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Flying Fairy: Bravely Default Finally Flying West?

A mysterious tweet sets the internet aflame with anticipation.

Nintendo fans are no strangers to having localized versions of enticing Japanese fare dangled in front of them, with no real word of when, or even if the title will make its way over seas. The now infamous “Operation Rainfall” trio took quite some time and a heavy fan based push before even an announcement of localization was made - never mind an actual release date.

But two of those titles, Xenoblade and The Last Story, have found their way into our homes and the third, Pandora’s Tower, is set to arrive sometime this summer. As satisfying as those victories may have been for fans, there seems to always be a title out there that alludes localization. The latest fascination comes courtesy of Square Enix in the form of the oddly titled Flying Fairy: Bravely Default; an RPG that was released on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on October 11th of last year.

Boasting a unique and beautiful graphical styling, (which should come as no surprise since the game was developed by Silicon Studio, the team behind one of PixlBit’s 2010 games of the year, 3D Dot Game Heroes) JRPG fans have been clamoring for this one to find a home on this side of the Pacific since before it was even released in Japan.

While Square Enix has been seemingly receptive to the idea of bringing this one west, no official announcements have been made or even teased - up until yesterday that is.

On March 1st, the game’s long dormant official Twitter account, gave followers a tease in both Japanese, and more importantly, in English too. The tweet is embedded below:

A quick look at the Twitter account’s history will show that this is one of, if not the first tweet that has also seen an English translation. The content of the tweet - which was translated using a digital service of some sort - seems to hint that an English localization may be in the works.

While nothing official has been announced, many have taken this ambiguous statement as a reason to celebrate. Keep in mind that this could be nothing, but we at PixlBit have raised our hopes at least a little bit, that this game will finally make its way into our greedy little hands.

Now if only the 3DS version of Dragon Quest VII would get over here….

Let us know what your thoughts are on this little nugget of information! Sound off in the comments section below and let your voice be heard!



Matt Snee Staff Writer

03/02/2013 at 12:01 PM

I second the thought about DQVII. That would be truly awesome.  

Jon Lewis Staff Writer

03/02/2013 at 12:14 PM

I really hope this comes out here and adds to the many great 3DS games on the horizon.


03/02/2013 at 05:04 PM

Yes, the 3DS roster this year is set to kick ass and chew bubble gum. (and they're all out of bubble gum)

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

03/02/2013 at 12:54 PM

oh please please please...

Julian Titus Senior Editor

03/02/2013 at 01:29 PM

As much as I hate them throwing it on every game, this would be a good place to put the Final Fantasy name. It shares a lot of FF mechanics, and the current name is poison for the marketplace.


03/02/2013 at 01:41 PM

If it comes over, I'll buy it. I don't even play many RPGs any more, but I'd make the exception. 


03/02/2013 at 01:59 PM

I'm still wating for  FF Type-Zero!Yell


03/02/2013 at 02:13 PM

I'd honestly be surprised if this doesn't make its way here. I'm also impatiently waiting for an official announcement, Bravely Default looks fantastic! But localization takes time. This isn't a situation like Type-0 where the game is being released on a dying handheld. Patience, everyone :3

Julian Titus Senior Editor

03/02/2013 at 02:26 PM

There's still hope for Type-0. The director said in an interview that they had the game running in HD, which could lead to a Vita and PS3 release. But this game seems far more likely.


03/02/2013 at 02:39 PM

Yeah I haven't completely given up on Type-0 and I'd love that rumored Vita release to be true. I just reached a point where I stopped paying attention to any rumor or hint to its localization. Hopefully I'll be surprised by a real announcement one day.


03/02/2013 at 04:30 PM

With any luck it'll come to europe (first (againWink)), i'm tired of importing JRPG that don't come here. Frown


03/02/2013 at 05:05 PM

No more firsts for you! :P


03/03/2013 at 09:15 AM

Haters gonna HateTongue Out


03/03/2013 at 08:06 PM

I would be a happy panda if this made it to the East Coast! :3


03/03/2013 at 08:06 PM

ps, psst- "the oddly titles" needs fixin'. ;)

Jesse Miller Staff Writer

03/03/2013 at 08:30 PM

And fixed...Thanks for pointing that out!


03/03/2013 at 11:18 PM

If it comes over and I have a 3DS at the time then Ill def be putting money down for it. Now to just play the waiting game as usual -_-


03/04/2013 at 09:20 AM

I would love to buy this game. But I can't afford to get my hopes up on SE games anymore. Anyway, I missed Operation Rainfall because I was deployed at the time, but I did manage to buy the LE of Last Story this year. Unfortunately, Xenoblade Chronicles is out of print now, and I'm hunting for it.


03/04/2013 at 02:15 PM

Square-Enix would do well to bring Bravely Defaul over here.  With the recent success of Fire Emblem, and now Etrian Odyssey IV, on the 3DS, it shows that the market is there and ready for these games.  That said, I need to take a sweep around the video sites to see how the gameplay turned out.  If that looks good, then I'll be upset if we don't see this game released in the West.

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