03. The Last Story (Mistwalker, Nintendo)
This is the last one. I promise.
The last in our trio of Japanese epics without American release dates, Wii owners in the states have been crossing their fingers for The Last Story ever since its 2010 unveiling.
After all, it’s not every day the father of Final Fantasy creates a new game.
From the mind and talents of Hironobu Sakaguchi, The Last Story is a collaboration between his Mistwalker team and Nintendo. According to Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata, the game explores “the universal theme of human emotion,” taking the player on a journey across bustling towns, vast oceans and most importantly, an emotional story.
According to Sakaguchi, this aptly titled game is driven heavily by its story, but the gameplay is also interesting. Battles are waged in real-time, and during combat, your character can actually distract enemies to give your comrades time to attack.
In addition to its quest, The Last Story also has online multiplayer. At least, it does in Japan. In the United States, it has a lot of people desperately hoping for a release.
And that YouTube isn’t the last place they see The Last Story.