When the original Nintendo DS was high with its popularity, some of its most interesting games were good, incredibly weird. There was a musical toy wandered in touchscreen piano ( Electroplankton ), a story about a secret agency that solved issues of singing ( Elite Beat Agents ) and an epic battle where giant thoughts was piloted by sweet bluebells ( Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime ). One of the best examples of this exciting game is The World Ends with You .
First released on DS in 2008, the Japanese role play from Square Enix, the company behind genre biggest name, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest . But The world ends with you is a unique, energetic experience that combines the handsome youth culture of Tokyo Shibuya district with a dark, terrible story of death and friendship. Ten years later there is still nothing that is alike.
But if you missed TWEWY for the first time, you're lucky: An improved version is out today on the Nintendo Switch, and it's just as good as it was when it debuted.
The game takes you as Neku, a memory son in a strange, alternative reality version of Shibuya, where supernatural creatures called breeders tell people to complete various missions. If they fail, they will be deleted forever forever. Despite apparently hating everyone, Neku is forced to collaborate with another player, a young girl named Shiki. The two work together to solve missions, fight enemies called noise, and figure out exactly what is going on in this strange world.
The story can be very confusing at times – reapers games are full of all kinds of complex and arbitrary rules – but it's also fascinating and surprisingly emotional the more you dig into it. Neku may be a cliché, surly JRPG protagonist in the beginning, but when he is forced to fight for life for life, he changes and grows in a way that feels natural when he begins to realize that you need help from others to succeed .  You Can not Talk About & # 39; The World Ends With You & # 39; without talking about what it looks like
You can also not talk about The World Ends with You without talking about what it looks like. It's not just a game set in Shibuya; It's a game where the district's fashion is a focal point for the experience. The game was helmeted by Tetsuya Nomura, best known for its incredible character design for Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy . The manga-inspired images can still be over the top at times – at one point, Neku wishes he had more zippers, a Nomura pin – but they are also grounded in reality and there is a real sense of life and movement to the world and characters. Iconic Tokyo buildings twist and stretch as you walk through crowded streets.
Like most RPGs, you provide new equipment to enhance your skills, but it's a stylish twist; Each area has its own trends and you get bonuses by having the right brands in the right places.
This lively world looks beautiful on the Switch screen or on a big TV, but there are some departures in this new version. The Switch version appears to be based on the game's game port that came back in 2012, which makes sense; DS presented unique dual-screen match where you checked two different characters on each screen. It is impossible to replicate on the switch.
Instead, the game has been simplified so that you switch between different attacks from both Neku and his partner. But Square Enix made some curious decisions regarding controls. In portable mode, your only option is touch screen, which is good because combat actually works very well in this mode. You can sweep enemies to attack or drag your finger to create dangerous paths of fire. It is generally quite intuitive.
But when you want to play on your TV, the game does not use the default switch control. Instead, you use a single Joy-Con with motion controls that simulates a touchscreen. You navigate menus by dragging a pointer over the screen and performing attacks by turning your hand around. It can be difficult, and in heated games it's not as responsive as it should be. World Ends with You looks and sounds great on a big screen, but you'll probably play mostly with a good pair of headphones and press the switch screen.
If you have never played the game before, it is worth setting up some small quibbles with the controls. The world ends with you still plays today as it did a decade ago, and more importantly, it harkens back to a time when weird games were normal and a J-pop-fueled story of a surly Teenager in big headphones can sit next to the last Super Mario and Pokémon publishes as bestseller.
World Ends with You: Final Remix is available today at the Nintendo switch.