Festival of Magic Is Another Indie RPG Headed To Wii U’s eShop

By Ishaan . May 12, 2013 . 3:00pm

Indie developer SnowCastle Games are bringing a role-playing game to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, Nintendo Life reports. The game, titled Festival of Magic, is “a Nordic take on an Eastern genre”. Here’s a glimpse via an early pre-alpha trailer:



Festival of Magic doesn’t have a release date yet. SnowCastle only recently became a licensed Wii U developer, so it’s probably going to be a while until we see the game. In the meantime, you can visit their website here.

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  • Sonny Oranga Taing

    Man, so many indie games coming to the Wii U. Gotta go check out the eshop next time I’m home to see if any of these are up yet.

  • ShadowDivz

    Doesn’t look to bad in my opinion

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Looks pretty good

  • Ethan_Twain

    The content looks okay, and the art looks okay, but the animation looks not okay. I’ll keep an eye out for further trailers to see if that gets another pass later in development. When your 3D models move like this I would prefer the game just be designed without any 3D models at all like an Etrian Odyssey or whatever.

    • brian

      What part of it looks worst?

      • Ethan_Twain

        The human characters I think look the worst. The wooden walking and running animations. The combat screen animations. That is definitely what I would qualify as least impressive.

        • Miss_Madness

          But they are in pre-alpha, making a call like that is a early. If it looks like that in late beta that would be more of a problem

          • Ethan_Twain

            I’ll keep an eye out for further trailers to see if that gets another pass later in development.

  • Pockystix
  • Looks really promising!

  • Jordan Coleman

    Looked like Tales of Vesperia at 0:38.

    • Kenny Loh

      Yeah, it do look like tales of vesperia :)

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    Indie rpgs won’t save the Wii U.

    • Kevin Tan

      Better that we developers are allowed the chance to put our RPGs on more platforms, so that we get more exposure. The game industry is already a hard place to be…

    • Gaming forums told me it takes RPGs to save consoles.

      Indie companies are actually giving the platform a chance, so they are working towards saving it.

    • puchinri

      I think Nintendo will save it themselves, but it never hurts to have help~.

      • sakusakusakura_nyo

        Yeah, I think Nintendo can pull it together and make the Wii U successful. A lot of people didn’t believe in the DS and 3DS when they first came out either.

        • puchinri

          Good point, that’s true.

    • I’m sure you’re one of those people on sites like N4G that say nothing will save the Wii U, not even a new 3D Mario. It’s that kind of cynicism in the gaming community that incriminates people.

  • Sergio Briceño

    Just because they include ideas from Journey, Zelda, Harvest Moon and Final Fantasy doesn’t mean I… I Seriously want this game so bad!

  • T-X

    “A Festival of Trope”

    • Ethan_Twain

      I’m maybe more willing to give a formula game a chance coming from a new developer as a new IP. It’s the Tales and Dragon Quests of the world, games where not just the genre formula but even music and items and enemies are recycled, that I think could do with a little more of this style of criticism.

      I mean, think of the upcoming Tales of Xillia. What is there to recommend that game beyond “The next Tales game”?

      • T-X

        Haha, I get where you’re coming from I’m just poking fun at it. I’m looking forward to seeing this game post-beta, might pick it up if the gameplay looks like something I can get into. I’m not expecting this dev to throw out their big ideas for sale just yet and actually would like to see this succeed to see what else they can create.

  • gamerdude

    Not really sure if this looks bland or smart in art design. The environments sure could use a bit more detail.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Game looks interesting but the character still looks really stiff and the world is quite bland.

    But considering that this game is still on alpha stage, i believe the end stage will be much better.^_^

  • puchinri

    It certainly looks pretty, and sounds like there’s some interesting stuff there. I can’t wait to see more of it~.

  • Kaihaku

    Per usual with eshop titles, I’m concerned about the length of the game…but otherwise I liked everything I saw.

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