Report – Nintendo has co-ownership in Fatal Frame IP

Thursday, 21st June 2012 01:13 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Changes to the copyright status of the Fatal Frame (or Project Zero, as its known in Japan) franchise suggest Nintendo now owns a significant share in the horror series.

Rely on Horror reports Nintendo now has full ownership of spin-off Spirit Camera as well as co-ownership of Fatal Frame alongside Tecmo Koei.

The platform holder now has the publishing rights to any game in the franchise, which makes it unlikely we’ll see a new Fatal Frame game outside of Nintendo consoles – or that we’ll see independent effort to bring across the patchily localised series.

Fatal Frame kicked off in 2001 on the PS2 and Xbox and spawned four core entires; the latest, Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen, releases exclusively on Wii and has not been localised. The second game is being re-released under the title Project Zero 2: Wii Edition and will arrive on June 29 longside 3DS spin-off Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir.

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  1. Unlimax

    #1 3 years ago
  2. absolutezero

    Its simply just “Zero” in Japan, “Project Zero” is the EU title.

    Theres an unofficial localisation patch available for Zero 4. All you need is an SD card for the Wii. Also a copy of the game which is getting harder and harder to come across. The guy I normally get to find rare-ish JP titles quoted me 8000yen for a used copy.

    Of course you can yarrr an already patched version of the game if you have the homebrew channel installed on your Wii.

    Zero 4 was fantastic in general, well half of it was fantastic the other half became a shooting gallery with a torch as a weapon. Its ok its a “spirit torch”.

    Crimson Butterfly is the best of the series so I have to say I am looking forward to playing it in the style of Zero 4. Even though those trailers have some truely terrible voice acting.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    This game would be perfect on the Wii U.

    Just think about it for a second.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. loveaya

    Oh Yeah. Nintendo is always good at ruining a 3rd party game~

    #4 3 years ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    D: oh, come on! I cannot believe the amount of bad that’s befallen this fantastic series, and now, this. Nintendo, have NO BUSINESS being anywhere near the good ship FF. :’( They’ve done ZERO to help – except for dropping their anchor through her deck.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Sini

    lol those fucking idiots at nintendo have been killing this ip for the past decade.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    I think this game will be coming to WiiU, the control will be great for this type of game.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Se_7_eN


    I love Fatal Frame, and while the new WiiU controller will work great for it, I will never own one. Looks like I won’t be playing Fatal Frame again :( Hopefully Silent Hill goes back to it’s roots, if not, I always have Amnesia.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    The reactions to this story are hilarious.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Unknown_Gamer

    And the franchise is officially dead , Thanks to Nintendo.

    #10 1 year ago

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