I dragged out some of the more preoccupied Pietriots for comments. Got them to share their thoughts on why MONADO WAS SUDDENLY, MALICIOUSLY CANCELLED and how well they think this new Xenoblade thing is being handled in North Amerika – why did things turn out the way they did?
I predict NA won’t get either game…
[Tha Last Story, Pandora’s Tower]
April is already way later than expected for Xenoblade; NOA’s trying to draw out releases as far as possible. I still think NOA is actively sabotaging Xenoblade with this retarded marketing and lack of selling in more shops.
[durp? NA Xeno’s gotten more marketing than DKCR in the same time frame!]
Deg’s “retailers won’t stock the game” conspiracy is bullshit. Stores stock far worse games and far bigger bombs and this is Nintendo.
I also think Xenoblade is a tool for NOA to respond to cries for Last Story and Pandora’s Tower: “But you already got Xenoblade!” Unfortunately, I feel a lot of the “backlash” is full of trolls, so NOA will take poor sales as an excuse to not publish other good games.
I’m still pissed NOA has been localizing all of Squenix’s SHIT over their much better in-house rpgs.
[funny you mention that, Bill; I have something to say later]
Well I think it’s because they probably didn’t have fiscal wherewithall to bring the games to America. Which is why when they were convinced to localize it, it comes out in April, 2 or 3 days after their fiscal year ends.
The Gamestop/Nintendo online store is probably because they couldn’t convince any of the other big boxes to take a risk on a Wii RPG. The fact they are doing a limited release at all shows they know the targeted enthusiast audience is small.
[ oh no! Bill don’t wanna to hear any of it! RAAAAAGE]
I say the release date is the most important thing to note. It’s like April 3rd or 4th, days after the fiscal year ends.
[that is interesting; but gamers don’t care about real world “things”]
Also another thing is there seem to be people more pissed off that it’s coming than when it wasn’t, which shows just how psychotic somes of these fans are.
The fact that it’s limited to Nintendo’s own online store and Gamestop (still sadly seen by publishers as THE hardcore destination for gaming nerds) means Nintendo is caving to the internet backlash pressure, by targetting Xenoblade’s release directly at them and nobody else. Kind of a “shut up and put your money where your mouth is” thing.
[wow, well said; were you really a game journalist?]
The localisation is done; NOA is not redubbing or anything; they only have to bring over a tiny shipment. A Wii game…. can’t really survive on the shelves of big chains anymore. Releasing Xenoblade in say, Walmart, would be a complete waste of Nintendo’s time and money.
Xenoblade will be used as a “test” for the potential American release of Last Story and Pandora’s Tower.
[“test”! It’s THAT word again!]
Bill: fucking joy i love tests
Bill: capcom got me hooked on them
Infernal Monkey: Ahahahaha
Infernal Monkey: And it got us Spyborgs! Success!
Deguello: IF Nintendo did the BIG TIME RELEASE for Xenoblade, THEN they’d have the data they’d need to never localize anything ever again
Infernal Monkey: Hahahaha
Deguello: I just doubt it’s a conspiracy by Nintendo to not listen to their fans, and then suddenly replaced by a conspiracy theory that Nintendo is listening to their fans and sabotaging a game that they want to fail
Deguello: I also doubt NOA had much control over the situation until they asked NCL directly about it
Bill: let’s no go into that again *rolleyes*
Deguello: Because if NCL can force NOA to localize stuff like Fortune Street then I doubt NOA has much clout in the discussion
Infernal Monkey: Ahahaha Fortune Street… More like MISfortune Street !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bill: fortune street was localized because nintendo has been fucking shammed into localizing every fucking shitty dragon quest related game ever
[more Square Enix mentions! just the inspiration I need!]
As a condition of the Dragon Quest IX/X exclusivity contract, Square Enix demanded Nintendo keep their RPGs OUT OF AMERIKA. Square Enix desires to promote and develop Dragon Quest into a MAJOR BRAND in the West, so they certainly did not want to stand side by side with Nintendo’s attractive RPGs that would make their darling franchise look kiddie-stupid. Prized 3rd Party won’t compete with Nintendo, so Nintendo had to give them VIP treatment. This is why we see the nonsense of so many S-E spinoffs sent to Nintendo platforms – This is why you still don’t have Xenoblade – THIS IS WHY NINTENDO CONCLUDES 2011 WITH *FORTUNE STREET*.
Monado? The Not Final Fantasy Tale? They’re not killer apps. There’s no mistaking it. History has established that Nintendo has no idea how to sell mature, sophisticated PlayStation games to its kiddie casual audience (and the niche of pirates and critic-psychos) and drive system sales along with that. But the Funky Kong Company is smart enough to know that Baten Kaitos 3 and the usual crop of in-house titles aren’t the only properties they can leverage.
Nintendo, who missed the prime opportunity to destroy the industry in 2008, went soft on its enemies by taking the “let’s be friendly to 3rd Parties, especially our estranged Japanese publishers” sympathy approach. Unfortunately, we saw they had to bend over, squat on a cactus, “give 3rd Parties a chance” during the 3DS launch, and release the Circle Pad Pro-sthetic Tumor to get some crusty Resident Evil games (based on the “modern” RE5 art style and whogivesafuck grease-shading graphics engines) and score key 3DS Monster Hunter press conference announcements to suppress PSVita news and excitement that week.
But visions of Zephos tell me the big picture: Nintendo isn’t necessarily concerned with bringing great 3rd Party content to their platforms (we know DQ/MH don’t fall in that category, teehee):
Nintendo shrewdly, deliberately sought these franchises to keep them off of Sony platforms in the Homeland for YEARS to come. Dragon Quest? Belongs to Nintendo FOR A DECADE (practically). Monster Hunter? Not even a simple port showing on PSVita’s l(a)unch menu nor 2012 release lists; “sorry,” Kaz just doesn’t know what’s going on.
but I do