Thursday, March 22, 2012

Can you feel the Theatrhythm?

I sure can--or maybe I should say I'll be able to feel it soon, since Square Enix's Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is set to be released stateside sometime this summer.

For those of you who've never heard of this game, it's a tap-and-swipe-the-touch-screen rhythm game--not unlike Nintendo's criminally under- appreciated Elite Beat Agents--that features characters and music from the Final Fantasy series.

I've had my eye on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy since it was first announced (for Japanese release) last July mainly because of its oddly charming art style, although I'm attracted to its filled-to-the-brim-with-classic-tunes soundtrack, too.



As far as I can tell, the folks at Square Enix have not yet announced a solid release date for this 3DS title. (All they've said thus far is that it'll hit the streets in Europe and North America "this summer.")

They also haven't revealed the Western version's box art, which I'm hoping will be an altered-as-little-as-possible rehash of the art that graced the cover of the Japanese release.

Are any of you similarly excited that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy will soon be available outside of Japan?

17 comments:

diaglyph said...

I'm sure the cover will be tampered with, I mean changed.

I'll certainly be keeping an eye out on this game!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Don't say that, Igor. You'll jinx it!

I'm going to be seriously disappointed if they screw with the box art too much. I mean, the Japanese box art is so pretty! Why not just leave it alone.

Regardless, I'll probably pick up this one the day it's released. My poor wallet :(

diaglyph said...

Says the guy who spend over $1000 for some ancient portable....

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, Igor, you didn't completely pay attention to what I said in that post, did you? ;)

I definitely wouldn't spend $1500 for a PC Engine LT -- even if it was CIB, etc.

It's *possible* I'll eventually spend $600-800 on a "loose" PC Engine LT, but that's far from a given!

diaglyph said...

oops! my bad! -_-" LOL
I admit I skimmed through that post.
You just worded the title in such a way it give impression that you bought it LOL

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, well, you're forgiven then :P Believe me, you'll know it when I finally buy a PC Engine LT. Not only will the headline scream, "OMG, I JUST BOUGHT A PC ENGINE LT!!!" but it will also include a video of me making love to it. Or at least caressing it. Or something :)

SuperPhillip said...

I mentioned this on Parko's blog, but I was just talking in a Localizations, Please! article about wanting this game to get a localization announcement. A week or less later, and here it is. :)

Now c'mon, Fire Emblem: Awakening and Monster Hunter Tri G.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, I'm going to have to check out Parko's blog, Phillip. Also, I love that you have a series of articles called "Localizations, Please!"

Anyway, I'm glad to hear you're looking forward to this one, too. As for Fire Emblem and Monster Hunter 3G: I have a feeling both will come out here (in NA) this year.

If FE is somehow passed over, though, I'm going to be REALLY pissed at NOA.

SuperPhillip said...

I was thinking E3 is when/if NoA would announce it. Though, I have all of the Fire Emblem games released over here, and I've played zero of them. I think my OCD with my units dying for good and wanting to keep them all would drive me insane.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I'm thinking FE will be announced at E3. Probably in a rather subdued way, too -- as in, they won't announce it during their presser, but afterward they'll include it in their PR materials and on their website :| Still, I'll take what I can get.

As for being OCD about characters/units dying in a SRPG or TRPG: I'm the same way! I always "cheat" by stacking my saves so that if someone dies on me I can go back to the start of a battle and try again :P

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I'm way thrilled! I had no idea they'd said it was coming to North America. I had zero hope that it would make the jump...but that's awesome.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yes, SE released a press release about it on Thursday morning. Now they just need to give us a release date -- and a price!

Bryan Ochalla said...

BTW, are you planning to pick up this one, Justin, or not?

apricotsushi said...

Well, I'm sure you know how I feel about this!

I'd really love if they kept the box art the same, but FF titles usually have different covers for their international releases, don't they? I always liked the simplistic, title on a white background versions Japan got for the main FF series entries, but we never did see any of those. I suppose they're too plain...

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, international FF releases do tend to have different covers, don't they, Anne? Still, I'm hoping this one will remain the same -- or at least not be too different.

I also like the very minimalist covers the mainline FF games get in Japan, BTW. Like you suggested, though, I think they're just too plain for North Americans, especially.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I think I will. I loved Elite Beat Agents, and anything that follows in its footsteps is good to me.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well, that's good to hear -- especially since I know you're in a PS3 kind of mood lately.

Don't think I'm judging, by the way -- I'm currently in a PS1 and PSP kind of mood myself :P