Yes, Ragnarok Online DS Really is Online

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Last week, XSEED Games announced Ragnarok Online DS, a portable, three-player version of the PC MMORPG Ragnarok Online. Thing is, XSEED didn’t go about specifying whether the game would really support online play or not, which led me to believe it probably wouldn’t, a la Monster Hunter Freedom. Thankfully, my fears were for naught, as according to this snippet from the latest XSEED Games newsletter the game will offer both local and online multiplayer options. Glad to hear it!

Wireless Party-based Multiplayer: Players can take on the Tower of Mirages with up to 2 other friends using DS Wireless Play or Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. With more than 50 floors, randomly generated maps and completion conditions, and the chance to obtain rare items, players can choose to explore this area with their friends long after the game’s main story has been completed.

Continue reading along for the full Ragnarok Online DS game description.

Story

Throughout the world, the people of the major powers throughout the land live in peace and prosperity, unaware that a great evil lurks on the horizon. There is a clandestine group, under the guise of scholarly research, plotting to resurrect a goddess whose time has long since passed. To achieve this goal, they need two things; a vessel of flesh and blood to house the spirit of the goddess and the lives of every living being offered up as a sacrifice.

It is against the backdrop of this coming chaos that Ares, an orphan from a small, forgotten village, sets out to seek his fortune as an adventurer. At the start of his journey, he encounters a beautiful young girl with mysterious powers named Sierra, who has not only lost her memories about herself, but also of the world around her. Together, they embark on an adventure that will ultimately decide the fate of the entire world…

What is Ragnarok Online DS?

In Ragnarok Online DS, players upgrade their character’s armor and weapons by either taking them to a blacksmith to be refined, or by affixing effect cards dropped by defeated monsters. In addition to having their characters’ base levels increase, each character earns both Status and Skill Points each time they gain a level. These points can then be used by the player to customize their characters to best suit their playing style, choosing from a number of different job classes such as Swordsman, Thief, and Merchant.

Staying true to the community and teamwork that the original is based on, Ragnarok Online DS allows players to team up with two other friends wirelessly to take on the Tower of Mirages, which has more than 50 floors, randomly generated maps and completion conditions, and the chance to obtain rare items. Ragnarok Online DS offers current players of Ragnarok Online a chance to enjoy the same world and addictive gameplay on a portable platform, while people new to the series will enjoy the original epic storyline within an experience optimized for a handheld.

Key Features

  • Upgradeable Weapons and Armor: Players can upgrade their character’s armor and weapons by either taking them to a blacksmith to be refined, or by affixing effect cards dropped by defeated monsters. Upgrades done by a blacksmith will upgrade an item’s overall stats, while effect cards boost specific ones. The effect each card has will depend on the monster that dropped it.
  • Flexible Character Development System: In addition to having their character’s base levels increase, each character earns both Status and Skill Points each time they gain a level. These points can then be used by the player to customize their characters to best suit their playing style. In addition, there are a number of different job classes such as Swordsman, Thief, and Merchant available for players to further customize their characters.
  • Wireless Party-based Multiplayer: Players can take on the Tower of Mirages with up to 2 other friends using DS Wireless Play or Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. With more than 50 floors, randomly generated maps and completion conditions, and the chance to obtain rare items, players can choose to explore this area with their friends long after the game’s main story has been completed.
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