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The latest trailer for Balan Wonderland highlights Chapter 8 - The Lady Too Scared to Love


Peek through the curtains of BALAN WONDERWORLD for a glimpse at more of the Twelve different tales that await our stars in Wonderworld. Meet Iben Bia, suddenly losing her parents overwhelms her with the grief of losing loved ones, and she becomes afraid to love. Can she ever love again?

Balan Wonderworld "PS4 Vs. Switch" comparison and demo trailer

Head-to-head

The Balan Wonderworld demo has been out for a few days now, and it hit multiple platforms. In the video above, you can see how the Switch version compares to the PS4. After that, you can watch a trailer for the demo below.

Balan Wonderworld "PS5 Vs. Switch" demo comparison

A definite difference

The Balan Wonderworld demo is now available worldwide and on multiple platforms. Want to see just how visually different the Switch version is compared to PS5? Check out the the side-by-side showdown above.

Balan Wonderworld demo now available worldwide

Wonder no more

A demo for Balan Wonderworld released in Japan yesterday, and now that same demo is available worldwide. You can read a bit about the demo below, which includes a special unlock for Switch owners.

Today SQUARE ENIX® released a free demo for BALAN WONDERWORLD™, the all-new action-platformer from the new gaming brand BALAN COMPANY. The demo offers a sneak peek at all the whimsy and magic the game has in store ahead of its March 26 release. By downloading and playing the demo, players can unlock platform-specific bonus costumes, which can be enjoyed when playing the full game after purchase.

Star Launcher – Nintendo Switch™ Edition

The Star Launcher costume shoots sparkling star bullets to the front when standing still, which can defeat enemies or destroy blocks.

The demo features three of BALAN WONDERWORLD’s twelve magical worlds, and also supports local two-player co-op that can be enjoyed with friends and family by plugging-in and pressing any button on a second controller. Players can battle Negati, play Balan’s Bout mini-games and collect Balan Statues together as Leo and Emma, combining abilities from different costumes to explore each wonderous world and access new paths that are unavailable in solo play.

Balan Wonderworld ‘True Happiness is an Adventure’ trailer released

Hope you're happy!

To promote the demo for Balan Wonderworld, Square-Enix has released a demo on the Switch. The demo gives you just a taste of the 12 different tales and over 80 different costumes you'll find in the full game. If you still need some convincing, check out the latest trailer for the game above.

GoNintendo Video - Balan Wonderworld feels...strange

A look at Yuji Naka's next game

Yuji Naka is the man behind beloved franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog and NiGHTS. Now he's teamed up with Square-Enix to create Balan Wonderworld, and the demo has me feeling all sorts of confused.

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Balan Wonderworld demo gameplay round-up

A look at Yuji Naka's latest

Earlier today, we mentioned that a demo for Balan Wonderworld was released in Japan. You can hop on your Switch and grab it right now if you have a Japanese account. If not, you can just check out the videos in this post to see what the demo has to offer.


Five new demos now available on the Japanese eShop (Balan Wonderworld, Jack Jeanne, Steam Prison, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, and The Ramen Sensei)

Give these games a try!

Five more demos have become available for Switch games on the Japanese eShop, and we have all the info on the titles below. Check out all the demos that can be downloaded for free using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account!

Balan Wonderworld
Published by: Square Enix

BALAN WONDERWORLD is a wondrous action platformer game themed around the Balan Theatre. Led by the enigmatic maestro named Balan, the stars of the show Emma and Leo will use special abilities from a multitude of characterful costumes as they adventure in the bizarre and imaginary land of Wonderworld. Here memories and vistas from the real world mix with the things that people hold dear.

Jack Jeanne
Published by: broccoli

The game's story centers around protagonist Kisa Tachibana, a girl who had given up a career in theater, but receives an invitation to attend the Univers Drama School, an elite drama school for male actors, where students play female roles (referred to as "Jeanne" roles) in addition to male roles ("Jack" roles). However, to maintain her enrollment, she must land a starring role in the school's play at the end of the year and also hide that she is a girl.

Steam Prison
Published by: HuneX

There are two kinds of people: the rulers and the ruled. The Heights are a gorgeous utopia. The Depths, a filthy industrial wasteland. Our heroine, raised in the Heights, has nothing but contempt for those below. Now an observation mission requires her to descend into that world, and the gears of fate have begun to turn.

Immortals: Fenyx Rising
Published by: Ubisoft

Immortals Fenyx Rising™ brings grand mythological adventure to life.
Play as Fenyx, a new, winged demigod, on a quest to save the Greek gods. The fate of the world is at stake – you are the gods’ last hope.

The Ramen Sensei
Published by: Kairosoft

Build the ultimate bowl to leap past yourramen rivals and achieve greatness!
Build your ramen rep by fashioning the ultimate bowl from a vast assortment of noodles, soup, and toppings. From roast pork to miso, mackerel, and more--the only limit is your imagination, meaning you'll need to use your noodle to nail the right recipes and bring hungry customers in by the crowd!
Enter contests and see how you size up against rivals, thus cementing your standing as superlative sensei of the savory! Succeed--and one day you might even have your own ramen theme park!

Balan Wonderworld soundtrack getting a physical standalone release in Japan

90 tracks to enjoy

Square-Enix has revealed that Balan Wonderworld is getting a soundtrack release. The album is set to launch on March 31st, 2021, and it will include 3 CDs consisting of 90 tracks altogether. Those who pre-order the album from the Square-Enix online store will get a special sleeve for the jewel case. This sleeve is in limited supply, and will only be around for the first printing. The package is priced at $35, and you can check out the listing here.

A demo for Balan Wonderworld will be available on January 28th


Square Enix and developer Arzest have announced that a demo for Balan Wonderworld will be released on January 28th. The demo for the game will be available on all current console platforms including the Nintendo Switch. It will contain Acts 1 and 2 of Chapter 1, Act 1 of Chapter 4, and Act 1 of Chapter 6. The demo will also support co-operative local multiplayer.

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