The World Ends With You iOS Port Announced

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

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Square Enix have had a website up and running for the past week with a countdown timer and a distinct The World Ends with You theme. Now, they have just announced that The World Ends with You will be ported to iOS. It may not be what we were hoping for, but yay for iOS users!

The combo attacks with your partner has changed to suit the single screen. For Shiki, you’re given a group of ESP Cards, only a few of which match a symbol you are told to find. It works like a small game of memory; tap the cards which have the correct symbols for bonuses.

Joshua’s is pretty straight forward; tap the Mantic Cards in numerical order as they appear on-screen, but be sure NOT to touch anything that has its number written backwards!

Beat’s special move will bring up a whole string of Kinesis Cards. Tap a card to remove it from the screen. The aim of this is to have as many pairs as possible touching; the more pairs you get, the more powerful the attack!

A full soundtrack will come with the game, including tracks not only found in the original DS version of The World Ends with You but some new tracks and remixes of old ones.

All art for this port has been redrawn specifically for it, and will all be available in HD.

Personally, I think this is one step closer to getting a sequel; why else would Square Enix suddenly revive this game? We can only hope.


  • Firethorn43

    Still….a teaser website dedicated to it? 🙁

    • ^^^This
      I’ve no idea why they’d put the site up for a port :/

    • I’m upset for all you TWEWY fans, but I also can’t stop laughing. A teaser website…for an iOS port!!

  • A teaser website for an iOS port? Really?

  • NikhedoniaHegira86
  • SecretX

    wow just wow
    i just watch the trailer and looks like you dont control the second character how lame.

  • Man, I feel sorry for all the TWEWY fans out there.  Squeenix just trolled you guys hard.

  • It would have been better to update the graphics and re-release it on 3DS as an e-Shop exclusive

  • ZanetheWise

    Just… wow. That was a letdown.

    Who at SE thought this was a good way to present this shell of a port? Getting fans pumped for a possible sequel only to offer them a game they’ve already played but with half its crucial elements cut is hardly a good way to make a first impression. Also, hinting that there’s more to the announcement when there really isn’t is never a good idea.

    Brian Gray did a terrible job with this and only managed to accomplish the exact opposite of what he wanted. The port, bastardized as it is, would have been much more positively received had it just been announced with no lead-up.

    At least the touched up art is nice. =/

    • I agree. A week long countdown is only going to create expectations. Square should know this. They should have just announced it without all the flair.

    • madmofo145

       Very, very true. While the port is nice for iOS users, those keeping track of the countdown are those of us who already own and love the game, and I’ll be sticking with my DS copy. Terrible planning on SE’s part, as all they have done is continued there trend of taunting there fans.

  • Maybe they thought that with how many people have some sort of iProduct, that this port would fly off digital shelves and rake in money. However, most of the people who were excited about the countdown were ones who have played the game already, so why buy it again if its just a watered down port of what we’ve already played?

    Just as Charlotte stated in this article: a step closer to a sequel (or prequel). SE is probably throwing this out there to see if there’s enough interest in the series. They’re probably betting that fans are going to support the series by getting the port while also letting in the iOS crowd. It sounds great on paper, but it probably would’ve been better to bring it to the 3DS, where people who are actually interested in the game are probably at. I doubt many people who haven’t been exposed to the series in some way are going to impulsively buy it – especially at the price its at.

    Still, the new art does look nice and the simplified controls do sound like they work, so at least people who buy this are getting a full game. But unless there’s some sort of hidden thing in the port that hints at an actual new game, I probably won’t be getting this any time soon unless I’m given an iTunes card. I’m content enough owning a DS copy of the game with over 300 hours of game time played.

    But yeah, countdown was a letdown. If there was more to it beyond news of the port, it’d be more understandable to have a countdown.