As I arrived at PAX West a few hours earlier than planned, I managed to knock out a few of my meetings early in the Nintendo Nindies room. One of these was with the gentlemen of Mastiff Games who were there to show off their latest port/localization, Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure for the Nintendo 3DS. The original game was available in the US for the PSP and PC via Steam back in 2007. Originally developed by Nihon Falcom, Gurumin is a 3D action RPG starring a young girl named Parin. She finds herself in another world filled with monsters and armed with a legendary drill, she fights to free the Monster Village from evil monsters called Phantoms.
Mastiff has worked from the ground up porting this game to the 3DS as well as re-localizing it along with some top tier voice talent from Tara Strong, Dee Bradley Baker and more. I was able to get some time with the game and played through about 20 minutes of the estimated 35 hours of gameplay. The controls were pretty tight as I was able to quickly become accustomed to the combat and was able to start getting criticals by timing my attacks with the beat of the music, a rather unique feature in Gurumin 3D. Graphics were also a strong point for this one as the cell-shaded art style was very strong and the designs themselves reminded me of SNES classic, Pocky & Rocky.
In addition to the game, Mastiff is developing custom 3DS themes to come out along with the game. You can see previews of what they are developing below.
With a solid look and feel to the game, and Mastiff putting all of their heart and soul into making this localization a top tier RPG, I expect to be playing this one pretty extensively when it launches beginning of October. Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure will be available on the 3DS via the eShop for $14.99.