hm, you are right. I just figured it was nintendo as a whole =p
It all goes to Nintendo in the end, yes, but if one branch does well, the other branch may get a firm talking to about its attitude. Not that some extra copies of Xenoblade and a handful of systems will have that much of an effect, but there is nothing wrong with idealism as long as no one gets hurt :D
As someone who is a fan of RPGs, I honestly have never heard of any of these games before this thread, nor did I hear about Project Rainfall before this thread.
I dunno, our magazine gave both Xenoblade and The Last Story plenty of attention. I think both have had two previews by now. Readers are looking forward to these games too. Especially Xenoblade. We also wrote about Operation Rainfall and other announcements related to these games on our website.
I mean it's not even enough to say, "There already exists a translation" when the fact is we aren't even fully aware of the kinds of costs that would go into localizing a game.
Uhm, yeah, NOE paying for most of the localization by providing the English translation. NOA may want to edit it to make it less British, but it's not as if they'd have to do the whole thing over. As for VA, if it sounds Britisch, they can just leave it the way it is and say it adds flavor.
It seems silly to call Nintendo stupid when there is likely a reason. It just seems kind of silly. Especially since, as was said, an English translation does exist, so it can be imported and played for anyone who wants it that bad.
Region locks. Only a small minority will import. Since one of the ways to play import is to mod your console, most will resort to pirating the game. It's not the kind of behaviour a company like NOA should want to promote, yet they do, indirectly...
Besides, there are still plenty of publishers that invest in RPG titles. Xseed is doing Solatorobo using NOE's translation. The DS has no region lock, the game should be fairly easy to import, yet Xseed thinks it will sell and they'll probably be right.