In 2007, Nintendo released The World Ends With You (known as It’s A Wonderful World in Japan) on the DS handheld system. The game saw a mobile remake in 2012, and now it’s getting a Final Remix version on the Switch.
The graphics and soundtrack have been cranked up to eleven for The World Ends With You: Final Remix, and a new scenario and characters have been added to extend the gameplay.
The control scheme has been adjusted for the Switch as well, utilizing the touch screen in handheld mode and the Joy-Cons and motion pointer on the TV. Players will also be able to team up and take on the deadly challenges together.
The World Ends With You sees an amnesiac boy named Neku wake up in the middle of modern Shibuya with a strange text on his phone. He’s to complete some mission or be erased from existence. He soon realizes this is no joke, as monsters called Noise attack him relentlessly. His only way of fighting back comes from teaming up with another player in this “Reaper’s Game.” Everyone has their own reasons for risking their existence in this game, but it seems Neku is the only one who has no idea what’s going on. And there’s a lot going on behind the scenes.
The original DS entry received largely positive reviews and special praise for its soundtrack, while The World Ends With You: Solo Remix for iOS smoothed over a lot of the control issues the DS version had, at the cost of unfair pricing and lack of compatibility between devices. The Switch port looks to be crisp and clean and is set to release September 27, 2018, in Japan. That could be the worldwide release date since NA and Europe are listed as “fall 2018.”
The world ends with Nintendo Switch. Play the game or face erasure.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.