Friday, January 25, 2013

Nintendo Consoles Getting TWO Major JRPG Crossover Games Worldwide!

English speaking fans of Japanese games are in for a major treat on the 3DS and Wii U. Nintendo fans are getting not 1 but 2 major crossover titles, both of which are aiming for english language releases. The announcement of worldwide releases for these titles is a major shift considering that these types of projects are rarely seen outside of their home country. With the upcoming releases of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U/3DS), Pandora's Tower (Wii) and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS) it seems that Nintendo is quickly becoming home to major Japanese developed RPG's. A great sign for fans of the genre and those growing tired of endless FPS titles that do little to advance the industry.

Project X Zone (aka Project Crossover Zone) - Developed by Nintendo owned Monolith Soft for Namco Bandai and released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. The game features over 50 playable franchise characters from Namco, Capcom and Sega in a strategy RPG that is all about fan service. The game was originally released in Japan last year but seemed to have trouble finding traction in sales. Many had assumed that between licensing and the immense translation needed, the game had no chance of seeing release in the rest of the world. It turns out that Namco will be bringing this unique title overseas later this year (Summer 2013). In an effort to keep development costs within reason, the game will retain its Japanese vocal track and feature subtitles. This is a very fair accommodation considering that the game is even making an appearance outside of Japan. Enjoy a launch trailer from Japan!

Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem RPG (Title unknown) - Nintendo and Atlus are teaming up to bring us a major crossover RPG featuring 2 of their most hardcore franchises. Details were scarce aside from the initial announcement but imaginations are running wild over the possibilities. The game is currently assumed to be a Wii U exclusive due to the announcement being made during a Wii U focused Nintendo Direct. This announcement also included the confirmation that this is only the first of future crossover titles between Nintendo and other heavy hitters in the industry. Many don't realize that Nintendo has allowed many huge third party developers to handle their biggest franchises in the past which has resulted in a healthy relationship between the Big N and company's such as Sega, Capcom, and Namco. Enjoy the announcement teaser trailer!

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