From Software is best known for its hangars full of mechs, but 3D Dot Game Heroes, out on PS3 next week, is an altogether different cup of o-cha. Any which way you look at it – and accepting that it is basically parodying the original Legend of Zelda – this is a new direction for “modern retro” (ouch, what a paradox!) gaming.
The trailer (see below) plugs 3D Dot Game Heroes as being “R-30″, i.e. only suitable for players aged 30+, and describes it as a “nostalgic yet new” type of adventure. Admittedly the chronology is slightly confused – we see GameCube controllers and Dual Shocks in the hands of the kids who “grew up and became adults, and in the process stopped being able to see their dreams” – but the target demographic is pretty obvious in spite of such quibbles.
This is a new-old-fashioned RPG aimed specifically at Japan’s hitherto disenfranchised Famicom generation of thirtysomethings – pause – and how that proposal ever made the transition from hopefully pitched document to actual development, From only knows. But I’m glad it did, and I hope that generation responds by buying into the idea; it would be great to have them back.
Check out From’s unique marketing angle for this curious title: