So - quick recap - Operation Rainfall was established to convince Nintendo to bring three games to the states. One game was released, one is coming and the third is still in limbo...
Operation Rainfall official campaign website - and its supporters - are quick to take credit for the two games that were successfully brought over to the US... but how much credit should they be given?
It's pretty apparent that OpR had *not* influence on Nintendo of America's decision. Nintendo didn't commit to either game until a third party came along and offered money hats for them. Seriously, if NoA thought OpR actually meant anything, why would they want to share the spoils with XSEED or GameStop?
As for XSEED - Ken Berry - XSEED's director of publishing, was very clear
, in no uncertain terms, that OpR had NO influence on the decision to bring over Last Story. Now, that's not to say this guy couldn't be lying as part of some kind of marketing speak - but to what ends? Acknowledging the folks who are most hyped about the game would only be a good thing - even if everything was in motion before hand, simply saying "We had been working on plans to publish Last Story in the US before Operation Rainfall began and seeing their support and interest in the title just assured us we were doing the right thing in making it easily available for American audiences." See? It's that easy.
Instead, he just says "No." That's a pretty powerful statement. Basically, he just told the entire OpR movement that their efforts were meaningless. Now, some of these folks won't care, they'll be getting the game anyway. But some of these folks... they're not going to take that well.
Why risk alienating any potential customers if there's any possible truth to the idea that OpR influenced the decision?
As for GameStop... there's an interesting one. Did someone at GameStop see all the OpR hype for Xenoblade and think that the game would be a great GS Exclusive if they'd give Nintendo some money hats? That'd be an interesting one to hear more about.