The Last Story News
A never-ending cycle
As 2018 winds down, Nintendo is still busy registering trademarks like there's no tomorrow. A week after the Japanese company secured smartphone-related trademarks for Kirby's Dream Land, Art Academy and
GameCube and Wii titles that could make the cut
Just recently we published a list of five Nintendo 64 games we'd love to play on 3DS, inspired by the recent arrival of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and its remastered predecessors, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Star Fox 64 3D
“100,000 signatures doesn’t mean 100,000 sales”
Movements like Operation Rainfall demonstrate a community’s interest in seeing certain games or features become accessible; in Operation Rainfall’s case, advocates eventually saw their wishes granted by Nintendo, but was that a direct result of their efforts? According to Nintendo of America...
"Our love for the game blinded our business reasoning"
XSEED Games has a reputation for localising great Japanese-only titles for the west. The publisher has been very successful with its choices, with The Last Story becoming its most successful title of all time. Another highly-regarded title is Pandora's Tower, a game that has already made it to...
XSEED came close to passing up the opportunity
The Last Story is one of the stronger titles on Wii, which we've just named as our staff's second favourite on the system in 2012. Originally released in Japan in early 2011, it took a long time to make an appearance in the West. It was early 2012 when it was published in Europe by Nintendo, however it...
New print run should continue the positive performance
Publisher XSEED - a specialist in localising Japanese titles for western consumption - has announced that RPG The Last Story is its most popular title yet, although it stopped short of divulging precise figures. The game - which is developed by Hironobu "Final Fantasy" Sakaguchi's studio...
Operation Rainfall yet to claim release date responsibility
We've known for a good while that The Last Story will arrive in North America this summer, and publisher XSeed has finally confirmed the details to IGN. The date for your diaries is 14th August, and there are a number of goodies awaiting eager buyers. It's been confirmed that all...
The Last Story finally hits North America this month, so it's a good time to learn a little more about the game's development. This documentary by French site Sidekick.fr explains more about Mistwalker's background, The Last Story's original concept as a much darker game called Lost World and more. It's well researched and slick, and...
The Mario Club has tough taskmasters
Takuya Matsumoto has worked on some high quality SEGA titles in the past, such as NiGHTS and Sonic Adventure on Dreamcast, and was the development lead on The Last Story, the excellent Wii RPG that finally arrives in North America on 10th July. In an interview with Gamasutra, Matsumoto discussed the development...
Arrives in North America on 10th July
The Last Story has been available in Europe for a while now, and received warm critical praise. It was the first game directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi — the creator of the Final Fantasy series — in quite some time, and it was a title with impressive scope and attractive visuals that made the most of Wii. The...
Commemorative coins, we mean
With Pandora's Tower out in Europe today, the so-called Operation Rainfall trilogy is complete. Register all three games — Pandora's Tower, Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story — in Club Nintendo and you could get a nice surprise. Nintendo Lee (no relation) states Nintendo Europe is offering a commemo
With a shade over two months until we hit the Wii U information motherlode at E3, Wii's time is just about over. While the mainstream will likely remember it for introducing motion control and kickstarting the party and fitness game crazes, Nintendo UK wants you to think fondly of its contributions to the adventure and roleplaying...
Director has the final say
The Last Story is out today in Europe and creator Hironobu Sakaguchi has co-directed a trailer to get you even more excited. The trailer below gives you an idea of the scale you can expect from Sakaguchi's latest Wii RPG, which by our reckoning is rather good. Don't believe us? Our The Last Story review is pretty...
No stock at all
Yesterday we reported that GAME won't stock The Last Story limited edition but now it's dropped the game completely. A Nintendo Life reader received this email about his pre-order: Unfortunately we are no longer stocking The Last Story on Wii. If you return to the store they will be happy to refund your £5.00 deposit. I apologise...
Pre-orders are out of luck
For UK gamers planning to pick up the special edition of The Last Story from retailer GAME, there's been some disappointing news as their orders have been cancelled. As reported by Eurogamer, emails were sent to affected customers earlier this week, giving only a few days notice before the title launches on 24th February...
Your prayers have been answered: The Last Story is coming to North America. XSEED Games is publishing the critically acclaimed RPG in North America later in 2012, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime announced. You can read our The Last Story review to find out why this game is worth the wait.
Final Fantasy creator speaks up
Last night Nintendo Life editor James Newton attended a presentation by Final Fantasy creator and The Last Story director Hironobu Sakaguchi at London's BAFTA HQ. The famous developer reflected on his 25+ years of industry experience and his latest project, answering questions from the packed-out audience. The night...
Magic and swords galore
There's now little over a week until The Last Story is released in Europe, and Nintendo has released a new trailer to show off some of the game mechanics. After an introduction to Lazulis City, an important location in the game, the action quickly moves to battle mechanics: a variety of enemies and attack strategies are...
Europe's just 18 days away from The Last Story, and Nintendo wants to get you geared up with a new website and Iwata Asks interview. The official The Last Story website has sections dedicated to explaining the multiplayer, item customisation and combat, but an obvious highlight is the music section which contains seven tracks from the game. The limited edition includes a seven-track..
It's all so dramatic
The latest trailer for The Last Story has arrived, introducing the main group of characters and showing off some dramatic moments. There are a lot of grand set-pieces, clashing swords and even a dragon packed into the second half, suggesting that Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi hasn't held back in the storyline. The...
BAFTA be there
The Last Story is one month from launch, and creator Hironobu Sakaguchi is coming to the UK to promote it. Sakaguchi will address the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Thursday 16th February, discussing his lengthy career and demonstrating his latest title. The event is open to the public and press, with tickets costing £5 from Ticketweb. Sakaguchi will also head to the..
Time for round two
Last year a fan-based group, Operation Rainfall, launched an online campaign to petition Nintendo of America to localise three major Japanese Wii releases: Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower. The news that Xenoblade Chronicles will be released in North America is perhaps due to sales success in Europe, though...
After the retailer leak of The Last Story's special edition, Nintendo has confirmed the limited edition of the game will be available from 24th February. The limited edition comes with a steelbook case — Nintendo's first in Europe — a seven-track Premium Soundtrack CD and an art booklet titled The Illustrations. It's available to...
Swiss retailer breaks cover
It appears that Nintendo of Europe is preparing a limited edition release for upcoming Japanese RPG The Last Story, due for release on 24th February. Initial rumours started to spread earlier this week, but images of the box art and packaging have since begun to surface. According to a Swiss retailer this release will...
Are you ready?
Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that Wii RPG The Last Story will reach the continent on 24th February 2012. The long-awaited RPG from Final Fantasy legend Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker studio includes online multiplayer for up to six players simultaneously, with Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Co-operative modes all included...
Forget The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: this year's Wii coverage has been dominated by three other big Japanese games. Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora's Tower and The Last Story have had gamers' eyes all year, and Nintendo of Europe wants to get you even more involved by asking you to help choose alternate cover art for the latter...
Three out of four ain't bad
Hironobu Sakaguchi's The Last Story will make its way to Europe and Australia next year, as the Australian Classification Board has granted the game an M certificate. That of course leaves North America as the only major English-speaking territory not to be looking forward to the game next year, but there's always hope that could change. No release date yet for PAL..
The trio completed
Xenoblade Chronicles is out in Europe this Friday, but those gamers who thought it was part of Wii's last hurrah might want to rethink that, as Nintendo has confirmed that both The Last Story and Pandora's Tower will see the light of day in Europe in 2012. There's no word on a specific release date yet so they could arrive any...
What's the magic formula?
There was a time not too long ago when the origins of the games we play were somewhat mysterious. We knew the company names and could view credit sequences until the cows came home and magazine readers could gain some extra insight, but by and large the thought processes, discarded ideas and development stages that went...
Only his third game to do so after Final Fantasy I and VII
The Last Story is coming to Wii via Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy VII, but the titles share another unique similarity as well – Sakaguchi created the gameplay elements first, then the story, for all three. There are... places in games such as the moment when you open a castle door for the first time, when..
Is gaming's biggest consumer advocacy movement a noble cause, or does NoA know best?
What you see to the right of this text is a poster for Operation Rainfall. It features screen shots and information on Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower, all of which Nintendo has published in Japan to positive reviews and sales, and none of...
Infamous analyst shows his support
The ongoing grassroots project Operation Rainfall, designed to convince Nintendo to publish Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles and Pandora's Tower in North America, has analyst Michael Pachter chiming in via Twitter to voice his opinion. Earlier today, he tweeted: a grass roots movement to convince Nintendo to...
No happy dance at OpRa HQ
Yesterday Nintendo announced it has no plans to bring three sought-after Wii games to North America — Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles and Pandora's Tower. One of the groups responsible for raising awareness of these games, Operation Rainfall, has responded to the disappointing news. While Nintendo's choice not to
Xenoblade Chronicles, Last Story and Pandora's Tower still not coming
Nintendo has just responded to the public outcry for the epic RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and Last Story and the action RPG Pandora's Tower to see localisation in North America via their Facebook page. The company stated: Thank you for your enthusiasm. We promised an update, so...
Users make their words heard
Despite a few highlights on the horizon, we can all agree that Wii is in its final throes for hardcore gamers, but there are bright lights waiting to be translated: Pandora's Tower, The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles. Of those three however, only Xenoblade has a Western release confirmed, and even that is currently...
Announcement on the way?
Japanese RPG The Last Story has attracted more than a few envious glances from transatlantic gamers eager to delve into Mistwalker's Wii roleplayer, but so far Nintendo has made no concrete announcements about the game heading to the West. Now there's a little glimmer of hope for fans in North America. The domain name TheLastStory.com was recently registered by Nintendo and..
Is there hope for a localisation?
While Nintendo may not have any concrete localisation plans to announce with regards to Japanese RPG Last Story, but the news it's shot to the top of the all-format charts in its home country can't do its chances of heading Westward any harm. In its first week on sale the game shifted 114,722 copies, according to...
6,800 signatures and growing
The other day we brought you news that Nintendo has no plans to bring Last Story Westward, and naturally it gave rise to plenty of ire amongst Wii gamers. Keen to do something about it, one fan created a petition to bring the game to North America and Europe, and it's already gained close to 7,000 signatures. If you want...
Mistwalker title stuck in limbo
Wii roleplayer Last Story has attracted plenty of interest all over the world due to the involvement of Final Fantasy honcho Hironobu Sakaguchi and the game's impressive graphical showing, but hopes of seeing it make the journey to Western shores have just taken a dent. A Nintendo representative told VG247 the company...
Making sure the game remains exciting
Following the revelation that Mistwalker's latest game – Last Story for the Wii – will be hitting Japanese shops in January 2011, the second half of the Iwata Asks column dedicated to the RPG has now been published on Nintendo's Japanese site. The game's director and Misterwalker CEO Hironobu Sakaguchi, and the concept artist and character designer Kimihiko..
Includes footage of (presumably) a new Rhythm Heaven game
As part of their recent conference, Nintendo of Japan's just released a video showcasing some hotly anticipated games in the upcoming Japanese Wii line-up. Everything from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to Super Mario Collection Special Pack and Mario Sports Mix
Learn more about where the game is set and the combat system
With Hironobu Sakaguchi blogging about Last Story in its final stages of development almost four months ago, it is with open arms that we welcome the RPG's updated website that includes game details and oh-so-beautiful screenshots. It looks like the Final Fantasy creator could be onto another winner. Last Story is set on
Mistwalker RPG in motion at last
The Last Story has been one of the Wii's most-teased titles this year, with only the tiniest of details creeping out of Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker studio. Now we finally have the first footage of the game in action in this Japanese trailer, and it's an absolute stunner. Even from this brief footage it's clear The Last Story has a sense of spectacle and scale..
Hironobu Sakaguchi writes a tantalising blog entry and mentions what we're all waiting for
When you have the creator of the Final Fantasy series working on an RPG for the Wii, you know it's going to be big news. Since the announcement of Last Story's existence earlier in January, all the gaming community has to grab onto are a few pieces of concept artwork. That hasn't stopped gamers showing..
Hironobu Sakaguchi's new project is certainly a looker
We have to admit that Mistwalker's forthcoming Wii RPG is getting us pretty excited, despite the fact that we haven't actually seen a single screenshot yet. What we have seen is some particularly lovely concept artwork, and if the game can capture the same feel of these images then Wii fans are going to be in for a visual treat. For those of..
Metroid: Other M, Xenoblade, Last Story and new Pokemon in the cards
At an investors meeting in Tokyo today, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata was nice enough to outline what the company intended to do with all those funds this year. Included in the outline were Wii RPGs The Last Story from Mistwalker and Nintendo as well as Xenoblade, formerly known as Monado, from Monolith Soft (behind Disaster: Day of..
Nintendo trademark is for a new Mistwalker RPG
Remember that mystifying trademark that Nintendo registered a while back? Turns out it's not the subtitle of the next Mario adventure (as we half-jokingly predicted) but an RPG from the creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi. Nintendo has confirmed the launch of a new Web site dedicated to the game (alas, in Japanese) which has a logo and little..