Pandora’s Tower is now available for purchase via the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in Japan. Those looking to download the title will need at least 2,700MB of free space on their console. The action role-playing game was originally released in 2011 for Wii. It tells the story of a warrior setting out on a quest to save a girl named Elena from a dreadful curse, by fetching the flesh of beasts for her to swallow.
Kotaku writer Stephen Totilo has revealed via Twitter that the developers behind the well received Pandora’s Tower are co-developing the next entry to the Wii Fit franchise on Wii U. Totilo found out the news when he noticed Ganbarion on the Wii Fit U title screen. Wii Fit U is due for release in December, but there’s a free one month trial in November.
Little nugget for Nintendo-watchers… Wii Fit U is made, in part, by Pandora’s Tower studio Ganbarion. I spotted that on its title screen.
Wii role-playing game Pandora’s Tower was released a couple days ago, on April 16th, in North America. The North American copy of the game apparently has a game-freezing bug, which, if encountered, forces players to shut down their Wii consoles. Courtesy of Destructoid, below you’ll find an explanation of the bug and what you can do to avoid it.
After Tower 13 opens, you’ll be unable to return to Towers 11 or 12. When you choose either level from the stage select menu, the game will lock up at the loading screen and you will have to hold the power button on the console to force shutdown. The game will also freeze if you try to enter 11 or 12 from the side doors at the base of Tower 13 rather than from the stage select menu.
The game will refuse to load Towers 11 or 12 until you visit Tower 13 at least once, but as I said above, simply entering 11 or 12 via the Tower 13 base is not enough. You have to step through one of the doors leading to the Tower 13 outer wall staircase first; once outside, you can use the Shard of Divinity item to teleport back to the Observatory. Now you should be able to enter 11 or 12 from the stage select menu without locking the game.
To confirm if your visit to Tower 13 was registered, highlight its entry on the stage select menu. If a preview image of the Tower 13 environment appears, it means you’ve been there at least once. Conversely, if no preview image appears, it means you have not.
Again, here are the steps:
- Choose Tower 13 from the stage select menu.
- Enter one of the doors leading to the Tower 13 outer wall staircase.
- Use a Shard of Divinity to teleport back to the Observatory.
- Towers 11 and 12 should be accessible from the stage select menu now.
There may be other methods, though I haven’t tested anything else yet. One other possible method is stepping out to the outer wall, going back inside via the same door, then trying to open either side door leading to 12 or 13. This alternative would be useful if you don’t have a Shard of Divinity in your inventory, but again, I’ve yet to confirm its effectiveness.
Once you’ve visited Tower 13, you can enter 12 or 13 at your leisure. However, should you have completed the game once already and chosen to reload a past chapter instead of reloading from a save point, you’ll have to repeat these steps.
Pandora’s Tower developer Ganbarion has told online gaming publication Siliconera that they are looking at new and unique ideas for Wii U games. The development team hasn’t formally announced that they’re working on Wii U, but I suspect if they come up with a good enough idea then there’s certainly a chance that they would consider it. Here’s what Pandora’s Tower director Toru Haga thinks of Nintendo’s latest home console.
“The Wii U is a unique console with exciting features such as the GamePad. We’re currently thinking of fun ideas using these features. For example, we’re thinking of a gameplay idea that uses two screens from different perspectives, like a tabletop RPG, where players could potentially give each other objectives and progress through the game. Or like with Miiverse, where players can share their gameplay experiences easily, we were thinking of a game that focuses on communication.”
“But regardless of any ideas that we could potentially realize, as a developer we need to focus on how welcoming it is to the players. We took this approach when we were originally only going to use one Wii Remote for Pandora’s Tower. As a developer, we are very interested in challenging ourselves with new hardware, and we hope that everyone will look forward to our next project.”
Thanks, Sir Nintendo
Although we knew it was arriving sometime in April, Xseed Games today shared an exact release date of when the Wii-exclusive Pandora’s Tower will hit store shelves in North America. The publisher has confirmed that the action role-playing game will be released on April 16th. In Pandora’s Tower, players assume the role of a warrior trying to save a woman named Elena from a dreadful curse, by fetching the flesh of beasts for Elena to swallow. If you want to know more about Pandora’s Tower, check out our review of the game.
XSEED, the North American publishers behind Pandora’s Tower, have announced that the game will be coming out sometime in April. We reported yesterday that Amazon has apparently been informing customers that the game is due to be dispatched between April 22, 2013 – April 26, 2013. XSEED has also released a new trailer for the game to accompany the news. You can watch it above.
Pandora’s Tower, the last of the big three Japanese action RPG’s, could be facing a small delay in North America. The game is supposed to be launching on Tuesday, March 26th, but an email to Amazon customers states that Pandora’s Tower has been delayed by three weeks. Amazon says that customers can expect the game to be released between April 22, 2013 – April 26, 2013. The game is being published by XSEED in North America.
We have received new release date information related to your pre-ordered video game in the order you placed on January 19, 2013 (Order# XXXXXXXX). The release date for the video game listed below has been changed by the publisher, and we want to provide you with a new delivery estimate based on the new release date:
Estimated arrival date: April 22, 2013 – April 26, 2013