The World Ends with You



  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Japanese name: Subarashiki kono Sekai (It's a Wonderful World)


Needless to say, I have to review this game, because it is this game that I drew inspiration for the blog's name.

I think every gamer has a game that marks the console. For me, two games stand out in the Nintendo DS roster, one is the Ace Attorney franchise, in particular for reviving the Visual Novel genre of games outside of Japan, but the other, for its unique gameplay, has to be The World Ends with You.

In it, you play as Neku Sakuraba, a teenaged amnesiac who finds himself going unseen in the bustling Shibuya. Not long after, he finds himself fighting mysterious monsters with alongside a girl named Shiki Misaki, who he must work beside in order to defeat creatures known as 'Noise'.

As a game, there are certainly a number of classic RPG tropes, the emo protagonist (Neku), amnesia for the sake of tutoring the player (Neku again) a girl in skimpy clothing (Shiki) and villains who want you dead for seeming little to no reason (Reapers), shopping for equipment, mini games, and more, but when you look below the surface, the characters are well-developed and quirky, including the antagonists.

There are two things that stand out in particular. One is the combat, which not only combines both screens, but both characters share health. Neku's combat takes place on the touch screen while Shiki's is on the top screen. If controlling both is too much, Shiki will switch to an AI, which, while not an amazing fighter, is good enough that you don't want to pull your hair out in sheer frustration.

The other is the soundtrack, it is, without a doubt, the most diverse, from cheery chip tunes to rock, fitting for a trend-setting part of Tokyo.

Sadly, since it was an experimental game, it didn't get the marketing nor the unit budget this gem of a game really deserved. If you get the chance to play this game, jump on it because this is a game that will not disappoint.

Trivia


  • Neku and his friends had yet to return up until 2012, when Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, was released on Nintendo 3DS
  • The English title of the game stems from a statement from NPC Sanae Hanekoma, who tells Neku that if he wants to make the most out of life he has to expand his world. This is fitting as he tends to shut the world out with his headphones.
  • The characters of the game were designed by Tetsuya Nomura, who also designed the cast of Kingdom Hearts, this can be seen in with Neku, who has traits of both Sora and Roxas, and Shiki, who has a strong resemblance to Kairi in Kingdom Hearts II

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