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Nintendo Bringing Popular Japanese Games to the U.S.

/ Apr 18th, 2013 No Comments

Bravely Default
Bravely Default

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy in 2014 for 3DS

Nintendo revealed plans to bring popular Japanese games such as Bravely Default to the U.S. in the recent Nintendo Direct.

The biggest news to come out of Nintendo’s localization announcements is the partnership between Nintendo and Square-Enix bringing Bravely Default: Flying Fairy to the U.S. in 2014. Many 3DS owners have been waiting for news on a U.S. release for Bravely Default (Olly Jones wrote about the game recently here). Thanks to Nintendo, the spiritual sequel to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light will hit U.S. shores next year.

Bravely Default features a unique battle system that allows players to skip a turn to do more damage later. This mechanic will cause players to have to plan strategy around the game’s battles. Bravely Default will feature AR functions, wireless functions and multiple endings. The game is expected for a 2014 release on the Nintendo 3DS.

LEVEL-5 will team up with Nintendo once again to bring the sequel to their Guild01 series to the US in 2013. Guild02 features three games from celebrated creators: Keiji Inafune, Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko, and Kaz Ayabe. The LEVEL-5 Guild02 collection will be available on the 3DS eShop soon.

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LEVEL-5′s guild02 titles.

Guild02 titles include The Starship Damrey, Bugs VS Tanks!, and Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale. Bugs VS Tanks! is a new game from Megaman creator, Keiji Infafune. Players will control custom WWII tanks that have been shrunk down to fight swarms of insects. Kaz Ayabe contributes Attack of the Friday Monsters! to the collection. A young boy lives in a town where giant monsters come to life every Friday. The monsters are from a 1970s TV show. The Starship Damrey is an adventure game with plenty of suspense. Players will explore a derelict starship and they need to find as much information as possible to uncover the truth. Each of these titles seems to continue the uniqueness of the Guild series.

The final game in the second Professor Layton series will be out next year. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will be available for the 3DS in 2014. The game will include more than 500 puzzles and feature the conclusion to the second Layton Trilogy.

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Shin Megami Tensei IV Limited Edition Box Set.

Finally, Shin Megami Tensei IV received a concrete release date of Jul 16. The first run of the game will be a limited edition box set. Continuing Atlus’ excellent tradition of giving early buyers a special treat, the box set will include a 176-page Strategy & Design Book containing a mini strategy guide and plenty of artwork (from concept to in-game assets and unused designs), a beautiful deluxe slipcase featuring art designed by character designer Masayuki Doi and the Shin Megami Tensei Collection CD featuring tracks pulled from the long history of the series. Fans should pre-order now to be included in this initial run bonus.

Check back with Gaming Illustrated for more news about the 3DS in the future.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Associate Editor/Editorial Lead at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. Currently, he lives in Tustin, California. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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