Trusty Bell Exceeds Sales Expectations in Japan

About a year ago I blogged about Trusty Bell, a Japanese game for the Xbox 360.

I have since learned that it is not just a game about the composer Frederic Chopin, it is a game about a dream Chopin has three hours before dying, which takes him to a cel-shaded world filled with people with incurable diseases. To which I say: awesome! And like all games in the dream-before-dying-incurable-disease genre, it has a complex combo based battle system.

According to this Gamasutra column, Trusty Bell was number 1 in the Xbox 360 sales charts.

Ah, Japan… saving us from boring military / special forces settings, one game at a time.

Update: By the way, it’s called ‘Eternal Sonata’ over in the West.

Comments 1

  1. tobe wrote:

    I’m with you on this plea, but hasn’t Japan done a little form-over-function weirdnes as well? Reminds me of the gorgeous PS2 “Action/RPG” (once again, Genre cannot describe the game) called Odin Sphere which, albeit looking amamzing, quickly manages to bore: http://www.atlus.com/odinsphere

    I wonder if there’s a special market for shallow hand-painted combo-based action adventures lately.

    Posted 16 Jul 2007 at 11:24