Opoona for European Wiis in July

By Patrick Garratt, Wednesday, 16 April 2008 11:45 GMT

Koei just announced that “lifestyle RPG” Opoona will launch on Wii in Europe this July.

“With its imaginatively unique controls and compelling storyline, coupled with the amazing talents of the development team, Opoona offers gamers something very different to explore and enjoy,” said Koei’s Will Curley. “It melds everything that we’ve come to love about Japanese RPGs with some masterful innovations and a captivating tale that will delight both veteran gamers and newcomers alike.”

Press release and gallery after the link.

get joy from your wii without pulling a muscle

KOEI tones down the physical side and cranks up the emotions with Opoona.

Hertfordshire, UK- APRIL 16, 2008 – KOEI today announced that Opoona will be coming to Europe exclusively for Wii this July. From the remarkable talents of some of the most renowned developers in Japan, Opoona takes players on an incredible adventure as a whole new world of exploration, joy and danger unfolds across a delightfully engaging tale. Opoona will be available to buy on July 25, 2008.

“With its imaginatively unique controls and compelling storyline, coupled with the amazing talents of the development team, Opoona offers gamers something very different to explore and enjoy.” Said Will Curley, Sales Manager KOEI. “It melds everything that we’ve come to love about Japanese RPGs with some masterful innovations and a captivating tale that will delight both veteran gamers and newcomers alike.”

About OPOONA

While on an interplanetary family vacation, the young boy Opoona crash lands on Planet Landroll after his spaceship is involved in a mysterious accident. Separated from his family, Opoona is forced to live alone. On the planet, Opoona must find a job, search for his siblings, and defend himself and the people of Landroll against creatures known as the Dark Rogues. Luckily for Opoona, he is the descendant of a long line of warriors known as the Cosmo Guards. Thus, Opoona’s adventure begins as he struggles to establish a new life and reunite his family.

The game’s action-oriented battle system lets players use powerful “Energy Bonbons” against their enemies. Using just the Nunchuk™, players can manipulate an Energy Bonbon’s trajectory in a number of different ways. All of Opoona’s commands are also controlled by the Nunchuk, to allow a complete “single-hand control” of the game.

Opoona is not just about battling; it is a “Lifestyle RPG.” As Opoona, players must adapt to a new environment, meet new people, and contribute to society through work, all while becoming aware of the precious world and people around him. As the game progresses, Opoona will develop relationships and uncover a broader range of activities including new jobs and clues to new adventures.

The unique characters and a modern fantasy world created by Art Director, Shintaro Majima, are sure to fascinate gamers. From futuristic buildings to ancient ruins and strange rock formations in the wild, the world of Opoona is a remarkable fusion of both contemporary design and whimsical fantasy.

Developed by ArtePiazza, the team behind four instalments of the best-selling DRAGON QUEST® series of RPGs, Opoona showcases the talent of some of today’s most creative game designers including: Art Director Shintaro Majima, Planning Director Sachiko Sugimura, and Composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, acclaimed for his contribution to the FINAL FANTASY® XII soundtrack.

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