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Bravely Default Launches Exclusively on Nintendo 3DS

Launching exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system on Feb. 7, Bravely Default brings a unique twist to the role-playing genre. With a compelling new risk-and-reward combat system, creative uses of StreetPass functionality and beautiful graphics, this ambitious game brings new innovations in quality and design to the world of RPGs.

Bravely Default offers a deep, strategic adventure on Nintendo 3DS that everyone will be talking about,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With the addition of this unique RPG, the Nintendo 3DS library continues to prove itself as one of the most robust and varied of any video game platform.”

Bravely Default follows the story of main character Tiz, a humble shepherd and the lone survivor of a cataclysmic event, as he joins a group of loyal companions on a journey to restore balance to the world. The battle system is what differentiates Bravely Default from other RPGs. Here players can strategically choose when to initiate two complementary commands: Brave and Default. This innovative system encourages players to think carefully about strategy during every enemy encounter. Selecting “Brave” lets players increase the number of actions a character can take in a turn, while “Default” allows players to store actions for later use.

Bravely Default is a highly connected game that uses the StreetPass functionality on the Nintendo 3DS system in a new way. Connecting with other players via StreetPass will allow them to summon StreetPass friends and other online players to do battle for one action. When summoned players are used repeatedly, they will grow in “Affection” and become much stronger. Players can also use other players they have tagged via StreetPass to help rebuild Tiz’s destroyed village and gain access to special items and powerful equipment in the game.

Bravely Default expands on customization options by including a wide variety of jobs and abilities. Characters can be assigned more than 20 jobs throughout the adventure, including Time Mage, Merchant, Vampire and Valkyrie. Each of these jobs features a specific set of abilities that characters can learn and master. Up to two jobs can be equipped at one time for even more flexibility and deeper customization. There are hundreds of helpful and unique abilities that can be learned, adding an additional layer of strategy, and allowing players to tailor their characters in a way that will suit their individual play styles.

Bravely Default comes from the creative minds at Square Enix, a company known for developing some of the most memorable and beautiful RPGs of all time. The game’s massive fantasy world contains airships, elemental crystals and magic, and is a treat for both the eyes and the ears. Bravely Default features a variety of locales filled with gorgeous hand-drawn watercolor backgrounds and smooth 3D animations, all accompanied by an evocative musical score. Fans who purchase the collector’s edition of Bravely Default (launching Feb. 7 at the suggested retail price of $49.99) will receive the game’s wonderful soundtrack, as well as select AR Cards and an artbook. The collector’s edition will be available at select retailers.

An extensive demo is also now available to download for free in the Nintendo eShop. Players can experience the innovative battle system and get a taste of the stunning world by completing a new side story that is not available in the main game. On Feb. 7, the full Bravely Default experience will be available to purchase in both retail stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at a suggested retail price of $39.99.

For more information about Bravely Default, visit http://bravelydefault.nintendo.com.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 669 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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