Here at GayGamer, we're very eager to play Mistwalker's upcoming Wii RPG The Last Story. Unfortunately, some recent comments from Nintendo make it sound like that may never happen outside of Japan. Localization and translation are the primary culprit, as Ninteno UK's David Yarnton saying:
With all the conversions, when we do it in Europe we've got to do the whole of Europe. So it's multiple languages. It has to be viable.
We've got so much on our plate at the moment. The most important one is in the first quarter this year. Kirby's Epic Yarn is the most important title. We've got some great product coming out.
On top of that, when we add in 3DS, it's just so much.
Yarnton's comments come in the wake of Nintendo's US offices stating there are "no plans at present" to publish The Last Story outside of Japan.
This, however, does not necessarily mean the game will never see release outside of Japan. Nintendo is the Japanese publisher, but another publisher could potentially offer to publish the game for other territories if Nintendo doesn't have the localization resources available for the game. It wasn't too long ago that Sony published Demon's Souls in Japan, but passed on overseas publishing allowing Atlus and Namco Bandai to step in for the respective US and European releases. Given Mistwalker's high profile and the buzz already surrounding The Last Story in the US and Europe, a similar situation to Demon's Souls might not be out of the question.
Until there's more official word, it seems that we may have to put our excitement for The Last Story on hold for the foreseeable future. But if I were a betting man, I wouldn't be surprised if The Last Story is announced later this year for a US release under another publisher's banner.
Why The Last Story is Japan exclusive [Eurogamer]