America will finally get the long-awaited Pandora’s Tower very soon. It officially releases on April 16th 2013. Only two weeks away!
Pandora’s Tower marks the final installment in what has become known as the “Operation Rainfall” trilogy, a series of Japanese Wii-exclusive RPG-style games that were never originally meant to be released in the United States, even after they hit across the pond in Europe and Australia (fully translated into English and everything…).
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Thanks to some extremely dedicated fans however, who dubbed themselves “Operation Rainfall” and aggressively campaigned to promote their release (culminating in a website dedicated to promoting lil-known gems of the same name), all THREE games got the attention of the gaming media; And eventually of publishers who decided to release them to the masses.
Xenoblade Chronicles officially landed in the United States on April 6th 2012 thanks to GameStop and Nintendo, while The Last Story hit on August 14th 2012, due to RPG-powerhouse XSeeD Games.
Now, FINALLY, Pandora’s Tower will be released on April 16th, 2013 (a full 8 months since The Last Story!), also thanks to XSeeD. At last completing the Triforce! Err, wait… or, something like that…
Pandora’s Tower tells a haunting tale about a cursed young woman’s slow transformation into a hideous beast, and the lengths to which the man she loves will go in order to save her. Aeron must brave the Thirteen Towers, which are suspended in the middle of a valley by chains connected to surrounding cliffs, and use his magical Oraclos Chain weapon to retrieve “master flesh,” the flesh of the giant monsters that reside within each tower, which he must feed to Elena in order to reverse her transformation. Aeron’s interactions with Elena during their time together have a direct impact on the story, as the strength of their bond will determine which of the multiple endings is achieved.
Pandora’s Tower may very well be the LAST Wii game ever released.
Even if it’s not the actual last, it is definitely going to be one of the last. Thus, it will likely have an extremely limited print-run, and like Xenoblade Chronicles and (soon) The Last Story, you can expect Pandora’s Tower to be an extremely rare and hard-to-come-by game in the not-too-distant future. As such, you owe it to yourself, and to the gaming industry… not to mention to Operation Rainfall, the lil-publisher who-could (XSeed), Nintendo, and RPG gamers everywhere, to go out and BUY Pandora’s Tower with your hard-earned cash this month (pre-order it if you can, there’s still time).
The Last Story ended up becoming the best-selling game in XSeed’s history. If gamers can convince companies that it CAN be worth it to localize and release highly sought after Japanese titles like this trio, it can only help us get more gems that otherwise would not be localized and actually see them released on our shores.
And yes. That’s an order, dear reader. BUY PANDORA’S TOWER!