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Wii 'Fatal Frame' Likely Not Coming To US

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Posted April 8, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Fatal Frame IV

Survival-horror fans in Japan are lucky. They've been playing Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse on their Wiis since July 2008. But here in the States, you've probably already noticed that you haven't been playing it, because it hasn't been released here.

Fans have been patient, but that patience probably won't be rewarded with an American release of this photographing ghosts game. In April, Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that Nintendo wouldn't release the game here, telling MTV, "We are not the publisher of that title in the Americas." That statement implies that there could be a publisher of the game in America, but sadly, it looks like there won't be.

IGN spoke to Tecmo, who owns the series, and it gave the following statement:

"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. 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. 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."

...But I wanted to play it! I'm as sad as a Japanese ghost over this one -- if any survival-horror series was perfect for the Wii, it's Fatal Frame. The Wiimote acting as a camera in a dark and spooky world would be perfect. I'd take my Wii back from my mom to play it!

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