Operation Rainfall Interview
Our friend over at myvideogamenews scored this interview with the people behind the the camping to localize games to NA.
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.