Nightly News Roundup: 2010.06.24

Level 5’s latest, Final Fantasy in 3D, and more serious games for 3DS.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 06/24/2010 22:06 8 Comments     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Level 5 Reveals More on Studio Ghibli CollaborationNi No Kuni Artwork

Level 5, famous for their recent success with Professor Layton and upcoming Dragon Quest IX, revealed they would be working with famed anime makers Studio Ghibli on a new DS RPG two years ago and are now showing some more fruits of their labor. Ni no Kuni: Black Mage will come out on December 9 and each copy will be accompanied by a 350 page book integrally tied into the story and gameplay. The core game is being produced by Level 5 while all art and cinematics are being handled by Studio Ghibli. No plans to release the title outside of Japan have been announced yet.

Source: IGN

Final Fantasy V and VI Remakes Could End  up on 3DS

Several months ago, Square Enix producer Shinji Hashimoto announced that remakes of Final Fantasy V and VI on Nintendo DS had run into “technical problems”. In a recent interview with Siliconera, Hashimoto revealed production on the games had actually been stopped after the revelation of 3DS. Rather than just release the games on DS, Square Enix wants to see how well 3DS is received and could switch development over to the newer handheld. Of course Hashimoto also revealed no final decisions have been made so none of this is official.

Source: Siliconera

Iwata Promises More Titles for Core Gamers on 3DS

In a recent interview with Nikkei, a Japanese news service, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata acknowledged that DS’ library of games has largely focused on the casual market, leaving more serious gamers wanting. Iwata pointed to the bevy of games announced for 3DS at E3 as evidence for the new handheld’s reinvestment in core gamers while also promising future announcements of both first and third party titles would only further prove it. Also, Iwata once again reiterated Nintendo’s interest in producing a 3D home console once 3D capable televisions become more wide spread.

Source: Gamespot

8 Responses to “Nightly News Roundup: 2010.06.24”

  • 441 points
    Terr says...

    It would be great to see FFV & VI on the 3ds! I really hope they go over it for a final translation brush up, though, but either way, I really hope it goes through

  • 0 points
    Tanatoes says...

    The idea of Final Fantasy V and VI on the 3DS scares me. It implies that they’re getting the Final Fantasy IV DS re-make treatment. But FF VI had the some of the best hand-drawn graphics of the whole series (and was probably the best looking SNES game IMHO.) I’d rather see GBA re-releases than 3DS conversions.

    Something like the Chrono Trigger DS game. All the original goodness, just in the palm of your hand.

  • 318 points
    Greg Wampler says...

    GBA… what’s that? *sarcasm*

    That’s now two generations ago, including the 3DS, and 4 versions of a single generation’s handheld!

    I know VI had great SNES graphics, but it’s time to mov eon with a major update and see where they can take it in 3d!

  • 441 points
    Terr says...

    The FF IV DS remake is the best translation & graphic edition of that game… & I have every copy of that game (even two japanese releases). The idea of V & VI getting that same treatment is the stuff that fills my dreams. I would love to see it. I would also love to see Chrono Trigger get that love… & Chrono Cross too, but that seems more like something PSN would release.

  • 702 points
    Matthew Tidman says...

    I don’t think any of you saw Nintendo’s demo of classic games utilizing 3D effects. They just look so amazing, and I can see 3DS doing that for classic SNES game like FFVI.

    That said, I love what Matrix did with the updated visuals of FFIII and FFIV and I agree with Terr that the new scripts, while lacking a lot of the Bowderlization of the originals is significantly improved from the originals.

    Chrono Trigger got a straight-up remake without updated visuals, and while it was still a fantastic game, I don’t think the graphics lived up to what various fan projects have done through the years, bringing the iconic style into a more current-looking engine. I love the classic FFIV (Well, II if my SNES cart is to be believed), but I also really love the DS remake, so I’d have no problems with Square Enix taking FFV and VI either way.

  • 198 points
    Evan Campbell says...

    I can’t believe everyone is wasting their time talking about old games when Level-5 is collaborating with Studio Ghibli for a new game. Seriously, I’m much more excited for “Ni no Kuni” than another Final Fantasy remake. If you want them, get the GBA editions.

    Though, I must be honest. I would most likely buy 3DS remakes if Square-Enix releases them.

    • 702 points
      Matthew Tidman says...

      I really wish Ni no Kuni had been at E3. It’s definitely one of the worst omissions from the games there.

      I was just treating it as a forgone conclusion that everyone is planning on buying it. It’s Level 5 + Studio Ghibli. It would be almost impossible to mess up a collaboration like that.

    • 441 points
      Terr says...

      I don’t consider it a waste of my time to talk about any games… there are also a lot of new ones I’m looking forward too, but I will always be more excited to see an old love revived with a new dress.

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