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MapleStory: The Girl's Fate is a South Korean 3DS Exclusive

Posted by Andy Green

Not even Japan is getting this one

Nintendo of Korea has teamed up with Nexon, one of the region's most prolific publishers, to bring a brand new MapleStory title to the 3DS. Unfortunately, however, it will be exclusive to South Korea.

For those unaware, MapleStory is a 2D free-to-play massively multiplayer online RPG and it's grown considerably in recent years. Naturally, the game allows you to chat away to other players, trade items with them and even band together to form monster hunting parties.

MapleStory: The Girl’s Fate is the first title from the franchise to be released on the 3DS and represents a big step forward for the series. It sees you take control of a young girl who has a mysterious spirit trapped inside her and the only way for her to be rid of it is to head out on an adventure!

The game will retain its simplistic look and playing style, with characters drawn up as sprites and everything being controlled by a single button. In keeping with the RPG genre you'll be able to customise your character by selecting her weapon speciality and giving her a specific skill set.

Surprisingly, MapleStory: The Girl’s Fate is a single player game and doesn't feature any MMO elements. It will be hitting South Korean shelves on 25th April; the series is gaining momentum in the West, so we wouldn't rule out an eventual localisation completely.

This isn't the first time South Korea has outdone North America and Europe. The country is currently playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and has been doing since 7th February - it also has the special limited edition Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL/LL.

Would you like to see MapleStory: The Girl’s Fate make it into other markets? Let us know by dropping a comment below.


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User Comments (26)



C-Olimar said:

I'm sure it will branch out eventually, though I'm sure that will be limited to Japan. I'm not sure how popular the series is in Japan though.



CrazyOtto said:

I always thought Sony systems usually did better in Korea than Nintendo systems.



neumaus said:

This is not the first Maplestory to be released outside of PC. There are several released on the iOS, and Maplestory Live Deluxe (which costs money btw), is also being regularly updated. We've had the dual blade, mechanic, demon slayer, and now the new angel set to come out soon.



bofis said:

aww, I'd have totally played a single-player Maple Story on 3DS...the graphics might look nice if the 3d backgrounds are done well



SkywardLink98 said:

Haha... I'm hopin' too see some raging Japanese gamers so I can laugh at how spoiled they are

... Is that wrong?



Ryon said:

wow! This game seems like a must play for me. so sad It may not come out of korea. regardless the PC game is ok (more annoying than anything else) the DS game was interesting more than PC. 3DS would be better.



Geonjaha said:

Well I've never played MapleStory so I really don't mind. An occasional exclusive isn't really much to worry about.



0kay said:

I live in Korea but I have a NA 3DS. It's not often when I streetpass people. When I do, their recently played game have all been Animal Crossing ever since it came out here. June couldn't seem any further away. I'm downloading the game day 1.



0kay said:

@serplux Eh, not all video games but for consoles, yeah, it is used interchangeably at times. My little cousin had a Wii in her house and I asked what games she played on it and she was like "huh?" She didn't know it was called a Wii. She just called it "Nintendo" lol.



retro_player_22 said:

Unfortunately we already got a game like this in the west and Japan, it's called Muramasa: The Demon Blade and the whole concept of the girl being control by a spirit thing is similar to Momohime's Story in Muramasa, that and the fact that both are side-scrolling action RPG using only one button for attack and such.



ouroborous said:

i'd be interested, never got into maple story for pc since its all about having to buy stuff with real money to beef your character up, etc. but a 3DS version with a solid solo mission could be fun. the artwork has always been nice for the series. but its a korean game so its not really a surprise that its a korean exclusive (at this at this point). but i think it has international appeal since the pc version is available in every country, so keeping it korea-only is probably kind of stupid.



Pikachupwnage said:

Never played maplestory and don't plan on it unless it comes out on 3DS over in America. Because I just don't enjoy games as much on a computer or phone as much as I do on a handheld or Console.



Devil_Surivior said:

@0kay That's me too . I'm in Korea with a NA 3DS, and the only street pass I got so far was a guy from Japan lol. Where are you in Korea?



Dpullam said:

I played a small portion of Maple Story quite a few years ago and thought it was okay. I can't say that I would get this game even if it came to North America.



Vesiege said:

Eh it's ok. I prefer playing MS online still
< Proud Beta tester many many moons ago.... <3

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