(Japan) Ogre Battle Coming to Wii U Virtual Console

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen

Square Enix has announced that Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen will be coming to the Wii U Virtual console. The game will be released in Japan on November 20th. There’s no word yet if it will see a release in North America, but this wouldn’t be totally unexpected considering the game was released on the Wii Virtual Console in North America in March of 2009.

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen was released on the Super Nintendo back in 1993 in Japan and 1995 in North America. It is the first entry in the Ogre Battle series, a series of real-time tactical role-playing games. The game was directed by Yasumi Matsuno, who may be best known for his work on Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics. If the Ogre Battle artwork looks familiar, that’s because it was done by Akihiko Yoshida, who worked on many games in the Final Fantasy series including Final Fantasy Tactics.

March of the Black Queen was the precursor to many of the other great games to come out of the series, including Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together — which was recently was recently released as an enhanced port on the PSP in 2011 — and Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber.  If you’re a fan of the series, or strategy RPGs in general, and missed out on the first Ogre Battle game, now is as good a time as ever to get into the series. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that the Wii U Virtual Console release makes it to North America!

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  • Antonio Capillo

    all these games named after queen’s songs.. i like it!

  • Lightthrower

    I still can’t believe they didn’t take all of the Wii virtual console that was available already and put it on WiiU…..

  • Axle_Magnum

    I hope they put the N64 on on the VC eventually, since I need it for my list.

  • Thanatos2k

    The treatment of the Ogre Battle series ever since Square acquired it has been nothing short of insulting.

    They’ve already proven that if they let people who know what they’re doing make the games they can still produce something amazing with the Tactics Ogre remake, so why is Square so content to bury this series?

    • Aiddon

      I dunno, I like to think it’s because of a conspiracy by Toriyama and Kitase due to Matsuno’s work far eclipsing their own in quality and thus making them feel horrendously insecure and aware of their own lack of talent. Although realistically it’s probably just because Square are a bunch of idiots.
      Though by the time Square did acquire it Matsuno had already left the company and was meditating in a mountain somewhere until his old friends convinced him to do the Tactics Ogre remake. It’s probably safe to say we won’t see another Ogre Battle game unless Matsuno returns.

  • Aiddon

    I already have it on my Wii, but when it comes out I’ll upgrade it. This and Ogre Battle 64 were the most unique of the series. If Matsuno ever did finish up the Saga (the theoretical game that would come after Let Us Cling Together was supposed to be the finale) I’d want him to do a title in the style of MoBQ.