The Wii RPG title Xenoblade Chronicles will be getting a release in just two months when August rolls around in Europe, but America doesn’t seem to be getting it. Nintendo of Europe had said that they had plans to show off Xenoblade at E3, but Nintendo of America gave them the thumbs down.
The reason for this is because Nintendo of America had no plans to sell the game and no reason to showcase it because of that. This isn’t the first time they’ve elected to not release some games in America, including Fatal Frame/Project Zero 4.
There you have reason #3 why I oppose region locks on all consoles for any given reason. Because of people in an English speaking country saying “Well yeah we know it’s in English but we’re not selling it here or making the game region free because we’re jerks.”
Xenoblade was given a 9/9/9/9 score from the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, and sold 83,000 copies during its Japan release. Why NoA doesn’t wish to bring it to the States is unknown, but I’m certain some gamers are questioning the soundness of their minds. However, even though it is listed for release under its original title of Monado: Beginning of the World, the release date is frozen at TBA, so there is a small glimmer of hope, but nothing major.
Ugghhh! Why can’t Nintendo just wisen up, grow a pair, and make the Wii region-free already? It’s costing them in the international market quite sharply and it’s one of the reasons I didn’t buy a Wii in the first place.