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Giftpia Website Launches
« on: December 27, 2002, 02:11:15 PM »
Lots of new info...if you read Japanese.  We've picked out a few highlights though.

Skip, the developer behind Nintendo's upcoming Giftpia, has launched a Japanese website for the game.  Giftpia is a bizarre cel-shaded RPG originally shown (though somewhat covertly) on video at E3 2002.

The new website is entirely in Japanese, but through a mechanical translation by Babelfish, we've been able to glean a few very interesting bits of info.  (We may have more reliable, manual translations in the future, if we can pry our Japanese-speaking staff members from The Legend of Zelda: Kaze no Takuto.)

The biggest source of info is the Q&A page, which reveals the first concrete details about the game's premise and gameplay.  Giftpia is an "alternative RPG" for one player, to be released in April 2003 in Japan.  No release date is given for North America.  The name comes from combining the words "gift" and "utopia", and the story seems to revolve around the theme of coming of age.  Specifically, Babelfish produces the term "re-adult", and combined with some other bits from the translation, it seems that some adults have been turned into children, and your job is to return them to their original forms.

Hopefully we'll be able to confirm or correct all of this information with a real translation by hand soon.  Until then, take it with a grain of salt.  You can access the site for yourself via the link above to see some new character artwork and a few new screenshots (embedded in a Flash animation).