Chalk up another victory for Operation Rainfall
. Nintendo has finally relented and announced that The Last Story
is coming to North America, courtesy of publisher XSeed. The Last Story is one of three Wii-exclusive JRPGs--the other two being Xenoblade Chronicles
and Pandora's Tower
--that Nintendo initially denied localization due to perceived lack of interest.
Luckily the fans over at Operation Rainfall made a LOT of noise, and now The Last Story joins Xenoblade Chronicles in being destined for the States. The Last Story was developed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, one of the lead creators of Final Fantasy. His new RPG breaks through many of the conventional limitations of the genre and has been garnering positive reviews in Japan and the UK.
I'll definitely be picking up The Last Story when it releases here in the summer. It's good to know the Wii is getting some software this year because outside the Rainfall Three the launch list is pretty barren. You're 2 for 3 now Nintendo--bring it on home with Pandora's Tower.
XSEED Games Announces The Last Story Exclusively for Wii
Highly Anticipated Wii-exclusive Action RPG to be Released for the North American Market
Torrance, Calif., (February 22, 2012) – XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, today announced a partnership with Nintendo that will bring The Last Story™ to North America, exclusively for Wii™. Developed by legendary creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, and his studio, MISTWALKER, in conjunction with Nintendo, The Last Story has players taking charge of a band of mercenaries and journeying with them into a sprawling cinematic adventure. The agreement with Nintendo grants XSEED Games exclusive publishing rights to The Last Story in North America when the game ships this summer.
“I am very happy to be able to confirm that The Last Story will be released in North America,” stated Hironobu Sakaguchi, CEO of MISTWALKER. “XSEED Games has a reputation for bringing high-quality JRPGs to America, and I’m sure they will do a great job with this release too.”
Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games, shared Mr. Sakaguchi’s sentiments. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work on such a unique and ground-breaking RPG. I’m sure that North American gamers will love this title.”
The Last Story follows Zael and his band of fellow adventurers as they go to Lazulis Island, the only region prospering as the mainland of the Empire slowly rots away, in search of work and a better future. After securing employment with the ruler of the island, Count Arganan, Zael dreams of finally achieving a secure life as a knight and putting his unstable mercenary past behind him, but things don’t exactly go to plan when events during their first mission change his life forever…
The Last Story was developed by Nintendo and MISTWALKER, exclusively for Wii. The game will be published by XSEED Games in North America in Summer 2012. XSEED Games will release more product updates in the coming months.
©2011-2012 Nintendo / MISTWALKER. Published by XSEED Games.
Wii and The Last Story are trademarks of Nintendo.
About XSEED Games
XSEED Games was formed in November 2004, by a small group of industry veterans led by president Jun Iwasaki with a common vision; to cross pollinate the avid gaming culture of Japan and North America. Delivering unique, innovative titles across multiple platforms and genres, XSEED Games is dedicated to publishing products that appeal and enrich the North American market. More information on XSEED Games can be found at http://www.xseedgames.com.