Pandora’s Tower Completes The Set Of "Operation Rainfall" Games In The U.S.

By Ishaan . April 16, 2013 . 10:30am

Xseed shipped Pandora’s Tower in North America today, completing the set of the three famed “Operation Rainfall” games on the Wii (the other two being Xenoblade and The Last Story). As previously reported, Pandora’s Tower was developed by One Piece: Unlimited Cruise developer Ganbarion in collaboration with Nintendo, who published the game in Japan and Europe. Here’s a story summary from Xseed:


A tale of unfortunate circumstances, Pandora’s Tower opens in the Kingdom of Elyria, where an unassuming singer named Elena is subjected to a horrific curse during a festival performance. Bearing an arcane mark on her back, she begins a seemingly irreversible transformation into a savage monster. It comes to pass that only the brave Aeron, a young ex-soldier whose heart has forever been pledged to Elena, can save her.



Heeding the advice of a mysterious merchant named Mavda, Aeron learns that he must descend into The Scar, a massive chasm tied down by twelve chains connected to a floating island in its center, atop which sit thirteen interconnected towers. There, he must use his sword and various other weapons in addition to the sacred Oraclos Chain to battle his way through each tower and extract the flesh of the boss “masters” that inhabit the Scar’s towers. Only by consuming the flesh of all of the masters can Elena reverse her ongoing transformation. But the clock is ticking! The longer Aeron takes to vanquish each beast, the less human Elena becomes, affecting her character and the game’s final outcome.


Pandora’s Tower costs $40. You can visit the game’s website here, and look forward to a playtest on Siliconera in the future.



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  • XypherCode

    Waiting for mine to arrive! :))

  • My copy’s coming tomorrow, of course right after I’ll be getting Soul Hackers today. Busy gaming month!

  • Mister_Nep

    Waiting for my copy to ship. It’ll arrive at my house this week, but I won’t be able to play it right away. I still have other games I’m trying to beat. So I’ll likely play it early next month. Hopefully. My desire to play it is really strong, but I’m trying to finish what I’m playing right now before tackling the game.

  • FX102A

    Whilst not as enthralling as Xenoblade (can’t compare to Last Story as yet to play it), Pandora’s Tower was a thoroughly enjoyable title. My only advice is whilst the Classic Controller can be used, I found the motion controls very intuitive and enjoyable for the Chain. Also, I’ll avoid spoilers, but as you must know your endings are based on your affinity rating with Elena. To get the best ending, the bar only needs to be around 80+% full, to avoid lengthy grinding. Enjoy!

    • Aoshi00

      That’s a good idea.. maybe I should try using the nunchuk set up. One thing that bugged me a little was the lack of inverted y-axis, it’s a must for me especially for an action game.. For Last Story, I definitely prefer the classic pro controller though to freely control the camera.

      Amazon just shipped my copy. I’m happy this is finally coming out, but still have the other 2 Op Rainfall games on backlog :(.. I beat the Jpn ver of Last Story at over 50 hrs and only clocked in ~20 hrs for Xenoblade (such a huge game).. played about 3 hrs of the US Last Story just to check out the Eng dub which I loved and haven’t touched Xenoblade yet… For Pandora’s Tower, I played the Jpn ver for an hour or so, really liked the graphics/setting/story, but was a bit bumped about no inverted y-axis.. dunno why they didn’t include such a simple but important option.

      Thanks for the heads-up. Hopefully I could get over 80% for the best ending even w/ the time limit in the dungeons.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I don’t even have a Wii, but I’ll be certain to grab a copy to hold onto until I get a Wii U. It’s satisfying to see Operation Rainfall’s job complete. Bravo, Xseed. Bravo.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    And it only took about 3 years for them all to make it over to US shores.

    The sad thing is that I can’t really even put a “/s” at the end of that sentence, because it’s the truth. Thankfully the power of the fans was enough to persuade the higher powers to release them.

  • Finally replaced my broken Wii last week. Torn between whether to spend $40 on this, first print of TLS or a Nintendo Force Print+Digital subscription. If I manage to sell some games I might not have to choose. Anyways, thank you Operation Rainfall and thank you XSEED.

    • Skye Johnson

      It depends on what type of games you like. I haven’t been impressed with Pandora’s Tower, but it isn’t so much an RPG (what I like) as an action-ish puzzle (with the chain)/dungeon game with RPG elements.

      Meanwhile, The Last Story is a definite Action (no random encounters, menu-based combat) RPG that I enjoyed immensely. It also doesn’t fool around with filler at all and has a very entertaining cast of characters and a fun plot. Pandora’s Tower just has Elena and Aeron, mostly. And whatever that old woman’s name was. Aeron’s also more of a silent protagonist, with you choosing list-based responses.

      • Anyone with eyes could tell this wasn’t an RPG. No offense. And it’s not like I don’t want both. I just have to choose which one I get first. I’ll probably just flip a coin.

        • Skye Johnson

          Well, when it was originally promoted by Operation Rainfall along with Xenoblade and the Last Story, I assumed it was another RPG—as did many, I assume, until I was able to view the game in-depth myself. (And I have eyes!) And I could easily see how people would assume it was an RPG until they educated themselves. So I wouldn’t go that far! : )

          Just trying to help out. But feel free to flip a coin and I hope you buy the one first that will appeal to you more, since you seemed undecided.

  • I’ll pick this up as soon as possible to not miss out. I got the other two but haven’t played them yet but I wanted to be sure to have them on hand.

  • Lazulis

    Oooooh yeah. I’ll take the bus to my gamestop later this week and pick it up. 2013 is a good year for games.

  • ShadowDivz

    Maybe if we had more of these in the Wii’s time, people wouldnt have said it was such a crappy console.
    Although ironically, everyone had one.

    • puchinri

      I think no matter what, plenty of people were gonna say it was a crappy console (and there will always be a crowd of people that think any/every console is crappy). x’)

  • Operation Rainfall is a testament to gamers everywhere that the fans do have a say on the industry, and quiet a big one at that. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen, you deserve it!

    • bojay1997

      I disagree. Operation Rainfall had nothing to do with the games seeing US publication. The publishers simply made an economic calculation and based their decision on that. Websites and forums like Siliconera, Kotaku, Joystiq and Neogaf were far more influential than Operation Rainfall ever were in making the case to publishers by keeping up awareness among gamers. The fact that Operation Rainfall has never provided evidence of what the money they collected was used for and still has not delivered the cardboard cases people paid for speaks volumes about their lack of credibility.

      • brian

        Lots of games have publicity on places like that, lots of them never leave japan.
        At the very least, it had to help them (this game for sure) come out in a timelier manner than if it were never formed.

  • $29082171

    Didn’t like this nearly as much as the other two titles, I’d have preferred for them to have localized Zangeki Reginleiv instead.

    • puchinri

      Even though it is always nice to see a (good) title localized, it would have been really cool to see Zangeki instead.

      • Having played Zangeki I highly disagree. The gameplay was shallow and it ran horribly . I get why people who never had a chance to play it would have liked to have seen it come over because it did look cool but it just wasn’t. I mean ideally we would have gotten both but I’m so glad we got Pandora’s Tower instead.

        • puchinri

          That’s fair~. I had kind of heard similar stuff from a few other people too.

          Indeed, both would be ideal (as well as other titles).

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Well it seems like I own all 3 of the op Rainfall games, but have yet to really play them. I feel like playing this one first because of the romance is one of the features of the game.

  • TrevHead

    It’s good that the US got these games but as a UK PAL gamer I can’t help but feel pissed at all the press coverage from all the major game sites on these games. If PAL got even a fraction of the coverage Op Rainfall did then we would see more games making their way to PAL.

    Atm 3 Wii games is a drop in the ocean compared to how bad PAL misses out on Japanese games. Given how archaic and slow PAL localisations, even for straight up US English only, it’s high time the industry had a deep look at restructuring how they localise in an effort to get PAL on par with US release dates. (given PAL sales are reduced because of delayed releases it would be in everybody’s best interests, Altus especially needs to get it’s house in order as both Persona Arena and Devil Summoner is a total failure, just too little and too late.

    If only consoles could be more like PC’s, as Steam is a godsend for been BS free. (sans Greenlight)

    • TrevHead

      Speaking of Greenlight, I feel alot of Japanese / style PC games could do with some publicity. ATM Greenlight is just one big C*ockblock for these types of games (for most genres and games that aren’t gimmicky infact)

      How about Op Rainfall and Siliconera ran a couple of Greenlight focused articles and provide greenlight links for all these games.

      Eg Shantae, Heavens Varient, Agarest: Generations of War, Bunny Must Die, Oniken, Eryi’s Action, Croixleur, Suguri Collection, 99 Spirits, all those desperately need some PR and votes as doujin is practically dead on Steam due to GreenLight!

      • Sean ‘Geg’ Reddie

        Essentially, Greenlight is a popularity contest.

  • I still havent finished the last story but really looking forward to having this in my backlog for when I do. Xenoblades took a good 76 hours to clear.

  • Project Awesome has finally come to and end, and was well worth it. Now excuse me while I go play some Pandora’s Tower =^_^=

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      That sounds like something egoraptor would make lol

  • Visa Vang

    Still waiting for mines… ~Excited~

  • Tails the Foxhound

    All hail XSEED, heroes of the Wii!

  • l777l

    Kudos, Operation Rainfall.

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