Update: In addition to Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, Limited Run Games has also expressed interest in publishing another title on a Nintendo system. According to the company, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is another game the publisher would love to release in a physical format. Like Fatal Frame, there are some other big hurdles that currently stand in the way, however.
It is a possibility, but like Atelier or other big games we’d be distributing rather than publishing. We’d have to pay a pretty high per unit cost to Capcom and buy 5k+. We haven’t made any progress on Dual Destinies, but it’s a personal want of mine.
Both titles received strong reviews, so it would be good to see more fans get an opportunity to have them on their shelves. Regardless of whether or not either of these physical releases end up happening, it’s interesting to get a glimpse at how the publisher’s process works!
Original Story: Fatal Frame fans in North America have had a difficult struggle this console generation. For some time, it looked like the latest game in the series, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, wouldn’t see release at all in the region. After some poking and prodding, Nintendo of America relented, but the title only released in the region as a digital download. Given the game’s size, this made it difficult for many Wii U owners to even consider purchasing the title.
After all this time, it would seem likely that the fight for a physical release would be over, but a new glimmer of hope seems to have developed. Limited Run Games is a publisher with a track record for providing limited, physical releases for smaller titles. Most recently, the company released a disc version of Odd World: New ‘n’ Tasty for PS4 and Vita. A fan asked the publisher on Twitter if it would consider releasing anything on Wii U, to which the company responded that it is attempting to work toward a release for Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water!
Of course, this doesn’t guarantee anything. There are several factors involved that could prevent Nintendo and Limited Run Games from securing any sort of deal. Still, this latest wrinkle should excite the same fans that helped the title get a North American release at all. For them, it’s been a long journey, but there could finally be a bit of light at the end.