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  • Summary: The highly stylised and critically acclaimed Nintendo DS game "The World Ends With You" is coming to Nintendo Switch.

    When the main character, Neku, suddenly encounters the mysterious girl Shiki, he gets caught up in a deadly game he'll be erased from existence if he can't complete a
    The highly stylised and critically acclaimed Nintendo DS game "The World Ends With You" is coming to Nintendo Switch.

    When the main character, Neku, suddenly encounters the mysterious girl Shiki, he gets caught up in a deadly game he'll be erased from existence if he can't complete a series of twisted tasks.

    Tear into each rhythmic battle using the game's traditional touch controls or Joy-Con controllers for a fresh style of combat! The action-RPG will also include a sizeable new scenario that gets right to the heart of the story.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Oct 10, 2018
    96
    Final Remix adds improvements in the graphics section, in addition to including new content and the possibility of playing it in TV or tabletop mode. It has an interesting story, a fantastic soundtrack and a very original gameplay, although it may take us a while to adapt to the game system on Switch.
  2. 90
    Fantastic. A unique ARPG packed with a brilliant story, fun gameplay, and a fascinating premise, everything about it screams instant classic. Don’t sit out on this one, especially if you can get around the initially jarring control options.
  3. Oct 12, 2018
    82
    A hurricane of style, good ideas and convincing narration clashes with a difficulty so low that sometimes is irritating: beyond an all-but-old problem of about a decade, The World Ends with You remains an incredibly fresh and original game that deserves to be played by both veterans and those who missed it on the DS in 2007. There is no better opportunity to brush up on the adventure of Neku, just hold on to the touch screen and leave the Joy-Con in a corner. The party, this time, is the exclusive prerogative of the handheld mode.
  4. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    The World Ends with You is a little less fresh and exciting than it was a decade ago. But, despite a few shortcomings and the loss of dual-screen play, it’s still an incredible game and worthwhile for those who’ve yet to play it. There’s not quite enough that’s new here for returning fans though.
  5. Oct 18, 2018
    75
    Still a solid RPG with interesting mechanics and an engaging story, living up to its reputation. Even playing all these years later, it still feels very fresh with its own unique identity. While the Switch version is still fun, it’s far from a great port, and the extra content is pretty disappointing.
  6. Oct 14, 2018
    70
    Still a courageously original action role-player that breaks almost every rule in the role-playing book. Although what it really needs is a sequel, not another remaster.
  7. 60
    On paper, The World Ends With You would have been perfect for a Switch adaptation, and it still could be. There hasn’t been any indication of post-launch updates to fix the controls, but in a less cynical view we can be glad they’re not selling Another 7 Days as a separate expansion. But Final Remix is something rare: the Switch port of a classic game that would have been better served happening on 3DS if they wanted to replicate the original experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 16, 2018
    10
    If you didn't get a chance to check out the original TWEWY on the DS, absolutely give this a look. If you did, go for it anyway because it'sIf you didn't get a chance to check out the original TWEWY on the DS, absolutely give this a look. If you did, go for it anyway because it's a great game even now.

    A bold art style catches the eye and holds it, with great character design and amazing enemy design. The mix of animals with tribal-style tattoo limbs/features is creative and both new and pleasing to the eye. The Switch version allows for noting a number of details missed in the origianl, simply because it's now in crisp HD and so much easier to see small things.

    The music is a great mix of things, with subtle changes as you go. Several fantastic numbers, and generally works very well.

    Speaking of music, it's a constant theme through the game from the positions that a few characters hold to the naming of the Noise.

    The game has an engaging cast of characters with beautiful interactions that manage to seamlessly blend fluffy, snarky, humor, and heard-wrenching. They feel like actual people, and like people who are interacting. Even the background characters have little things that make them more than just "Generic Background Character #2943415".

    The attention to detail from the movements of the characters when idle to the little blurbs the shopkeepers say as you buy things from them help give the game the feel of an actual place. And, speaking of, it's a pretty solid representation of the actual Shibuya in terms of how it's laid out. Obviously names changed for legal reasons and other things added since it's fictional, but still.

    There's a number of themes in the game, deeper than simply "save the world". Themes of dealing with other people, of trust, friendship, individuality, cooperation, freedom, family... So many things are explored on a number of different levels and it's honestly just fantastic.

    It sucks you in and doesn't let you go, and you don't have a problem with that.

    As for the technical things like gameplay... The DS version was innovative, using just about every input method on the system including shutting the DS to take on a certain optional enemy. With the changes they had to adapt it a little--removing one of the EXP types and reworking the distribution of the remaining 2, for example, with the lack of the Mingle feature. The lack of dual screens is a sad loss, of course, but the mobile port solved that with a method of play that was challenging in it's own right. And the Switch port adds a co-op mode! (Or, in all honestly, a "pretend you're two people but you're actually just one person using co-op mode" option).

    Psych activation is in a number of ways, I strongly suggest using it as a handheld if you can! You have a number of ways to use your attacks--pressing empty space, tapping empty space, tapping enemies or obstacles, rubbing empty space or enemies, pressing Neku (your main character), slashing enemies or across the screen or across Neku, dragging across empty space... And more. Each Pin has a Psych, which you use to attack, evade, defend, and heal yourself in real-time combat. There's several families of skills that use a different input method like the ones just mentioned and they have their own stats.

    And that's not even getting into the evolution trees! Using them differently--such as in battle or while the game is off (that's right, there's a type of EXP for not playing the game--or messing with the system clock to time travel)--will either master them, or possibly allow them to evolve depending on the Pin itself. Better grab a chart because there's a lot to keep track of. Just be sure it's a Final Remix updated chart, ones for previous versions aren't accurate thanks the reworking of the EXP system to remove Mingle EXP.

    Overall, the game was a 10/10 when it came out, and it's aged just fine. It's still a 10/10.

    If you were on the fence and looking for a game to make that Switch worth while, this is absolutely that game. If you just need something else to play, give it a shot.

    The World Ends With You, so embrace a new and innovative experience to expand your world!
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  2. Oct 15, 2018
    8
    As good as I remember from the 3ds, now on a bigger screen. Great story, characters, art, and music, backed with nice game mechanics. I highlyAs good as I remember from the 3ds, now on a bigger screen. Great story, characters, art, and music, backed with nice game mechanics. I highly recommend playing with touch controls and in handheld mode rather than using the joycons, since using the joycon cursor feels quite clunky when activating psychs compared to using the touch screen. Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2018
    7
    On one hand, this game is a lazy port of the mobile/tablet version of TWEWY that has the cheek to cost £40. Squenix couldn’t even be botheredOn one hand, this game is a lazy port of the mobile/tablet version of TWEWY that has the cheek to cost £40. Squenix couldn’t even be bothered to add a proper control scheme - you’re forced to use touch controls in handheld mode, or some god awful, tacked on pointer controls in docked/tabletop mode...

    On the other hand, this is still TWEWY, one of the greatest RPGs ever made. The gameplay still holds up alright, even with the awful controls. The story is great (complete with hip dialogue that was so zeta cool back in 2007), the characters are fantastic and the soundtrack is GOAT level.
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  4. Oct 13, 2018
    0
    Full price for an enhanced port of a DS game with terrible joy con controls.. Was it too hard to rework them and make more enjoyableFull price for an enhanced port of a DS game with terrible joy con controls.. Was it too hard to rework them and make more enjoyable experience overall with the gameplay? Expand

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