Europe Gets Theatrhythm And Heroes of Ruin Close To Their U.S. Releases

By Ishaan . April 25, 2012 . 9:00am

North America and Europe are getting the same pre-order bonus for Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy—a customizable stylus and sticker set. The sticker sheet you get for pre-ordering comes with 17 character stickers on it, which can also be applied to the large stylus.


Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy will be released on July 3rd in North America and on July 6th in Europe.


Meanwhile, Square Enix also announced a European date for Heroes of Ruin along with Nintendo who will act as the game’s distributor in Europe. Under the agreement, Nintendo will be responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of the game throughout the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey and South Africa, with Square Enix remaining the game’s publisher.


Heroes of Ruin will be released on June 15th in Europe. Their North American press site lists the game’s U.S. release date as June 26th. Square recently shared that the game is currently close to being submitted to Nintendo for approval.

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  • thebanditking

    Has anyone played this? I am interested in it but I doubt there will be a demo and would appreciate input from a someone who has played it.

    • It feels a little bit lightweight with just three genuinely playable songs from each of I-XIII (plus a handful of hidden ones) but for any long-term FF fan, it definitely packs a LOT of sentimental value.

      As a rhythm game, it’s pretty solid. The stylus only controls take a while to get used to but the game is just as forgiving as it – especially on hard – is challenging. As usual with the genre, it doesn’t take long to see the ending credits (around eight hours or so) but unearthing all the bonus content and perfecting each song probably takes ages. In other words, it’s easy enough to enjoy the sheer majority of the content, yet hard as nails to experience absolutely everything there is.

      I can’t help but feel it could have been so much more but that’s just because the source material is so wonderful and extensive. As it stands, it’s still well worth a purchase, even for just a nostalgia rush.

      • Anime10121

         Um I think he was talking about Heroes of Ruin.

        On Topic: Im kinda still kinda debating whether I want this game or not.  I want to want it, but Dat Artstyle ugh.

        • thebanditking

           No I was talking about Theatrhythm, I have no interest in Heroes of Ruin at all.

          • Anime10121

            Oh, well my mistake.  Theatrythm does look fun, but considering I already have the OST’s Im conflicted on whether to buy that or not (Though I would buy it LONG before Heroes of Ruin).

      • thebanditking

         Thanks for the input I really appreciate that. Sounds like it might be a fun distraction in short bursts as long as I don’t go into it expecting some epic game.

        • Glad it helped and yeah, in short bursts it’s both fun and beneficial. Simply finishing any song on any difficulty is rewarded with cumulative points that slowly but surely seem to unlock additional content.

          In other words, one doesn’t have to possess inexplicable rhythm game skills to enjoy everything. Every little effort counts and that alone makes it a pleasant experience. Even when played just sporadically, each performance still serves towards overall progress.

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    I’ve already pre-ordered, Theatrhythm as this stylus is a really cool bonus.

    I’ve also been looking into Heroes of Ruin, I most likely won’t dive into it straight away because games like Kingdom Hearts 3D, Gravity Rush and of course Theatrhythm will be on my list as well as I’ve been meaning to catch up on Disgaea 3 and 4 but it looks promising. Also, do we really get it 11 days before America? Interesting.

  • SirRichard

    Nintendo and Square Enix, bringing the love side by side!

    The only problem now is picking and choosing games from the decent horde of new titles and ones I’ve missed for the summer.

  • Samurai_Heart

     Just so people know the European preorder bonus, well UK to be exact will be  available through, although they haven’t updated yet:
    And I believe the American bonus was also from Amazon:

    • Oh cool, preordered at Amazon UK.

    • Thanks! Not a bad price at Amazon, either.

  • Why do I feel like Europe would be more excited about this than the US anyway? I know I’m pumped for it, but a lot of American media seems to dislike the art direction of the game. <<

  • Monsley says Theatrhythm will be released on may 15th, but I guess that’s a mistake, right?

  • As always, will buy this as soon as a new (dual analog stick built-in) 3DS comes out.

  • Pretty sure I’m not interested enough in Heroes of Ruin to put down the £35 which Game are asking for it. I’m really surprised that they have an exclusive on the game.

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