Blood of Bahamut

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Blood of Bahamut
Blood-of-bahamut-logo.jpg
The official logo for Blood of Bahamut
Developer(s) Think & Feel[1]
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Director(s) Motomu Toriyama[2]
Takanari Ishiyama[3]
Artist(s) Airi Yoshioka (character design)[3]
Composer(s) Naoshi Mizuta[3]
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer[2]
Distribution Nintendo DS Game Card

Blood of Bahamut (ブラッド オブ バハムート Buraddo obu Bahamūto?) is an action role-playing video game developed by Think & Feel and published by Square Enix. It was released for the Nintendo DS in Japan on August 6, 2009.

Gameplay[edit]

Blood of Bahamut is an action role-playing game in which up to four players battle giant beasts that are featured on both screens of the DS.[2] In order to defeat a giant, players must first destroy its protective armor, then attack its "core," and finally attack its other body parts. The giants can summon smaller beasts, which the players must battle simultaneously. Defeating a giant's body parts and the smaller beasts will grant players "materials" which can be used to produce powerful weapons.[3] The game will contain over 130 missions.[2]

Plot[edit]

The game is set in a city built on the back of a great beast known as a Gigant. The city suddenly comes under attack and protagonists Ibuki and Yui must defend it as well as other cities that were built on Gigants that are awakening. The story features seven main characters in total.[2] The Gigants are sentient, and will also attempt to defend themselves, taking part in battles. The Gigants include Bahamut, Ifrit, Shiva, Fenrir, and Gilgamesh, many of which are also summon monsters depicted in Square Enix's popular Final Fantasy series.[5]

Characters[edit]

  • Ibuki (イブキ?): The male main protagonist armed with a sword. He is a summoner with the power of the White Dragon residing in his body.[5]
  • Yui (ユイ?): Female main protagonist and Gigant-clan member who wields a cane staff.
  • Kamo-Ogre (カモ=オウガ Kamo-Ouga?): Commander of the Ifrit clan, uses a battle axe.
  • Santiago (サンチャゴ Sanchago?): Fenrir clan elder, wields a spear.
  • Ryuma (リュマ?) Broke from the Shiva clan to travel the world as a 'free spirit', wields a handheld cannon.
  • Ren (レン?): Another Gigant clan swordsman. Wields a samurai's katana.
  • Aslan (アスラン Asuran?): Knight of unknown origins, wields a greatsword.

Development[edit]

Blood of Bahamut was directed by Motomu Toriyama, who previously worked on numerous other Square Enix titles including Bahamut Lagoon, a tactical role-playing game for the Super Famicom. Before its official announcement, the trademarking of Blood of Bahamut prompted rumours of a connection to Bahamut Lagoon.[6][7] Such a connection has not been confirmed or denied by Square Enix. Blood of Bahamut was produced by Eisuke Yokoyama, who recently worked on Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. The team stated that their goal was to "[...] cross the limits of the DS with a dynamic feel and with a direct sense of control."[2] The game's music is composed by Naoshi Mizuta. The official soundtrack was released in Japan on August 12, 2009.[8]

Ignition Entertainment attempted to license the game to bring it overseas to the North American market; however, Square Enix declined the offer. Ignition's Shane Bettenhausen elaborated, "We just contacted them and they weren’t interested in licensing it. That was the kind of deal where they [Square Enix] were probably not going to publish it here so it was worth a shot."[9]

Reception[edit]

Famitsu gave Blood of Bahamut a score of 31 out of 40.[10] The game sold 66,000 copies the month of its release.[11] Sales of the game reached about 89,193 copies by the end of 2009.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THINK AND FEEL News" (in Japanese). Think & Feel. November 11, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f IGN staff (November 19, 2008). "New Blood of Bahamut Details". IGN. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d Winkler, Chris (December 10, 2008). "RPGFan News - More Blood of Bahamut Details Announced". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  4. ^ Tanaka, John (May 22, 2009). "Blood of Bahamut Dated in Japan". IGN. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  5. ^ a b Laura (July 27, 2009). "Battle Chaos Bahamut In Blood of Bahamut". Siliconera. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  6. ^ Riley, Adam (November 17, 2008). "Square Enix Resurrects Bahamut RPG on Nintendo DS". Cubed3. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  7. ^ Spencer (September 4, 2008). "Is Square Enix working on a Bahamut Lagoon remake?". Siliconera. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  8. ^ ブラッド オブ バハムート オリジナル・サウンドトラック (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  9. ^ Spencer (March 8, 2011). "Did You Know Ignition Tried To License Blood Of Bahamut From Square Enix?". Siliconera. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  10. ^ RawmeatCowboy (July 29, 2009). "Famitsu - review scores". GoNintendo. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  11. ^ "【ゲームソフト販売本数ランキング TOP30】集計期間:2009年8月24日~8月30日" (in Japanese). Famitsu. September 10, 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  12. ^ "2009年テレビゲームソフト売り上げTOP1000(ファミ通版)" (in Japanese). Geimin.net. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 

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