Foreign Wrap-Up: The LUNAR Edition

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

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Another week is behind us. Do you all have plenty of games to play? Have most of you been making your way through Pandora’s Tower? While many of you are enjoying games of the present, I remain stuck in the past. (Is anyone really surprised?) In today’s Foreign Wrap-Up, the stand-in for the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words…not me) would like to pay tribute to a franchise that’s been on my mind as of late, especially after Monday’s Downpour Podcast.

Why do no commercials of these games exist in English? Far too few of you have heard of this franchise, in my humble opinion.

Here are the highlights from this past week.

David Fernandes reviewed Pandora’s Tower! Rose Weitz reviewed Toki Tori 2! And in our Games of the Past Review series, Crystal Baltimore reviewed Crystal Defenders!

The big news of the week? XSEED Games acquired Atlus Online, and formed Marvelous USA (but don’t worry, XSEED is still the company we know and love). Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix‘s US release date was announced, and it comes with an art book. Joy?! And lastly, there’s details regarding Festival of Magic, an upcoming Wii U eShop RPG you should know about.

Justin Graham talks Unico in the Island of Magic in this week’s Anime of the Past feature. And hey, did you know The Downpour Podcast is available on iTunes? Huzzah!

I’m genuinely interested. Do you folks have any fond memories of the LUNAR games? Feel free to let me know in the comments below, ladies and gentlemen!

  • I remember reading about Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete in a PSM magazine (if I recall correctly) and I was dying for that game to come out, and it got delayed numerous times and that drove me absolutely insane. To this day it’s still one of my favorite RPGs around, and it was definitely worth the wait (even if it was frustrating).

  • Retro Cool

    I use to have these for the Sega Saturn… oh, how I missed Working Designs as a publisher.

  • I have Silver Star Story Complete. I had Lunar 2 till it got nicked. (Bastards just took the fucking discs)

  • I had Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete at one time. I traded it a few years back for other games. I still have Lunar 2 Eternal Blue on PS1 and Lunar: Dragon Song on Nintendo DS.

  • ScienceNonfiction

    I’ve actually been thinking about picking up the PS1 versions of Lunar and Lunar 2 lately. Used of course, since I’m not interested in paying upwards of $500 for the games. How highly would you guys recommend the games?