Square Enix has posted new screenshots and information for The World Ends With You: Final Remix, the enhanced re-release of the Nintendo DS RPG. We are introduced to the main cast of characters, as well as some of the gameplay & content differences from the original version.
Square Enix provides short bios for the five main protagonists of The World Ends With You, as well as two antagonist characters:
- Neku - A 15-year old boy who keeps to himself, always wearing headphones
- Shiki - A fashionable 15-year old girl who is meticulous with her outfits. She carries a stuffed animal, Mr. Mew, with her at all times.
- Joshua - A cocky but clever 15-year old boy. Although he seems familiar with the strange happenings in Shibuya, he is hard to trust.
- Rhyme - A cheerful girl who is attached to Beat. She works hard and never stops smiling.
- Beat - A stubborn and hotheaded 15-year old boy. He rides a skateboard in combat.
- Koki Kariya - Yashiro's partner. He's always at odds with Yashiro, but holds high pride in his work
- Uzuki Yashiro - Kariya's partner. She acts tough but is actually a new underling to her organization.
The World Ends With You opens with Neku finding himself at the crowded crosswalk in Shibuya. He's holding a strange button pin in his hand and soon realizes he can hear the unspoken thoughts of those around him. He also gets a message on his phone, which seems to give him a mission to complete. "Fail, and face erasure."
He at first thinks this a simple spam message, but things take a turn for the weird. Frog-like creatures appear from thin air, and a timer appears on his hand, counting down. Realizing this is not the normal world, he runs for safety and soon meets a girl named Shiki. Together they must solve this "Reaper's Game."
Screenshot Comparison: DS to Switch
In bringing Final Remix to Nintendo Switch, character art and backgrounds have been touched up to HD resolutions.
Various pieces of the soundtrack have also been rearranged by original composer Takeharu Ishimoto, along with the addition of a couple new tracks for the re-release. Players can toggle between the original and rearranged soundtracks at any time.
Final Remix can be played in both TV Mode and Handheld Mode. In TV Mode, players control Neku using the Joy-Con pointer, and a second player can join-in to play as Neku's partner using the second Joy-Con. In Handheld Mode, the player uses the touchscreen to control Neku, using taps and swipes. It's unclear if there is any button control as found in the DS version.
Finally, a new scenario is included in Final Remix, bringing new storylines, characters, and Noise monsters to defeat.