Monday, June 29, 2009

Trace Memory - Will It Ever Make Its Way Back to North America?

Trace Memory, originally released for the Nintendo DS in North America in 2005, felt like a breath of fresh air in a gaming market that feels a bit stale at times. A puzzle-heavy adventure title, it went on to become more successful overseas than over on this side of the pond. Sure, it was pretty much devoid of any action or violence, but Trace Memory was still a beautiful, unique adventure title marred only by its unfortunate brief length (seasoned gamers could finsh it in well under 10 hours, though I do get the urge to play it again from time to time).

Known as Another Code in Japan, 'Another Code: R' has already made its way over to Japan and Europe. Continuing the story of the first title on the DS, foreign genre fans and those who have imported this sequel have been eating it up so far (even if Japanese gaming magazine giant Famitsu did score it an underwhelming 28/40, fan reception has been significantly better).

So, the question facing us is... will Trace Memory ever make its way back to the U.S.? I'm certainly hoping so! While a North American release has not been announced yet (and this dry summer season would have been the absolute perfect time for a title like this), I'm hoping that Nintendo will take a risk and give the U.S. market another chance at this original series. After all, I'm sure hardcore gamers who own a Wii would prefer a Trace Memory sequel over derirative New Play Control re-releases and the glut of shovelware plaguing the console, right?

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At 11:58 AM, Blogger The Sports Satirist said...

How adventurous could a game about a pond be?

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I will have to wait for "Heavy Rain" on the PS3.
I would need a bit more to stay focused on a game like this. More power to you Ross!!

At 12:46 PM, Blogger The Sports Satirist said...

Still no release date on Heavy Rain, but it looks brilliant.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Funnyman, I'm sure if they released this title in the U.S. they would change the cover as the entire game does not revolve around a pond.

Deitrix, do you own a DS? The original is pretty nice on there, though as it's slow paced it's definitely not for everyone.

Oh, and Funnyman, I just saw more of Heavy Rain in the newest Game Informer.

At 12:26 AM, Blogger The Sports Satirist said...

Yes, Heavy Rain was delayed to 2010.

At 6:18 AM, Anonymous free pc game said...

Nice game, but not one of the best adventure games around.


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