Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Five Wii games that probably won't make it to North America

It was gloomy this morning, so I'm feeling pessimistic today. So let's talk about some games that could really help out the Wii drought in North America, but they probably won't even make it here.


This game has actually been confirmed to be coming out in Europe. So you guys across the pond will be getting this. No word has been stated about it coming to North America though. It's an action RPG that is said to convey the feeling of freedom through large, expansive environments. The game scored a 36/40 in Famitsu magazine. You know how much I love exploration. If it doesn't release here, I may have to import it from Europe.

Captain Rainbow

Now I'm pretty sure this game will never make it to North America, and I don't think Nintendo has any plans to release it anywhere outside of Japan. It was developed by Skip Ltd., the same people that made Chibi-Robo and the Art Style games. The game is about a superhero named Captain Rainbow who has a T.V. show that is falling in the ratings, so to try to get them back up, he visits a place called Mimin Island, where wishes are said to come true. It scored a 31/40 in Famitsu magazine, but unfortunately, didn't sell well, which may be the reason it will never release here. The game features many minor Nintendo characters from the past, and that's the main reason I'd like to play this game.

The Last Story

It pains me to say it, but I really don't think this will be coming over here, no matter how much we clamor for it. One of the big things about this game is that the music was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, the main composer for the Final Fantasy series. This is another action RPG that has some pretty striking visuals for... uh... I dread saying this... for a Wii game. I know, I know, calm down fellow Nintendo fans. Anyway, the game scored a 38/40 in Famitsu magazine. I hope Nintendo decides to prove me wrong and release it here.

Earth Seeker

It seems like I'm the only one that has really been keeping up with this game, there hasn't even been a wikipedia page on it yet! Is it really that unpopular? It has yet to come out in Japan, but will release there on June 23rd. This is... you guessed it, another action RPG. Check out the trailer above, it's pretty colorful and the character designs are a bit strange, but I love the enemy design and the look of the world. The game is developed by a company called Crafts & Meister... I've never heard of them. One destructoid article suggested that XSEED should pick this up to publish in North America... it seems like one of the games they're known for publishing.

Pandora's Tower

This is another game that has yet to come out, but will be releasing in Japan very soon, on May 26th that is. I don't have much to say about this game because I haven't kept up with it as much, but from what I can tell by the trailer, it seems to be a sort of God of War-style action game. So far I'm pretty indifferent to it. I'll just wait and see what happens, but it wouldn't hurt if they decided to bring it over here. I'd buy it, just sayin'.

Well, those are five games that I think might not make it over here to North America. All but one of them are Nintendo-published, and it saddens me to think that the non-Nintendo-published one is the most likely one to make it over here. I feel like Nintendo may not care if we have these games or not, because they know that if they are brought over here, they will have lackluster sales because there's not enough interest in them, especially since they are all original IPs, and I find that very disturbing. Original IPs are what keeps video games interesting. Sure, I love playing the latest Mario, Zelda, Metroid or whatever established Nintendo franchise there is... but sometimes... I crave something different, and that's what all of these games are.

So tell me, what are your thoughts on these games? Do you think they'll ever make it over here? Do you care?


  1. I think Xenoblade and Last Story will show up. I don't think Captain Rainbow (even the box is in Japanese!) will end up here, and probably not the other two either.

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