The World Ends With You,known in Japan as Subarashiki Kono Sekai (すばらしきこのせかい: It's a Wonderful World), is an action RPG released for the Nintendo DS console. Character designs are by Tetsuya Nomura and Gen Kobayashi.
The Japanese version was released on July 27, 2007, the European on April 18, 2008, and the North American version on April 22, 2008.
The story begins with Neku Sakuraba, a 15 year-old boy who wakes up in Shibuya, a shopping district of Tokyo, Japan. As he wonders why he's there, he opens his hand and realizes that he is holding a strange black badge. After flipping it it in his hand, the thoughts of the people around him began to enter his mind. Surprised, Neku realizes that he is able to read the minds of others, and thinks that it's because of the pin.
A cellphone rings in his pocket, and he can't remember if it's his or not. A short text message appears: "Reach 104. You have 60 minutes. Fail, and face erasure. -The Reapers". After discovering that he's unable delete the message, a timer of 60:00 minutes is burned onto his hand.
Neku is in Shibuya to play the Reapers' Game, a deadly game which spans a total of 7 days. All participants of this game have a "Player Pin", a pin with a skull embedded on it. The Reapers' Game has some certain rules and regulations, which prevent him from leaving the Shibuya district. If Neku is unable to complete the game and survive the 7 days, he will be erased from existence along with Shiki Misaki, his partner in the game.
The Reapers watch over their actions and force them to play each mission. In order to survive in Shibuya, Neku and Shiki have to defeat the "Noise", physical manifestations of people's negative thoughts, emotions, and feelings. The Noise are based on various animals and can also take the forms of objects and historical monuments in Shibuya.
Neku's psychic talents are essential not only to gather clues and hints from the people, but to also detect the Noise that sweep through the roads of Shibuya. During their week in Shibuya, Neku and Shiki run into other people who have become involved in the Reapers' Game, such as Joshua, Beat, and Rhyme.
The World Ends with You has an ispired gameplay to Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.
In the game, there is a pin collection system that allows Neku to use new abilities and skills obtained by collecting badges scattered throughout Shibuya, either through defeating Noise, buying them in stores, or by evolving them from other badges. Different pins mean different abilities. Players can also buy clothing and food for Neku and his partners in the stores located throughout Shibuya to increase their status points or for recovery.
A mini-game called Tin Pin Slammer is available throughout the game, which uses the pins collected from the main storyline.
The musical score in the game is composed by Takeharu Ishimoto. It includes a large variety of music with an influence of hip hop and techno. The main theme of the game is "Lullaby For You" by Japanese pop artist, Jyongri. Various vocal artists featured in the game includes SAWA, Makiko Noda, Leah, Ayuko Tanaka, Londeil "Taz" Hicks, Mai Matsuda, WAKAKO, Nurlie Nurly, Andy Kinlay, Hanaeryca, and Cameron Strother. The official soundtrack of the game was released on August 22, 2007.
External Links Edit
- Gameplay Wiki (maintained by players)
- Official Japanese Website
- Official North American Website
- Official European Website
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