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Well, it looks like that customer service rep at Nintendo spoke too soon when she confirmed Xenoblade for a North American release. Nintendo finally gave an official statement regarding the triplet of Wii RPGs via its Facebook account earlier today.

“Thank you for your enthusiasm. We promised an update, so here it is. We never say ‘never,’ but we can confirm that there are no plans to bring these three games to the Americas at this time. Thanks so much for your passion, and for being such great fans!”

Unless you’re holding out for Zelda, you might as well call the doctor in to pronounce the Wii dead. The fight to localize continues on for Operation Rainfall, but the chances look pretty bleak. Nintendo has some really loving fans, but it seems like it’s a one sided relationship.

[Nintendo: Facebook]

  1. What a bunch of idiots. I may take my Wii out and put the hatchet to it for all the use I get out of the thing these days. All I am getting out of this in the end is a very clear message, don’t buy nintendo products ever again.

  2. I feel personally insulted by Nintendo’s message, to be honest.

  3. Wow, nintendo really is MIA stateside. I’m glad I don’t even play my wii, which I can’t help but wonder why I haven’t sold yet.

  4. avatar Sabbeer

    It’s been four years since the Wii first debuted but if you haven’t juepmd in on the bandwagon, now is a pretty excellent time to do so. In the eyes of the public and industry alike, the Wii is seen as a very accessible gaming machine with games that are simple to pick up and play much like the original Nintendo Entertainment System was back in 1985. To a lot of gamers, though, they see the system as not having a lot of worthwhile titles to play. People are constantly saying their Wiis are in the closet or collecting dust. They’re not lying. I have a lot of close friends who literally have their Wiis boxed up in their closets. The reasons are probably because of the Wii’s lack of a unified online infrastructure or it’s lowered graphically fidelity in comparison to this current gen’s home consoles. But here I am, buying my second Wii. I consider myself a hardcore but well-rounded gamer. I like playing the Call of Duty and Halo games that everyone else is playing but I like the Marios, Kirbys, Metroids, Zeldas, and just about everything else, too. The motion control of most games is tacked on and extremely gimmicky, but it can still provide for a very fun experience when done correctly. I’m also an extremely retroactive gamer. I like, like, like games of ancient and that’s one of the largest selling points of the Wii for me. I’m 22 years-ancient so a lot of these ancient games I play are first time experiences. The Virtual Console feature of the Wii is a very large library of ancient games you can download from the Wii’s Shop Channel with a straightforward pay-per-title payment structure. You can download games from past Nintendo home consoles from the NES to the Nintendo 64. You can also download games from other non-Nintendo platforms such as the Sega Genesis, TurboGrafx, and even arcade. There are also Wii exclusive downloadable Wiiware games and a limited variety of apps such as Netflix so you can stream movies and TV if you’re a subscriber to Netflix. So obviously lower quality graphics don’t bother me, though, I must admit the maximum resolution that the Wii can output at 480p is rather disappointing, especially as time goes on. It won’t bother a lot of people, especially kids, but I game on my PC too at super resolutions so I longingly wait for the day I can play my Nintendo games in HD. The overall reproduction of games in the Virtual Console though is mostly spot on, which is more than I can say for a lot of other retro ports of classics. The Wii can also play Gamecube games by simply inserting the games and plugging in a Gamecube controller. One thing that is a bit disappointing is that not all ancient games are on the Virtual Console. Nintendo tries to release more when they can but it can be hard for them at times due to licensing royalties and fees, especially when the license holding companies don’t exist anymore and multiple parties own the rights. Anyways, that’s my opinion of the Wii in general. Here’s some of this product’s specifics: 25th Anniversary Wii Bundle What makes this bundle different than other current Wii bundles is that the system and included remote/nunchuck are Red to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of the NES and Super Mario Bros. I’m guessing because Mario’s clothing is mostly red but it’s a unique and supposedly limited color for the Wii. The bundle also comes with two games: New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Sports. The other bundles (Black or White) come with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. You may or may not have already played Wii Sports which has fun pick-up-and-play games such as tennis or bowling. Wii Sports Resort is in the same style but has other games that utilize 1:1 motion such as sword fighting or archery. If you end up getting this bundle I highly recommend still getting Resort as you will get an additional Wii motion Plus attachment with the game. All bundles come with either a Wii motion Plus attachment (which gives the remote more accurate 1:1 detection and is required for some games such as Resort) or has it built in the remote. New Super Mario Bros. Wii This game is in the same 2.5D style of New Super Mario Bros. for the DS with it’s 3D rendered visuals but classic 2D platforming of older Mario games. The games look very similar but the levels are largely different with the added option of 1 to 4 players. I loved the DS version but I thought that playing it with more people would get kind of frustrating. Well, it really is, but in that kind of crazy, fun kind of way. You can cooperate and compete. Helping each other to make that distant platform or hog all the coins to yourself while throwing your brother or sister into a pit as you make your way to the end of the stage. I questioned my family if they wanted to try playing the game with me and they did. The next day I didn’t reckon to question them again because I was interested in something else I was playing, but they

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