We here at myvideogamenews have scored an interview with the guys responsible for starting Operation Rainfall and you can find the Q & A below. I am very impressed with the efforts thus far and hope that their campaign makes some noise with NOA. Here is the interview:
Q: Please give readers a little background on who you are and what Operation Rainfall is.
A: Operation Rainfall is a netroots campaign to localize three Nintendo titles currently not available outside of Japan: Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower (Xenoblade did recently receive an EU/UK release date, though). It was born as a letter-writing effort on IGN’s message boards and quickly spread into social media, with a dedicated blog (oprainfall.blogspot.com/), Facebook and Twitter. Another offshoot was a fairly spontaneous effort to pre-order Xenoblade (aka Monado) on Amazon, which pushed the game to the top of the pre-order charts. My role is that of a volunteer; I said I was available, and here I am.
Q When did you first get the idea to take action on creating the petitions for Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower?
A: The idea had been kicked around for a little while on the Wii message board, mainly after it became clear that Xenoblade would be released (and localized) for the UK/EU. However, after no NA localization announcements came at E3, the discussions got a bit more focused. The main letter-writing campaign was the brainchild of board member “themightyme,” who made a post about it on June 22. It has taken on a life of its own since then.
Q: How has the response been?
A: Absolutely remarkable. We all knew that there were people who wanted these games, but I’m not sure anyone thought that a message board post would grow so quickly, or evolve so fast. We’re fans along for the ride, like everyone else.
Q: Have you done anything else like this?
A: No, I’m a natural cynic, and have never taken part in any sort of protest like this before. It’s a privilege to be a part of it, though, and it has certainly brought out the idealist in me.
Q Why Xenoblade (we know you are strong supporters of Pandora’s Tower and The Last Story as well but Xenoblade seems to be the front runner)?
A: I think a lot of people fell in love with Xenoblade as soon as we watched the field/map exploration trailer on youtube. The scope of the world is really something to behold. But there’s a pragmatic component here, too: the game has already been localized for an English-speaking audience. The prospect of Xenoblade being a huge financial gamble for Nintendo is somewhat mitigated, in that respect.
Q: Has Nintendo tried contacting you? I know you have been acknowledged by the creators of Xenoblade (correct)?
A: Nintendo only replied to us through Facebook and Twitter this past evening. Unfortunately, it was pretty much the same brief PR response they’ve been giving, which is why we’ll keep trying. We also received a nice thanks via Twitter from some people involved in both Xenoblade and The Last Story.
Q: Do you think the US will get these 3 titles?
A: Magic 8-Ball says: “Cannot predict now.” The cynic in me would not be hopeful, but this entire campaign has a way of giving cynicism a bloody nose.
Q: How can gamers get a hold of you if they have questions?
A: They can visit Operation Rainfall’s blog (oprainfall.blogspot.com) and send us an e-mail from there. You can also find us on Facebook or Twitter and leave any questions or suggestions there. Anyone who wants to get involved is most welcome.
Q: What is your favorite RPG of all time?
A: You’re so mean. I have to go with Chrono Trigger, for sentimental reasons.
Q: Peach or Zelda?
A: Between the two, Zelda. But I’m a Samus man, through and through.
HUGE PROPS to the guys over at Operation Rainfall for taking the time for this interview. We wish you all the luck here at myvideogamenews and hope that your efforts don’t go unnoticed.