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Report: No Western Release For Wii Fatal Frame IV

Nintendo won't publish Tecmo and Grasshopper Manufacture's Wii title Fatal Frame IV: Mask Of The Lunar Eclipse outside of Japan after all, according to a statement from Tecmo.

Leigh Alexander, Contributor

April 13, 2009

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Tecmo and Grasshopper Manufacture's Wii title Fatal Frame IV: Mask Of The Lunar Eclipse won't be released outside of Japan, since publisher Nintendo has refused. "Nintendo holds the publishing rights to Fatal Frame Wii, which was developed by Tecmo LTD. and Grasshopper Manufacture and released in Japan on July 31, 2008," Tecmo said in a statement published by consumer site GameSpot. "Nintendo of America has since then decided not to publish the title in North America--consequently, the title will not be released in this territory," the statement continued. Fatal Frame is a horror franchise that originally debuted on PlayStation 2 and Xbox, and the Wii installment was highly anticipated by fans of the cult series. It casts players as researchers who must fight ghosts and solve puzzles using only an occult camera, and prioritizes an atmosphere of spectral fear rather than combat and gore, although its imagery tends to be frightening nonetheless. Nintendo hasn't given any reason why the fourth installment won't see a Western release as originally planned, and neither has the company commented on whether it will consider selling the publishing rights to another company, according to the report. "As the owner of the IP, Tecmo feels very unfortunate that the fans of the series in North America will not have a chance to play the game, but respects the final decision made by Nintendo of America," the statement concluded.

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Leigh Alexander


Leigh Alexander is Editor At Large for Gamasutra and the site's former News Director. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Slate, Paste, Kill Screen, GamePro and numerous other publications. She also blogs regularly about gaming and internet culture at her Sexy Videogameland site. [NOTE: Edited 10/02/2014, this feature-linked bio was outdated.]

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