Maybe you haven't played a J-RPG, but you've certainly heard of them. Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Suikoden; these are just a few that fall under this cherished, but sometimes misunderstood genre. Simply, J-RPGs (Japanese Role-Playing Game) tend to be focused more on character development, and the world they're set in is as much of a character as the cast living in it. Turned based battles are a staple, and their difficulty over party management and priority are what turn some people away.
But given the fact that the games listed above, along with several others, are substantial entries to the history of video games, they are still held in high regard, and we continue to see new takes that keep to the cherished mechanics, and live up to the spirit of its original inception. There's one thing that can definitely be said about J-RPG's: The fans for this genre are far from scarce for the passion and dedication it requires to make an engrossing experience.
One such fine example of this is Disastercake. Mike Gale, who solely is Disastercake, seeks to remind fans, and educate those unfamiliar, why the J-RPG is a prominent part of video games. His message takes the form of Soul Saga, what he likes to say is "a love letter to J-RPG classics from the Playsation era". Soul Saga aims to bring the same traditional turn-based combat fans expect, with hidden depth by introducing puzzle elements to the battles. Enemies will require fast thinking by exploiting their weaknesses using elements and teamwork. All of this is wrapped neatly inside an engaging world crafted in the style only a J-RPG can deliver. I strongly urge you to check out what Soul Saga is planning to bring on its Kickstarter campaign page. Mike is just one man, but his dream is backed by his strong desire made clear by this project, which is currently nearing its funding goal of $60,000.
Just shortly before this interview, Mike shared exciting news that the stretch goal for Wii U had been reduced to $80,000; making note of his desire to release a version for Nintendo fans, too. With only a $15 pledge, you can help make this game a reality, and bring a fan-driven tribute to J-RPGs to the Wii U.
Nintendo Feed had the chance to speak with Mike Gale about his interest in J-RPG's, the world of Soul Saga, and why you should be interested.
Nintendo Feed: JRPG's are usually seen as a niche market, appealing to a certain crowd, and can appear complex to those unfamiliar with the genre. Was this something that you considered when designing Soul Saga? What have you done to “open the door” for those who haven't experienced this genre?
If anything is to be said, it should be commendation for Mike's risky attempt at taking on development himself, driven purely by his love of J-RPG classics, and the devotion to sharing his own vision. We here at Nintendo Feed would like to thank Mike for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak with us, and we wish him much success in Soul Saga and Disastercake's future.
Please be sure to check out Mike's Kickstarter campaign right here, and make your donations soon. There are great rewards being offered, and the funding goal is nearly achieved. If you're a fan of J-RPG's, or would like to experience one for yourself, help fund Soul Saga, and get the chance to experience one.
Let us know in the comments below what your favorite J-RPG is and what you think of Soul Saga. And while you're here on Nintendo Feed, come by our new forum to continue the discussion on Soul Saga, and more, with us!