To my surprise, NIS America had a game I never heard of at their press event. However, A Witch's Tale was so new there weren’t any copies to play around with. Instead I saw the trailer, posted below for your convenience, projected on a screen.
Aside from the Halloween theme, that movie didn’t explain much. The gameplay sounds interesting, though. A Witch’s Tale has players draw runes on the touch screen to attack creepy fairy tale characters. What sounds similar to the World Ends With You, all combat commands in the game are done with the help of the touch screen.
A Witch’s Tale was the only game not developed by Nippon Ichi Software at the event. Hitmaker, the team behind Blade Dancer and Dragoneer’s Aria, is developing the title which will be their first Nintendo DS game. When I spoke to Haru Akenaga, the President of NIS America, he explained A Witch’s Tale is targeting their North American audience. Actually, A Witch’s Tale is a game NIS America wanted to develop since last June. This will be explained in greater detail when the interview is completely transcribed and online.
A Witch's Tale with its extra story stage you get after beating the game is scheduled to come out in North America in October, just in time for Halloween.
Images courtesy of NIS America.