In mid 2010 there was some confusion in response to a post on Mistwalker's official blog about the development team’s latest proceedings in Japanese, that The Last Story
could be Hironobu Sakaguchi
's last work and that he may retire after the game's release. However, after the official English translation of the same post a few weeks later, it turned out that Mr. Sakaguchi's comments about the game being his last were merely a figure of speech and that he'd rather treated it as if it were his last.
A large fan campaign called Operation Rainfall was formed in order to convince Nintendo of America to localize The Last Story
, Xenoblade Chronicles
, and Pandora's Tower
. Though all three games were eventually released for American markets, it is unclear how much of an impact the campaign had on Nintendo of America's decision to do so.