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Square Enix Reveals Early 2008 Lineup - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 12:59 p.m. PST

Square Enix revealed its first four offerings for 2008, with entries that will launch fans into a fast-paced, action-packed new year, Dragon Quest Swords (Wii), The World Ends With You (NDS), Crisis Core: FF VII (PSP), and FF Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (NDS).

Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

Developed from the ground up to take advantage of the Nintendo Wii and its motion-sensing technology, Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is set to slice its way onto Nintendo’s next-generation platform. Use the Wii Remote to slash, parry and blast your way through a land filled with trademark Dragon Quest foes! Developed with both long-time fans and casual players in mind, Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is poised to take video gaming to an entirely new level of fun and interaction.

Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, rated T (Teen), is scheduled to ship in North America on Feb. 26, 2008

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

Few titles epitomize the essence of multiplayer camaraderie like the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series. Released in 2004 as an innovative title that took advantage of the GameCube-to-GBA connectivity, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles pioneered an entirely new gameplay experience that expanded the horizons of conventional RPG gaming. Primed for a release on the NDS, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates is poised to continue this tradition by providing fans with two distinctly unique games: a fully fleshed single-player RPG experience and an addictive multiplayer element for up to four players.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, rated E10+, is scheduled to ship in North America on March 11, 2008

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, the highly anticipated entry in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, takes fans on an exciting journey through the origin of the internationally acclaimed Final Fantasy VII saga in an all-new action-packed experience. Developed exclusively for the PSP, Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- marks the return of the celebrated characters and game world that mesmerized more than 9.8 million gamers around the globe. With inspiring visuals, full 16:9 widescreen presentation and an engaging battle system, fans and newcomers alike can experience the world of Final Fantasy VII from an all-new perspective.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, rated T (Teen), is scheduled to ship in North America on March 25, 2008

The World Ends With You

Previously known as Subarashiki Kono Sekai on its release in Japan. The World Ends With You is an innovative new title from Square Enix that fully utilizes the capabilities of the Nintendo DS, and takes major influence from Japan’s modern day culture including its people, music, clothes, food and design.

Set in Tokyo’s trendiest district, the story begins with the lead character Neku waking up to find a phone message stating he has only 7 days before he will cease to exist. Only with the coolest fashions, friends and fighting skills can Neku restore hope to the city’s population and prevent being stricken from existence altogether!

The story begins as our hero, Neku, wakes up amidst the hustle and bustle of Shibuya, Tokyo. Confused and disoriented, he receives a message on his phone warning him that he will cease to exist unless he completes a certain mission. With his life seemingly on the line, Neku plunges into the back streets of the urban labyrinth...

Features

  • Experience the urban grit and neon of the coolest district in Tokyo with a distinctive, high quality style of in-game artwork
  • Meet an achingly hip cast of characters each with an interesting personality and stylish sense in fashion, music and culture
  • Highly innovative and intuitive combat system that makes full use of the Nintendo DS Touch Screen, Dual Screens and Microphone like no other game before it!
  • Use fantastic psychic powers to read the thoughts of the population, put words into people’s minds, and move objects to help you progress in your adventure!
  • Immerse yourself in an amazing audio soundtrack featuring a diverse fusion of bleeding-edge hip-hop, rock, and techno
  • A tale of friendship, hope and overcoming your challenges, creatively told with a modern edge
  • Shop till you drop! Keep abreast of the latest Trends to stay one step ahead of the fashion scene and your enemies. Trade items with friends using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection too
  • Action-packed minigame fun that can be enjoyed by up to four players via DS Wireless Play!
  • Engage the Chance Encounter mode via DS Wireless Play to share data with fellow game users you bump into in the real world

The World Ends With You will be released exclusively on the NDS across all territories in spring 2008.

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