Hot Japanese Imports: Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 review for GBA

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Tales of the World Narikiri Dungeon 2

Title: Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2
Price: $48.90
System(s): GBA
Release Date: October 25, 2002
Publisher (Developer): Namco (Alfa System)
ESRB Rating: N/A
Pros: Lots of Tales of cameos. Many fetch quests to complete. Quite a few costumes to unlock for characters.
Cons: The quests get quite repetitive. Not easy for those with poor Japanese language skills to play.
Overall Score: 8/10

Many people get caught up with the region-free DS and PSP games, but often forget that Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games are region-free as well. Since the DS is backwards compatible with GBA games, that means a whole extra library of import games is available.

I decided this week to take a look back at one of my favorite GBA import games, Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2. If you’ve heard of the PSP game Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 might seem familiar to you. Like the PSP game, it’s a means of combining characters from many Tales of games into one with a new, original storyline.

Tales of the World Narikiri Dungeon 2

Save the world by playing dress-up!

The world is growing weaker, due to the overwhelming presense of monsters. So the goddess has called Furio and Kyaro, a young boy and girl from Regina, to fight against the evil that is trying to overtake the lands. Furio and Kyaro are given the ability to don various costumes that will grant them the power and skills necessary to save their world.

Of course, they can’t just go seek out evil right away. First, the two must collect costumes and befriend various characters from the Tales of series of games. Once they’ve proven their worth through many side quests, they’ll be ready.

Tales of the World Narikiri Dungeon 2

Hope you like fetch quests.

Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 is perfect for on-the-go play. While there is the whole epic, save the world tree storyline, it is easily handled in small doses. In order to get to each major game milestone, you’ll first have to go through shorter, errand quests to work up to them. Plus, there are lots of brief side-quests to undertake.

It’s also absolutely adorable. Furio and Kyaro not only can earn costumes that let them transform into the Tales of characters, but others as well. I love the cat costume, though there are also adorable entertainer, doctor, musician and pirate costumes as well. Furio can even dress up and fight as Mr. Driller. There are 200 costumes in all to collect, which provides more motivation to play.

The only bad part is, the errand quests don’t offer much variety. Help Cless/Stahn/Rid defeat this enemy. Find Suzu and give her this. Go defeat these monster. Go find that item. If you play for an extended amount of time, it’s easy to get quite bored.

Tales of the World Narikiri Dungeon 2

Fans will want it for the cameos and costumes.

If you can find it cheap, Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 can be an entertaining diversion. Yes, you can play it for long periods of time, but it’s best enjoyed in small doses.

Mainly, it’s memorable for all of the Tales of characters that appear in it and the ability to transform the main characters into some of those established characters. It can be quite addicting and challenging to try and earn all those costumes, and well worth the try.

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