Bad news for horror game fans.
Nintendo has decided not to publish a Wii installment of the extremely scary horror game series Fatal Frame in both the US and Europe.
This piece of info was given by Techmo, developer of the Fatal Frame franchise. The company said that Nintendo actually owns the publishing rights to Fatal Frame for the Wii and not Tecmo or codeveloper Grasshopper Manufacture. The game, which was released in Japan way back July 31, 2008, will not get an English version because of Nintendo’s decision.
I actually don’t understand Nintendo’s decision regarding Fatal Frame. Based on the better than average sales of both Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition and House of The Dead: Overkill, there is a firmly entrenched market for horror-based Wii games. Publishing Fatal Frame would’ve helped one of Nintendo’s marketing goals, which is to show people that the Wii is not just for kids and casual gamers. And besides, Fatal Frame has a ready audience already. It won’t be that hard to market a game that actually got pretty decent reviews when it came out.
Nintendo itself hasn’t made an official announcement so even though chances are quite slim, I’m hoping Nintendo will still change its stance.