Agents! Are! Go! It’s hard to believe nearly ten years have passed since Nintendo and iNiS teamed up to develop Elite Beat Agents. The cult-classic Nintendo DS rhythm game was a smash success on the critical scale, and it did its job localizing the beloved Japanese franchise, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!.
Whereas its Japanese counterpart got a sequel, Elite Beat Agents did not, and it doesn’t look like either company will be returning to the franchise any time soon. iNiS went on to develop Lips and other rhythm games for Microsoft before taking its talents to the mobile market.
Despite the hopeless situation, not all hope is lost. Polygon recently sat down with creator Keiichi Yano and asked about his thoughts on a sequel.
“I have a great relationship with Nintendo. I think, as with many of these types of games that have this following and at some point they come back, I think there will be a right time when it feels like [the series] should come back. A lot of times, the platform will dictate those kind of things.
You know, I think people have an idea of: “Well, y’know, if this game was on this platform it would be so perfect, and it could be like this!” I think those are the times when it’s right to have that kind of a comeback.I’d certainly love to make another version of it, and hopefully it’s on the next platform.”
Yes, certainly. We’d love it if you made it also. There isn’t another soul on Earth who can make The Anthem and La La such tolerable listening experiences. That takes a lot of talent. Someone get Nintendo on the phone and tell them Elite Beat Agents should be its next major 3DS or a NX game!
You bet, kid!