About time America got this.
I highly recommend playing the demo on the eShop first, because that's to give you an idea of whether or not this is your kind of JRPG. This is basically the spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes Of Light. If you've played that and liked it, you'll love Bravely Default. If you haven't played it, let me draw you a picture: Job Class System similar to Final Fantasies III (not VI), V, Tactics, or XI: Online, but you start off with a very basic class and earn different jobs through game progression. There is a story, but unless you make an effort to talk to NPC's, like you had to in the 8-bit days, you're not going to know what steps to take, and you may even miss out on some bonus items. You may die on your first random battle if you don't play your cards right. This game is not going to COMPLETELY hold your hand. From what I've gathered of the demo, BD actually has an auto-save system when you enter/leave an area, something FF4HoL lacked. Also, the battle system has a Brave/Default system that can totally change the tide of battle, even amongst the easiest/hardest of foes.
It's not, as the 80's kids say, "Nintendo Hard", but I'd say as far as most games, this is a tier close to "Hardcore" but far, far, far from "Casual".
Regardless, play the demo, that's going to help you more than any "pre-buzz" will in making a decision. And if you do like it, finish the demo to get bonuses in the full game.
RPG gold. Must have title.
If you're an old school gamer with roots in early Final Fantasy games you will absolutely love this game. It has it all, music,pace,plot,graphics,compelling personalization, just a touch of modern spin with streetpass and most of all it is fun! The humour that Ringabel brings is delightful, Tiz can be slightly stoic and a bit of a wiener but overall the characters are likeable and someone you will be rooting for. Weather you want to be a ranger that also uses black magic, or a summoner who dabbles in knightly endeavors you can set up your party any way you like as you acquire more jobs. While not too difficult the game isn't a mindless turn based attack fest, boss fights will be tough without good strategy and careful execution. Overall this is on par with Chrono Trigger and the great Final Fantasy games of my childhood. I think any self respecting RPG fan would have to be crazy not to pick this up.
There is so much that could be said about this game.. If you enjoy old school jrpg's or rpg's, I'd say there is 99% chance you'll love this game. You'll also catch onto the mechanics and the overall system very quickly, whether you're new to the genre or not. Not to say that it's not a great system because it is! I don't want to ramble on.. I'll just say this , if you're on the fence about buying this game, do it! You won't regret it, I promise.
To the person asking if this game is 2DS compatible, YES IT IS! All 3DS games will work on the 2DS. From day one of the 3DS, Nintendo has stressed to game developers that they need to make the game's 2D compatibly (before 2DS) and now even more so because of the 2DS. Although the name might not sound like it, the 2DS is part of the 3DS family. All 3DS games will work on your 2DS.
I have played the game before and will definitely be buying an NA copy. :)
I give this game a 9.5/10
You will sink so much time...BUT IT IS ADDICTING!
THIS GAME IS AMAZING. When the demo first released, I was sold on this game. If you love the old style RPG's, then you will love this! I have already sunk so much time into the game and it just released! There are sooooooo many jobs to level! Black Mage, White Mage, Ninja, Conjurer, Spell Fencer, Knight, Arcanist, Bard, Monk, Vampire, Knight, Thief Ranger, Red Mage and even MORE! PLUS you can switch out different abilities with different jobs just too give you that perfect fight! The story is great too and the voice acting is...well its okay! :D If you are wary, then play the demo. It gives you a good idea from there. Otherwise, BUY IT! :D
reason to own a 3DS
I will buy this game regardless if we get a collector edition or not. A HUGE thank you to Nintendo for working with SE to bring this over. Been looking forward to this game for a LONG TIME. Field/town graphics resemble FF IX. If you’re a fan of OLD SCHOOL rpg gameplay then this is for you
Underrated, Spread the word
This is by far one of the best turn based RPG's to come out in the last decade, when I say that I mean on par with Golden Sun. Classic gamers will love this game, and draw in newcomers to the genre. If you don't have this game or have not tried it for yourself, do so and you will not regret it. If you don't someday you will want to, but it will cost an arm and a leg.
Finally a release date for this anticipated JRPG from SE and NINTENDO. However, I will hold out for the collector's edition when it becomes available. It's very tempting to hit that pre-order button, but I have a feeling the CE will be available too. EU CE is looking amazing. Please SE give us our CE!
Finally indeed - no need for a campaign even.
I have seen a couple campaigns to bring this one here to Region 1, and here it is -- finally happening on its own. This is more of a fantasy JRPG than the newer FF games - and its in an actual "fantasy" setting. Haven't been getting a fantasy with FF XIII and sequels. This is MORE LIKE IT. We're getting it late in North America, but at least we're getting it. I'm throwing extra $$ on this one, in case we get the awesome Collector's Edition that Europe is getting. Hope we get that CE. I want that figure too.
Great for the RPG beginner!
I think the game is awesome! Very simple to follow, great story, and great character development. There was plenty of information available to help you if you got lost or confused. My only issue was with the towns, normally you'd be able to actually enter a home or establishment, wander around, and pick up items. These towns were much smaller than usual and you could only get inside the castle/main fortress.
A Replacement for Final Fantasy
This game takes a good gander at what's in store for Square Enix for 2014 since Final Fantasy has rarely made an appearance for Nintendo. The demo plays alot like Final Fantasy: The Four Heroes of Light in terms of the Job class structure and battle system. However, the demo adds a few new mechanics such as the Street Pass ability to be able to add friends to your party whenever you need help with battling and rebuilding the town of Norende. In battles, you can stack actions called Battle Points using the "Default" action (up to 3 times), then attack with multiple skills using the "Brave" action. All in all, this is a good alternative to the Final Fantasy series and will keep players entertained for awhile once it is released on February 7th, 2014.