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This week Nintendo launched the fifth installment of the Fatal Frame series on their eshop in America. This is the first Fatal Frame game to be released in America since Fatal Frame III in 2005. The fourth installment, Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, was released only in Japan in 2008. While it is nice to see the series come back state-side, there is one glaring flaw in the idea: Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water is simply too big.
The way the game is set up for download is started with a free trial download of the first portion of the game. Following that you can choose to download the rest of the game for $50. This sounds great except for the fact that the trial alone is 9964.8 MB. The math is pretty simple and unfortunate for those with the 8 GB Wii U system. Either they will have to invest in an additional hard drive or they will not be able to join in the terrifying fun of the Fatal Frame series. The second download, unlocking the rest of the game is another whopping 8186.6 MB meaning that even owners of the 32 GB system may have to clean out some space for the game.
This wouldn’t be such a big deal if the game had a physical disc release in the US but that just isn’t the case. In fact, there is a petition over at change.org to try and get a physical disc release version of the game so that others without the bigger hard drive can play too. With over 2,300 signatures at the time of writing they are awfully close to their goal of 2,500 to hopefully catch the attention of Nintendo and get a physical disc made for the game.
Downloading purchased games rather than playing from a disc is not unusual nowadays. PC players get games form all over the place including Steam and Origin, PlayStation and Xbox players can use their built in markets to buy and download too. That is fine for systems that have a hard drive that is at least 500 GB and can hold all these games, but the small hard drive of the Wii U system just doesn’t make sense not to have a physical release for all games, rather than making them download accessible only.