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Winds of Nostalgia Heading to North America

by Pedro Hernandez - April 28, 2009, 8:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Ignition Entertainment gains the publishing rights of the Tecmo airship RPG.

Just a few days after they announced that they will be publishing Muramasa: The Demon Blade in North America, Ignition Entertainment recently confirmed that they picked up the publishing rights to Tecmo's DS RPG Winds of Nostalgia.

Winds of Nostalgia is a classic RPG with 3D graphics set in a re-interpretation of 19th Century Earth and stars Eddie, a headstrong world traveler who gathers various companions from around the globe. Players will visit exotic locales like Cairo, London, and New York thanks to their airships. Battles take place in the ground and in the air. In the latter, players use their airship to battle enemies. Their airships can also be customized to a player's liking. Winds of Nostalgia will also feature an optional quest system that makes the game less linear for players. All of this will be presented in a charming anime style that captures the nostalgia of the turn-of-the-century world.

In Japan, the title was handled by Tecmo, Matrix Software, and Red Entertainment. Matrix Software developed the Final Fantasy III and IV remakes on the DS.

Winds of Nostalgia is currently set for a September 2009 release.

Ignition and Tecmo Present NOSTALGIA for Nintendo DS™

Prepare to Lift-Off in September 2009

Glendale, CA – April 28, 2009 – Ignition Entertainment Ltd., a UTV Enterprise, a worldwide publisher and developer of videogames, and Tecmo, in conjunction with Matrix Software and Red Entertainment, invite gamers to takeoff on a nostalgic journey through time and space with Nostalgia for Nintendo DS™ - launching September 2009. Set in an alternate-reality version of 19th-century Earth, Nostalgia casts you as Eddie, a headstrong Londoner who amasses a group of memorable companions to traverse the world in his steampunk-inspired zeppelin. As you navigate the open skies, you’ll explore mysterious foreign locales, slay all manner of fantastical enemies, complete a variety of thrilling quests, and ultimately, save the world from unfathomable evil.

Developed by Matrix Software (Dragon Quest V PS2, Final Fantasy III-IV DS), in association with Red Entertainment (Gungrave, Bonk, Thousand Arms), Nostalgia brings together a powerful think-tank of old-school Japanese RPG development talent to present a stunning new vision in gaming. Produced by Keisuke Kikuchi (Fatal Frame, Tokobot) and directed by Naoki Morita (Sakura Taisen), with art direction by Yoshiteru Tsujino (Far East of Eden), airship design by Takuhito Kusanagi (Grandia, Blue Submarine No.6, Samurai 7), and enemy design by Keita Amemiya (Iria- Zeiram the Animation, Kamen Rider), Tecmo has amassed an all-star dream team of industry veterans to forge a brand new DS adventure that hearkens back to the classic glory days of Japanese role-playing games.

According to Nostalgia producer, Keisuke Kikuchi, "I knew this game had such potential when I saw Mr. Morita’s project book. It is an adventure game set in another Earth, offering an enjoyable story that involves various different cultures in many diverse locations. The key element that brings the game together is the airship, the conveyance which fits its game system and world-view. I wanted to make this idea into a product for everyone to play."

"We feel deeply honored for the opportunity to bring Tecmo’s esteemed Japanese Nintendo DS role-playing game "Nostalgeo no Kaze" to an entirely new audience as Nostalgia," said Shane Bettenhausen, New Business Development Director of Ignition Entertainment. "Amid a sea of remakes and rehashes, this endearing adventure blazes its own unique path with deeply engrossing gameplay systems, but it also hearkens back to the classic RPGs of yesteryear with its unforgettable characters and universal narrative themes."

Key Game Features:

  • Ambitious, fully 3D polygonal graphical engine offers dramatic, sweeping camera angles and impressive vistas rarely seen in a DS title.
  • Cohesive, anime-inspired art direction that effectively captures the game’s turn-of-the-century charm.
  • Travel to incredibly unique, non-traditional RPG locales via airship including London, New York, Cairo, Africa, and Russia.
  • Features two distinct combat engines: One is a brisk, turn-based close-quarters melee between your party members and monsters; while the other offers thrilling, large-scale airship battles. In addition, your battle skills are scored at the conclusion of each conflict, inspiring strategic mastery.
  • Handy in-game notebook feature keeps track of people, monsters, airships and items you've run across.
  • Plenty of user-defined customization, allowing the player to trick out his or her airship with various weapons, armor types, and special skill attacks. The player can also choose character-specific skills from a branching tree for a more personalized experience.
  • Explore a variety of diverse, engaging dungeons that include brain bending puzzles and tricky Indiana Jones-style traps.
  • Optional quest system inspires players to approach the adventure from a less linear perspective, extending the life of the gameplay experience.

For more information, visit www.nostalgiads.com


BeautifulShyApril 28, 2009

I'm going to get this. I love Skies of Arcadia.This reminds me of that game.

Yep, my first thought was Skies of Arcadia.  Shane knows what he's doing.

KDR_11kApril 29, 2009

Yeah, nostalgia for Skies of Arcadia, eh? Oh, hey, the title even sounds similar! Well, except it's got combat dirigibles which automatically makes everything better.

UltimatePartyBearApril 29, 2009

Are there screenshots of this game anywhere?

Edit:  It looks to me like this game is just going to be titled Nostalgia here.  The press release doesn't even include the English word "wind."

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