All-Star JRPG Team Gets Nostalgic With Nostalgia DS

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Ignition Entertainment, Tecmo, Matrix Software and Red Entertainment have teamed up to bring steampunk DS JRPG “Nostalgeo no Kaze” to North America as Nostalgia. Created by an all-star team of Japanese game designers whose collective credits include games like Tokobot, Fatal Frame, Dragon Quest V, Thousand Arms, Gungrave, Grandia and the Final Fantasy III and IV DS remakes, Nostalgia is said to be an RPG that “hearkens back to the classic glory days of Japanese role-playing games.”

In Nostalgia you will as young hero Eddie, taking to the skies in his steampunk zeppelin and exploring an alternate-reality representation of 19th-century Earth in order to save the world from an “unfathomable evil,” as you would expect to do in any JRPG.

According to Nostalgia producer, Keisuke Kikuchi, “I knew this game had such potential when I saw Mr. Morita’s project book. It is an adventure game set in another Earth, offering an enjoyable story that involves various different cultures in many diverse locations. The key element that brings the game together is the airship, the conveyance which fits its game system and world-view. I wanted to make this idea into a product for everyone to play.”

“We feel deeply honored for the opportunity to bring Tecmo’s esteemed Japanese Nintendo DS role-playing game “Nostalgeo no Kaze” to an entirely new audience as Nostalgia,” said Shane Bettenhausen, New Business Development Director of Ignition Entertainment. “Amid a sea of remakes and rehashes, this endearing adventure blazes its own unique path with deeply engrossing gameplay systems, but it also hearkens back to the classic RPGs of yesteryear with its unforgettable characters and universal narrative themes.”

Nostalgia is scheduled to arrive on US shores this September exclusively for the DS. Check below for an overview of the top features that should make this a JRPG for the ages.

Nostalgia Key Game Features:

• Ambitious, fully 3D polygonal graphical engine offers dramatic, sweeping camera angles and impressive vistas rarely seen in a DS title.

• Cohesive, anime-inspired art direction that effectively captures the game’s turn-of-the-century charm.

• Travel to incredibly unique, non-traditional RPG locales via airship including London, New York, Cairo, Africa, and Russia.

• Features two distinct combat engines: One is a brisk, turn-based close-quarters melee between your party members and monsters; while the other offers thrilling, large-scale airship battles. In addition, your battle skills are scored at the conclusion of each conflict, inspiring strategic mastery.

• Handy in-game notebook feature keeps track of people, monsters, airships and items you’ve run across.

• Plenty of user-defined customization, allowing the player to trick out his or her airship with various weapons, armor types, and special skill attacks. The player can also choose character-specific skills from a branching tree for a more personalized experience.

• Explore a variety of diverse, engaging dungeons that include brain bending puzzles and tricky Indiana Jones-style traps.

• Optional quest system inspires players to approach the adventure from a less linear perspective, extending the life of the gameplay experience.

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