Nintendo is the publisher for Tecmo’s Fatal Frame IV over in Japan, and earlier this week they announced that they have decided not to bring the game to North America. Because of region locking on the Wii, that means that unless you have a Japanese Wii, you won’t be playing this game. What a bummer. Fatal Frame is one of the more enjoyable and definitely one of the scarier survival horror series out there. Fatal Frame II still ranks up in the top 3 scariest games of all time in my book, so I was really hoping that the fourth game in the series would make its way here.
I’m guessing that Nintendo has chosen not to bring Fatal Frame IV over to North America because they feel that it either won’t be profitable or that it doesn’t jive well with their current lineup of games. If you ask me, either reason is total crap. Sure, the game may not be a blockbuster seller, but at least you’d be helping out our relationships with a 3rd party developer that is willing to produce engaging and complex content for your system. I think Nintendo is sending a very bad message to developers, its fanbase, and to potential buyers that may be weary of the console’s hardcore game offerings. I love my Nintendo Wii as much or more than most people out there, but I honestly can’t deny that the lineup could use a few more games like Fatal Frame IV.