Tales Of The Abyss Will Be Re-released On Nintendo’s eShop In Japan

By Spencer . November 14, 2014 . 1:20am

imageTales of the Abyss is one of the few Nintendo 3DS games only available on a cartridge. That will change on December 3 when Bandai Namco re-releases the 3DS version on the Nintendo eShop in Japan.


The Japanese version will cost 2,980 yen and includes a 3DS theme as a bonus. Bandai Namco has not announced plans for a re-release in the West, but it seems likely since an eShop version will be available in other regions too.

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  • JuVu

    Really hope we could get the theme, too. Without buying the eShop version if one would already have the cartridge version.

  • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

    They need to put that and the rest of the other Tales series on the WiiU as well it needs it .

  • Sora96

    At this rate KH3D will be the only 3DS game not available digitally.

    • Steven Higgins

      That’s very likely as niether Disney nor Square have the rights to release Utada Hikaru’s songs in digital format. I’m guessing this is because Disney didn’t want to pay the extra licensing fees just like they didn’t want to pay to license her other songs which is why we’ve had the same songs in every entree for the last 8 years.

  • David GarcĂ­a Abril


    Do the same in Europe, Namco! The game had a very limited print, so it barely had any impact. Which is a shame, considering it was the first time the game was officially released in Europe.

    It’s time to make up for that!

  • lolcatz6657

    It’s a tales of game, so you know it will sell. I hope to see it on the US eshop in the future. I keep telling myself i will buy the physical version, but i keep putting it off lol.

  • British_Otaku

    Good call, Bamco. I wanted to import a copy for my Japanese system but the price points weren’t appealing enough for me to make the dip and it wasn’t going to send any money to your pocket as well.

    Would have liked a budget physical rerelease with the first print goodies but you can’t have em all? I’ll import the goodies alone instead.

  • British_Otaku

    In addition to what I said before, a lot of Bamco’s earlier library (talking 2011-2012) is completely unavaliable on the eShop, this applies to a lot of companies as the 3DS eShop wasn’t a thing from the beginning (part of why MML3’s demo couldn’t reach our hands).

    I hope those titles get up on the eShop someday, it is a lot to ask for Konami to bring over Boktai somehow, SEGA to bring over Astro Boy Omega Factor and Bamco bringing Dragon Ball Advance Adventure but games which already run on the system no problem with no complications as far as licensing and mechanics.

    • Fronkhead

      Does Sega still have the license for Astro Boy? I can’t remember who published the last games (which were really bad).

      • British_Otaku

        I didn’t break out GameFAQs to look it up, but it seems the last game SEGA published was in 2005 with the 2009 CG Movie game being from D3 Publisher and a 2011 mobile platformer being a collaboration between Tezuka Productions, 2K Play and other groups.

        I assume Tezuka Productions is holding on tight but can be negotiated with.

        On the other hand, Bandai Namco hold onto every license they get for a long time. There was a 3DS game which compiled a series of 80s anime based NES games from em, something we should see more of… but with good games.

  • r4ind4nce

    After finishing this game a few days ago I can only applaud this and hope it makes it to the west in digital form. If only Bandai Namco could include the Japanese dub when it comes here – not that that’s likely, generally speaking and seeing as most 3DS tend to have tight constraints when it comes to SD space. Though I bought the European cartridge, I ended up not playing it much, once you’ve played Symphonia with the Japanese dub it’s hard to go back to having silent auto-forwarding skits. I ended up playing the undubbed PS2-version with a friend and it felt so much better. I’d instantly buy an HD treatment of Abyss like Symphonia got any day, but even having the game on 3DS in it’s current form is a huge step forward compared to earlier.

  • MrJechgo

    What’s kinda boggling is that they don’t plan on releasing, or re-releasing more Tales games on the 3DS…

    • AuraGuyChris

      Tales of the Abyss 3DS was the last one they were going to ever release outside of a Sony system.

      Now they want every Tales games to release on a Sony system.

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        no. Hideo Baba said that while they have no plan for Tales outside PS system (ps3) a Tales game on Wii U is possible they just aren’t considering it yet. But Xenoblade Chronicle X will most likely change JRPG developers minds nexy year Spring

        • Spirit Macardi

          Tales really should go multi-platform at this point, especially if they’re going to continue the series beyond the PS3. Not only is there an entire potential market that they’re completely ignoring, but with the cost of developing games these days you need to cast a wider net if you want to come out with a net profit.

          • Barrylocke89

            At the very least they should consider PC. With all of the recent PC JRPGs on Steam (TitS, VC) I’m hungry for more. I’m hoping Squeenix’s FF PC blitz convinces more devs to make PC ports of their games.

          • Spirit Macardi

            Oh hell yes, I have a feeling Steam would eat up the Tales series like they have Carpe Fulgur and XSeed’s offerings.

            Namco even has an existing precedent of their own: look at how well the Dark Souls games have done. The only game of theirs that hasn’t done well on PC is Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, which isn’t a surprise since it didn’t do well on anything else it was released on either.

      • DyLaN

        As mentioned above, TotW: Reve Unitia did arrive on 3DS but that not a mothership title.

        • AuraGuyChris

          Let me rephrase that.

          Mothership titles don’t seem to appear outside main Sony platforms.

    • Adrian Duran

      Tales of the World: Reve Unitia says Hi

      • Princess_Eevee9

        Spinoff’s don’t count if anything it’s more insulting thinking they can give us acceptable non-mainline games but not the next major game they have.

    • Princess_Eevee9

      What’s maddening is that the Vita is getting original DS and Wii Tales of games with no Nintendo release is sight and they think it’s acceptable.

  • Fronkhead

    I’m surprised Namco hadn’t done it already, especially given the Tales of the Abyss reprint of 2012 in Europe. Leaving money on the table, and these older titles get forgotten pretty easily. I had even forgotten Dead or Alive Dimensions exists until recently.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I hope they do this for NA. I loved the game, but i traded it in when i was desperate for a new game. I have everything digital, and with this game having New Game+, i feel it’s perfect. I’m also waiting for KH3D, but i doubt that will ever happen.

    Also, i remember reading that Nicalis/Nippon Ichi was preparing to release Cave Story 3D for the eShop for this year, what happened to that? I love and own the + version (both on pc and 3ds), but i love the visuals of 3D

    • HarakiriKami

      Its on the NA shop already non?

      • Spirit Macardi

        I think he means the remake with actual 3D models and environments that NIS financed.

      • dragoon_slayer12

        Tales of the Abyss, no. Cave Story+ is available on the eshop, but not the visual remake of 3D

  • Spirit Macardi

    It baffles me just how awful Namco is with keeping their games available in digital form. They still don’t have anything from their library on PS2 Classics.

    Glad Abyss 3D is getting the treatment, since it’s a great game that really deserves it, but the fact it’s only now that they’re putting it on the eShop is pathetic.

  • decus

    Nice, this is what I’ve been waiting for if they add it to the e-shop in the west too. Been just replaying PS2 until then.

  • Tried it on PS2 and couldn’t get into it, tried it on 3DS… and will try it again as a digital download. Don’t know why I keep trying with Tales games over and over when I hate the combat. Desperate for an RPG I guess.

  • Go2hell66

    3DS version is super rare, just makes me treasure my copy even more

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