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.
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