NEO: The World Ends With You's music will be handled by Takeharu Ishimoto, composer from the original game

I like the sound of that!

The World Ends With You was praised for numerous aspects back in the day, and soundtrack was definitely one of them. Many fans consider the soundtrack absolutely crucial to the experience, helping create the mood and elevate the action. Those who feel that way should be very happy with today's announcement.

Takeharu Ishimoto, composer from the original The World Ends With You, has confirmed that he's behind the soundtrack for the NEO: The World Ends With You. Ishimoto no longer works for Square-Enix, but he'll be freelancing for this project.

Tetsuya Nomura shares a piece of art for NEO: The World Ends With You

Old meets new

Kingdom Hearts mastermind and The World Ends With You character designer Tetsuya Nomura has shared a new bit of artwork today in honor of the reveal for NEO: The World Ends With You. As you can see above, the artwork features Neku from the first game, and Rindo from the just-announced sequel. Nomura said that since there's no official Twitter account for NEO yet, he thought he'd share the artwork on his personal Twitter account.

NEO: The World Ends with You officially announced for Nintendo Switch, new trailer

NEO: The World Ends with You is coming Summer 2021 to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch!

Explore a stylized recreation of Shibuya, as you take on the role of Rindo to battle for survival and unravel the mysteries of the deadly “Reaper’s Game” in this new Action RPG for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Balan Wonderworld "Chapter 2" and "Chapter 3" trailers released

Welcome to the Wonderworld!

Two more trailers have been released for Balan Wonderworld. One trailer is entitled "The Dolphin and the Diver," while the other is for "The Girl Who's Gaga For Bugs." Check out both spots above.

Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts watches launch in Japan Dec. 2020

It's about time!

Two lines of gaming-related watches are about to launch in Japan. First up is a series of Pokemon watches from Seiko, and each is priced at 30,800 yen. All four watches will be water-proof for up to 10 bar, and they also feature magnetic resistance. Each watch has a special case, along with a custom cleaning cloth. The series launches Dec. 11th, 2020.

Along with that, U-Treasure is launching a pair of Kingdom Hearts watches on Dec. 25th, 2020. Each watch is priced at 27,500 yen, and they come with a carrying pouch. These watches are only sold on the U-Treasure website.

Square Enix opens countdown website to promote The World Ends with You announcement

Square Enix has launched a new website with a timer that counts down to an announcement regarding The World Ends with You. The timer ends on November 23rd 2020 in North America, and viewers of the website are able to liten to music from the game while they visit the website.

Japanese Trials of Mana fans pick Riesz as their favorite character

We have a winner!

Square-Enix recently ran a poll in Japan to find out which of the 6 main characters from Trial of Mana fans like the most. The votes have been counted and there's a clear winner.

Riesz came out above all others, easily making her the top pick. She was followed by Angela (2nd place), Hawkeye (3rd place), Kevin (4th place), Duran (5th place) and Charlotte (6th place). In honor of the results, artist HACCAN shared the new illustration seen above, which features Riesz, Angela, and Hawkeye.

Trials of Mana updated to Version 1.1.1

Square-Enix has updated Trials of Mana to Version 1.1.1. This update fixes an issue that occurred after changing the difficulty on the options screen. This bug was actually introduced with the game's last update, but this new version remedies the situation.

Square-Enix creates an AR promo for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

A little mobile magic

In advance of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory's release, Square-Enix has put together a neat AR tribute that you can see on your smartphone. If you visit this page on the Japanese hub page for Kingdom Hearts, you'll get access to a special music staff. Point your phone's camera at the staff and let the magic begin. We've also included the staff below.

If you don't have a phone capable of doing this, you can see what the experience is like via the video at the top of this post.

Dragon Quest-themed Luida's Bar set to reopen on Nov. 13th, 2020, will include new menu items

A whole new start

Square-Enix had to close down their Dragon Quest-themed restaurant, Luida's Bar, due to the pandemic. The good news is that it's now set to reopen on Nov. 13th, 2020, and there will be some new items for fans to enjoy.

Luida's Bar will open at a new Akihabara location this Friday, which is part of the chain's 10th anniversary. Those who visit can partake in the Dragon Quest Special Course, which is a three-hour course that comes with numerous food items. The experience is priced at 4,000 yen a person.

There will also be Dragon Quest Slime Pudding, which comes in blue raspberry and strawberry milk flavors. It costs 730 yen for the pudding alone or 1,700 yen for a set that includes a collectible glass.

Finally, those who visit Luida’s Bar during the reopening celebration from November 13th to November 20th, 2020, will receive three bonus items.

- Slime Meat Bun (one per person)
- 500G Coupon (good for your next visit)
- Two Mini Medal Stamps


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