The World Ends With You is broken on iOS 8, and has been for a long time, to the point where Square Enix pulled it from the App Store last week because it just doesn't work.
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My Apple iPad 2. Crisp display with a density of 132 ppi. Reacts to multi-touch gestures. Contains accelerometer, gyroscope. Reacts to involuntary shakes in hands. Enough battery life to last majority of a cross country flight. Reacts poorly to excessive, clammy sweating. Does not register uncontrolled clenching of fists/jaw. Eight-megapixel front-facing camera accurately captures wild desperation in eyes, ghostly pallor, but leaves out racing thoughts, mounting dread, cavalcade of head voices.
You ever get to that point in a Japanese role-playing game? You know. The point where you want to turn it off. There you are, killing monsters and levelling up and minding your own business, when in comes a pair of tiny twins or a cackling rogue to ruin your day with voice acting that even Kristen Stewart would call hammy.
After a drip-fed countdown, Square Enix revealed that The World Ends With You was being re-released. On iOS. For 21 bucks.
Look, nothing justifies what Square Enix did. Setting up a weekly countdown that everyone giddily expects will be a sequel to beloved DS game The World Ends With You only to reveal that it's actually a $21 iOS port? Indefensible.
Numerous Japanese sites are speculating that The World Ends with You is iOS bound. Earlier today, Square Enix revealed that the game was an iOS title on its online store page for the soundtrack page. The iOS notice has since been removed from the soundtrack page, while the countdown site soldiers on. Thrilling.
As Kotaku's own Kirk Hamilton pointed out last week, one of the most amazing things in Square Enix's DS hit, The World Ends With You, was its techno/pop/rap soundtrack. While we aren't getting a new game in the series anytime soon (if ever), we are getting the next best thing, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
Released last year in the US, The World Ends With You brought action role-playing to the real-world setting of Shibuya reimagined by Square-Enix.
So the other day when I was visiting Xseed, checking out Valhalla Knights 2 and Little King's Story, I espied this sweet The World Ends With You DS. My photo quality is poor, so the little caption beside it says "It's A Wonderful World".
Turns out that Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura gave the TWEWY DS as a.gift to Xseed's company president, Jun Iwasaki, who was Square's CEO before he left to found Xseed. Nomura also gave Iwasaki one of those Crisis Core PSPs, but apparently, while Iwasaki decided to keep the TWEWY DS, he gave the PSP to one of his colleagues.
The DS is even more awesome-looking in person; it's gloss silver, and the logo is nice and shiny.
Phew, yesterday's Final Fantasy Remix album cover? Man, that was brutal. My eyes still hurt at the mere thought of looking at that! This, this right here is quite nice. Here is the CD cover art for The World Ends with You CD soundtrack, which is also getting an iTunes release. It goes on sale next month.
Side note: Shame that this game didn't do better.
Sorry for the hold-up! Here's this week's Zero Punctuation, which is taking on Square Enix's DS title The World Ends With You. Totally agree about using the dual screens during the combat. Totally.