Glory of Heracles Confirmed For Western DS Release

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.