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Etrian Odyssey 2 3DS Remake Confirmed for Japan

Posted by Karen Halloran

They weren't kidding. There is no broccoli.

The "that game" teased by Atlus several weeks ago has finally been revealed, if this was in fact the game it was referring to. The somewhat infamous former "not broccoli" teaser site now presents a lovely smorgasbord of information in Japanese on a 3DS remake of Etrian Odyssey II, replacing somewhat unsubtle hints like green everywhere.

Today's announcement comes with a visually soothing new trailer that vaguely hints at but doesn't do justice to the experience of being the red smear some FOE had to wipe off its hoof with a leaf yet again:

Ready to do the wait for the western release with this one, or will you give it a miss? Shall we debate the relative merits of cauliflower in the meantime? Are you hoping for more ethnic Canadians in this sequel to Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl? Don't keep us waiting, comment!

Thanks to Pianomanfreak for the tip!

[via gonintendo.com]

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Spoony_Tech

#7

Spoony_Tech said:

Ugh, stop it Atlus please. The first one was ok but now the 2nd? I'll probably get it if only because I never beat the original but I would like news about EO5. The 2nd one held up fairly well and doesn't need updating.

I guess they'll do the 3rd as well? Oh and what of the fourth, it didn't have a story like this. Will we see that on an hd 3ds. Now that I would buy!

Maelstrom

#8

Maelstrom said:

I'll only get this if there are somewhat significant improvements over the mechanics of the 4th, presuming I actually finish that one first....

MERG

#9

MERG said:

@Spoony_Tech Well I never played this so I'll be jumping aboard. I'm playing through Soul Hackers now and will get Persona Q...one can never have enough Atlus.

Spoony_Tech

#10

Spoony_Tech said:

@MERG Well I don't know if you've seen my ranting about the price of Q but as much as I love Atlus I'm making a stand to not pay more then 30$ for it. These prices from them need to stop and with Q we aren't getting all we got with SMT IV. I'll gladly wait till sometime next year to play it.

Anyways I've got back into Overclocked big time now and am starting it over. I'm already about 25% of the way through it. Over 100 hours now after stopping at 93 hours the first time lol. Good to hear from you as always.

MERG

#11

MERG said:

@Spoony_Tech I did see your ranting...and I'm sure there will be a price drop eventually. I was going to go back to Overclocked but thought I should play Soul Hackers first...since I bought it.

Spoony_Tech

#12

Spoony_Tech said:

I'll get to Soul Hackers eventually but seeing this makes me want to get back into Untold now. Now to just finally beat Overclocked, then Untold, and finally back to SMT IV lol.

TheWPCTraveler

#13

TheWPCTraveler said:

Hmm. I'd like this, but they should at least patch up Story Mode a bit. I only played through Story Mode because it's nice to see some story text in an RPG, after all.

I'd love to have two more "new" main series EO games this gen, though. EO5 and a possible remake of the last of the DS trilogy.

Now, as for Persona Q...

MERG

#14

MERG said:

Have you beaten any Atlus games recently?!?!?!?!?!?!? I bailed out of Overclocked so I will gte back into that.

ueI

#15

ueI said:

Oh that's great. I hope it's better than the 1st remake, but I think I'll buy it even if it's not.

Spoony_Tech

#16

Spoony_Tech said:

@MERG not since EO4 lol. They're so long. That's not a bad thing but something else always comes up. I vowed to not take Overclocked out of my system till it's beat and I plan to keep that vow. Then I will move onto Untold I think. I've been itching for EO again. Its been over a year since EO4 so I think that's plenty of time to wait.

ChessboardMan

#17

ChessboardMan said:

I'm certainly aboard, I adored Untold the first! Though I hope they include separate/multiple save files this time, I may never try out Classic mode in Untold, due to how attached I am to the characters, and my progress…

MERG

#18

MERG said:

@Spoony_Tech That's far too long to wait! But I hear ya...long games are killin' me. I've been trying to read more but the books I end up reading are 800-1000 pages. All of my hobbies are time sinks!

Spoony_Tech

#19

Spoony_Tech said:

@ChessboardMan The only reason to try classic mode would be to see different characters and how they play. Otherwise you're getting the best of both worlds by playing story mode. Yeah the characters are locked in but they pretty much give you the main good ones.

TheWPCTraveler

#20

TheWPCTraveler said:

@ChessboardMan This. As much as I'd love to do a second playthrough, I can't bring myself to do it because of the characters.

(Especially Frederica. No one can beat Frederica.)

HugoBR

#21

HugoBR said:

Great ! I never had a chance to play these games so I hope they remake EO3 too.

TheWPCTraveler

#22

TheWPCTraveler said:

By the way, is there news on a collector's edition yet? I plan on getting one, simply because I got one for Untold and I'm sure that I'd love another design book.

Deadstanley

#23

Deadstanley said:

I'm a first timer to the series as of EO4. I'm just about done with it and then will be moving onto the first remake. I really like the game and when I have gone to investigate the DS versions of 1 thru 3, I am always hopeful to hear news like this regarding a remake.

Nothing against the DS versions, I'm sure they are fine, but when I watch videos of these games, it seems outdated (music is "tinny", among other things). I welcome this sort of news.

ChessboardMan

#24

ChessboardMan said:

@Spoony_Tech @TheWPCTraveler I think I actually a way to change a character's class, "while keeping the same sprite", but I haven't tried it, as I'm not sure how it works. Can you switch back to the old class again, at the same level as before? Is anything lost in the switch? Why couldn't they have given us multiple saves? These are questions that keep me up at night…

Noelemahc

#25

Noelemahc said:

@Deadstanley The music in the DS games was made on a PC-98, an ancient Japanese computer, to deliberately evoke the feeling of nostalgia for the great RPGs spawned on it. It's like that on purpose.

River3636

#26

River3636 said:

This looks like same story mode format as millennium girl which did feel fresh. Wasn't there animal classes in this one. Hmmmm. I gonna get it I am an a Atlus fan, but I was kinda hoping for a new IP

Deadstanley

#27

Deadstanley said:

@Noelemahc Wow that's cool. I had no idea. The game-play style certainly takes me back to my own dungeon crawler roots, so I guess it's only natural to make it as authentic feeling as possible. Regardless, I wouldn't mind this remake in so far as I just don't have EO2 anyway, so if I'm going to purchase it I wouldn't mind the latest version.

SpookyMeths

#28

SpookyMeths said:

As a Canadian, I actually got all giddy and excited when Raquna in the first game said she was from Ontario and started talking about maple cuisine. Never seen Canada represented in a Japanese game before! That was fun.

Anyway, I enjoyed Untold a lot and I'm hoping to see this game hit Western shores too. :)

Spoony_Tech

#29

Spoony_Tech said:

@ChessboardMan I think there is but I'm unsure of As to how. I own the game but only played up as far as the demo allowed since I was EO'ed out by the time I finished EO4 which lasted over 140 hours for me but those were a wonderful 140 hours and with the after game content I could play another 30 to 40 hours there as well.

Spoony_Tech

#31

Spoony_Tech said:

@MERG You know I was just thinking that the after game in EO4 is longer then most full retail games lol. It's so darn hard and I feel like I barely started it but probably put like 10 hours into it. It puts the rest of the game to shame and if you're not careful normal monster will eat you alive.

Spoony_Tech

#32

Spoony_Tech said:

Anyways this news story is still nice to wake up and see in the morning. Nothing like talking about one of my favorite series and an added story will make the game worth beating for me.

MERG

#33

MERG said:

@Spoony_Tech I tried a teeny bit of it after I finished EO4 but my first encounter blew away my entire party. After that I put it down.

Spoony_Tech

#34

Spoony_Tech said:

@MERG lol, nothing like hanging in there and figuring it out huh. I know the last boss was a pain for you though. I think I beat her in 3 tries. Just had the right party set up and that is how most Atlus games play. Its all about the right party to finish the job hence the reason I'm stuck on SMT IV.

Yorumi

#35

Yorumi said:

I do wish they'd do EO5 instead but EO2 is easily my favorite. The challenge is pretty brutal and the labyrinth is really varied. EO games are worth about double or tripple what they sell for cause there's so much content. Love these games so much.

WaLzgiStaff

#36

WaLzgi said:

I'm not really interested after being disappointed with Millennium Girl, but I'm sure the EO fans will love this

Mr_Video

#37

Mr_Video said:

I actually decided to give Millennium Girl a try recently and it's easily my favorite RPG on the 3DS right now. Makes me wish I got into the series sooner. So I'm happy to see another one coming out, even if it is another remake.

SMEXIZELDAMAN

#38

SMEXIZELDAMAN said:

HYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O Woohooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lasermaster123

#40

Lasermaster123 said:

Hmm, I still have to buy Etrian Odyssey 4. And the remake of the 1st game. I tried the demo, fully maxed in it and I really loved it. I have played SMT: Strange Journey and it had only a taste of some of the map functions of Etrian Odyssey and I loved it as well. Don't know how I should feel about another remake though. A sequel that improves on the 4th game would have been better. Unless this remake is drastic and makes this one a must buy over EO: 4.

@Spoony_Tech
I still have to beat Atsuro's route in Overclocked, just can't get over Monster Hunter. I played the original for 90 hours (all routes except Atsuro's again) and this one for 120 hours so its kinda hard to leave MH for just one path. I wish you luck. SMT: DeSu Overclocked is an amazing game! I tried the 2nd one just didn't get into it as much as I did for the 1st one.

Spoony_Tech

#41

Spoony_Tech said:

@Lasermaster123 Thanks, lol I may need it. I played all the way to day 7 on my first play through but quit for whatever reason. This time I'm beating it. Don't care the ending just want to beat it. Most of the story I remember even though it's been about 3 years but still love it. I also have DS2 but for obvious reasons have never played longer then an hour just to check it out. What we need is the updated 3ds version!

KTT

#42

KTT said:

As far as I know Europe didn't got the 2nd part of the series. If the game comes to Europe I would be glad.

Lasermaster123

#43

Lasermaster123 said:

@Spoony_Tech

Yea have fun :D

The game becomes even more interesting after one playthrough since you can go through other endings while carrying over some of your previous demons (all in the original version, in this game you unlock that ability). You can fuse much more powerful demons than in your first playthrough, unlock secret bosses and much more! Plus the story is awesome and I just like the whole atmosphere of the game. It is serious but somewhat upbeat and fun at the same time.

Plus the 8th day in 3 endings. As well as the convenient compendium!

@KTT

No that second part came out last year in Europe. The updated version of the 2nd game (Devil Survivor 2: Break Record) will be out this year, but unlike the first game's overclocked version, instead of extending an ending, it will create a new scenario after the events of the original game.

Yorumi

#46

Yorumi said:

@HandheldGuru97 assuming they don't touch the game much EO2 is fairly brutal in difficulty. Some people hate that, others like me love it. I still enjoyed 4 but not nearly as much as 1 and 2. With the subclass system(that 3 started) character become much more generalist and on top of that it become difficult to create characters that arn't fairly overpowered making random encounters a lot easier. If you can get both I would, otherwise if it's only one I'd hold out for EO2.

Epicnessofme99

#47

Epicnessofme99 said:

I'm actually pretty happy for this, never picked up Etrian Odyssey 2 and now I won't have to. Just going to go along with this version.

MasterWario

#48

MasterWario said:

I've never been able to play the 2nd, so this is great for me! They'll probably also do the 3rd now too, which I heard was the best in the series. I know this isn't too great for people who've already played the originals, but for people like me who haven't played 1-3 this is fantastic.

thehoppypoppy

#49

thehoppypoppy said:

I love that they're remaking these games. Plus I'm glad that they're including casual play. I'm not hardcore enough for normal mode. I tend to lose interest when I've died in the same place 200 times...
...yeah, I'm a wimp, but I still enjoy EO gameplay. Therefore, I will most likely be on board for this!

Yorumi

#50

Yorumi said:

@thehoppypoppy i think you should play it on normal to get the authentic experience. It really changes how you play when you can't just charge straight forward without a care. It's just different when you have to make sure you have an escape, and enough supplies to survive the labyrinth. It's just a whole new experience when the labyrinth is a scary place.

DirkaDirka

#51

DirkaDirka said:

Currently playing through Millennium Girl, so I'm very happy to hear this. I assume this'll be coming to the west next year.

Though, honestly, the thing I'm most excited for this game is Yuzo Koshiro's rearrangements of EO2's music. I got into EO simply because of EO4's demo when the music really, REALLY caught my ears, which helped persuade me into buying EO4 and eventually EOU:TMG. He's such a fantastic composer. Seriously looking forward to this game's music.

And also, I actually don't mind them remaking the games, since I think now because of EO4 and EOU:TMG having demos on the eshop has led way to more people having played them, myself included. And because of this, I obviously never got to play EO2 and EO3, so this is a way for me to play them as well as experience brand new content via Story Mode. I'm just really happy this is happening.

Windy

#53

Windy said:

I will be waiting stateside for this one. Worldwide release will be nice. What did you guys think of the FOE song haha?

Darkness3131

#54

Darkness3131 said:

@CaviarMeths I was surprised too! At first I thought it was a coincidence or somthing but the more she went on the more I knew that she was actually Canadian

Gorlokk

#56

Gorlokk said:

I don't know if I'll get this one. I passed on EOU. I'd rather just get EO5.

Smitherenez

#58

Smitherenez said:

I loved EO4 and I am still busy with Untold. I can't wait for more dungeon crawling goodness! This series really came out of the blue for me, and I am surprised that I am enjoying it as much as I am.

thehoppypoppy

#59

thehoppypoppy said:

@Yorumi
I appreciate your recommendation, and I respect your opinion. However, I find the casual play experience to be very fulfilling as a gamer. While it may not necessarily be the "full" experience that Normal mode may be, I don't see it as being any less authentic.

I see casual play as the epidural of gaming. I'm still playing the game, just choosing to struggle through it a little less. My threshold for frustration in gaming is about the same as my threshold for pain while in labor, which is not high at all. Once I'm frustrated, it's no longer fun for me. I like some challenge, to be sure, but dying 95% of the time...well, I can think of more entertaining ways (for me) to spend my time. I'm not a high level gamer, I never have been. Due to other responsibilities, I'm not interested in becoming a high level gamer. For me, that's okay. Sure the first few levels are a breeze in casual mode, but the further I go, it gets really difficult for me (meaning, I still die A LOT). I can't just go charging ahead, as you said, later in the game. As for having the Labyrinth be a scary place, believe me, there's enough to freak me out in the Labyrinth even in casual mode. The first time one of those rock pig things charged at me in TMG, I almost peed myself! I guess I'm a scardy cat as well as a wimp...

Even in casual mode, I swear like a sailor at times. I'm pretty sure that in normal mode, I would swear enough for an entire naval armada. At which point my husband would probably take away my 3DS (which would be justified, in my opinion). Hahaha...

I'm glad that Normal mode is a fulfilling gaming experience for you. For myself, I will stick to casual mode for the time being. It's better for my sanity in the long run. ;)

Spoony_Tech

#60

Spoony_Tech said:

@thehoppypoppy Which was a good idea to include a casual mode and get more people to enjoy the experience. Thanks for the good read! If you can tell by the number of posts I make in here I'm a HUGH fan. ;)

RennanNT

#61

RennanNT said:

@TheWPCTraveler @ChessboardMan I believe you can create an backup of your save data (press the left arrow on the bottom, at the home screen). I didn't tried but, you can try make a backup->change something->save->make another backup->load 1st backup->check if its ok->load 2nd backup, if it works as I think it does, you can alternate saves freely using that.

But, in a NewGame+ can't you keep the story characters? In EOIV, I started a new game + and create a new team, while still keeping my old team on the guild and could play with them whenever I wanted or even mix both parties.

ToxieDogg

#62

ToxieDogg said:

Woooo! These are games which actually benefit from remakes and I love this series.

Can't wait for a Western release, although being in Europe means I likely won't see any sign of it until the end of next year :(

RennanNT

#64

RennanNT said:

@TheWPCTraveler You can do it too on IV. But, did you changed modes? (basically, Im not sure if you keep the story chars like Fredderica when you go to Classic Mode).
I started with story first, exactly because I was afraid to lose my team if I did the classic first...

TheWPCTraveler

#65

TheWPCTraveler said:

@RennanNT I'm pretty sure you can switch modes and keep your characters.

The problem is that I don't really know as I haven't pulled off New Game+.

WiiLovePeace

#66

WiiLovePeace said:

Awesome! I'm yet to finish EO IV & haven't bought EO Millennium Girl yet but will definitely rectify those two points before EO 2 remake comes out.

One-Winged-Pit

#67

One-Winged-Pit said:

@DirkaDirka I agree these remakes are really for the people that did not know about Etrian Odyssey before 4, which having demos raised its awareness tremendously. I was aware of the series before but I think the games looking so stoic turned me away. And yes the music was what really got me into the series, I cannot wait until I hear 2 recomposed!

Games that Atlus SHOULD remake though are the first two SMT games and The Dark Spire. I loved the art in that game but they barely explain how to start the game and the camera angle for the dungeon was just unbearable to me.

SpookyMeths

#68

SpookyMeths said:

I honestly have no problem at all with Atlus updating most of its DS catalog to 3DS. Having SMT IV, Devil Survivor 1 & 2, EO 1-4, and Persona Q all on one SD card would be fantastic.

B3ND3R

#70

B3ND3R said:

Woo, I can get behind this! EO2 was my favorite until EO4 came around.

Shambo

#71

Shambo said:

I'll get it if it arrives in Europe. I loved the original, but the remake of the first was actually great. I enjoyed the story mode as well, so here's hoping they'll do that again, with some nice cut-scenes. Playing 4 now, then Persona Q when it arrives, and still have Dark Spire in my backlog, need to play that sometime in the future as well.

TheWPCTraveler

#73

TheWPCTraveler said:

@brandonbwii I agree. Except, you know, they're destined to stay here for better or for worse.

EO wouldn't be the same without the DS control method. And a thick splattering of quality RPGs that aren't of just one franchise?
Yeah, they're here. For better or for worse. (And Sega owns them, anyway.)

FantasiaWHT

#74

FantasiaWHT said:

Pass. Come on, it's not like these games are that different from each other that making a new one is that intensive.

TheWPCTraveler

#76

TheWPCTraveler said:

@ModestFan93 I'll say it as many times as I have to make clear. Index Digital Media, otherwise known as Atlus, is owned by Sega.

Now, I'd really love to get a, say, Shenmue x Persona. Never mind the obvious pitfalls of such a thing, Persona alone guarantees that it'll be a hit!

GoombaJMR

#77

GoombaJMR said:

must quickly play the original's classic mode to get into the story mode for this :3

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