Looking Back: Operation Rainfall
Once upon a time, there were three Wii RPGs: The Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Pandora’s Tower. Back in 2011, these three RPGs were not available in the United States, and it was clear that Nintendo of America (who is seen as an enemy by the MOTHER fanbase) didn’t intend to publish it.
So, on June 23, 2011, the Operation Rainfall movement started. This movement entailed sending e-mails, phone calls, and messages on various networking sites to Nintendo of America, pleading with them to localize these three games. For a time being, despite gaining attention by many big name game blogs, Nintendo of America didn’t seem to budge.
However, on December 2nd, 2011, it was announced that Xenoblade Chronicles would be published on April 6th, 2012. Although it was only available on the online store and Gamestop, this was a victory.
Then, on February 22, 2012, it was announced that The Last Story would be published by Xseed Games and released on August 14th, 2012.
For a long time, there seemed to be no news on Pandora’s Tower. Then, last month, on January 16th, Xseed came to the rescue yet again, announcing that they’re localizing Pandora’s Tower.
And so, the Operation Rainfall trilogy was completed. Technically, only Xenoblade Chronicles was localized by Nintendo of America, but hey, America is now getting all three of these games.
And now to wait patiently for someone to come along and localize MOTHER 3 and bring Earthbound to Virtual Console.