Last Story publisher says core gamers "follow the best games regardless of the system"

Ken Berry says Xseed was very excited to work on the latest from Sakaguchi and Uematsu

The Last Story has released in the US after multiple fits and starts. The honor of publishing it has fallen to Xseed after Nintendo passed on the game and Xseed Games' Executive Vice President Ken Berry knew early on The Last Story could be something special for the company.

"It absolutely felt like we were handed a great opportunity. We would have never imagined just a year ago that we would have an opportunity to publish The Last Story," said Berry. "We did know that fan demand was out there, but there was never a question of if we wanted to publish it - the question was always if we could publish it. We already knew the gameplay was solid and that it definitely had sales potential in North America, so we didn't need much more convincing."

"We've been fortunate to have worked with a lot of great game creators before, but this is Xseed's first time working with Sakaguchi-san, who is often credited with being one of the founding fathers of the entire RPG genre. To have Uematsu-san also on the project as the composer is just icing on the cake as they are both legends in the field," he added. "Knowing that Sakaguchi-san and Uematsu-san were both involved made it such a special project that we still would have wanted to publish it even if it was a direct sequel to E.T. from the Atari 2600."

The Last Story is notably one of the last major releases planned for the Wii hardware. While some feel that the majority of core audience have moved on from the Wii, Xseed still thinks gamers will show up for something like The Last Story.

"We definitely feel that the core gamers that play RPGs are the most likely to follow the best games regardless of the system, so hopefully that will hold true for The Last Story's release on Wii," said Berry. "I know some people have started counting out the Wii already, but hopefully this release will show that there is still a lot of impressive things that hardware can do when the right game is running on it."

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Tony Johns9 years ago
1-up for Nintendo of Europe and Australia for bringing the Operation Rainfall games to their regions.

1-down for Nintendo of America for still believing that there is no market for Japanese RPGs on Nintendo systems.

2 1-ups for XSeed for being the most awesome publisher as they have been able to bring so much to the North American audience in regards to Japanese RPGs on all formats including the Wii and the PSP.
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers9 years ago
I'm glad that The Last Story came over to the U.s. - it would be one of those games that it would be regrettable if the larger U.S. audience didn't at least get a chance to sample it. Nintendo of America is remarkably stingy with certain releases - I'm honestly not sure if they don't think there's an audience or if they're careful to curate to a certain sort of audience, because they aren't saying either way.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 9 years ago
Man i saw this article and had to post. im so pumped about last story. Xenoblade was one of my best gameplay expiriences ever and Im really excited about last story. I pre ordered and payed mine in full. On my way to pick it up now :)
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 9 years ago
I am glad that North America is getting these two titles. Both The Last Story and Xenoblad Chronicles are very solid titles with solid gameplay. I really have no idea what Nintendo overseas is thinking.

In Australia, we got both titles plus Pandora Towers. Also recently we received Project Zero 2 Wii Edition. It is great that they now acknowledge the market in the Pal region but I think if Nintendo wants to succeed. They really need to get their heads around what gamers really want instead of what they think gamers could play
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Hector Remy Programmer 9 years ago
Damn I didn't pick this one up, I'll have to buy it before they remove it from the stores here. I love the characters and the curious what the story is about.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 9 years ago
I just got my copy of the game and im enjoying it very much. I recommend it to any RPG fan.
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