Bravely Default II: Demo Overview and Preview.

With February around the corner, Square-Enix is primed to release their latest JRPG, Bravely Default II. With the visuals and gameplay of an older Final Fantasy title, Bravely Default II features the Job system allowing players to change the classes of their party members. The newest demo offers you up to 5 hours to clear two bosses in the game’s Chapter 1.

Last year, Square-Enix offered players a brief demo for Bravely Default II. The first build also came with a feedback survey. The newest demo incorporates much of that feedback along with a bit more gameplay to enjoy.

What to Expect from the Bravely Default II Demo.

If you have yet to try it, Bravely Default II will take place in Chapter 1. The game will offer you the four protagonists off the bat: Seth, Gloria, Elvis, and Adelle. Each one comes pre-equipped with one of the early-game classes, such as Vanguard, Black Mage, White Mage, and Monk.

Adelle’s name sounds like the name of a sorceress from Final Fantasy VIII, Adel. Bravely Default’s Edea was also named after a sorceress from the same game.

You’ll garner one new Asterisk, or class-change, before the end of the demo: Bard. This performing art will be used to buff your allies’ stats. You can also make it your default class, thus leveling it up, or as a sub-class. It’s entirely up to you on how you want to approach it.

In my experience, I found the demo to be fairly challenging. The new weight system means I can’t stack defense equipment on my party members and need to balance out what to give them. I ended up losing several times to the second boss, Anihal, the Beastmaster asterisk, before preparing once again in the shop with more items and better equips. Thankfully, this forgiving title gives you Teleport stones to warp out of dungeons and even warp points to move closer to the boss fight when you return.

For Newcomers to Bravely.

Bravely Default II comes from the titles that predated it on Nintendo 3DS: Bravely Default and Bravely Second. The first title came out in 2014 and offered one of the greatest soundtracks on the system’s library. If you’re familiar with composer, REVO, he composed the opening theme songs of Attack on Titan and Sailor Moon Crystal.

Bravely Second came out on 3DS in 2016. The direct sequel to Bravely Default followed the tales of the four heroes with two of them being main party members alongside new characters. Unfortunately, Bravely Second had both cast another writer and a different composer, Ryo, who’s known for the second opening theme of the anime, Fire Force.

Despite these changes, I found Bravely Second to be superior to its predecessor in a number of ways. While the title never quite became as successful overall, the gameplay quality-of-life improvements included stacking battles for EXP, balancing several classes, and removing a dreaded time loop of sorts that plagued the second half of Bravely Default.

Even with its glorious references to Puella Magi: Madoka Magica and Fullmetal Alchemist, Bravely Second was a standalone JRPG that could rank among the best on the 3DS. It astonished me to see the developer of the game apologizing for his past work due to its lackluster success. It explains my confusion for why this title wasn’t called “Bravely Third” and as such, I stand with fans when I say Bravely Second doesn’t warrant an apology.

However, after Bravely Second, the development team created Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch. This highly successful sprite-based HD-2D JRPG became an instant hit and one of the console’s best games. Following this act, it’s also great to see Tomoya Asano’s team working on the Bravely series once more.

Final Thoughts

I’m excited to try the final version of the game. While Bravely Default had its heart in the right place, I was a huge fan of Team Asano’s later works. Bravely Default II will join up the Nintendo Switch’s stellar lineup of JRPGs. Among them include Dragon Quest XI S, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Xenoblade Chronicles, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and the studio’s past work, Octopath Traveler.

Bravely Default II will come out for Nintendo Switch on February 26, 2021. Be sure to try the demo if you haven’t already. Finally, be sure to follow us on our social media channels below for our next batch of gaming content.

Until next time!

Preview: Nintendo Switch to Release with Multiple Hit Titles in 2021.

Nintendo’s 2020 helped define the year as one of the worst to go down in history. After the release of Animal Crossing, much of their first-party focus scattered itself among Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. While the console did acquire the hit Steam title, Hades, original first-party releases were in short supply but heavy demand.

However, 2021 is already lining up to be a prime year for Nintendo. In addition to first-party hits, developers and publishers, like Koei Tecmo, Capcom, Atlus, and Square-Enix will release major titles throughout 2021. For fans of Nintendo’s first-party titles, console exclusives, and everything in between, the first part of the year already looks to be one of promise.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

The upcoming Mario title consists of a port of the 2013 Wii U title, Super Mario 3D World. Developed by the team behind Super Mario Galaxy, it features similarities to 2D Mario, such as the familiar powerups and level design structure, while being played in a 3D space. It also features 4-player co-op which can now be played online.

In addition to releasing one of the greatest Mario games of all-time on Switch, this title will also feature the Bowser’s Fury campaign. Here, Mario will team up with Bowser Jr. to save Bowser from a dark and powerful transformation. This open-world segment takes many cues from Super Mario Odyssey and will feature new goals, stages, and plenty of new elements with 2-player co-op enabled.

Release date: 2/12/21

Bravely Default II

From the developers of the Bravely titles and Octopath Traveler, Bravely Default II will take place in a new world and era from its predecessor. Square-Enix’s upcoming Japanese Role-Playing Game (JRPG) pays homage to their familiar Final Fantasy series with its job system, enemies, and spell names. In doing so, it offers a unique twist to familiar JRPG combat in the form of its Brave and Default battle system.

Fans who enjoy classic JRPGs are in for a thrill with the upcoming Bravely Default II. If you’re a fan of REVO’s music, known for his opening themes in Attack on Titan and Sailor Moon Crystal, you will surely enjoy the title’s soundtrack as well. Bravely Default II also features a 5-hour demo currently available on the Nintendo eShop.

Release date: 2/26/21

Persona 5 Strikers

Atlus and Omega Force’s upcoming title, Persona 5 Strikers, will take place after the hit JRPG, Persona 5. Serving as the storyline sequel to the title, Scramble will feature the Musou (or Warriors) elements familiar with Omega Force’s series of games. Nintendo recently released the Musou title, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, last November.

Much as Age of Calamity incorporates Zelda elements into its gameplay, Persona 5 Strikers will feature Persona 5 elements to include its UI and numerous battle cues such as turn-based combat while summoning Personas.

Release date: 2/22/21

Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection

Capcom’s upcoming 2D platformer will feature the long-awaited return of the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series. The beloved side-scroller features some of the most soul-crushing difficulty in the history of gaming. Starring the knight, Arthur, he must rescue the Princess from the hellish demons which have kidnapped her.

Fear not, as more recent Ghosts ‘n Goblins titles include easier difficulties if you enjoy a more leisurely stroll through the horror lands. Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection will be the first title released in the series since 2006’s Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins for PlayStation Portable. If you’re looking to try an entry in the series and have Nintendo Switch Online, I strongly recommend playing Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts from the SNES library.

Release date: 2/25/21

New Pokemon Snap

Nintendo’s upcoming New Pokemon Snap will be the Pokemon spin-off’s first new entry since 1999 for the Nintendo 64. Players will ride in a machine in an on-rails experience while snapping pictures of Pokemon. While adding Pokemon pictures to their library, they can also interact with the creatures through the use of various items.

Pokemon Snap was known for such interaction which created some unique and hilarious animations from the creatures. They could also evolve Pokemon and unlock new areas which ultimately brought them to Mew in a cosmic rainbow finale! New Pokemon Snap will feature Pokemon from the past 8 Generations of the series and offer many new terrains to explore.

Release date: April 30, 2021

Monster Hunter Rise

Capcom’s Monster Hunter series has seen a rise in popularity ever since the release of Monster Hunter World in 2018. While the series has invited new fans over the course of its 3DS, Wii U, and past generation releases, Monster Hunter World took the world by storm with its release on multiple platforms. This series features bounty-hunting missions where players will hunt down massive creatures.

For players seeking online co-op action and want to equip themselves with the mightiest weapons available, Monster Hunter Rise will offer the ideal experience. Partner with the Palicoes and cook up delicious new meals. Monster Hunter Rise will feature a new era of massive weapons and creatures to go after later this year.

Release date: 3/26/21

Shin Megami Tensei V

Atlus’ latest entry in the SMT series featured a strange development cycle. Originally announced in January 2017, Atlus has remained quiet on the series since its original announcement. Likewise, the series has not seen a release since Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse in 2016. However, last year they featured a trailer unveiling the game for a Switch release alongside the remaster of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.

This dark fantasy JRPG series features players summoning demons from hell and other mythological beings from history. You can recruit creatures into their party, level them up, and even fuse them to create new and stronger creatures. Known for its difficulty, SMT fans can look forward to the challenge while newer fans can appreciate the shared enemy designs from the Persona series.

Release date: TBD

What Else Will Come to Switch in 2021?

While these confirmed releases will arrive on the Switch later this year, we also know of confirmed titles, such as Metroid Prime 4 and Genshin Impact coming to Switch. Though we do not know of their release date, Metroid Prime 4 remains in development while Genshin developer, MiHoYo, confirmed the Switch release of their gacha RPG giant last year.

If the past year’s Game Awards taught us anything, it’s entirely possible to have a digital gaming event during a quarantine. While Nintendo’s lack of a full Nintendo Direct left many players disillusioned last year, perhaps a returning E3 might invite the developer to showcase some major hits during the summer.

We will keep you posted on upcoming developments on Nintendo Switch titles over the course of the year. In the meantime, follow our social media links below and keep up with our content! If you’re interested in an upcoming title, be sure to let us know in the replies.

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