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Fantasy Life coming to North America  ⊟

It’s happening! Level-5 and Brownie Brown’s (or 1-Up Studio as it’s now known) fun-looking RPG/life sim thing will release here this October!

If you’re wondering what Fantasy Life is:

"Players embark on the adventure of their dreams as they craft, cast, battle and role-play. The innovative Life system lets players change to one of 12 Life classes at virtually any time to access different abilities. The huge fantasy landscape is filled with surly dark paladins, slick pirate captains and others who share a taste for the unknown."

Trailer after the break:

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Had no idea Magical Vacation looked this great ⊟

Thanks to Obscure Video Games for posting these GIFs to remind us about the Japan-only GBA RPG (its sequel, Magical Starsign, released in the West for DS)!

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Yoshitaka Amano illustrations for Fantasy Life

Boy, this game sure is going through a lot of different art styles! First there was its 16-bit-ish look, then its 3D transformation, and now this — Amano is a legend, though, so he’s allowed to step in and do whatever he wants.

Besides, like the Final Fantasy artwork he’s famous for, this won’t actually appear in the 3DS game. As far as I can tell, publisher Level-5 is just using the airship image for the RPG/life-sim’s mini-soundtrack preorder bonus in Japan.

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Japanese boxart for Fantasy Life, the colorful RPG/sim hitting Japan next month from Level-5 and Brownie Brown. If you missed it last week, here’s a new 6-minute trailer that makes the game look a LOT nicer than it seemed in the screenshots we shared before. The music is tops, too — hope those tracks make it into the actual game.
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Japanese boxart for Fantasy Life, the colorful RPG/sim hitting Japan next month from Level-5 and Brownie Brown. If you missed it last week, here’s a new 6-minute trailer that makes the game look a LOT nicer than it seemed in the screenshots we shared before. The music is tops, too — hope those tracks make it into the actual game.

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Professor Layton & the Last Specter releases October 17, includes London Life RPG

Though we feared Nintendo of America would cut this extra mode to save on localization costs, it turns out Professor Layton and the Last Specter will include London Life, the Brownie Brown-developed, “100-hour” RPG with a visual style reminiscent of Mother 3 (Brownie Brown also co-developed that). Joy!

What’s more, as a “North American exclusive”, this bonus RPG is available at the start, and not an unlockable after you finish the game — I’m not sure if this means European gamers will need to complete Last Specter before playing London Life, or if they won’t receive it at all.

Oh well, Europe got Xenoblade, and will soon be playing The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, so it’s not like that region is getting screwed by Nintendo.

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E3 trailer for Professor Layton and the Last Specter. Yay, Nintendo is actually bringing the fourth game from this adventure/puzzle series to the States, instead of skipping it and just pushing out the fifth, 3DS Layton title.

There’s no word yet, though, on whether this will include Professor Layton’s London Life, the Brownie Brown-developed “100-hour RPG” you can unlock at the end of the game — I wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo of America cut this to save on localization costs.

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Professor Layton’s London Life, the “100-hour RPG” unlocked after completing Professor Layton and the Specter’s Flute, which is available only in Japan right now. If it’s not obvious, Brownie Brown (Fantasy Life, Mother 3) worked on this.

I know there’s some worry that this will never release in North America, what with Mask of Miracle and the Ace Attorney crossover already slated for 3DS, but I think the series is too much of a cash cow for Nintendo to skip this and not milk it in the West. I do, however, think the company might pass on localizing all that text in the London Life bonus portion of Specter’s Flute.

In a strange bit of synergy, a bunch of Tumblr dudes liked/reblogged our old London Life screenshots today, just as a discussion popped up on NeoGAF about this 8-bit-style project. Someone shared this video in that thread (here’s another one), proving it does exist and it’s out there on someone’s DS right now! Just not yours.

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Fantasy Life: 2D/3D screenshot comparison

Level-5 announced several titles for the Nintendo 3DS last night: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, Time Travelers, and Cabaret Girls (hostess training game), which bodes well for the upcoming portable.

The publisher also revealed that its Fantasy Life RPG will now release for the 3DS instead of the standard DS. With this platform switch, a new 3D look will replace the top-down, 8-bit-style Brownie Brown has been known for lately (e.g. Mother 3, A Kappa’s Trail).

I’m sure many would have preferred the old presentation, but this seems to better resemble the concept art Level-5 had previously shown for Fantasy Life:

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Secret transformations in A Kappa’s Trail. The first outfit is Captain Rainbow's titular hero, and the second one is possibly Puddy from Magical Starsign. You can find a Pigmask costume (Mother 3) in the game, too!

I know that Brownie Brown, which developed A Kappa’s Trail, also created Magical Starsign, but I’m unsure if they actually contributed to Captain Rainbow. Perhaps the studio just wanted to pay tribute to Captain Rainbow's developer Skip Ltd.? If so, it's a kind gesture.

This is probably the closest to an official release we’ll see for Captain Rainbow in the States. Too bad that the cameo is hidden in a DSiWare game no one bothered to buy.

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Speaking of Mistwalker, Blue Dragon Plus is currently on sale for $8.99 on Amazon. 1UP has a very low opinion of the real-time strategy game, but many other outlets had very positive things to say about it. Of course, some of you might be saving your dollars for another dragon-themed DS game… I’m talking about Dragonology, of course.

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Brownie Brown’s latest: Kappa Road

Brownie Brown isn’t just working on those two projects for Level-5, Professor Layton’s London Life and Fantasy Life (both of which mimic the visual style of Mother 3, another game the studio helped out with). Next week, the developer releases Kappa Road, another top-down title with cute sprites, for 500 Points on Japan’s DSiWare shop.

Even though this simple game looks geared toward kids, I adore the pensive artwork Brownie Brown posted of the game’s green duck in its development blog:

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Negative Man figures by Camille Young. Presumably, this signed and numbered set for the downtrodden Mother 3 enemy will show up for sale on Fangamer.net.
Negative Man is one of the most pitiful characters you can come across in any game, even more so than Pokemon's notoriously puny Magikarp. At least Magikarp can look forward to one day evolving into a fearsome Gyarados. With Negative Man, “it's always the same…”




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Negative Man figures by Camille Young. Presumably, this signed and numbered set for the downtrodden Mother 3 enemy will show up for sale on Fangamer.net.

Negative Man is one of the most pitiful characters you can come across in any game, even more so than Pokemon's notoriously puny Magikarp. At least Magikarp can look forward to one day evolving into a fearsome Gyarados. With Negative Man, “it's always the same…”

See also: Ness resin figure by Camille Young, Barrier Trio