While we all love Tetsuya Nomura for giving us the most unexpected (and also complex) crossover franchise of all time in Kingdom Hearts and his work on Final Fantasy it’s hard not to look at the guy and see a career that’s zeroed in on those two franchises. But he has also diverged on occasion and in the process gave us one of the best games to come out on the Nintendo DS at the system’s peak. Enter The World Ends With You. The story focuses on Neku, a nihilistic hipster in Japan’s Shibuya district who is forced to play the Reaper’s Game, an underground death game in the area, with similarly trapped players against the inhuman Noise and the Reapers.
The game was very much the apex of Nomura’s work; with spiky haired protagonists, strange inhuman enemies, too-rad-to-exist designs, and conspiracies around every corner. It also had one of the strangest and most exhilarating combat systems for an action-RPG with a rhythmic bent. While it has gotten a re-release in the past, seeing it getting a second chance at life on the Nintendo Switch — a system that can straddle between console and handheld — makes it a perfect marriage. While it’ll be interesting to see how a game that was intentionally designed for two screens plays out on one, it’s definitely a perfect fit for the system’s emerging niche with games that wouldn’t necessarily lend themselves to the AAA spectacle that the Playstation 4 and Xbox One indulge in.
That the game will be in the vein of Square Enix’s previous Kingdom Hearts Final Mix releases with additional content and a remastered soundtrack, makes it look to be a little more gratifying than the usual port. We here at PCU are excited to see how the game fares so far removed from its original release. We’d also like to hear whether you’re excited for The World Ends With You on the Switch as well.
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The World Ends With You: Final Remix releases on October 12 for the Nintendo Switch.