The Last Story hits Europe February 24

Japanese Wii RPG and Operation: Rainfall target gets its first confirmed Western release date; still no word on potential release in North America.

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After Xenoblade Chronicles finally landed in Europe earlier this year, Nintendo confirmed that two more requested Japanese role-playing games for the Wii--The Last Story and Pandora's Tower--would also be released in the region sometime next year. Fans won't have to wait too long for the first of those, as Nintendo has announced that The Last Story will launch in Europe on February 24.

Sakaguchi has suggested The Last Story could be his final project.
Sakaguchi has suggested The Last Story could be his final project.

The latest game from Mistwalker and longtime Final Fantasy developer Hironobu Sakaguchi, The Last Story puts players in the shoes of Zael and a band of fellow mercenaries on a search for treasure. Set on Lazulis Island, the story follows Zael as he tries to find an escape from his mercenary past to become a true knight. Unique among RPGs, The Last Story features multiplayer modes in the form of co-op, deathmatch, and team deathmatch for up to six players.

Along with Pandora's Tower and Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story has been the subject of a fan campaign clamoring for North American releases for the Wii RPGs. In June, the group known as Operation Rainfall organized a push to preorder Xenoblade (under the name Monado: Beginning of the World) on Amazon.com. The effort propelled the game to the top of Amazon's best-seller charts and caught the attention of Nintendo of America. While the North American arm of the Wii maker originally said there were no plans at the time to release any of the games domestically, it has since confirmed Xenoblade for an April 2 release next year.

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