Get Ready For The Wii’s Next Big JRPG – The Last Story

Since the launch of the Nintendo Wii console back in 2006, European fans have been screaming out for some heavyweight JRPGs to get their teeth into. It seems that their luck came all at once with first the announcement of Xenoblade Chronicles hitting our shores, then The Last Story and soon Pandora’s Tower too. Hurrah!

The Last Story is to be released in Europe on the 24th February, exclusive to the Wii, to keep you occupied through the end of the Winter months.

But if you simply can’t wait until  then, don’t fret, Nintendo has kindly provided us with some pre-launch material to mull over until the big day. You can now visit the official website, where you can check out the latest teaser trailer, which we uploaded to Nintendo Scene yesterday, as well as being able to read an Iwata Asks interview with game director Hironobu Sakaguchi and character designer Kimihiko Fujisaka.You can also check out the story, videos of the settings and catch a sneaky peek at some of the enemies you will face in your journey.

Here’s a snippet from the Iwata Asks interview:

Takahashi:   At the Last Story presentation, Sakaguchi-san mentioned that the debug phase lasted nine months, but I believe that we actually had more people working on the debug for Xenoblade Chronicles! (laughs)
Sakaguchi: Wow!
Iwata: Well, the number of possible combinations of quests and items meant there was a huge volume of content. But I believe that the player will be able to see the effort you’ve put in.
Sakaguchi: Did you always intend to have that volume of data in the game?
Takahashi: Well, I had an inkling from the start that it would turn out as it did…
Sakaguchi: I see. So the game was structured that way. But in the end, you managed to include everything you wanted to, right?
Takahashi: Yes. We were still adding major features right up to the last minute.
Sakaguchi: Whew… Well, now that my title is already completed, I can laugh when I hear that. But not so long ago, it would have made me feel very nervous. (laughs)
Iwata: Thanks to all the effort you made, the overall satisfaction the player will get has greatly increased, making it all worthwhile.

Don’t forget to pre-order the game if you want to get hold of a limited edition bundle of The Last Story, which contains a steel book outer case, a copy of the game and a The Elements Of The Last Story package, which includes the soundtrack CD and an art book. The CD is comprised of seven tracks from the game, all composed by the great Nobou Uematsu, famous for working on the Final Fantasy soundtracks.

Before you go, don’t forget to have a look at some screenshots and let us know your opinion on the game, and whether or not you’ll be buying it!

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3 Responses to “Get Ready For The Wii’s Next Big JRPG – The Last Story”
  1. Raquel says:

    Yeah, I have a feeling it’ll be hard to find elnteualvy, too, given its rather limited release.I can understand going on a Wii binge. It’s amazing how many great games have been released for it, if you ask me.What do you think of Sonic Colors and Fragile, by the way? I’ve been especially curious about Fragile for some time…As for The Last Story: It’ll be interesting to see if NOA brings it and Pandora’s Tower over. I’d certainly love it if they did!


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