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Forgot about Pandora’s Tower

We were super busy at the Tiny Cartridge office this week, so we missed this great news: Xseed will release Ganbarion’s Wii action RPG Pandora’s Tower (published by Nintendo in Japan and Europe) in North America some time this Spring. The people at Xseed are heroes, reminders that there’s still reason to leave hope in our hearts.

As far as Operation Rainfall projects go, I always thought of this one as the lesser of the trio — were this part of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy of Korean films, this would have been Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance — still great, but not at the same level as the other two entries. Nevertheless, it’s great to see the Wii get one last notable game this year.

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Operation Rainfall collector’s case. This is designed to hold Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower (a European copy, I guess, if the group’s initiative doesn’t happen).
It’s a reward in a Kickstarter-style fundraising drive aimed at funding “promotional packs” to be sent to publishers Aksys, Atlus, NIS America, Rising Star, Ignition, and XSEED – publishers with historical focus on Japanese games. You’ll get one if you kick in $10 or more, along with some Operation Rainfall wallpapers.
I certainly appreciate the tenacity behind this campaign. Who else are you going to find actively caring about Wii games in 2012?
Import: Pandora's Tower (PAL)
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Operation Rainfall collector’s case. This is designed to hold Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower (a European copy, I guess, if the group’s initiative doesn’t happen).

It’s a reward in a Kickstarter-style fundraising drive aimed at funding “promotional packs” to be sent to publishers Aksys, Atlus, NIS America, Rising Star, Ignition, and XSEED – publishers with historical focus on Japanese games. You’ll get one if you kick in $10 or more, along with some Operation Rainfall wallpapers.

I certainly appreciate the tenacity behind this campaign. Who else are you going to find actively caring about Wii games in 2012?

Import: Pandora's Tower (PAL)
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See also: More about Pandora's Tower
Club Nintendo (Europe) commemorative coins for Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower. This image is from a confirmation email for the promotion, tweeted by Nintendaan.
Club Nintendo is handing these out for a limited time to anyone who registers all three games. And for once, European Club Nintendo is looking pretty good! Putting aside the fact that it is, as yet, theoretically impossible to register all three of these games in North America, there’s nowhere near the same kind of fanfare for the two that are confirmed – one’s a GameStop exclusive and the other is in the hands of another publisher.
Not that I don’t appreciate the opportunity to play them. Just, you know, coins are neat.
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Club Nintendo (Europe) commemorative coins for Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower. This image is from a confirmation email for the promotion, tweeted by Nintendaan.

Club Nintendo is handing these out for a limited time to anyone who registers all three games. And for once, European Club Nintendo is looking pretty good! Putting aside the fact that it is, as yet, theoretically impossible to register all three of these games in North America, there’s nowhere near the same kind of fanfare for the two that are confirmed – one’s a GameStop exclusive and the other is in the hands of another publisher.

Not that I don’t appreciate the opportunity to play them. Just, you know, coins are neat.

Buy: Nintendo 3DS (Flame Red, Pearl Pink, Black, & Blue)
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See also: Previous Club Nintendo rewards

Artwork for the reverse of Pandora’s Tower and The Last Story’s European covers, as chosen by fan votes. These are both way, way nice. That is some rad art to hide in the inside of a game cover.

Next year, Europeans will be able to go to the shop like it’s totally normal, pick up both of these games, and flip the covers around to these pieces. Then they can display the boxes on their shelves as proud trophies of the time that they bought two Wii games in 2012.

Meanwhile, Americans… actually, I’m still pretty confident Nintendo of America is going to “surprise” us with these games and Xenoblade. There won’t be any fancy reversible covers or anything like that, I’m sure. 

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Europe hogs all the good stuff: Wii redesign, The Last Story, Pandora’s Tower, & more

Lots of news for Europe’s Nintendo fans! The biggest item: Wii is getting a slight redesign in that region, which cuts GameCube support but features a reduced price. Designed to sit horizontally, the system is packed in a new bundle shipping this October with Wii Party and Wii Sports.

Most European gamers likely won’t miss GC compatibility, as they have plenty of new titles coming up; along with Xenoblade hitting this week, they’ll get well-received RPGs The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower some time next year — none of those are announced for North America.

Europe even gets The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword two days earlier than us (U.S. release date: November 20). Oh well, at least we can drown our sorrows in the new $19.99 Nintendo Selects games: Super Paper Mario, Mario Strikers Charged, Punch-Out!!, and Super Mario Galaxy.

Here’s the full fall/winter lineup of EU releases for Nintendo platforms, including some eShop highlights:

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Thanks for being such incredible fans! Unfortunately, there continues to be no plans for NOA to release these 3 games right now.

Nintendo of America’s response to recent grassroots efforts by gamers to release Japanese RPGs Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower to the States (the former two are announced for Europe but not the U.S.).

I presume NOA is too busy working on other Wii localization projects like Zangeki no Reginleiv, Fatal Frame IV, Captain Rainbow, and New Play Control! Pikmin 2 to work on these RPGs right now, right? Right? :o(

The publisher’s Facebook page at least offers some hope.

Import: Xenoblade, The Last Story, Pandora’s Tower

See also: More imports

New Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return to Your Side trailer shows hookshot-style weapon and really gross monster heart eating (it looks like a heart to me at least; everyone else is describing it as monster meat).

From what I can gather, the white-haired female character, Ceres, needs to eat this monster meat in order to stave off a curse that’s turning her into a beast. That sort of makes sense, but I don’t get why she doesn’t grill it first or wash the meal down with a drink. Real talk: this is gross.

Nintendo will release Pandora’s Tower to the Wii in Japan on May 26 — no U.S. plans announced yet, of course.

Preorder import: Pandora’s Tower

See also: More Pandora’s Tower

Classy Japanese boxart for Pandora’s Tower (click for a larger image). Has there been a Wii game with that black box — reserved for titles CERO-rated C and up — that hasn’t had a bitching cover?
Preorder import: Pandora’s Tower
See also: First trailer for Pandora’s Tower
[Via Hero of Legend]

Classy Japanese boxart for Pandora’s Tower (click for a larger image). Has there been a Wii game with that black box — reserved for titles CERO-rated C and up — that hasn’t had a bitching cover?

Preorder import: Pandora’s Tower

See also: First trailer for Pandora’s Tower

[Via Hero of Legend]

First trailer for Pandora’s Tower, the new Wii RPG developed by Ganbarion (Jump Ultimate/Super Stars) and published by Nintendo in Japan. Very interesting!

Perhaps we’ll hear about a U.S. release come June at E3 — and if we’re super lucky, Nintendo will talk about Xenoblade and The Last Story coming here, too.

Import: Jump Super/Ultimate Stars

See also: More Ganbarion games

[Via @sprsk]