Jump Mystery Title Revealed to be New Tales Game
PSP gets two Tales of Phantasia remakes to go along with the one it already has.
The big mystery reveal Jump teased in its last issue has leaked out in advance. The "unexpected" game in question is a new entry in the Tales series. Well, not a "new" entry exactly.
Namco Bandai will be remaking Tales of Phantasia Narikiri Dungeon for PlayStation Portable. The remake will be titled Tales of Phantasia Narikiri Dungeon X (Cross) and will see release in 2010.
The original was released in 2000 for the Game Boy Color. It's known for being the first ever Tales series sequel, in this case a sequel to the first Tales game, Super Famicomm's Tales of Phantasia.
The "Narikiri" part of the name come from the main characters' abilities to assume new job abilities by changing their clothes ("Narikiri" means "to totally become something"). The "dungeon" part comes from the game's use of random dungeons.
The PSP game is actually two games in one. In addition to a remake of the Game Boy Color title, Namco Bandai will be packing in a remake of Tales of Phantasia itself. This will be titled Tales of Phantasia X. The combat system for this is being renewed for modern times.
Tales of Phantasia was remade for PlayStation in 1998. The PlayStation remake was later remade for the PSP with 2006's "Tales of Phantasia - Full Voice Edition." Jump refers to Tales of Phantasia X as being a remake of the very first Tales game, so it's presumably a remake of the 1995 Super Famicom original. It's unclear how, or if, it will differ from the current remake.