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Glory of Heracles Confirmed For Western DS Release

Posted by Damien McFerran

Massively popular JRPG series gets its first release outside Japan

You can't beat the Japanese when it comes to taking a classic myth and putting a entirely new spin on it, as the popular "Heracles" series - which kicked off in 1987 on the Famicom - proves.

The good news is that the latest instalment has been confirmed for release in North American this coming January.

If you need any more reason to get excited, then you should know that the game is penned by Final Fantasy's Kazushige Nojima.

Here's the official line:

U.S. Launch of Glory of Heracles, First Game in Popular Japanese Series, Set for Jan. 18

The wonder of ancient Greece comes to life on Jan. 18, when Glory of Heracles™ launches exclusively for the portable Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. The game marks the first in the popular Japanese Heracles series to launch in the United States.

The game is inspired by Greek mythology and written by of Final Fantasy fame. The traditional role-playing game features an engrossing story and a robust battle system. Players can roam the countryside as they encounter new characters and gain experience, or they can visit familiar ancient settings like Athens and Sparta.

Although the plot is fictional, many of the people and places in the game are based on familiar Greek mythology. An extensive glossary provides more details about the places and characters that heroic Heracles encounters. Players will be treated to animated cut scenes on the screens of their Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi systems.

Players can opt to use the stylus or control pad and buttons to control movement in the game, while the touch screen is required to complete optional challenges used to power up spells or skills during battle.

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User Comments (21)

JayArr

#1

JayArr said:

Nice. Can't get enough JRPGs. January!? That's awful fast after an announcement....

Noire

#3

Noire said:

Say what now? A JRPG? Final Fantasy ties? Inspired by Greek mythology? Holy toast, I love it, sign me up, this looks awesome!

WolfRamHeart

#4

WolfRamHeart said:

Sounds really interesting. I haven't heard anything about this game until now. I'm looking forward to seeing some screenshots or a gameplay video of it.

AVahne

#7

AVahne said:

ah good thing i'm a JRPG fan, and im getting a DSi for xmas so this is good news

V8_Ninja

#13

V8_Ninja said:

A JRPG that is based off Greek Mythology and has it's story written by some of the Final Fantasy guys? I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Anybody wanna help/persuade me on this decision?

Bentendo

#14

Bentendo said:

@JayArr

It was actually announced during E3 2009, so it's about six-seven months.

Also, I LOVE Greek mythology so this is very good news. I'd also like an RPG based off of Norse mythology by Nintendo so that Thor can become a playable character in the next Smash game. :)

CanisWolfred

#16

CanisWolfred said:

@WolfRamHeart

Thanks for the trailer! Looks pretty good to me. I may consider picking it up when it comes out.

I wonder if any of the other games in the series are any good?

Rhansley64

#19

Rhansley64 said:

Nintendo's fastest release date after announcing a game wish they do that with every game.

Vinsanity

#21

Vinsanity said:

Gonna be tough to stand out on the system already teeming with great JRPG's. Wonder what it looks like? And will it be better than the likes of Suikoden Tierkreis, Final Fantasy IV, Dragon Quest V, FF Gaiden: Four Warriors of Light, Nostalgia, Avalon Code, Soma Bringer, World Destruction, Phantasy Star 0, etc.

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