[UPDATE: It seems that Nintendo has responded to the emails and letters from the fans, yet it wasn’t the answer they were looking for. Check down at the bottom for the information.]
Often times, when a gamer hears or sees the words “Sign My Petition,” it usually ends up in heartbreak and little else. That’s not what’s happening behind the scenes with this particular underground movement however, setting their sites at some of Nintendo’s bigger Japanese-only titles: Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower. “Operation Rainfall” may sound like a drippy idea, but it’s quickly becoming a tidal wave of possibilities.
Starting simply on the IGN forums and moving to their own blog site, the movement has been spamming Nintendo’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, email, and even sending in written letters (who still does that?) with requests for those three games released with universally. The goal is to collectively aim for one title at a time, but also to make sure Nintendo is aware that their diehard fans are still there and vocal.
While letters and tweets are always nice, what usually gets the attention of any company is the almighty dollar, and that’s where “Operation Rainfall,” has been making their real mark. Finding that Amazon has had a pre-order listing for the game Monado: Beginning of the World since its announcement back in 2009, the petitioners have put it in Amazon’s top seller in video games. What this ultimately means is that Nintendo has clearly-defined dividends, rather than potentially hollow words.
What’s more, it actually seems like it could be working in their favor, as last night Nintendo tweeted this response to all of the emails and petitioners:
“Hey fans, we appreciate your enthusiasm. Look for more updates to come soon!”
It’s a good feeling to see that not only can gamers be concise and responsible, but they can also (potentially) get results done if they just work together. Plus, it also opens the door to other like-minded movements, if “Operation Rainfall” gets even one of their requested titles released. As more develops, we here at Game Rant will bring you the latest.
[Update] After the immense outreach from the fans to Nintendo over the titles, Nintendo responded last night on the Facebook page while they appreicate the fans’ support, they have no intention of bringing any of the games to the United States:
“Thank you for your enthusiasm. We promised an update, so here it is. We never say “never,” but we can confirm that there are no plans to bring these three games to the Americas at this time. Thanks so much for your passion, and for being such great fans!”
What happens now will be entirely up to the fans, and how they treat the news. While it’s one thing to have a glimmer of hope, being told downright “No” is another. Yet Nintendo’s stance may not last long, as other sites in different countries have picked up the battle cry. A distributor in Canada has joined up with “Operation Rainfall,” and has started allowing pre-orders on their site as well. It may still be a long shot, but a rolling boulder doesn’t gather moss… or stop easily.
Source: Operation Rainfall Site,