Arc System Works Bringing Brawler With RPG Elements To Nintendo 3DS

By Eugene . September 20, 2013 . 9:30am



Arc System Works earlier announced their lineup for Tokyo Game Show, and one of the titles set for release this winter will be Swords & Darkness. The Nintendo 3DS e-shop game is a retro-styled action role-playing action game, with knights looking to save the kingdom of Athelstern with a sword in one hand and shield in the other.


Unlike most such 2D side-scrollers, it will be possible to block with that shield—although it’s a directional block. Also unlike most other side-scrollers, it’s possible to beat up downed foes by moving above them and executing downward slashes of your weapon for some sweet chain damage.


Arc says that the game will have a slight RPG element with the ability to level up, swap out equipment and magic and even learn some special moves.


Sword & Darkness will be out for the Nintendo 3DS e-shop in Japan this winter.

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  • Pockystix

    retro as all hell

    Kinda interested

  • DeisticBrace

    Looks punchy and not your typical mash fest
    Hope it makes the jump

  • TheCynicalReaper

    Unless it sells for ten bucks and is FULL of additional content there is no way.
    It looks like it was made in a modded RPG Maker, like another game that’s coming out, come to think of it…
    I’ll buy the next Blaz Blue for sure, but I’m not tossing a dime at something a newbie programmer could’ve made with a couple of his buddies in no time.

    • Brion Valkerion

      Its an eshop only game, most likely not a full priced title.

  • J_Joestar

    Looks like it could be quite fun.

  • Cephrien

    Looks hella lame honestly. ;/
    I’m waiting for Arcsys to make a non-fighter title with Hard Corp Uprising quality again.

  • Is this the first 3DS game announcement to come out of TGS? Everything seems to be mobiles, mobiles, mobiles. Almost lends some credence to the doomsayers claiming that mobiles will kill handheld game systems.

    • Smartphone gaming certainly is the topic of this year’s TGS. The last three years, actually, but this year it isn’t as much about social games as it is about legitimate games being made for phones.

      It says something when TGS, which was primarily historically a Sony-focused show, has had barely anything in the way of Vita and PS4 announcements, considering they’re new platforms and that this is Vita’s third year at TGS. Mobile gaming has pretty much taken over the discussion this year.

      I don’t think mobiles will “kill” portables, though. I just think the two will merge. Portables are Nintendo’s bread-and-butter, and they understand that market better than anyone. They’re going to take these trends into consideration for their next mobile device. There’s already been talk about having their next set of devices use the same OS.

      As for Sony… I don’t really know if it’s in their best interests to pursue the portable market any longer. They haven’t had much success in the portable sector, whereas their console business is obviously a whole lot stronger. It would make sense for them to consolidate their portable and console experiences, too… maybe even more so than it would for Nintendo, who at least try to set the two experiences apart (even if Wii U hasn’t been a roaring success and may never be one).

      Ultimately, it comes down to what’s easiest to develop for and what platforms offer the least hurdles. Right now, that’s smartphones. No ESRB requirements, fewer guidelines than on consoles, easier ways to pursue DLC and other financial models etc.

      • Yeah, I can see Sony dropping out of the dedicated handheld market after the Vita. Who knows how much money they’re losing on that thing.

        Mario and Pokemon will keep Nintendo’s handheld business safe well into the foreseeable future, but I’d hate to see their third-party selection dwindle down to the state of their consoles (give or take the occasional Atlus release). So far the 3DS has been the best next-gen console by far, and I’d like for that trend to continue if possible.

        • I’d hate to see their third-party selection dwindle down to the state of their consoles (give or take the occasional Atlus release).

          That is pretty much what they need to figure a solution out for. How to sustain a viable market for core third-party games on portables well into the future.

      • Elvick

        Yes, because making the Wii U a giant DS was treating them differently… NSMBU, NSMB2, 3D Land, 3D World MK7 MK8… totes different.

        Now I remember why I don’t come here anymore.

  • Dominic Hunter

    Fantasy Action-RPG brawler?! By ArcSys?! It would seem one of my dream games is being made.

  • Oh man imagine this with coop

  • James Enk


  • pekikuubik

    … Adol? Is that you?

  • fairysun

    Arc, please release this outside Japan.

    Does not matter if it is e-shop only.

  • pedrron

    Another vote for a western release!

  • InfectedAI

    It looks to be using the same engine as their Kunio games (River City Ransom in the West). I’d rather have them localize the latest Kunio game for the 3DS (higher res art while still maintaining the classic art style, download play multiplayer, and the side scrolling 2D beat em up with the 3D effect has got to look sweet), but it would be cool if they localized this too.

  • Mike Pureka

    Looks a little sluggish to me, but we’ll have to see.

    Not sure about this article though. Blocking and attacking downed opponents are both relatively common in 2D brawlers, with just about every one that I can think of offering one or the other, at the least.

  • Looks alright, but I’d have to try it out before saying anything. If a Western release is on the table, it would be nice if they make a demo available.

  • TheExile285

    I hope ASW US localizes this, the 3DS game about the alien prison girls and that Vita RPG they are making

    • Arcana Wiz

      …… you saw the video about the alien girls? Seran Kagura is tame when compared to it…. it is in the same level as monster monpiece…

      • TheExile285

        In ASW US we trust! :P

      • Guest

        What’chu talkin’ ’bout Willis?

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh. Wonder if it’s an older game they’re rereleasing. That low frame-rate and sprite style felt familiar, as if I’ve seen it before in some other format…

  • Jon McGuire

    Aw man, the description of this sounded amazing, but it looks so slow and clunky. :(

    I will probably pick it up anyway because we need more games like this. Also, SPRITES. GLORIOUS SPRITES!

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