Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call does a wonderful job turning the RPG franchise’s best musical hits into pure rhythm game gold; but, with the pool of popular songs starting to dry, Square Enix is turning to other classic games for material. It has already done so with classics like Xenogears, Vagrant Story and Chrono Trigger, and now it has another fan-favorite to add to the list: The World Ends With You.
Released in 2008, at a time when Square Enix wasn’t really letting the creative juices flow into new franchises, the team behind Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories was allowed to create this cult-hit. The World Ends With You employs a lot of modern day references to Japanese otaku life, especially in the realms of fashion and music.
It is one of the few games I can think of that is able to make an inoffensive use of its overly- J-Pop soundtrack, and it’s wonderful to see that two of its tracks, “Twister” and “Calling,” have found their way into a category that includes all the great Square Enix music. I’m hoping that someday the track “Someday” will also be inducted into this greatest hits list.
Joining it are two tracks from Chrono Trigger, “World Revolution” and “World Scene,” Final Fantasy VIII’s “Liberi Fatali,” and even a song from Romancing SaGa 3, “The Last Battle!” Square Enix has brought these DLC packs to the States before, but I’m not so sure it is willing to share anything with the SaGa brand name beyond the borders of Japan.
We’ll have to wait and see how generous it’s feeling.