Now For A More Mysterious DS Game From Atlus

By Spencer . December 1, 2008 . 8:28am

image Steal Princess was an easy game to identify since it is using the same name as its Japanese counterpart. The Dark Spire is more elusive. Like Steal Princess it’s for the DS and the ESRB says Atlus is publishing it. However, I don’t recall any game from Japan with exactly the same name. It could be a European game since Atlus USA is publishing Trackmaster, but there isn’t a European developed DS game called The Dark Spire either. Fortunately, the ESRB database now comes with descriptions and this is a summary of the Dark Spire.


This is a role-playing game in which players traverse through a dungeon to look for a stolen treasure. Players encounter monsters throughout the dungeon and can choose from a list of actions such as “attack,” “defend,” and “run.” Some story elements have graphic descriptions of violence (e.g., “…cut his own wrists and sprayed his blood” and “the sword impaled her through the chest”). Character accessories can include “bikini armor” and a “frilled codpiece,” while one scene mentions an “erotic panda.” Expletives (e.g., “bastard” and “hell”) can be seen in the dialogue, as well as references to alcohol products (e.g., “breath that reeks of rum”).


Hmm… dungeon crawling with basic RPG commands? Could this be the English version of Elminage DS Remix? Anyone else have a guess? “Erotic panda” could be a big hint too!


Update: Kid Marin had a great guess Genmu no Tou to Tsurugi no Okite from Success. Since Atlus and Success have close ties the Dark Spire may just be this retro dungeon crawler.


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  • Kid Marin

    Elminage DS is a good guess. It could be Genmu no Tô to Tsurugi no Okite by Success too.

  • jeffx

    We’ve been bugging the hell out of Atlus USA for the Elminage DS game. Hopefully it will work for all of the nice Cave SHMUPs too!

    No clue for “Erotic Panda” though!! hahah that sounds WRONG.

  • Spencer

    @Kid Marin – Now that’s an intelligent suggestion! Actually, I’m tilting my guess towards Genmu no Tou to Tsurugi no Okite now since Atlus and Success have a tight relationship.

  • jarrod

    Slightly off topic, but I think UFO might be bringing Eliminage Remix anyway, given their ties to Starfish.

    Genmu no Tou to Tsurugi no Okite looked great though, really wonderful aesthetic. I hope it’s this!

  • I don’t know what it is, but it sounds right up my alley.

  • Chris

    Since “tô” means *tower* in japanese…Genmu no tô might be quite probable. I wouldn’t see a reason to rename Elminage DS for the Western market anyway.

  • Kakizaki

    ^To piggyback off of that a little bit, I extracted this from a user review of Genmu on Amazon JP:

    “It is something where with kingcraft style, it raises the story to the tower and it takes secret treasure from the magic teacher who is confined and returns.”

    Through Babel Fish, but it does mention a tower and treasure.

  • I’m surprised they didn’t announce the localization of the new devil summoner game with this batch.

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