Thursday, April 09, 2009

Console Post Of The Week (Mini-update)

First off, it appears that Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is not being released in North America or Europe:
A Tecmo spokesperson gave IGN the following statement:
"Nintendo holds the publishing rights to 'Fatal Frame Wii,' which was developed by Tecmo LTD. and Grasshopper Manufacture and released in Japan on July 31, 2008. Nintendo of America has since then decided not to publish the title in North America – consequently, the title will not be released in this territory.

Damn you, Nintendo. Damn you to hell and other bad places.

Fatal Frame is THE horror series. Other series are almost all variations on monster closets. Fatal Frame, though, possesses a deep, unnerving kind of psychological horror. Actually, "horror" is really the wrong word to use. It's fear. Or dread. Playing through Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly in first-person mode (added for the Xbox version) was the most disturbing and unnerving experience I've had in over twenty years of gaming.

In a good way.

Thanks for the kick in the ass, Nintendo.

In other Nintendo news, President Satoru Iwata is refreshingly honest about what's happening in Japan:
The Wii is in the most unhealthy condition since it hit the Japanese market. The current condition in the Japanese market is not the one we want.

That tees up next week's console post about the Japanese market quite nicely, and what Iwata doesn't say (although he well could have) is that the Japanese market is in quite an "unhealthy condition" in general right now.

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