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The Last Story CONFIRMED for North America in 2012! photo
The Last Story CONFIRMED for North America in 2012!
by Jim Sterling

Ladies and gentlemen ... it has happened. Mistwalker's latest roleplaying game, The Last Story, has finally been confirmed for release in North America. The Wii exclusive will be available at some point in 2012. 

The Last Story has been an exciting Wii prospect for years, but Nintendo of America has staunchly refused to ever confirm a localization, even when it was announced for Europe. XSEED games has decided to pick up the slack, and will be handling localization duties. 

With Xenoblade Chronicles also coming to North America this year, it looks like Wii owners are in for a big RPG treat. About bloody time!

[Thanks Dustin!]

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Sakaguchi: High-quality graphics have become excessive photo
Sakaguchi: High-quality graphics have become excessive
by Tony Ponce

Mistwalker's Hironobu Sakaguchi, who oversaw the Final Fantasy series up through X-2, has been around the role-playing block enough times to know what he likes about the genre and what issues could stand to be addressed. Having worked on Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, he's come to the conclusion that the increased focus on visuals often results in too much attention being diverted from the game's core.

During an Iwata Asks roundtable originally held in 2010 but only recently translated into English, the Gooch described to the Nintendo CEO his process during the development of The Last Story. In regards to moving from HD consoles down to the Wii: "We had to consider how we should convey the story to the players under such restrictions. Now that high-quality graphics rule supreme, you can reproduce what you want to communicate visually, but at the same time, I don’t know how to put this, but there's an element that's slightly excessive about it all..."

Instead, the Gooch welcomed the opportunity to return to the building blocks and craft a stronger, richer experience because of the shift in focus. He wanted to make sure the game itself was structurally sound, so his team spent a year and a half on a prototype that consisted of just square blocks for characters, a process that he last used on Final Fantasy VII. Since he didn't have to worry as much about the hardware's graphical pipeline, he was free to experiment more than he would have otherwise.

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Operation Rainfall regroups, focuses on The Last Story photo
Operation Rainfall regroups, focuses on The Last Story
by Jim Sterling

Nintendo of America got to look like a big hero last year when it caved and announced that Xenoblade Chronicles would come Stateside. The consumer pressure group Operation Rainfall, however, is not satisfied, and intends to focus its efforts on The Last Story

"Between the dates of January 27th (the 1 year anniversary of The Last Story releasing in Japan) and February 24th (the European release date for The Last Story) we will be focusing our content on The Last Story as well as the people behind the game, Hironobu Sakaguchi (the creator of Final Fantasy) and Nobuo Uematsu (famed Japanese composer, best known as well for his work on Final Fantasy)," said Rainfall member Tyson Gifford.

"On the 27th we will be contacting Nintendo in mass again, after that we will be doing everythign we can to raise public awareness of the title and it's link to Sakaguchi and the Final Fantasy franchise.  We find it absurd that the title is so little known considering it's pedigree, and we hope to correct that this month."

The group will be coordinating efforts on Facebook and Twitter, and will be presenting videos on Youtube. As someone who wanted this game the moment it was announced, I totally wish them the best!

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Destructoid's most wanted Wii / Wii U games of 2012 photo
Destructoid's most wanted Wii / Wii U games of 2012
by Jonathan Holmes

There were a few excellent third-party releases on the Wii in 2011 (Bit.Trip Complete immediately comes to mind), but for the most part, last year marked the end of an era for the console. The Wii didn't even get the new Sonic game! When Sonic won't even slum it on your console, you know that it's over.

Still, thanks to a strong first-party lineup, the little white object of hardcore hatred had a pretty great year. There was a small but incredibly high quality library of releases, including The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, and (in Europe) Xenoblade Chronicles.

Surprisingly, 2012 is looking just as good for the Wii. Depending on your tastes, some may say this year will be even better than 2011 (which isn't saying a lot, but bear with me). Destructoid has been ticking off all our anticipated titles for the coming year, beginning with the Xbox 360 and PS3 lineups, and now Tony Ponce and I are here to tell you which Wii games you should want the most (with a bonus Wii U section for pure overexcited speculation). Let's get this show on the road!

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1:30 PM on 10.10.2011

The Last Story gets rated ... for Australia

It seems that even Australia, famous for getting regularly screwed over by Nintendo, is getting a taste of The Last Story while North America gets left out in the cold. The Mistwalker RPG was recently rated for the country, m...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 08.12.2011

Operation Rainfall Phase 2: Buy Final Fantasy on Wii

Operation Rainfall is not finished in its quest to get Xenoblade, Pandora's Tower and The Last Story released in North America, and has begun phase two of operations. As well as encouraging Europeans to buy Xenoblade and show...

Jim Sterling





8:40 AM on 07.15.2011

Nintendo of America trademarks The Last Story

Nintendo of America has filed a trademark for The Last Story, which just so happens to be the name of the Mistwalker RPG that it refuses to localize.  The trademark was filed on January 13, 2010, but only issued a few da...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 07.04.2011

The Jimquisition: Nintendo of America

Impotent nerd rage from random people on the Internet always gets things done, so I guarantee that my latest Jimquisition will single-handedly convince Nintendo of America to release Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower in North America.  Meanwhile, you could always add your name to the Operation Rainfall movement and see if that does anything.

Jim Sterling

9:40 AM on 06.27.2011

Mistwalker thanks fans for 'Operation Rainfall' movement

The Last Story developer Mistwalker has thanked fans for Operation Rainfall -- a huge effort undertaken by fans who want to see Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower get confirmed release dates in North America. ...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 06.26.2011

Xenoblade reconfirmed for NA, Last Story confirmed for EU

[Mini Update: People seem to think this story is "wrong" because Nintendo is sticking to a story it's spun before. That's as well as may be, but it's on Nintendo's head. The fact is, Nintendo customer support reconfirmed the ...

Jim Sterling

7:00 PM on 05.30.2011

Rumor: Europe to receive The Last Story

While in Paris to attend a concert performed by Masashi Hamauzu, the current composer of the Final Fantasy series, Mistwalker president Hironobu "The Gooch" Sakaguchi mentioned that the Wii action RPG The Last Story would def...

Tony Ponce

3:00 AM on 04.06.2011

Nintendo of America registers The Last Story domain

The first real hint that Nintendo of America may be localizing The Last Story has been dropped with the discovery of a registered domain Mistwalker's Wii roleplayer. Although Nintendo has stated it has "no plans" to bring the...

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 02.02.2011

The Last Story, Valkyria Chronicles 3 top Japan's sales

Those games that we were having trouble finding in Tokyo just happen to be the two top selling games for the week. The new Media Create sales numbers say that Wii RPG The Last Story is the best seller, with almost 115,000 uni...

Dale North

10:40 AM on 01.28.2011

The Last Story sells out in Japanese stores

The Last Story released this week in Japan, and it appears that the Wii exclusive RPG has sold like diapers in the Vatican. According to reports, the game's first run was such a success that preorders couldn't be met in sever...

Jim Sterling

5:40 PM on 01.26.2011

Spoiler: The Last Story looks awesome

Xen0fan4, the Youtube member who uploaded this video, seems to think that it's a spoiler. Maybe my limited Japanese comprehension is causing me to miss something, but I don't see how any of this is spoiler material. There is...

Jonathan Holmes

5:20 PM on 01.25.2011

Watch a Japanese douche destroy a copy of The Last Story

It seems that Japanese gamers are not deaf to our pleas for a Western release of The Last Story. In fact, one plucky lad in particular has heard us, and saw fit to answer in the most compassionate of ways -- obtaining a copy...

Jim Sterling