Hironobu Sakaguchi Made Blade Guardian Because He’s A Big Tower Defense Fan

By Spencer . October 2, 2012 . 2:10am


While Hironobu Sakaguchi is known for making story driven games, Mistwalker has been trying new genres on iOS. Sakaguchi loves to surf so he made a surfing game called Party Wave. Why did he want to make a tower defense game?


"I am a big fan of tower defense games and I’ve been playing them on my iPhone. I started working on Blade Guardian with Kensuke Tanaka and the programmer, Tomoki Anazawa, whom I worked with at Square.  That was three years ago. We haven’t worked on it for a while but the release of Party Wave enabled us to finally finish it," Sakaguchi said to Siliconera. Anazawa worked on the Romancing SaGa series and Legend of Mana. Tanaka helped develop PlayOnline.


What separates Blade Guardian from other tower defense games is you can roll BLADEs into enemies using the gyro sensor. I asked Sakaguchi why he added this gameplay mechanic.


"Being able to not only wait for enemies but also to actively move the tower around – This idea came about from the beginning.  We came up with many different ideas of control methods but we eventually decided on the gyro sensor to control spheres," Sakaguchi answered.


Blade Guardian is available now for $0.99 on iTunes.

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  • Just one more iOS game until their next megaton!

    • Unknown

      it would be nice if that megaton was release for PS3/360/WiiU

      I seriously need some good jRPGS

      • Budgiecat

        Seems like people are afraid to make RPGs this gen

  • Mazdian

    “Sakaguchi loves to surf so he made a surfing game called Party Wave. Why did he want to make a tower defense game?”

    I was hoping he’d say he has a tower in the remotes of Japan that he enjoys defending during his free time. :(

    • Paradox me

      If it makes you feel any better, he never said he didn’t

  • this game is…so mediocre..
    feels very unpolished.
    Much potential in it, but should not be released as it is now.

  • Hatsuu


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