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The Sword of Hope II (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . At long last, the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console finally has a proper Japanese role-playing game. The Sword of Hope II isn't as grand and epic as its console counterparts, but it offers a strong story, quick combat mechanics and an interesting world to explore. Fans of both Shadowgate and Final Fantasy will instantly fall in love with style, and even new gamers will get wrapped up in the storytelling. The Sword of Hope II is not to be missed. Rating: 71%
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What Is It? At long last, the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console finally has a proper Japanese role-playing game. While The Legend of Zelda and Dragon Crystal scratched my action/adventure itch, there's nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned turn-based RPG. The Sword of Hope II combines Dragon Quest-style role-playing and the graphic adventure games the developer (Kemco) was renowned for (Shadowgate and The Uninvited). The writing is a little dopey and, like many 8-bit RPGs, it takes a while to get going, but The Sword of Hope II is a welcome addition to the 3DS Virtual Console.

Does It Still Hold Up? Who would have guessed that turn-based combat was the missing component in Shadowgate? Kemco outdoes themselves by not only making a compelling role-playing game, but also developing a rich graphic adventure. The ideas are ambitious and the graphics are impressive, even if they mostly consist of still images. The gameplay is simple and this is just the type of game I would want to play on the go. Maybe it's because nobody else makes games like this anymore, but The Sword of Hope II manages to hold up surprisingly well.

Is It Worth The Money? Now that you've saved Princess Zelda in a half dozen games, it's time to dig into the 3DS Virtual Console's first role-playing game. The Sword of Hope II isn't as grand and epic as its console counterparts, but it offers a strong story, quick combat mechanics and an interesting world to explore. Fans of both Shadowgate and Final Fantasy will instantly fall in love with the style, and even new gamers will get wrapped up in the storytelling. The Sword of Hope II is not to be missed.
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