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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Our Child's Play charity donations widget has expired.

When we set-up our widget we decided to make it a temporary thing and set an expiration date of August 31st.

The time has come, and the widget has expired.

In total we have donated $850.10 to the Child's Play charityand I wnated to say to those who donated...

Thank You

I will be writing individual responses to those who donated to thank them for their charitable donations starting later tonight.

So the question now is... what to do now with charity in relation to Operation Rainfall... we'll leave that up to you.

Make your voices heard... what do you want us to do next? post in our comments, tweet us (@oprainfall), e-mail us (, or post on our facebook page... recommend charities, demand continued support for child's play, tell us "NO MORE" if you are feeling particularly grinchy

We will pick the best ideas we are given and post a poll so you guys can vote on our next charitable move.

For those eager about our next campaign or initative, we have decided for now to focus on spreading the word of the games, and contacting Nintendo through e-mails, and on Facebook and such... we are holding off on any overarching larger initiatives for now, and taking a wait and see approach as sales data trickles out and events such as Nintendo's fall conference and TGS play out.

The best thing you can do for us now is to continue spreading the word about us, and the games we petition for, and if you have not already, by doing the simple easy things most do when first signing up... like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and youtube, pre-order monado on, and make your voice heard in all of those places and more.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Phase Two of Operation Rainfall Campaign

Phase Two of Operation Rainfall Campaign
(08/11/2011) – As Operation Rainfall progresses with Phase Two of its campaign to encourage the localization of Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower in all regions, we want to keep our supporters updated with new information and reiterate a few key facts.

Nintendo of Europe, a subsidiary of Nintendo Co., Ltd., has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles will be launching two weeks ahead of schedule, with the new release date set for August 19, 2011. Also, Nintendo of Australia has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles will be released on September 1, 2011 in Oceania. Reginald Fil-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, recently had this to say in regards to the so-called “missing Wii games” in an interview with Richard George of IGN Entertainment:

“We will be watching very closely what happens in Europe," "Certainly if there are business opportunities and positive consumer uptake from some of those titles, that will be great data for us to consider as we look at what to do with these titles.”

As part of Phase Two of Operation Rainfall, we very much want to see Xenoblade Chronicles sell exceptionally well in PAL regions. To all residents in the regions of Europe and Oceania, we encourage you to pre-order and purchase it at your earliest convenience. In the Americas, we encourage you to promote awareness of these titles. Good sales abroad will be a strong indicator for the title making it to American shores.

For those supporting our movement domestically don’t forget to write, stamp, and mail your letter to Nintendo of America this week. We’re hoping to get all those letters in the mail between August 13th and 17th so that they reach NOA at roughly the same time.  Our goal is to have all letters ARRIVE at Nintendo of America offices on or close to August 19. If you prefer, we have a template for mail in letters featured on our website. Be sure to mention your promise to buy Xenoblade, and if relevant, your contribution to Child’s Play on our official website –

Also, as part of Phase Two we want to encourage everyone to make a single Virtual Console purchase on your Wii system. We specifically ask that as many as possible download “Final Fantasy (NES)” on the date of August 19, 2011 (to coincide with the Xenoblade Chronicles’ European launch date). Final Fantasy costs 500 Nintendo points and is published by Nintendo. If you already own the game, please consider purchasing the game as a gift for another Wii owner or making a donation to Child’s Play Foundation through the widget on our website. It’s important to donate through the widget on our website, so that the updated tally remains accurate.  This purchase shows intent to buy products, which is important to businesses, please reference your purchase or donation in your letter, and hold off on making said purchase or donation until the 19th to coincide with the arrival of your letter, and the European release of Xenoblade Chronicles

As a reminder; while we recognize your right to import the game, we are pushing for a localized release in the Americas. Importing both a PAL region Wii and game is prohibitively expensive to the average consumer and would not make a strong enough point to Nintendo of America. Also, because hardware and software modifications involve the use of products that have not been licensed or tested by Nintendo, we cannot know the complete impact these modifications will have on the system. If you should ever have a problem with a modified Wii console—no matter what the warranty status might be—Nintendo will be unable to repair it.  Your only option will be to replace the unit. Finally, we wish to reiterate that Operation Rainfall does NOT support piracy or boycotting of Nintendo products.

Operation Rainfall is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the localization of Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower for Nintendo Wii in the US, Canada, and Latin America. To date, we have reached thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter and pushed Xenoblade (under its working title – Monado: Beginning of the World) to #1 on Amazon in a 48 hour period. We have raised over $400.00 in charitable donations for the Child’s Play Foundation.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Operation Rainfall by email at
Blog –

for full details on the August 19th campaign, including a template letter, click here

credit: written by Joseph Yamine with edits by Marko Max and Tyson Gifford (themightyme)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Operation Rainfall open letter to Satoru Iwata president and CEO of Nintendo Ltd


Mr. Iwata:

On behalf of many 3DS owners, we at Operation Rainfall wish to offer our profound thanks; you have expressed your apologies to early adopters of the handheld directly and with honor. It is a rare and refreshing thing for a video game company to make such a bold outreach to its supporters, and you once again prove that Nintendo exists in a class all its own.

We recognize that Nintendo has had difficulty in reaching its core audience, and that difficulty has unfortunately translated into a reduction in your projected revenues. As fans of your products, this is both saddening and worrisome. We want for Nintendo to continue as a recognized leader in interactive entertainment, and of course hope that the price decrease for the 3DS helps to alleviate some of your financial concerns.

However, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to reiterate our stance on Nintendo's refusal to localize the video games Xenoblade, Last Story, and Pandora's Tower in the North American market. At a time when Nintendo needs its core fans the most, Nintendo of America (acting by orders of Nintendo Ltd.) has steadfastly refused to bring us titles for the struggling Wii that could bolster not only sales, but the good will of many of your supporters. 

As fans, we appreciate the excellent games and services that you have released for us to enjoy so far. As consumers, we express the demand that we feel should drive the supply of the three games we seek for North American release. You are presented with a golden opportunity to bring about a dramatic change in mood for Nintendo; by simply releasing games which have already been developed, you will help to retake lost ground here in our market. 

We do not expect you to undertake this venture alone: Operation Rainfall is committed to not only to the release of these games, but their support and marketing, as well. You will enjoy every resource that we have in the promotion of these titles, with no marketing costs to Nintendo. We will be out in force to get the word out and show people the fruits of Sakaguchi's, Takahashi's, and studio Ganbarion's labors. 

For decades, Nintendo has been a constant positive in our lives. None of us can imagine a gaming culture without Mario, Link, and Samus Aran. We the fans, both young and old, appeal to you Iwata-san. Please return confidence to the North American market! If anyone can, it is you!


Your Fans at Operation Rainfall







 credit goes to Thomas Wier for writing the letter
and Brandt Mackay for translating it into Japanese