This year has been a bit of a roller coaster for fans of the Fatal Frame franchise in North America. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water looked like a perfect fit for survival horror fans, but Nintendo of America initially announced that the title would remain exclusive to Japan and Europe. After an outpouring of support for the title from the Operation Zero social media campaign, NOA changed course, scheduling the title for release this October.
While this should have been cause for celebration, not everyone is excited. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is currently only scheduled for release in North America as a digital title, despite the fact that the game will likely take up a lot of room on the hard drives of Wii U owners. The game is also getting a special edition release in Europe, naturally making North American fans a bit envious. In an attempt to sway Nintendo of America once again, the Operation Zero campaign has scheduled a call-in event for September 29, asking fans that want a physical release for the title to call the company and plead their case. The campaign has requested that callers be polite and courteous to anyone they speak to, but to let them know that they want a physical release!
It will be interesting to see how the situation plays out. NOA has claimed in the past that these types of fan campaigns don’t do much, but it seems unlikely that Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water would have received a release in North America at all if not for the franchise’s vocal fanbase. If you’re interested in letting Nintendo know you want a physical release for the title, you can reach Nintendo of America at 1-800-255-3700, ext. 5 and 3. For more information on the campaign, you can find their Change.org petition here.