Fatal Frame, Tecmo Koei’s cult favorite horror series, has just had a large portion of its publishing rights purchased by Nintendo, leaving the series now co-owned by the two companies as reported by Rely on Horror. The ghastly photography series debuted on the PlayStation 2 back in 2001, and eventually had most of its games ported to the Xbox over the years.
Only recently have any Fatal Frame games become available on a Nintendo platform, and the announcement comes at an awkward time for the company. Nintendo of America and Fatal Frame‘s fanbase are currently not of decent terms as Nintendo has been sitting on the localization rights for Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse for quite some time and refuses to budge. With the recent acquisition announcement, Fatal Frame IV‘s stateside release seems even further away with no chances of a port to a rival console or a third-party publisher stepping in. Only can the warming of Nintendo’s icy heart resolve this issue.
Zero: Shinkou no Chou, a Wii-enhanced remake of the series’ most popular game Fatal Frame 2: The Crimson Butterfly, is scheduled to be released in Japan next week. A spin-off game, Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir, has already been released for the 3DS in Japan and strangely enough, America as well.
Fatal Frame has always been held in high esteem as one of the better horror series on the market, but as never been a huge commercial success. Could Nintendo of America see fit to release this beloved series to its American fans with a larger stake in the marketing, or will Smaug sit on his horde of treasure for another three hundred years?
Fan translations and English patches have been available for Fatal Frame IV for quite some time.