Posted on June 26 2011 by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
Apparently NoA has heard the cry of fans loud and clear, at least in regards to one of their “big 3” for RPG titles out of Japan. It may or may not have anything to do with the massive skyrocket of North American pre-orders on Amazon, but it’s clear the outcry has finally made an impact. In a customer service response to one of Destructoid’s regular readers, it was confirmed that Xenoblade, under it’s original title of Monado: Beginning of the World, will indeed be released in North America.
I am putting together a PR email after this post to confirm that the game will indeed be coming, even if we don’t have a release date yet. Still, if the customer service reps are stating this so plainly, it’s clear the game is definitely in Nintendo’s schedule of releases somewhere. Hopefully we get some word from Reggie soon enough discussing a launch window, though it may be more likely for it to be a early spring 2012 release rather than a summer or fall. Again though, it’s anyone’s guess.
This still doesn’t excuse Nintendo for not commenting on it publicly, even when directly asked at E3. It also doesn’t explain why The Last Story isn’t coming, or why they think Pandora’s Tower isn’t worth the trouble either. Still, at least it’s a start. Here’s hoping we can get some more official word on the subject matter at a later date. Still, we can rest a little easier that our pleas and rampant support for Xenoblade has not gone unnoticed.
Just for shits and giggles, here’s the directly-quoted response:
As for The Last Story, I want to confirm that at this time there is no date for release here in North America. This means that is has not been scheduled for our market. More importantly, we do not have any information that tells us this game will or won’t be released, but I will pass along your comments to the departments which make those decisions.
That said, I am happy to let you know that Monado: Beginning of the World (also know as XenoBlade) has been announced for release in North America. Once we have more details about The Last Story and Monado: Beginning of the World, we will share all the exciting details on our website’s Game Guide (http://www.nintendo.com/games/guide). If you decide to check it out, be sure to use the questions on the left to filter based on system, genre, online play, etc.