Balan Wonderworld News
The platformer fails to chart worldwide
When Balan Wonderworld was first revealed last July, we – and plenty of the Nintendo Life community, judging by these comments – were pretty intrigued to see how it would fair. The premise of a fresh 3D platformer from Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima, creators of Sonic the Hedgehog, was something we couldn't
There's something strange going on...
It's been a bumpy launch for Balan Wonderworld - a boss section in the game was identified as being able to potentially trigger epileptic seizures and there's a suspicious amount of positive user reviews on Metacritic, raising plenty of eyebrows. If
Apparently, it's the best platformer ever. Who knew?
Balan Wonderworld has had some shockingly awful press around its release, including warnings of scenes that are unsafe for epileptic players, and a bunch of reviews that rarely poke their heads up above the 6/10 mark. Needless to say, it's not looking good for Square Enix's latest, made with
"My husband complained of feeling dizzy before he threw up"
Cyberpunk 2077 made the news for many reasons when it launched late last year, but a more pressing concern related to the game's "braindance" sequence causing seizures. After some debate, it was quickly patched, and Microsoft confirmed it would improve
Balan Wonderworld! Monster Hunter! Kaze and the Wild Masks!
The latest Nintendo Download update for Europe has arrived, and it's bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy! Switch Retail eShop - New Releases: 3D Arcade...
Monster Hunter! Balan Wonderworld! Narita Boy!
The latest Nintendo Download update for North America has arrived, and it's bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy! Switch eShop - Highlights: Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom,...
Face your fears, together
We had high hopes for Yuji Naka's upcoming game Balan Wonderworld, but admittedly weren't too impressed by the demo. Still, the show must go on, and with this in mind, Square Enix has now debuted its new trailer titled, "A Hero or Two". This particular video focuses on the local co-op mode and "stars of the show" Leo and...
"There’s been a wide range of opinions..."
Back in January, Switch owners were able to download a demo for Balan Wonderworld, Square Enix's upcoming 3D platformer directed by Sonic lead, Yuji Naka. Unfortunately, despite the hype surrounding the game up until that point, the demo didn't exactly impress. All's not lost, though, as the game's...
Switch news? Well, we can hope
Well, well, well. It seems like Nintendo's Directs are truly trendsetting - and although Ninty certainly isn't the first to invent "company makes video of upcoming releases", it really seems like they made it popular, because now Square Enix is getting in on it, too. Square Enix Presents is a 40-minute...
Balan Wonderworld's free demo has landed on the Switch eShop, and after a bit of hesitant excitement for the game, we were keen to get our hands on this freebie to see what Yuji Naka's been cooking up. Unfortunately we don't come bearing a glowing recommendation from what this demo has to offer. After spending quite a bit of time with...
Have you tried it out yet?
Update #2: Here's a reminder that the demo goes live today, along with a lovely new trailer to promote it. Update #1 [Tue 19th Jan, 2021 14:00 GMT]: The Balan Wonderworld demo has now also been confirmed for the west. It'll be releasing on all platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, on 28th January - the same date as...
"I don’t think I’d be good at making RPGs"
Former Sonic Team boss Yuji Naka – who is perhaps most famous for co-creating Sonic the Hedgehog alongside Hirokazu Yasuhara and Naoto Ohshima – has stated that his latest venture, Balan Wonderworld, could be his one and only chance at making a successful 3D platformer at Square Enix, his current...
Dive into a fantastic dreamlike land
One of the highlights of Nintendo's latest Partner Showcase was the announcement trailer for Square Enix's upcoming 3D action platformer, Balan Wonderworld. It confirms this new IP will be coming to the Switch on 26th March next year. If you missed the initial announcement back in July, it's a game from Yuji...
Lined up for "Spring 2021"
A new game from Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima, perhaps best known as the creators of one Sonic the Hedgehog, has been announced as part of the Xbox Games Showcase. Square Enix is bringing Balan Wonderworld to Switch and other consoles in next spring. Described as a 3D action platforming game for 1-2