The April 3DS Nintendo Direct presentation may have focused on the Year of Luigi, but many Square Enix fans would agree that the real news from Wednesday's live stream was Nintendo confirmation of plans for a Bravely Default: Flying Fairy release date in the United States next year.
At long last, Nintendo confirmed that Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will get a North American release date after all. Square Enix's critically acclaimed handheld role-playing game will be coming to the United States sometime during 2014. Many were likely hoping that the Bravely Default: Flying Fairy release date in North America would be closer to its Japanese counterpart (October 2012). However, we suspect just as many, if not more, gamers will be very happy that the game is finally crossing the Pacific.
For those unfamiliar with the title, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is widely considered to be the spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, and the former features much of the same art and character design first introduced into the latter by Akihiko Yoshida. The game was developed by Silicon Studio, published by Square Enix, and features a unique combination of traditional Final Fantasy game mechanics and new augmented-reality-based game systems.
The first reports of a definite English localization for Bravely Default: Flying Fairy first surfaced during GDC 2013 last month, with a number of sources telling Silicon Era that Nintendo 3DS owners could definitely expect to hear about a North American re-release of the game. Fortunately, Wednesday's Bravely Default: Flying Fairy release date announcement was a little more direct/official, coming straight from the mouth of Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen.
Check out the newly released, English subtitled Bravely Default: Flying Fairy trailer:
Be sure to check back with iDigitalTimes.com in the days and weeks ahead for all the latest news on the Bravely Default: Flying Fairy release date along with the rest of our coverage from the latest 3DS Nintendo Direct live stream.
Are you planning to buy Bravely Default: Flying Fairy when Square Enix's widely lauded portable RPG makes its US debut next year? Turned off by the delay between the game's Japanese and North American launches? Already imported and/or completed a Japanese copy of the game?
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