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Operation Rainfall Concludes – Pandora’s Tower coming to the U.S.
January 20, 2013, Author: Ariana Hester
Released way back in 2011 for the Japanese market, followed by a Spring 2012 EU release, Pandora’s Tower will finally make it’s way to the U.S. this Spring.
The puzzling fact that a US edition was never planned to be published sparked the fan based “Operation Rainfall” campaign, which has now been fully realized.
The original campaign was to push Nintendo of America to bring three Wii JRPG games to the States – Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower.
Beginning in July of 2012, the idea originally called for letter writing, phone calls and e-mails. The most effective tactic however, was the push for pre-ordering Xenoblade on Amazon, which resulted in the game becoming #1 on the website’s pre-order list. Money talks and Nintendo started listening.
Xseed’s description of the game:
“A tale of unfortunate circumstances, Pandora’s Tower opens in the Kingdom of Elyria, where an unassuming singer named Elena succumbs to a wretched curse during a festival performance.
Bearing an arcane mark on her back, she starts transforming into a savage monster, causing the town guards to attempt to kill her in order to prevent it.
A young ex-mercenary named Aeron, whose heart has forever been pledged to Elena, whisks her away in the nick of time – and with the help of a mysterious witch named Mavda, he learns what must be done to avert her wretched fate.
He must descend into The Scar, a massive chasm tied down by twelve chains connected to a floating island in its center, atop which sit thirteen interconnected towers.
There, he must use his sword and a sacred chain to battle his way through each tower and extract the flesh of the boss “masters” that dwell within, which Elena must consume in order to reverse her ongoing transformation.
But the clock is ticking! The longer Aeron takes to vanquish each beast, the less human Elena becomes, affecting her character and the game’s final outcome in a profound manner. Time is of the essence…”
The success of this constructive fan outcry and show of support is hopefully the promise of a balanced game library for the next Gen of consoles.