Did somebody just mention The World Ends with You? I'm certain I heard something. Wait, let me go check.
Oh. I see. It's just The World Ends with You: Solo Remix finally showing up on Android, two years after the iOS port.
No, I'm not disappointed. I just expected. Okay, I'll admit it. I am upset. The arrival of The World Ends with You on Android is good news, and I'll definitely grab it for my tablet the second there's a sale, but I expected more. It's now been 7 years since the DS release, and I just get this feeling we should have heard something by now.
Especially with Square Enix's teasing. You remember that hint we were given two years ago, right? If someone collected all of the secret reports, then beat The World Ends with You: Solo Remix, they were able to see the screenshot above. It showed an all new character, carrying Mr. Mew, in front of a building that showed the Reapers' symbol and said, "New 7 Days." It was a clear hint about some sort of sequel.
The appearance of all The World Ends with You kids in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance was pretty telling too. I couldn't help but think that was a hint of things to come too. Characters from a new, potentially one-off IP, showing up in one of Square Enix's biggest money makers? It wouldn't fit, unless the company was trying to call attention to the series. You know, get people thinking about Neku, Shiki, Joshua, Beat, and Rhyme again.
And we all know that The World Ends with You: Live Remix doesn't count. That was the GREE mobile game that had Neku and company fighting against Ringleader Noise. Especially when you consider the mobile port's teaser image. Live Remix was basically a side story with the original characters, and the character in that teaser is all new and hinting at a new Reapers' Game.
The fact that The World Ends with You's Android port wasn't forgotten is a good sign. At least, I think it is. It's late, sure, and I wouldn't be surprised if a big part of the reason why Square Enix put it out was to get easy money, but I can't help but think any The World Ends with You news is good news. It means Square Enix hasn't forgotten about the game, and potential series.
Which is heartening, because I know we sure haven't forgotten about The World Ends with You. The fact that it's one of the most popular paid games on Google Play, despite the $17.99 price tag, shows there's still a demand. We're here, hoping and waiting for those New 7 Days.