Weekly Round-Up: The Last Story
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XSEED and Mistwalker announced this week that their upcoming Wii exclusive RPG The Last Story will finally be released in North America on August 14. As previously reported, all initial shipments of the latest title from the creator of the Final Fantasy series Hironobu Sakaguchi will automatically be upgraded to the limited edition with an included soft cover art book and special packaging. The bigger news out of the release date announcement was the pre-order bonus of the game which nets you the seven track soundtrack CD pictured below. For those of you unfamiliar with Mistwalker or The Last Story, the music for the game was created and produced by Nobuo Uematsu, one of the most iconic video game composers to ever grace the medium. To get your hands on this deal pre-order your copy of The Last Story from Amazon, GameStop, or EB Canada.
Interesting stuff for this weeks extras: First off during an Iwata Asks interview from Nintendo of Europe, Sakaguchi-san and Uematsu-san have an interesting exchange in regards to development of The Last Story. Believe it or not, the music initially created for the game was rejected by Sakaguchi and Uematsu almost backed out of the project:
Next up is the book based on Mistwalker’s Xbox 360 RPG Lost Odyssey titled He Who Journeys Eternity: Lost Odyssey: A Thousand Years of Dreams. The book was released in Japan only in November of 2007 and for those familiar with LO it is a compilation of the dream sequences that Kaim encounters throughout the game. Although they do break up the game’s narrative when you discover one they are some of the most powerful and emotional sequences in any game I’ve ever played, some even put me on the verge of tears. If you can read Japanese or want a neat collectable for your video game stash try and track down a copy of it!
Finally for those who like The Legend of Zelda here’s a neat pic to add to your internet photo collection on your computer, it comes from Siliconera. Their staff had the opportunity earlier this year to take a tour of Nintendo’s Paris studio run by none other than Sakaguchi-san! Pictured below with our favorite Hylian hero giving the shaka sign (hang ten for the non surfers) it’s great to segway into Party Wave! his latest iOS game releasing soon for $1.99.
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