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Lufia Returns to DS with Curse of the Sinistrals

Posted by James Newton

Natsume bringing RPG over later this year

It's been a long old time since we last played a translated Lufia game on a Nintendo platform: around seven years ago, in fact. Natsume's never been one to let a good IP lay dormant though, announcing it's going to bring the latest title, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, to North America later this year.

Not unlike the recently-confusing third DS Fire Emblem remake situation, Curse of the Sinistrals is a remake of the series' second title, Super NES title Rise of the Sinistrals, but with an action RPG slant rather than the original's turns-based combat.

We're expecting to find out more from Natsume at this year's E3 conference in just a few short weeks' time, so we'll bring you footage as soon as it's available.

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CorbsAdmin

#1

Corbs said:

I'm still highly skeptical about making this into an action-rpg after loving the original so much, but once I get my hands on it in June, then I'll decide if it was the right thing to do. (Fingers crossed!) :)

JayArr

#3

JayArr said:

I want this game so bad! The original is one of my all time favorites. Hopefully they do it justice.

pixelman

#4

pixelman said:

Yeah, hopefully they'll release the VC version along with it. I won't be buying this one simply because I don't like the anime style or the direction the game's going, but I absolutely love the first one.

Terra

#5

Terra said:

I much prefer ARPG's so I'll probably get this at some point. Not too familiar with the series though but that doesn't matter

Egg_miester

#6

Egg_miester said:

one of the greatest snes rpgs is being ruined i hate Natsume now they need to be bankrupt to learn a lesson

Stuffgamer1

#7

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Corbie: I eagerly await your impressions of it, then. I LOVE the original with its graphics, gameplay, music...everything (except the glitched dungeon, of course...that sucks). My first reaction when I heard of this remake last year was "NO, YOU IDIOTS...JUST DO WHAT SQUENIX DID WITH CHRONO TRIGGER DS!"

@Terra: No, it doesn't. Since the original was a prequel, it's actually the first in the Lufia timeline anyway. It's also by far the best in the series.

@Egg meister: Don't blame Natsume for this game's mere existance...that would be Neverland, apparently. Squenix actually published it in Japan, strange as that sounds. No idea why they handed it back off to Natsume for American release.

EDIT: Well, the music worry is gone thanks to this video. Gameplay doesn't look outright bad either, but it's definitely different. Not yet sure if it can capture the heart of the original well, especially the dungeon puzzles.

CorbsAdmin

#8

Corbs said:

I think it will be fine, but anytime a company messes with a game that high on my all-time favorites list, I get nervous. I promise to post impressions on it as soon as I get to play it on Thursday of the show. It's the very last booth appointment of the show for me. End things with a bang. :)

Radbot42

#10

Radbot42 said:

I've heard that a lot was taken out from the original, and certain characters are extremely overpowered. I think I shall pass on this even though I was really hyped when I heard this was coming out in Japan

Egg_miester

#11

Egg_miester said:

@Stuffgamer1 oh god that video left a bad taste in my mouth the gameplay looks horrible whats up with the weird flaming flying sword move, i think a bad of my died why can't companies leave classic games alone

retro_player_22

#12

retro_player_22 said:

"Not unlike the recently-confusing third DS Fire Emblem remake situation."

So if we got a third Fire Emblem game for DS now, where is the second Fire Emblem DS game? Cuz last I remember there was only Shadow Dragon.

MeloMan

#13

MeloMan said:

I was a bit put off by the fact it's become an action RPG, but as long as the story and it's powerful emotion are able to be translated to the new crowd, then it will be a job well done. I PRAY for a new Estopolis storyline one of these days. (FYI for noobs: Lufia is one of the most moving RPG series of all time, both 1 and 2 at least, and known for their half happy/half melancholy endings and awesome music for those that don't know).

WildPidgeyAppears

#14

WildPidgeyAppears said:

I won't spoil it, but the ending to Lufia 2, which is a prequel to 1, has a bittersweet ending like MelonMan implied. It's interesting to see how they handle this game, though...

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