Last year, Square Enix teased gamers with a countdown timer suggesting that something was on the horizon relating to The World Ends With You. Fans hoped for a sequel, a reboot, a new release from the franchise… but after a week of nailbiting, that’s not quite what they got.
Instead, The World Ends With You: Solo Remix was confirmed: A US$20 game exclusively for iOS.
If you’re into that sort of thing, then The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is a pretty awesome little release. A teenager named Neku has died, but can’t remember why. In order to find out how he died – and be brought back to life – he must win the Reapers’ week-long game, set in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.
- Intuitive, addictive combat with a twist
Activate your combat abilities, or “psychs,” with simple touch commands like tapping, slashing, and dragging. Comfy with that? Control Neku and his Game partner on the same screen and take the combat up a notch. Like loot? Boost your item drops in battle with the revamped Fusion system.
- Deep replay value
Finish the main story to unlock a hilarious bonus chapter, more quests and items to find, new combat challenges, and secret reports that flesh out the story even more.
- Explore a living, breathing city
Neku’s sprawling world is based on the real-life Shibuya in Tokyo. Visit real locations and absorb some real Japanese culture through a hip fantasy lens.
- Wireless arcade action with friends
Use the pins you equip in the main story to play Tin Pin Slammer! Take on other players with iPhones or iPads and copies of The World Ends with You, and be the first to knock your opponents’ pins off the table!
- Redrawn art and Retina display support
Enjoy the game in full HD on your Retina-enabled iPhone 4 or later device. Art and animation across the game has been redrawn just for this release, making combat a beautiful experience. This is how all 2D classics should look.
- The ultimate soundtrack: 60 songs
Composer Takeharu Ishimoto’s complete, sonically sublime soundtrack is included right in the game with high-quality audio and full vocals, including remixes and new songs.
- Tweetify Shibuya
The world doesn’t end with Shibuya. Tap into the Internet and populate the minds of in-game streetgoers with tweets of your choice.
- Wirelessly trade Friend Cards
Exchange profiles with other players, and their avatars will appear in the streets of Shibuya! If your friends have Twitter accounts, their avatar will think their latest tweet! Not only that, you receive free items for every trade!
Originally released for DS, the new iOS version boasts HD visuals (with full retina display support, of course), and a bunch of new music. The original game saw you drawing patterns on the DS screen with a stylus, a gameplay mode that will translate perfectly to an iDevice touch screen.
…and the best part? The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is available right now in the iTunes App Store. $18 for the iPhone/iPod touch version and $20 if you want it on iPad (check your local store for pricing).