Frame franchise to convince that this latest game was worthy for western localization. This was an ongoing endeavor that took about a year, but it seems to have worked as illustrated in the Nintendo Direct announcement- image1.JPG
The fact that they specifically acknowledged “fans clamoring” possibly alludes to the fact that Nintendo of America is listening and heard opzero.

16GB is the file size for Fatal Frame 5 so that renders the standard WiiU console ineligible for downloading the game unless NoA is expecting customers to purchase an external hard drive with a power source as well (and a power strip too). Even the deluxe model WiiU which despite being 32 GB is actually closer to 22 GB will not leave much room for anything else.

Operation Zero is planing a call in day on September 8 starting at 10Am EST/7AM PST. Individuals interested should join this cause with Operation Zero as we try to change the minds of Nintendo of America and bring Fatal Frame V, physically, to the fans.

You can follow Operation Zero on Twitter and Facebook.

We also ask that you sign this online petition.

Nintedo of America contact info:

Number: 1-800-255-3700 followed by option 5 and then option 3
Email: This link will get you NOA’s email
Twitter: @NintendoAmerica




  • Netto

    Awesome. This has to succeed. I was so hyped about buying this until I learned no physical. Not buying unless it has a physical copy.

    • DarkJokerOfAmuro

      nah dude…regardless we win or not….buy it. at least let them know we dont give up on the game at all

    • buying it means we support digital only games. its better to not buy the game till they release a physical release and only buy the digital IF there really is no chance of getting a physical

  • Mike

    Right people need to phone and write letters to NoA over this, also please sign this petition on this topic. https://www.change.org/p/nintendo-fatal-frame-v-physical-for-u-s-a

  • September 8? Two days before my birthday? I guess you could say this a perfect way to contribute!

  • needsmoreclipping

    I think this campaign needs more emphasis on the fact that Wii U digital downloads are tied to a single console, rather than the account it was purchased with. Which means if a person ever needs to replace their Wii U, they will need to also repurchase the digital download. Say you need a new Wii U in 10 years & you go to rebuy the digital download a 2nd time… but the game is not even available on their servers any longer. Then what? So that’s a couple HUGE glaring issues. Having to repurchase & availability if you have to repurchase. I think 16GB size is the least of our worries.

    • azariosays

      i will be sure to bring this up in a future update. Thank you for reminding me.

    • CyberBlade507 .

      The idea that Wii U downloads aren’t linked to an account at all is not actually true. They most certainly are linked to your NNID account. The problem is that the accounts are linked to the system and moving them to a new one requires that one call Nintendo to make the switch.

    • needsmoreclipping

      If that’s the case, thanks for correcting me. I didn’t know that Nintendo would switch your account over to a new system.

  • ZelpherFayt

    Signed both petitions.. but on NoA email link above which help topic would this go under?

    • Steve Baltimore

      Pretty sure we used to use Wii so this would be under Wii. Thought you could go with corporate I suppose.

    • azariosays

      Thanks steve!

    • Fake Emotion

      So what exactly whould I chose under corporate, would it be Corparate Social Responsibilty, or under downloads products and services?

    • WiiU>Purchase&Downloads>Can’t place order.

  • Dimitri Theodosakis

    I Signed it even so buying Downloadable Version

  • iamarchaeus

    almost 800 sigs since this went up! looks like it is working!

    • I know, it just shows that many people out there want this game, and you gotta think that there is also many other peeps that want this game without having in house internet. Try downloading a massive game via your smartphones mobile hotspot…. yea stuff doesn’t really work out like that.

    • iamarchaeus

      AOS made a vid

    • azariosays

      I’m so happy it’s working out 🙂 let’s keep it going

    • iamarchaeus

  • iamarchaeus

    Over a thousand sigs and rising

  • Mike

    It’s really ridiculous that a full retail game, priced at $50 will be digital only. I can understand a small indie game being digital only but not this. I refuse to pay $50 for a digital game and one that takes up 16 GB when I only have a 32 GB space on Wii U, and I doubt I even have 16 Gb available at all. It’s a really stupid decision on NoA’s part which sucks because I’ll be missing out on this if this doesn’t succeed.

  • doctoranddonna

    Email sent to NOA – I REALLY hope this campaign succeeds.

  • doctoranddonna

    NOA is listening; got a direct response to my email saying that Nintendo is open to reconsideration. Do your part, folks. Call, write!

  • ShaneMcMahonsButler

    I’m afraid to buy it digital then they’ll announce a disc version after the digital comes out. So I might hold off until January or February and if there’s no disc version in sight buy the digital. Really want to play this bad but also really prefer a disc version. It’s sad that Fatal Frame is more successful in U.S. than Japan or Europe yet Japan and Europe get disc versions. You can probably blame Reggie Fils Aime who didn’t bring Fatal Frame 4 to America either.

  • saya2

    I really hope this gets a physical release I was excited for this game. I hope Nintendo reconsiders and works something out.