Pandora’s Tower, the last of the Project Rainfall operation and probably the least recognizable of the three. Pandora’s Tower is another RPG game, which uses elements of action-RPG’s but is more level-based, especially compared to that of its two brethren, The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles. In addition, combat takes a bit of twist in this game as your sword/weapon of choice is not the only way to defeat enemies, in fact your chain (called Oraclos Chain) is a integral part of not only fighting, but exploration as well.
Platform: Wii/ Genre: RPG
Developer: XSEED / Publisher: Nintendo
The story of Pandora’s Tower is a relatively simple one, as you take the role of Aeron, a former solider of Athos, who is trying to save his girlfriend Elena. Elena is cursed while she is performing at the Harvest Festival, somehow transforming into a hideous beast. Upon running away from the Elyrian Army, Aeron and Elena get some help escaping the city from a Vestra merchant named Mavda. Mavda brings them to an abandoned tower called the Observatory and explains what is happening to Elena. After the explanation of the curse, Mavda gives Aeron the Oraclos Chain and tells him he must venture to the 13 Towers above the Scar and bring back the Flesh of each of the Masters; that is the only way to rid of the curse. Along your journey of defeating the Thirteen Masters, you learn about The Scar, what the Masters and monsters in the Towers really are, and how war has ravaged the land for nearly five centuries, and why Mavda had decided to “help” you. In a non-spoiler type fashion, the game has multiple endings depending on how you treat Elena (more explained below), so the story and its meanings do alter depending on which ending you get.
The last of the ‘Operation Rainfall’ mission for the Nintendo Wii’s trifecta of JRPG’s, Pandora’s Tower, is apparently being delayed for another month. Originally planned for a March 26th release, now the game is scheduled to be released April 26th.
It’s here just like I promised, a quick-reaction preview and what to expect of Pandora’s Tower. Pandora’s Tower is not complicated, doesn’t involve countless grinding hours, and, in my personal opinion and play-through so far, quick.
Bad news if you’re a fan of importing games that aren’t available you and you’re getting a Wii U because Nintendo’s upcoming console region blocked. Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu broke the news that the Wii U will be blocked against all attempts to play software that may be available to one region and restricted in another.
If you can’t read that website, have no fear because a helpful Twitter user translated the article and brought the news to the West. The translation was a quote that read “What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature; software not sold in the same region cannot be played.”.
It’s hardly surprising that the Wii U will be region blocked. The Wii, the 3DS and various versions of the DS were previously region blocked and you may remember the movement last year called Operation Rainfall that saw US and European gamers seeking to bring Japanese exclusive games to them.
So if you want to play Japanese Wii U games, you’d better get a Japanese Wii U or restart Operation Rainfall.
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