Nintendo of America clearly hasn’t forgotten about Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water as we were all privy to some creepy gameplay footage during one of the Treehouse segments that were broadcast last week. Nintendo updated its North American site to showcase a number of titles that were shown off at E3. What’s interesting is that the placeholder box-art has an eShop symbol on the side which could suggest that its destined for an eShop only release in the United States. This isn’t confirmation by any means, but I guess we should find ou soon.
Good news for horror fans as Nintendo Europe has tweeted that Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water will be showcased on Treehouse Live via Twitch and YouTube later this evening. The game is titled Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water by Nintendo Europe, so we can assume that’s its official name when it launches here in Europe later this year.
Coming in Fall 2015, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water will follow three people with the power of the Camera Obscura (the ability to see the shadows of the dead) as they try to uncover the mysterious suicides happening in the woods.
In order to use the camera, players will use the Wii U Gamepad as the Camera Obscura. Check out the screenshots below:
Oh yes, Nintendo of America has confirmed that Fatal Frame on Wii U will be arriving in the United States sometime later this year. It will certainly be a welcome addition to the Wii U’s growing library of classic titles.
Former Team Ninja member Tomonobu Itagaki has strongly hinted on Facebook that we may see a localised version of Fatal Frame V for Wii U. It should be noted that Itagaki has no relation to the title, but he is friends with Kikuchi Keisuke. This should be taken as a rumour at present simply because Koei Tecmo has said that the game is for the Japanese audience only. However, Nintendo could step in and localise it.
“Hey guys, I strongly believe that Kikuchi Keisuke will release the Fatal Frame V in America, in many countries. He and me have same philosophy from Tecmo days. That’s what I can say for now. I want you guys to read between the lines.
Anyway I will play this game :)”.
This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 3DS continues its reign at the top of the charts, pulling in a further 109k copies, while Yokai Watch 2 sells another 66k in copies. The Japan-only Fatal Frame: Oracle of the Sodden Raven – according to its official translation, rather than The Black Haired Shrine Maiden – enters at 7, with a 27k debut in sales. Bayonetta 2, last week’s number 3, slips down the chart and slides into 12 with almost 7k worth of copies sold throughout the week.
In terms of hardware, the Wii U is boosted slightly by Fatal Frame’s debut sales, which settle just below 10k. On the other hand, the 3DS sales take a dip this week, bringing in a further 30k in total. You can check out the top 20 software chart, alongside the hardware chart below.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
[3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 109,811 (1,375,818)
[PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – 86,283 (New)
Koei Tecmo has reiterated to fans on Twitter that Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden is only for Japan. However, the firm says they are aware of fans requests to localise the title. Fingers crossed we get a western release, but it doesn’t sound likely at the moment.
And regarding #WeWantFatalFrame requests, as far as we know this title is JP release only. Back to the office tomorrow FYI.