Five Awesome Fan Movements and Campaigns to Localise Nintendo Games and Systems

Sometimes, great games and consoles never get released in all regions.  Maybe the company behind them thinks demand isn’t great enough or it’s seen as too cost restrictive, perhaps they just lack business sense.  But that doesn’t stop the fanbase, some of which who’ve set up their own movements to get their own way by power of internet petitions and demonstrations! So here are five awesome fan movements to get Nintendo games and systems made, localised and released.

1. Operation Rainfall

One of the first and most successful fan movements to date, Operation Rainfall was a movement to get great RPGs like Xenoblade Chronicles, the Last Story and Pandora’s Tower released for the Wii in North America.

And surprisingly, the movement eventually paid off.  Xenoblade Chronicles did get a US release after so many years of requests and petitions and turned out to be a well received, successful game.  Eventually the same applied for The Last Story, which also got a US release.

Now fine, it didn’t work perfectly, one game never got the US release people desired.  But hey, two out of three isn’t bad, and it inspired the organisers to start other campaigns like the Bring Bravely Default to the West campaign (no prizes for guessing their goal), Operation Manafall (getting Seiken Densetsu 3 released) and the strangely named Gallian Liberation Front (which aimed to get Valkyria Chronicles 3 released).

And that’s Operation Rainfall for you.  Want to support their goals?  You can find their website here with information about all their campaigns:

http://operationrainfall.com/campaignhub/

2. Operation Moonfall

And following right on the trail of the above came this interesting fan campaign.  What was their goal? To get a remake of the Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask released on the 3DS to compliment the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D.

Now admittedly, this group didn’t quite have the luck of Operation Rainfall.  Perhaps because their goals were fairly ambitious (to get a whole game made and released rather than an existing game localised), Nintendo hasn’t quite agreed to release such a title.  But they have been acknowledged by both Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto, and Nintendo haven’t exactly denied the possibility of such a game being made, so hope remains.

If you want to back their petitions and campaign, you can find relevant information here:

http://www.petitiononline.com/OpMnfall/petition.html

http://operation-moonfall.org/

3. Mega Man Legends 3 Movement

Also known as Mega Man Legends 3 Get Me Off the Moon, the Mega Man Legends 3 movement aims to get Mega Man Legends 3 development restarted and the game eventually released after it’s earlt cancellation by Capcom.

Interestingly enough, most of the discussion about this movement actually takes place on in the devroom, a site maintained by Capcom and opened when the game was still in development.  Pity it hasn’t yet led to them deciding to resume development on the game.

Want to support their goals?  Go here:

https://www.facebook.com/GetMeOffTheMoon

http://www.legends3.com/

4. Operation Pika

A slightly lesser known operation using the same general title format as many of the others, Operation Pika is a campaign to get the special Pikachu edition 3DS released outside of Japan.

And to a degree, I guess they’ve succeeded, Nintendo has announced this special edition 3DS will be released in the UK this Christmas. Pity the same can’t be said for the US.

Still, they’re partway there, their campaign has pretty much succeeded in at least part of the world.

If you want to back their campaign, go here:

https://www.facebook.com/OperationPika

5. Medarot 7 Localisation Campaign

Finally on the list, we’ve got this new campaign to localise the title Medarot 7.  Called Project Rising Beetle for reasons unknown, this movement wants to get this title localised and released outside of Japan.

So how well is the movement doing so far?  Not quite as well as Operation Rainfall or Moonfall, the level of popularity is at quite a bit of a lower level.  But I wish them the best of luck, the more 3DS games released outside of Japan the better!

Want to support this campaign?  Go to their home page and Facebook page linked below:

http://projectrisingbeetle.wordpress.com/localization-campaign-2/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-MedabotsMedarot-7-to-the-West/196100650443572

Of course, these are only a small fraction of the many campaigns and petitions you can find online meant to get games made or released in other regions.  But as some of the most notable ones started so far, these look like some of the campaigns most likely to succeed at the current point in time.

What do you think?  Do you support all these fan movements and campaigns and wish them the best of luck?  Which petitions have you signed so far?

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