There are many different ways to determine success for video games. Sales are the biggest ones, critical acclaim is good too. Then there’s making it by so you don’t get a loss in profits. And then, there’s cult classics. These games are ones that don’t set the world on fire, but they do set certain parts on fire. On the eve of its 10th anniversary, fans on Reddit are recalling one of the greatest cult classic games of the last decade: The World Ends With You.
The game was made by developer Jupiter, but published by Square Enix, and it was put on the Nintendo DS original. Set in an all-new world, this dual screen experience had us playing as Neku Sakuraba, a very reclusive young man who found himself being trapped inside the “Reapers Game.” Why? Because he was dead, and he wasn’t alone in that death.
Over the course of 7 days (three times over), The World Ends With You gave many fans a gripping story, intense RPG gameplay, and customization that made every experience different if you let it.
Though it didn’t sell like a blockbuster, fans and critics who did play the game were amazed, and 10 years later players are still hoping for a sequel. And why not? This game was unique from top to bottom. Many Redditors praised not just the story, but the style of the game, the anime feel, the unique twists on combat (as you got to play as two different characters on two different screens via the DS), the music, and more.
A sequel was never made, however, the characters from The World Ends With You did appear in Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. In fact, these were the only non-Final Fantasy characters that Square Enix put into the game. Also, the game was put onto phones and tablets, so if you don’t have a DS, pull out your phone and see if The World Ends With You.