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Horror Vacuum on Wii U Left by Capcom, Fatal Frame Must Fill It

I try not to get too bent out of shape by Game X not appearing on Console Y too much. There are countless, boring, and unsatisfying factors that go into those kinds of decisions and there's usually no point in trying to fight them.

As someone whose first system in any given generation is typically whatever Nintendo has released, I feel like I've been a part of a demographic that has gotten the short end of the cross-platform stick enough to give my two cents on a fairly recent announcement: Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be coming to the Vita in addition to 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

That's totally fine. I'm stoked for you, Vita owners. In fact I look forward to playing it on my Playstation TV, I think. It might not work on that. I can't tell. Sony doesn't tell anyone these things. And if you haven't played the original Revelations then I highly recommend you remedy that. It's one of the finest RE offerings in a long while and it's available for cheap on just about everything; 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, PC, Wii U, 3DS.

Wii U.


Wii U.

I don't know how well bitterness comes across in text.

Wii U.

I get it though. This is a push from Sony to get some more recognizable names on the Vita and they're willing to fork over that manpower and cash to help Capcom port it to their handheld. The Vita needs that. Go for it. And I understand not wanting to compromise a game's integrity for the less powerful 3DS hardware even though Revelations 1 was built exclusively for 3DS originally. That's all totally groovy.

But the Wii U, man. It's on the upswing sales-wise and people are begging for more stuff to play on their shiny little Nintendo machine. Their shiny little Nintendo machine that would be perfect for an HD version of the Resident Evil remake that made its home on the Gamecube back in the day. Nope? That one's just coming to 360, XBox One, PS3, PS4 and PC, too?

It's not about personally not getting to play these titles (I'll gladly be picking up a version that plays on one of my Sony machines), it's more about the inconsistency. There is potential for Resident Evil to be successful on Nintendo platforms. History has proven so. As it stands we've got an empty space in the horror section of the Wii U's library and it might just be up to Nintendo to step up to the plate and fill it, either by pulling a Sony and offering to help Capcom with the port or by doing the bravest thing and localizing a game that Nintendo already has up their sleeves and tapping into that potential market themselves.

Fatal Frame V, or Project Zero 5 as it's known in other parts of the world, has been out in Japan since this past September. The Fatal Frame series is regarded as one of the finest in the survival horror genre but has tragically seen very limited exposure in North America ever since Nintendo has started playing a role in its production alongside developer Koei Tecmo, starting with 2008's Fatal Frame IV.

There has been no word whatsoever on V coming stateside and if the last Nintendo-published game in the series, a re-make of the incredible Fatal Frame 2, is any indicator it won't make it any further than the PAL territories.

Like any cult favourite, Fatal Frame has a passionate group of fans that are vocal about seeing the outstanding games in the series localized. A sect of these fans formed Operation Zero on Facebook, hoping to attract the same sort of attention to Fatal Frame that Operation Rainfall did for Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower.

The success of Operation Rainfall is up for debate as Nintendo is well known for not necessarily listening to fan demand, but it can't be argued that all three of Operation Rainfall's games did eventually see release in the West.

With Capcom's reluctance to release anything Resident Evil related on Nintendo platforms anymore and Nintendo's own lack of enthusiasm towards publishing their own, critically-acclaimed horror-series in the West, it looks to be a bit of a sad time for those of us who fall into the middle of the Horror Fan/Wii U Owner Venn diagram.

Perhaps a grassroots movement like Operation Rainfall is what's needed to jumpstart things, or maybe both Nintendo and Capcom are set in their ways and people just need to accept that they'll need to find another console to get their scary fix on. Regardless, I can't help but remain optimistic. Even if it's just seeing a trophy of Fatal Frame's heroines in Smash Bros. for Wii U.