Post by Nester the Lark on Mar 7, 2008 12:39:59 GMT -5
I thought I'd start a thread on this series because I have been reading about it lately, and Ring of Fates is about to hit store shelves in the US. Plus, My Life as a King is supposed to launch with WiiWare, and The Crystal Bearers is also on the way for the Wii. It's interesting how that one GameCube title is expanding into a full-fledged Nintendo exclusive spin-off series.
The developers keep a blog for the series that Square-Enix translates into English. Are these sorts of things common Japan?
Also, I noticed that some of the entries further down the page seem a little... disturbingly pedophiliac in nature.
Anyway, I wasn't a huge fan of the original game, mainly because I didn't have three friends with GBA's and link cables. The game had beautiful graphics and art direction, and lovely music. The single-player experience was just too dull, tho. I'm glad to know the new games are geared for single player gaming.
Post by Nester the Lark on Mar 8, 2008 11:22:08 GMT -5
GameTrailers has uploaded a bunch of new gameplay videos for Ring of Fates. They also have the opening pre-rendered movie, which, like Final Fantasy III on the DS, is a lot prettier than the actual in-game graphics. It makes me wonder if they should've gone with sprite-based graphics.
From what I can tell, the two versions are cross-compatible. Perhaps this is a throwback to the GameCube-GBA link-up of the original?
It seems that the game is playable online with both versions, and you can use the face of a Mii as the face for your character (altho it looks really freaky in the screenshots).
The game is due out in Japan in 2009.
Incidentally, we haven't heard much about the other Wii Crystal Chronicles game, The Crystal Bearers. As far as I know, it has not been officially canceled, but it is not expected to be shown at this year's TGS. The last trailer shown of it is from last year's E3, and the most recent mention of it on the developer's official blog is dated last March, stating that development is "proceeding smoothly!!" Perhaps it morphed into Echoes of Time?
Post by Nester the Lark on Oct 2, 2008 17:37:21 GMT -5
Hmm. It seems to imply that the graphics on the Wii version are going to look the same as the graphics on DS. I'm not sure I approve of that. Even the Wii version of Geometry Wars looked better than the DS version.
Does Nintendo own some stake in the Crystal Chronicles series, or does Square-Enix simply intend it to be Nintendo-exclusive? I noticed that Nintendo published the original game in North America, and Ring of Fates in Japan.
I have to admit, I have a certain affection for the series. Maybe it's because it is Nintendo-exclusive, but I also like the art and music styles, as well as the often experimental nature of the gameplay. Maybe I should write an article about it...
Post by Nester the Lark on Oct 28, 2008 17:28:19 GMT -5
Actually, I'm pretty curious to know what's happened to The Crystal Bearers, myself. The game already went through one major overhaul between E3 2006 and TGS 2007. But now, all traces of it seem to have been removed from the official Japanese developer's blog. Combined with rumors I've heard from the gaming media about its troubled development, it was probably quietly canceled over the summer.