New Details for Game Freak’s HarmoKnight

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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A number of games were talked about during this morning’s Japanese Nintendo Direct, including the announcement of the final Professor Layton game (though maybe just the final game of the second trilogy, depending on certain factors).  But one of the talked about games that has the internet buzzing is the downloadable rhythm action game from Game Freak (the developers behind Pokemon), HarmoKnight.

In HarmoKnight, you play as Tempo, an apprentice to the warrior Master Woodwin, as you and your bunny friend Tappy deliver the Legendary Wand to the Kingdom of Symphonia.  The wand, which can only be used by a HarmoKnight, is to be used as a weapon to save Harmonia (I’m guessing that’s the name of the planet; my Japanese is non-existent) from the evil Noizido and their noise.  Along the way, you will also play as Laila – a warrior of Harmonia who uses a harp as a bow and arrow – and the duo of Jinbei and Symbi – the latter being a monkey, the two work together to defeat enemies.

HarmoKnight, which started its development a year and a half ago, was the idea of British Game Freak employee James Turner, who is the 3D Graphic artist and designer of Vanilux-line and Vullaby, and is produced by Pokemon game director Junichi Masuda.  The game already has a demo out for Japanese 3DS owners.  So far, the most talked about part of the game seems to be that it looks and feels like a fleshed out Bit. Trip Runner, which they all agree is a good thing.  Here’s hoping we hear about a western release soon.

Here is the trailer for HarmoKnight:

(Also, is it just me or does that look like Squirtle at the 1:42 mark?)

HarmoKnight will be available for download on Japanese 3DS systems on September 5th for 1800 Yen (roughly $23 USD).

To check out the HarmoKnight website (WARNING: an understanding of Japanese may be needed), click here.

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  • I really, really, REALLY want this game. I hope Game Freak ends up localizing this. 🙂

    • Considering that the idea came from a British employee at Game Freak, I would expect there to be at least a release in the EU.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Also, if you look at the gameplay in the trailer, a number of things are in English.  Methinks we’ll be seeing a localization sooner rather than later.

    • I really, really, REALLY hope this is released internationally. If this game shares the same fate as Denpa Ningen RPG, I’ll be pissed.

    • What, Nintendo-related, doesn’t leave you pissed?

    • There’s still no definite word on when Denpa Ningen RPG will be released internationally. If Nintendo decides not to release it in North America and/or Europe, that’ll piss me off. Just like how NoA pissed off a lot of people (myself included) when they said they had no plans to release Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower. 

  • Looks quite fun.

  • So the guy who made this game designed the Vanilluxe line?  Oh jeez, now all the Genwunners are going to hate this game.  This game should be localized!

    • Oh, you mean the Gen Whiners. 😛

    • No, I meant Genwunners.  I suppose they are the same thing, though.