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TwilightXDawn
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Nintendo Switch Cover Art
Developer(s) Vision Studios, Square Enix, Pokemon Company, Level 5
Publisher(s) Vision Studios, Square Enix
Platform(s) Wii U, Nintendo Switch, New 3DS
Release Date(s)
December 16 2016 - Japan and North America

December 23 2016 - PAL

Age Rating(s)
TBA
Composer(s) Koichi Sugiyama, Yoko Shimura, Kevvviiinnn, Junichi Masuda
"Years of peace in the land of Carmina has been shattered by the outbreak of war. As if it were a game of chess, heroes from different worlds have been picked up and put in the world in order to finish the war before it can truly begin..."

-Opening Text for the game

TwilightXDawn (トワイライトXドーン, Towairaito X dōn) or Twilight Cross Dawn in a crossover RPG game developed by Vision Studios in junction with a few others. It features characters from the Dragon Quest (Warrior), Final Fantasy, Pokemon and Yo-Kai watch universes. You can choose a character from each respective universe and later play as the original hero. The game was first announced at Fantendo Carnival Showcase in 2016.

Playable Characters

Final Fantasy

Characters Name First Appearance Description

Story

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Cloud Strife Final Fantasy VII (97) Former "soldier" of Shinra, he is very strong and uses Materia and his very large sword named "The Buster Sword". Cloud Story
Tina Brandford

Anime Terra?

Terra Final Fantasy 6 (94) ??? Nate/Awakening Stories
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Lightning Final Fantasy XIII (09) ??? Nate Story

Dragon Quest (Warrior) characters

Character Name First Appearance Description Story
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Erdrick/Loto/Roto/ Dragon Quest III (88) The male (Could also be female in the original game) hero of Dragon Quest 3. He saved his world from Baramos and Zoma at the age of 16. He carries his trusty sword and shield with him and he's surprisingly a good healer for a warrior type. Nate Story
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Solo(Male)/Sofia(Female) Dragon Quest IV (90) The main hero/heroine of Dragon Quest IV. After his/her village was destroyed, she/he set off to look for the chosen heroes and defeat the evil once and for all. Cloud Story
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Jessica Albert Dragon Quest VIII (04) She is skilled with the whip and is a mage. Awakening Story

Pokemon

Characters Name First appearance Description Pokemon Story
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Ash Ketchum Pokemon (Anime) (97) He's a Pokemon Master and travels all across the world.

Charizard (Starter #1)

Bulbasour (Starter #2)

Cloud Story
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Sun(Male)/Moon(Female) Pokemon Sun & Moon (016) ??? TBA Cloud Story
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Red Pokemon Green, Blue, Red and Yellow (96) Another Pokemon master and champion of the Kanto region. TBA Nate Story

Yo-Kai Watch

Character Name First Appearance Description Yo-Kai Story
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Nate(Male)/Kate(Female) Yo-Kai Watch (013) ??? TBA Nate Story

Original

Character Name Description
Hero ???
Mai ???
Issac ???

Gameplay

The game is an Action-RPG that plays similarly to Dissidia: Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest Heroes (With some RPG elements added in). It also takes some inspiration from Pokken Tournament but this is mostly used for the Pokemon and Yo-Kai creatures. Just like in most JRPGs, you level up over time with experience points. You can catch Pokemon in the overworld field and your Pokemon can level up every now and then.

Most of the game takes place on a patch of islands. You have to find dungeons on this island to find the items your party is looking for. These items can give you new abilities which can make your party stronger. Items like Erdricks/Loto's Armour, Black Materia and later the eight melodies.

Taking some inspiration from Sonic Heroes, you can switch between characters in your party of 3/4. This can make for some very creative strategies in taking out enemies.

Dragon quest xi gameplay

Exploring the overworld in the Wii U version

While Nates story does feature a lot of story in comparison to Clouds story, it is more straight forward and liner in comparison to the latter. The overworlds are the same in all stories though you can explore more in Clouds story.

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Exploring the overworld on the Switch version

Story

Characters from different video game RPG franchises have been pulled from their games (Only Lightning and later Nate understand what's going on) and are forced to find sixteen melodies for Queen Mary (From Mother) for unknown reasons. In actuality, she has been poisoned by a villain and she wants them to combine the powers of the eight melodies to destroy him before she dies. Of course, this villain has sent a few others to go find these before they do.

Cloud Story -

See also - TwilightXDawn/Cloud Story

Cloud Strife, being pulled from Final Fantasy 7, has very few memories as is and is confused as all heck. However, because he is suffering from lost of memory already due to Zack sharing some with him, he doesn't really know what he is other than being Cloud Strife, an ex-soldier. He finds Ash Ketchum from the Pokemon series and he informs him on his quest to find the eight melodies as well as his first Pokemon, Pikachu. He says he's working for this very weird guy but he says he can send them all back home. Cloud follows along, hoping that this weird guy can give him his purpose and helps Ash along his journey. The group later finds Sun/Moon and also Solo/Sofia who join them on their quest.

Later down the road, they fight against Erdrick, Nate/Kate, Red and Lightning, Eventually, they collect the 16th melody and bring it to a certain location and give it to the 'weird guy' who tells them that their services are no longer needed. He sends them on their way but they aren't given what they wanted back. Suddenly, dark clouds cover the sky, volcanoes erupt and the world begins to end around them...

Nate Story -

See also - TwilightXDawn/Nate Story

Nate, being pulled from Yo-Kai is entered into Carnia. He meets up with Erdrick, Terra, Lightning, and eventually Red. They fight against a series of monsters and villains in order to collect the melodies for Queen Mary.

Awakening story -

See also - TwilightXDawn/Awakening Story

After watching their home town burn (During Clouds story), the Hero, Mai and Issac all decide to go out and search for their parents. When they begin their quest, they accidentally stumble upon Jessica Albert who is looking for melodies. When they rest for the night, the hero is given a message about his quest.

Development

The game began development in late 2015 as a project for Pokemon and Dragon Quest's 20th and 30th anniversaries respectively. It was announced at the Fantendo Carnival Showcase in 2016 and later at a 9th anniversary showcase. Owner of Vision studio stated that he wanted to create a non-liner RPG with different elements to it. He was inspired by Chrono Trigger and other games in the sense that your actions, no matter how small, would change the way the story goes. He wanted characters to cause domino effects and that was a key-phrase used throughout development. Vision is thinking of making a few more of these games.

The Switch version a launch title

Soundtrack

Most of the soundtrack is made up of remixed music while another half is made up of original tracks. A lot of them are made by the franchises respective composers while a great deal of the original songs are made by Kevvviiinnn.

Some examples -

Awakening Story Overworld theme [1]

Don't cry (Awakening story town theme) [2]

Nate Story Overworld [3]

Awakening Story Overworld 1 [4]

Get ready for battle! (Pokemon/Yo-Kai battle theme) [5]

Cloud Story battle theme 1 [6]

'Weird Guy' theme [7]

Awakening Story Overworld 2 [8]

Awakening Story Overworld 3 [9]

Awakening Story Battle theme 1 [10]

War Cry! (Boss theme) [11]

Truth behind the 'Weird Guy' [12]

Mai and Issac [13]

Awakening Story Battle theme 1 [14]

Lightnings theme [15]

Don't Get Caught [16]

Memories [17]

Stand Down! (Vs other team 1) [18]

Forest theme [19]

Room were the fears come out [20]

Lost Village (Sad town theme) [21]

Shrine [22]

Don't leave me! (Death theme) [23]

Unknown circumstances [24]

Don't Get Caught V2 [25]

Team Rocket V2 [26]

The Battle Begins (Cloud Story battle 2) [27]

More Than Friends [28]

More than Friends V2 [29]

Divine Wrath! [30]

Uh... Oops? [31]

Your Going Down! [32]

Nate Overworld theme 2 (Terra theme) [33]

Truth Revealed [34]

Meeting Terra [35]

Don't underestimate us! [36]

Show me your power... [37]

Another weapons master! [38]

Reception

Pre- Release reception has been mixed due to awkward looking graphics and gameplay. Vision states that the graphics are only halfway done. Others are questioning the story as it seems like a rip off of Final Fantasy Dissidia. Vision admitted that some tropes would be taken from Final Fantasy Dissidia while others would be taken from Dragon Quest and others from Pokemon. However, original would play a big role. Earthbound/Mother fans made their voices heard through the internet when Ness (Or whatever Mother character was confirmed) was removed for the game as Vision states "They couldn't find a role for him".

The game was released to positive reviews and a lot of the praise going to the story. Gamespot felt like the characters personalities had been captured perfectly and that it felt so real. They also praised the gameplay stating that, while it feels different, it manages to pull all of the gameplay styles from the 4 respective series together to make one game. IGN gave it a 7.6/10 stating that: It has many, MANY flaws but it still feels fun. Not only does the gameplay work together, they also combined the story elements very well.

The game sold over 100K in less than 42 ours making it Vision studio's quickest selling game. As of December 20th 2016, the game has sold over 600,000 copies making it their highest selling game that is not a collection.

Trivia

  • The opening of the game has text pop up on the screen to give background on what happened leading up to that point. This is callback to the first 3 Final Fantasy games (On the Famicom).
  • There are only 8 melodies in Mother 1/Earthbound Zero/Earthbound Beginnings. However, Mother 2 (Earthbound in the USA) has 8 more melodies that didn't really do much. The characters are finding both sets for the sake of it.
  • You are encouraged to explore more in Clouds story. However, in Nates story you are recommended to go from quest to quest. To make sure that you do this more than often, each quest is closer to each other in Nates story while you have to go long distances in Clouds story.

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