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Recent Articles: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
A demo for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is today’s big addition to the various Nintendo Download services. But if you’ve been tapping out Final Fantasy-style songs with your stylus for months, here’s what else the 3DS eShop and DSiWare Shop have to offer:
SpeedX 3D (3DS eShop) - SpeedX 3D is a stunning tunnel racer that tests players’ skill and transports them into a trance, filled with great electronic music and hypnotic graphics.
Toki Tori (3DS eShop) - In this Game Boy Color classic from 2001, you must keep a small, yellow chicken safe by avoiding monsters and traps while working out how to collect all the eggs in each level before time runs out.
Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D (3DS eShop) - Head into the deepest reaches of Africa, armed with your wits, your skills, and an array of high-powered weapons and accessories!
Escape the Virus: Shoot’em Up (DSiWare) - Escape the Virus, an action puzzle series, is back with totally new game-play modes.
After a fairly packed May and a decent June, it looks like game publishers plan to turn the new release spigot way down in July.
There’s just a handful of new releases this week, with Square Enix’s Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for the 3DS leading the pack. If you ever thought a rhythm game and a dungeon crawling RPG couldn’t coexist, you’d be wrong.
Also available this week is the latest entry in the Test Drive franchise. Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends for the PS3 and Xbox 360 will eschew the open world racing of the Unlimited series for a more self-contained collection of single tracks and fast cars. A downloadable PC version will also be available this week.
Funcom’s long-in-development MMO The Secret World (PC) will also make it into stores this week. If you need a little more modern day in your MMOs, it might be one to check out.
Square Enix is using this year’s E3 Expo to show off all the shiny new toys it acquired from Eidos and Activision over the last few years.
Those toys include the rebooted Tomb Raider; Hitman: Absolution, Agent 47′s next mission; and Sleeping Dogs, the Activision open-world game that was previously known as True Crime: Hong Kong.
Also on hand will be a slew of handheld titles (correction… 3DS titles) including Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Heroes of Ruin, and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. A new Final Fantasy game for iOS and Android, Final Fantasy Dimensions, will also make its debut at this year’s big show.
Finally, the publisher plans to showcase Quantum Conundrum, one of my favorite games from PAX East.
Hit the jump for Square Enix’s complete E3 lineup. (more…)
Say what you will about Square Enix; they know the recipe for what their fans like. They know if they take equal parts cute and fun and mix in a sprinkle of nostalgia, they’ve got our money before we even know we’ve given it up. They’ve got a seemingly never-ending supply of resources in their library, with a huge list of popular franchises. So it’s no surprise that their new rhythm game for the 3DS, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy – still mocked for its ridiculous name – was a big hit at PAX East. (more…)
According to Square Enix, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is pronounced “theater rhythm.” Previously, it was a tongue twister that only Japanese gamers had to untwist. But today, the publisher announced that the 3DS game will be making its way across the Pacific with its bizarro world title intact.
Of course, that crazy title fits perfectly with the crazy game Square Enix and developer Indieszero have created. Available this Summer, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a music-themed rhythm game, a first for the series. Thanks to its music-based nature, it recasts the heroes from 25 years of Final Fantasy in an adventure that requires a few well-placed stylus taps to vanquish some familiar foes.
Although, to be fair, that’s not much weirder than a Final Fantasy fighting game. And there’s been two of those.
Tetsuya Nomura, director of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, told Dengeki PlayStation that his game would not be appearing at Tokyo Game Show. While this is disappointing news, he did say that the game’s next showing has been determined – though he didn’t say when or where that would be. However, the article at Andriasang did point out that “the game has appeared in some capacity at the past two TGS events despite initial hints from Nomura that this wouldn’t be the case.”
I’ll remain hopeful – and I’ll also admit that I’m looking forward to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, the rhythm title for the 3DS. Nomura said that it would be “the first entry in Square Enix’s 25th anniversary festivities for the FF series.” At least that’s something to look forward to!
Square Enix announced Theatrhythm Final Fantasy in the latest Jump magazine, a Theater Rhythm Action game for the Nintendo 3DS. Andriasang reports the game will look a lot like your traditional RPG – with towns, dungeons, and a separate battle screen, but the gameplay takes the form of a rhythm game, tapping your stylus as you’re prompted to do so.
The premise appears to be Kingdom Hearts and Dissidia-esque, as characters from various Final Fantasy universes are pulled together to restore light to a crystal. Lightning, Cloud Strife, and an Onion Knight can all be seen fighting a Behemoth in the picture above, who does not look to be having a good time. The artwork is very similar to Kingdom Hearts Mobile. On the bright side, it appears music from the various Final Fantasy games will play a role in the title.
Other than a release date, only one question remains: why?