Now, I don't know anything about the Fatal Frame franchise, but according to my source (Wikipedia, if you must know), it's a series also known as Project Zero in Europe and it's a horror game from Koei Tecmo and published by Nintendo as of recently. You use the "Camera Obscura" to scare ghosts with photographs, including the titular "Fatal Frame" which I assume is really painful. I wouldn't want my ethereal picture taken either, but I guess it's better than being sucked up by a vacuum.
The latest game (number five) is Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. It's coming out in North America/Europe/Oceania this October (between this week and Halloween) but in a limited release, because I guess this series is super-niche and sells horribly. It was announced back in the April 1st Nintendo Direct, if you remember its one line of coverage. But it's been out in Japan since last year.
Freaky diehard fans had this whole "Operation Rainfall" and "Operation Zero" (latter is Fatal Frame specific) campaign to get it localised. One of these freaks actually guest-posted on KoopaTV to drum up support and won a prize for it in our pre-Loyalty Program days. Shows that we value writing ability over if we agree with you.
I guess they did end up succeeding, in... some capacity. Check out Nintendo of America's trailer below. Also, warning: This is "extremely spoopy" and rated M. I'll meet you after the page-break.
So... that trailer wasn't appealing to me at all, but obviously I don't fall into this niche of survival horror fanatic. In fact, I'm too horrified to play this game, because I like happy atmospheres with cute characters, and I don't consider that girl to fall into that. Well I guess she's cute, but nothing else around her is.
|Pretty sure this is the maiden in question.|
Her eyebrows are drawn on with marker.
The point of this article is to point out that this game is digital download only through the Nintendo eShop in North America. Well, what's wrong with that? We've endorsed many digital-only games before even if we're not totally happy about it, notably the 3DS Ace Attorney games.
The issue is that the size of the game is 16 GB. Which means you will probably not have room to fit Fatal Frame V on your Wii U unless you get an external hard drive, which will be another $50 or more on top of the $50 you're spending for the full experience of Fatal Frame V.
I say "full experience" because it's one of those "free-to-start" games. You can play the "first two chapters" (whatever that means — are we talking Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door length chapters or something akin to how long it'll take to read two book chapters?) for free and then upgrade to the full game for $50.
|Your $50 will help pay for this woman's face mask. |
She reminds me of humanoid Midna from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, except still wearing a mask.
The only reason you would get an external hard drive for your Wii U is if you enjoy digitally downloading a lot of games. So we have two niches at play here. Well, really three:
- You're a die-hard survival horror fanatic. (No one else is interested in this game.)
- You're a Wii U owner. (No one else can play the game.)
- You have an external hard drive. (No one else can obtain the game.)
The difference between being a fanatic who can buy a physical copy and a fanatic who must buy a digital copy is that the extra investment into digital means you must have more games (or at least a few really long-lasting games) to fill up that space to make it cost-effective. Basically, the barrier to entry is higher both cost-wise and "how many games am I interested in that I'll also want to digitally download to make this whole thing worth it?" Since you'd be looking at paying over $100 just for a 15-20 hour game. Which is terrible.
For those who state that the game has to be digital-only in order to be localised, then how come Europe gets a "limited time" physical release? Really, just answer that. There are probably even less people in Europe interested in the game than North America! We're talking sales potential of tens of thousands, max.
By the way. There are people freaking out and boycotting the game or something because the Western localisations omit some skimpy unlockable costumes. These complainers sound like perverts, to me. In return, there will be Western-exclusive Nintendo-related costumes, such as Zero Suit Samus. Which may be even more fan-servicey? They try to claim it's censorship. You know, bitching about censorship for something like that makes KoopaTV's adamant crusade against censorship look incredibly... petty.
Who cares about fan-service costumes...?
|By the way, this Princess Zelda dress is tons more cuter than anything else I've seen this girl in. A lot cuter with more clothes on.|
It comes down to this: Not many people are interested in this game anyway. Making it digital download only as such a large file game (and why the hell is it so big?!) are only going to crush who can actually obtain it. Combine that with the typical videogame player's whiny and counterproductive perverted negative responses to having their skimpy outfits removed, and this series is more dead than those camera-phobic ghosts.
But before Fatal Frame dies, at least people have already taken plenty of pictures of it!
Update 10/22/2015: Making the ending of my footer obsolete here, but...
|10 GB to download the first two chapters of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. So much for "free"-to-start.|
How am I supposed to try this game out if the "demo" is too big, too?
Ludwig doesn't have a dedicated Wii U external hard drive and he really will be trying his best to avoid getting one, while still enjoying his Wii U to the fullest. He was so horrified by (and bad at playing) the ZombiU demo that he is strongly considering not even picking up the Fatal Frame V demo. He's not sure if that "demo" is the whole 16 GB or just the first two "chapters" worth of content, but he's avoiding it anyway.
Ludwig loves cartridge-based physical games the most, not this digitally downloaded hard drive nonsense.