Feast Your Eyes on New Details for The World Ends With You: Final RemixNew pins, new story elements, and much more!09.03.18 - 1:03 PM
Tin-Pin Slammers, rejoice! Square Enix has released a ton of new info on the upcoming Nintendo Switch remaster The World Ends With You: Final Remix, an update to the original game's release on Nintendo DS in 2007. Following the story of a disillusioned teenager Neku and his pursuits to win a game of life and death within the stylish streets of Shibuya, the remaster seeks to add new gameplay elements, new story scenarios and more to the base game. Strap yourselves in as we deep dive into what this remaster has to offer!
The World Ends With You: Final Remix, at its forefront, is updating and adding an entirely new story scenario to the base game, known as 'A New Day', pitting Neku against a new element of danger within the world of Shibuya, and introducing a new character into the mix.
The concept of 'A New Day' revolves around the idea of a Hard Mode activating within the Game (the main narrative obstacle The World Ends With You revolves around), transporting protagonist Neku into the middle of Shibuya Crossing, confused and lacking memories, with a familiar email bleeping onto his phone, proclaiming that the Game's Hard Mode has begun.
The scenario seems to be separate from the main narrative, with companions (Beat, Rhyme, and Shiki) competing and side character contemplating within and about the Hard Mode too. Check out some screenshots below!
(Beat and Neku contemplate Hard Mode and what it means for them)
(Reapers Yashiro and Kariya express their frustration at the situation that Hard Mode has placed upon them, a development that they have little to no knowledge about)
Unique to 'A New Day' is the smiling and fashionable Reaper known as Coco, sporting threads unique to Harajuku, an iconic and fashionable area within the realm of Tokyo. Calculating and cheerful, Coco is perfectly fine with barging into any conversation that she can see. Check out some key art and screenshots of her below!
(Neku screams out the name of the stuffed animal that his companion Shiki has, while Coco remarks on the cuteness of the name)
(Coco ruminates on the nature of Hard Mode and the Game at large as Beat and Neku listen)
In 'A New Day', new variations of Noise (the standard enemies found in The World Ends With You) can be found, sporting a different appearance and color scheme of their standard counterparts, steeped in a rich purple. Check out the fierceness and fangs below!
(A new variation on the Grizzly type of Noise)
(The icons of this new strain of Noise keep in fitting with a color scheme of deep purple)
To accompany the new Noise that players will have to contest against, a new gameplay mechanic known as 'Missions' will be present within 'A New Day' offering five different wrinkles for players to deal with in battle. Check out the specifics below!
(Neku must defeat Noise that splits and multiplies over the course of the battle.)
(Neku must avoid a ball that will damage him that appears and stays during the course of battle.)
(Neku's health will start to drain at the beginning of the battle, and continue to drain until victory or death.)
(The Sync Rate feature, built up over the battle, will be doubled.)
(Neku's health will slightly heal after every successful hit on a Noise in battle.)
Interesting to note is that multiple mission effects may be added to the start of a battle simultaneously, adding a little bit more challenge to the fights and brawls against Noise within the Shibuya Streets
And, what would a new scenario be without tangible rewards to help you in your journey throughout Shibuya? 'A New Day' has you covered with a confirmation that new Pins, the psychic abilities that Neku can wield to attack his enemies, will be available for players to earn and collect throughout their journey. Two Pins were revealed, in the information, and, man, they sport some beautiful designs. Check 'em out below!
A Set Pin type. When slashing a Noise from top to bottom, Neku will do a downward thrust at an enemy, and unleash a circle of flames to damage nearby enemies. As it is a Set Pin, it must be combined with the effects of two other pins.
When this Pin is equipped, tapping on a Noise will cause sword of radiant light to fire in their direction in rapid succession. A powerful precision attack, and useful for pin-pointed, accurate strikes.
As it stands, 'A New Day' seems to incorporate a decent chunk of new content for newcomers to the title and veterans to sink their teeth into, and a story and mystery to uncover. But, that's not all that The World Ends With You: Final Remix has to offer, not by a long shot.
A first for the series, and unique to the Nintendo Switch hardware, two players will be able to play together simultaneously in co-operative gameplay. Depending on what companion that is being used throughout the story, the second player will be able to utilize a second set of pins, unique to that character, by way of a second reticle that displays on the battle screen.
(Shiki uses claw based and area of effect attacks, showcased in the co-op Mode Select menu screen)
(A co-op battle screen showcasing both Neku and companion Joshua syncing their moves together to do massive damage)
All of that info above notwithstanding, my heart in The World Ends With You is displayed in full force, with the inclusion of the minigame known as Pin Slammers. Neku, by way of explanation, is able to use the Pins gathered throughout the game in a marble-esque competition that has you trying to knock off the opponents' pins off a stage. Different pins denote different strategies, and Pin Slammers serves as a great side-distraction from the Game and the narrative itself. Check out some screenshots below!
Phew! It seems that the remaster of The World Ends With You: Final Remix is shaping up to be a packed affair, and a worthy purchase come October 12th when it releases in North America and Europe. If importing finds your favor, the game will release earlier, on September 27th, in Japan.
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