Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Will Be Published By Nintendo In North America [Update]

By Ishaan . April 17, 2013 . 7:33am

Update: Nintendo of Europe have confirmed that Bravely Default will be available in Europe as well.


Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is coming to North America, Nintendo announced this morning. The game will be available in 2014 and will be published by Nintendo. Siliconera reported that the game would be localized earlier this month.


Bravely Default is described by producer Tomoya Asano as a classic-style RPG. The game has a job system like Final Fantasy V and The 4 Heroes of Light. Jobs such as Monk, Black Mage, White Mage and Knight are confirmed to be in the game, and in a surprise twist, enemies in Bravely Default have jobs as well.


As you play through Bravely Default you collect more jobs along the way. The game’s main story follows four characters and sub-scenarios, which is where you can find additional jobs. Developer, Silicon Studio, also included multiple endings.

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  • Guest

    Finally, fantastic news!! Hopefully Europe will get a release date soon too!

  • FitzpatrickPhillips


  • Eric Harris

    well 2014 is a ways away BUT, we have so many great RPGs and games on the 3DS in 2013 I don’t think it matters too much.

    • Alex Sargeant

      That’s roughly my feeling. With Project X Zone and SMTIV launching within in a month of each other I really can’t be that critical. This is a damn good year for RPGs, and the 3DS in general.

      • Absolutely. I still have to play through Fire Emblem. ALL THESE 3DS GAMES. I just hope that’s _early_ 2014.

      • You forgot the Pokeymanz.

        And God, when will they announce DQVII?

  • Ethan_Twain

    Interesting! I’m quite surprised to learn that this game is being published by Nintendo. Square Enix certainly doesn’t lack the means to distribute it themselves, but maybe they weren’t going to on their own? FF 4 Heroes of Light didn’t sell well I remember, and that was similar to this except with the Final Fantasy name.

    • KHSoraKeyBlade

      4 Heroes of Light was such an underrated game. I hope people actually buy Bravely Default now after begging so long for it. Last thing SE needs is bad sales.

      • Ethan_Twain

        Yeah, it was surprisingly great. I think it suffered just because there were SO many other JRPGs on the DS, and so many other Final Fantasy games in particular. FF 4 Heroes of Light didn’t seem to have anything in particular to set it apart from the others. It’s qualities (good 3D graphics for the DS, good chiptune RPG soundtrack, good turn based combat system) aren’t exactly the sort of thing that marketing that can use to set the internet afire :)

  • Solomon_Kano


    Looks like Nintendo actually did have a bombshell lined up this time, eh Ishaan?

    • I TAKE IT ALL BACK. ;_;

      • Nintendo Directs are serious business.

      • Solomon_Kano

        You wa shock!

  • Elemiel


  • Luna Kazemaru

    Well this is was shocking.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    The 2014 release date shocked me at first, but it’s probably for the best. Too many games coming out for the 3DS that I must have!

  • Bout time.

  • Vesperion

    Man is Nintendo on the ball or what with getting these games localized :)

    • benhofb

      Hellz yeah! Ever since they announced that they would give 3rd parties help with localizations, the announcements have been non-stop!

  • JMaster3000

    2014? I think i heard later this year on the EU Direct.

    • We’re getting it this year.
      I guess that the american version will have an english dub.

      • 愛憎

        Oh no! I don’t want that. I think many Americans would opt out of the dub if we could get the game this year.

        • raymk

          No they wouldn’t, the majority of people that play square-enix games actually want the dub.

          • 愛憎

            Oh! I didn’t know that. I guess I’m just a bit more impatient than others. Pardon me if you all were offended.

          • raymk

            No harm done, not offended in the least Just slighty correcting you is all.

          • 愛憎

            I suppose I’m in the minority for wanting the original voice track. Hopefully we can have both and all be happy!

  • Somazu

    Its coming to europe aswell. Yesss!

    • JMaster3000

      Finally some love for Europe :’)

  • RovCal

    as a proud vita owner and sony fan boy… i guess its time to submit to nintendo. fireemblem, bravely default.. will be buying my second handheld when this comes out

    • benhofb

      Do it dude. I’ve got a 3DS and Vita and they’re both such great experience you shouldn’t miss out on due to loyalty to Sony.

      • Aristides

        I game every day on my Vita, but I have a 3DS to play these titles when they come out. it’s good to have a spare handheld so you dont miss out on these amazing titles.

    • Pyrotek85

      Yeah I wouldn’t hesitate, there are also lots of great games for the DS too.

    • blastleaf

      I am a bit of a sony fan boy too, bought a vita when Ragnarok(asia version) came out, then there was no games for like half a year, so i got myself a 3DS, and wow…the games man…i havent played a shitty game on it so far.

      OT: I am glad this is getting localised, but 2014?….i would wait if the plot is like “fire emblem heavy”, which i have yet to play…freaking region lock!! but for BDFF…the plot is sort of “been there and done that”, feels very much like a remake of an old FF, went and got myself a used jap copy last week (for 30 bucks!). i guess i can just enjoy the battle, mess around with the job system and appreciate the awesome art style w/o caring too much about a story that has been told a trillion times…

      • RovCal

        i play umvc3 online all the time, so never had probs with games. and by november we had persona 4 and than atelier now. still having said that, bravely default as u said just now, has toooo much nostalgic feel that reminds me of psone ff’S. soooo buying 3ds on the day of bdff release.

      • brian

        I know this is a late reply, but it does apparently have a lot of dark twists after a certain point, according to reviews.
        Naotaka Hayashi, best known as the story guy for Steins;Gate, was heavily involved in it.
        I guess a valid comparison would be to Nier, in that things are very different than they seem at first.

    • Pockystix

      remember to get an XL, just better all around

      • RovCal

        thats the plan

  • kuroneko0509


  • I just watched the stream from Europe (the second part seems to change depending on where you are watching it from) and Bravely Default is arriving here later THIS year. YEEESSS!!!

  • $39420547

    Nintendo keep bringing me those RPGs

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    Announced for this year in Europe! :D

  • In the European Nintendo Direct they said that it’d be avalaible this year.

  • imaguni

    Great news for everyone! Glad to see confirmation for Europe as well!

  • Go2hell66

    In Europe this year! hold that shit america

  • SirRichard


    And 2014? The European Direct put it down for 2013, is that an odd mistake or did the planets align, their moons steadily glowing blue, as Europe gets a game months ahead of the US?

    • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

      Da frag?

      • SirRichard

        I’ll spare the full routine of “no branch is no excuse” because this is a day of joy and wonder, but it is really odd that the Euro Direct put it down for “later this year” and the US one for 2014. Maybe it’s not so much the “Atlus Effect” as it is the Xenoblade Effect?

      • Kelohmello

        European version doesn’t have english voice overs, so it’s easier to get out to them.

        • KHSoraKeyBlade

          Why wouldn’t it have an English dub? Or are you referring to the English subbed trailer we got because clearly the English translation hasn’t properly been finished enough to be shown?

  • Ashurei

    SE has truly given up on everything. I think it’s hilarious Nintendo is the publisher. Glad it’s coming though, the English speaking world deserves it; it’s a lovely, lovely game. :)

    • Solomon_Kano

      This just looks like a deepening of an existing partnership. Nintendo previously published DQIX on DS in NA for Squenix.

      Nintendo said they wanted to help devs bring their games overseas. Where better to start than with an existing partner who has a title that’s already got significant demand?

      • Pyrotek85

        I’d love if they helped publish more titles versus us not getting them at all. None of these companies had better complain about poor sales when they fail to localize (or take too damn long).

        • Solomon_Kano

          Well, that’ll be the beauty of Nintendo publishing and helping localize titles — it’ll take a lot of weight off of the original publisher’s shoulders, so they won’t really have anything to complain about.

          For example, here with BD, the cost of marketing, pressing copies, and the task of getting stores to stock the game will allow fall on Nintendo. Regardless of how this sells SE gets paid at little cost to themselves. It’s a win-win. Nintendo gets another feather in their cap and the publishers get a less risky avenue to getting their game released.

          So, yea, definitely looking forward to whatever else Nintendo helps bring west.

  • TiredOfMyOldUsername

    Nintendo did say before they would help developers bringing their games to the west, maybe this is the first step toward that direction ?

    • benhofb

      Pretty sure! They seem to really be pushing these releases. Like with SMT IV! I never would have thought that it’d come to the states so damn early, but it is due to Atlus’ and Nintendo’s cooperation with each other.

    • raymk

      Its not there first I think there was another game they helped bring over but I’m not sure. I will say the first thing that came to mind when I heard nintendo make that statement is I know nintendo is going to localize BD instead of square.

  • Chiupon

    awww yeah
    can’t wait for the marketing campaigns :> I know Nintendo will treat this game right.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Nintendo picks up the slack for RPG fans. 3DS is looking more tempting now…

  • ElAbuelo69

    now we only need dragon quest 7 :D

  • ワン スャレ

    It’s official, I’m getting a 3DS too. It’s still region-locked, but at least with the frequency of game releases, it’s time to get one.
    Meanwhile, my vita had turned into facebook/youtube/twitter machine.

  • Kenneth Richardson

    Oh God yes! The 3DS is nothing but WIN right now!

  • Asrialys

    While the game did come out some time ago, it’s nice to see another game that uses augmented reality, even if it is a bit of a gimmicky feature.

    Photos of/with Fire Emblem: Awakening characters would have been awesome. Just saying…

  • YEAH!

    • AuraGuyChris

      Boy/Girl, you really want to switch between four new games or more this coming Summer? I don’t mind the wait.
      It’s basically Rayman Legends delay done right without this being a delay.

  • kylehyde

    So nintendo…
    Did hear the people sing
    Lost in the valley of siliconera
    is the music of a people
    Who are climbing to the light
    For the wretched of the earth
    There is a flame that never dies
    Even the darkest night will end
    And bravely default will rise.

    • puchinri


  • KingGunblader

    I’m disappointed that I don’t get to play this until 2014, but I’m still thrilled it’s coming. There’s enough coming out this year that I’m not too upset.

  • Misty Dawson


  • benhofb

    GOD YES! SOOO MUCH NEWS TODAY! Am I dead? All your fault Nintendo.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    “Nintendo of Europe have confirmed that Bravely Default will be available in Europe as well.”

    And everything is alright in the world again.

  • AuraGuyChris

    Okay, now THIS is a trusted source I’m willing to sink my teeth into.
    Oh well, so the release date might be a little far away, but I’m happy regardless. I wouldn’t take it all this Summer because…that season will be a wallet killer.

  • Raoni Marques

    2014? Dammit…at least there’s a lot of great games coming this year to keep us busy.

  • HA! For once my predictions about one of these events are correct.

    Almost kinda glad it’s not coming out til 2014, actually. I don’t have the time or money for all the appealing 3DS games coming out this year.

    • Eric Harris

      I agree. I can’t actually name all of them off the top of my head but I know it’s in double digits.

  • Also, kinda shocked that they’re seriously not changing the name.

    • Eric Harris

      Yah I didn’t realize that. I am really happy they are not changing the name. It’s a cool game title.

  • LightZero

    In some ways I’m glad it coming out next year. There are so many games to get this year. I can only hope I’ll have a job soon.

  • Pokahontas McGuigan

    take forever

  • “Jobs are tied to crystals and one of the crystals in the game unlocks the Monk, Black Mage and White Mage jobs.”

    Incorrect. You get jobs by defeating Job Masters. Holly White and Bearing Out give you the White Mage and Monk jobs respectively. Black Mage comes later. Jobs aren’t tied to crystals at all.

    • Oh? It’s been a while. Fixed, thanks!

  • FFmax

    2014?! What the hell? Why so late? I’m glad this is finally coming over but… Jesus. I thought this would at least be coming out in summer or something.

  • puchinri

    Wow. This is day is already like having an ice cream sundae after a cigarette after a good lay just after winning the lotto.

    2014 may be a ways off, but with all the games coming this year, the time to save up the money will be worth it – and this way the game won’t have to compete with some other, strong titles.

    It’s pretty cool that Nintendo themselves are going to publish it (I hope they don’t change too much – or anything – as far as names and such go). I’m really looking forward to what they’ll do for the game.

    2013 and 2014 are fantastic~!

    • SerendipityX

      Dat first line made grin like a pervert and now people on the bus are looking at me weird. I’m not particularly interested in this game but have been bitten by the hype bug anyway. I wonder if we’re getting a dub in NA? :o

      • puchinri

        Haha, sorry for that~. I couldn’t resist it. x’D
        Yay for the hype bug! Its bite is pretty lethal. I am curious about a dub for us though. I prefer a sub, but if it’s a dub, I don’t mind too much so long as it’s translated well.

        They did a really fun job with Kid Icarus, so I think a dub can’t be a loss really (and I honestly prefer subs all the time because original voices are always best to me).

    • So, this is what you and your boyfriend get up to.

      • puchinri

        Hehehe. Well, we like to indulge ourselves~.
        Albeit, the cigarette is usually substituted for an hour or so of video games or anime. Medical conditions and all.

  • Raltrios

    With it coming out in 2014 I’ll be able to recharge my wallet after I buy Project X-Zone, Pokemon XY, and Tales of Xillia.

  • fireemblembeast

    What?! 2014….?!?! ugghhh……
    So the “coming out next year”s are starting, are they?
    But I guess the good part of it is that my wallet can have a bit of a break with all the other titles coming out. SSB 3DS/WiiU and this for next year so far.

  • CirnoLakes

    Nintendo: “Hello everyone. It’s been a while since we released the Super Nintendo with an amazing Japanese RPG library. And we would just like to share that WE OWN THE JAPANESE RPG NOW.”

  • l777l

    Nintendo may have learned a lesson with Operation Rainfall.

  • l777l

    … Nintendo, would you publish FF Type-0 for PSP, please?

  • Sentsuizan_93

    …….I made a lot of people jump celebrating at this news. It was awkward, but worth it.

  • solrenoid

    I’m completely baffled as to why it would take that long to come out.

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