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Fatal Frame 3DS spin-off coming in NA; called Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir;

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REDMOND, Wash., Jan 17, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hand-held gaming fans with a taste for scary stories and paranormal activity have something special to look forward to this year. Nintendo of America has confirmed plans to launch Spirit Camera(TM): The Cursed Memoir, an immersive, horror-themed game developed exclusively for the portable Nintendo 3DS(TM) system, across North America on -- when else? -- Friday, April 13. The game uses the built-in camera functions and augmented-reality features of Nintendo 3DS to enhance a sinister, spellbinding storyline, incorporating players' own pictures and surroundings to create a personalized 3D horror experience.

Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir introduces a mysterious girl named Maya who has been hiding in the shadows of an old house. Players must help Maya break free from a terrifying curse by aiding her escape from the clutches of a malevolent woman in black. By using the Nintendo 3DS system's built-in camera, players can view Maya in their own surroundings as the game's eerie events unfold.

Included with the game is a 16-page AR Book, known as the "diary of faces" in the game's Story Mode, which serves as a gateway into this haunting experience. As players view the book's images through the lenses of the Nintendo 3DS camera, they enter its pages using augmented reality. At times, pages will come to life in the form of movies, revealing past events that offer insights into the mysteries surrounding the diary. In other moments, characters will emerge from the pages into the player's world via augmented reality in the form of evil spirits that attack from all directions.

"Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir will give Nintendo 3DS owners an extraordinary new way to enjoy the system's augmented-reality features and 3D capabilities," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Everywhere they go, they'll be able to transform their real-world surroundings into a chilling hand-held adventure."

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds .

For more information about Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir, visit http://spiritcamera.nintendo.com .
 

AceBandage

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Also, first Nintendo game to release on a Friday?
It's nice that they are doing that little marketing gimmick.
 

Stumpokapow

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I'm a bit surprised that this is being localized. I'm curious who they think the target audience is. The press release does not mention its heritage or connection to the Fatal Frame series, so clearly they don't view it as significantly connected.
 

AceBandage

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I'm a bit surprised that this is being localized. I'm curious who they think the target audience is. The press release does not mention its heritage or connection to the Fatal Frame series, so clearly they don't view it as significantly connected.
Probably the people that buy Resident Evil. Yes, I know, RE isn't exactly horror, but that is likely their thought.
 

Bullza2o

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Also, first Nintendo game to release on a Friday?
It's nice that they are doing that little marketing gimmick.
Kid Icarus is on March 23, a Friday.

Finally something good gets localized quite fast! This is really interesting. I might pick this up for my birthday ~2 weeks later.
 

gogojira

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Well, that's surprising. Now how about a little game called The Last Story and another called Pandora's Tower. DO IT NINTENDO.
 

Seraphinianus

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is Fatal Frame now owned by Nintendo?

as in, there would be zero chance of the series getting a PSN release as part of the PS2 classics line?


I might be interested in this title, but I'd rather have a straight up survival horror game to play.
 

Cosmonaut X

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I'm a bit surprised that this is being localized. I'm curious who they think the target audience is. The press release does not mention its heritage or connection to the Fatal Frame series, so clearly they don't view it as significantly connected.
I don't think it is that connected to mainline FF, is it? Even the Japanese release is "Shinrei Camera: Tsuiteru Techou" and not "Zero: Tsuiteru Techou". Not to mention that I doubt the name "Fatal Frame" (or "Project Zero") has much resonance anymore, given that the last release over here was nearly 7 years ago and it was a niche even then.

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AceBandage

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is Fatal Frame now owned by Nintendo?

as in, there would be zero chance of the series getting a PSN release as part of the PS2 classics line?
Nintendo owns Fatal Frame 4, at the very least, and has been funding the development of the series for a while.
So exclusivity at the moment is given.
 

Ushojax

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Nintendo of America...localising...a horror game? I thought Eternal Darkness was a one-off.
 

slaughterking

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I'm not terribly interested in this game, even though I would consider buying it if they price it right (which I doubt). But this at least bodes well for other localizations.
 

Cosmonaut X

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...and re: the surprise at NoA localising this. This is exactly the time in the system's lifespan that I'd expect them to be localising anything and everything. They need to sustain interest this early on, and they are still largely relying on a more core, gamer audience rather than the huge mainstream audience that adopted the DS over the last few years.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if NoA localise a good few unusual titles over the next year or two, but back off again later in the 3DS's life.
 

Erethian

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I don't think it is that connected to mainline FF, is it? Even the Japanese release is "Shinrei Camera: Tsuiteru Techou" and not "Zero: Tsuiteru Techou". Not to mention that I doubt the name "Fatal Frame" (or "Project Zero") has much resonance anymore, given that the last release over here was nearly 7 years ago and it was a niche even then.
If I recall correctly, Fatal Frame sales in the US went swiftly downhill after 2. And the series peak was, let's say, relative.
 

Stumpokapow

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If I recall correctly, Fatal Frame sales in the US went swiftly downhill after 2. And the series peak was, let's say, relative.
What I have from January 2008, numbers posted by NPD subscriber on CheapAssGamer.com forums in public:
Fatal Frame - 57,000
Fatal Frame 2 - 65,000
Fatal Frame 3 - 39,000
 

Cosmonaut X

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If I recall correctly, Fatal Frame sales in the US went swiftly downhill after 2. And the series peak was, let's say, relative.
Yep. Stump's just posted the figures, and I doubt they grew much over the years since. It's another point in favour of changing to something like "Spirit Camera", I suppose.
 

lazybones18

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Intriguing premise and since I haven't even used the AR feature yet, this game sounds like the perfect opportunity to finally use it
 

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I'm a bit surprised that this is being localized. I'm curious who they think the target audience is. The press release does not mention its heritage or connection to the Fatal Frame series, so clearly they don't view it as significantly connected.
Watch it easily outselling Xenoblade.
 

Orgen

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The exact opposite, actually. Considering Fatal Frame 4 never made it here, no one expected an AR-based spin-off to ever see the light of day in the US/Euro.
Talk for yourself here, the game coming to the West has been hinted before.

And FF4 was coming too but we all know how it ended.
 

Father_Brain

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Watch it easily outselling Xenoblade.
It helps that it's not exclusive to one retail chain (and two online stores), and that NOA will probably make something vaguely resembling an actual attempt to market it.

But yeah, pleasantly surprised that this is being localized at all. Hopefully, it bodes well for other riskier 3DS/Wii U localizations from NOA, at least early on.