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Earthlock: Festival of Magic Kickstarter returns for JRPG magic

After launching a Kickstarter last year during the hectic holiday season, Norweigan developer SnowCastle Games decided to pull the Festival of Magic Kickstarter and relaunch at a later date. That’s now, as the developer is back with a brand new Kickstarter and a few changes this time around. Instead of just being called Festival of Magic, the game has the appellation Earthlock: Festival of Magic, which is much more interesting in terms of what’s going on with the game and the world.

The game is a traditional turn-based JRPG with a focus on story and puzzles, but with an additional Harvest Moon like element of growing your own crops to use for ammunition. Check out the video above to see more about the project, which looks to be an ambitious project. Some of the features of the game will include:

  • Rich, non-linear story
  • Turn-based combat (No Active Time Battle)
  • Combat pairs (Allows more variations to your battle team)
  • Grow your own ammunition (Organic crafting)
  • Build and improve your home base
  • Environmental Puzzles
  • Gorgeous Overworld with a retro feel
  • No random encounters (Monsters visible at all times)
  • Play as Male or Female protagonist (You can switch at any time)

Some of the screenshots from the official Kickstarter page are absolutely gorgeous and serve to highlight the unique art style very well. The Wii U is starving for good RPGS and it looks like Earthlock: Festival of Magic could be one of the first to make it onto the system, with your help.

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  • abe

    doest seem that the wii u version is a stretch goal, that’s cool. I like Jrpgs i like harvest moon and since EU is being shafted on the rune factory 4 i’m might take a dip on this

  • NintendoFan

    Aww I read the title as Earthbound :P

    • abe

      i did too…

  • Magnus Eriksson

    I think I have a great idea how
    Nintendo still could make big money this generation. As everyone
    knows Nintendo is clearly not doing all good now. Stocks have falled
    to a horribly low level. No one wants to buy the Wii U, and there is
    more people trading in the console than buying it. Nintendo have
    failed to show why they should remain relevant in this industry. They
    have released a few games, whereby some of them is quite ok. But to
    be honest most of the stuff is rehearshed versions of old products.
    No game besides Nintendoland showed whats interesting with the pad.
    Instead Nintendo have chosen to make lots of 2D games that doesnt
    show why the pad is interesting. Sadly all those games havent sold
    that well. And everyone speaks about a possible discontinuation of
    the Wii U. Is it the new Virtual Boy everyone asks? Not necessarly.
    Nintendo can still make a lot of money from the Wii U.

    My suggestion is that Nintendo adress
    these problems in a clever way, to gain more money for their
    products. One very interesting solution would be to add free to play
    features into the games. Im not talking about making the games free
    to play, they would still charge the same ammount as always. A 50$
    game would still be 50$ and so on.

    But as an addition they could add
    features that you pay for through the NFC feature of the pad. In
    Zelda you could go to a shop in the game and buy bombs for a dollar,
    new arrows for two and upgrade to a Hylian shield for three bucks.
    Instead of picking up rupees you could use real money in the game.

    Also Nintendo could make deals with
    other companies to make even more money. In game commercials is one
    very good idea. For example every 15-20 minutes of Zelda playing you
    get a commercial break of 1 minute or two (a short SONY advertisement
    or something like that), or maybe you have to answer a 20-30 point
    survey just before boss battles (or as a break in the middle of a
    boss battle).

    This way Nintendo could earn a lot of
    money from each game. Both the retail price, the pay to play
    features, commercials, surveys etc would bring in a lot more money
    than only from the retail price. This way we all could help Nintendo
    to make money again.

    Also Mii Verse should be heavily
    commercialized with pop-up ads, and a small charge for every post in
    the community.

    When you use the pad to surf the web
    you could get to pay a very small fee for 24 hours of surfing
    (50c-1$). Also here Nintendo could benefit from advertisments.
    Pop-ups and a short commercial break every 60 minutes or something
    like that.

    Nintendo could also make the pad
    Android compatible, so that mobile phone companies could release
    their games as apps.

    • Lil J Moore

      I read it the first time. No need to double post

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        I think it’s a glitch. Happened to me before.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Getting this :)

  • Magnus Eriksson

    I think I have a great idea how
    Nintendo still could make big money this generation. As everyone
    knows Nintendo is clearly not doing all good now. Stocks have falled
    to a horribly low level. No one wants to buy the Wii U, and there is
    more people trading in the console than buying it. Nintendo have
    failed to show why they should remain relevant in this industry. They
    have released a few games, whereby some of them is quite ok. But to
    be honest most of the stuff is rehearshed versions of old products.
    No game besides Nintendoland showed whats interesting with the pad.
    Instead Nintendo have chosen to make lots of 2D games that doesnt
    show why the pad is interesting. Sadly all those games havent sold
    that well. And everyone speaks about a possible discontinuation of
    the Wii U. Is it the new Virtual Boy everyone asks? Not necessarly.
    Nintendo can still make a lot of money from the Wii U.

    My suggestion is that Nintendo adress
    these problems in a clever way, to gain more money for their
    products. One very interesting solution would be to add free to play
    features into the games. Im not talking about making the games free
    to play, they would still charge the same ammount as always. A 50$
    game would still be 50$ and so on.

    But as an addition they could add
    features that you pay for through the NFC feature of the pad. In
    Zelda you could go to a shop in the game and buy bombs for a dollar,
    new arrows for two and upgrade to a Hylian shield for three bucks.
    Instead of picking up rupees you could use real money in the game.

    Also Nintendo could make deals with
    other companies to make even more money. In game commercials is one
    very good idea. For example every 15-20 minutes of Zelda playing you
    get a commercial break of 1 minute or two (a short SONY advertisement
    or something like that), or maybe you have to answer a 20-30 point
    survey just before boss battles (or as a break in the middle of a
    boss battle).

    This way Nintendo could earn a lot of
    money from each game. Both the retail price, the pay to play
    features, commercials, surveys etc would bring in a lot more money
    than only from the retail price. This way we all could help Nintendo
    to make money again.

    Also Mii Verse should be heavily
    commercialized with pop-up ads, and a small charge for every post in
    the community.

    When you use the pad to surf the web
    you could get to pay a very small fee for 24 hours of surfing
    (50c-1$). Also here Nintendo could benefit from advertisments.
    Pop-ups and a short commercial break every 60 minutes or something
    like that.

    Nintendo could also make the pad
    Android compatible, so that mobile phone companies could release
    their games as apps.

    • steveb944

      You try to troll way too hard

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Sounds like a perfect idea. It’d make up for the poor sales in their games. That or they can retire from the gaming industry and just open up Nintendo Fitness Centers world wide.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Lots of pop-ups is the only solution here :)

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Don’t forget pop ups within pop ups. :P

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Pop-ups with surveys :)

          • andrewjcole

            Surveys with pop-ups C:

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Lol, even better :D

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            How about a half hour infomercial before playing a game on your Wii U and 3DS? :)

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Information is good. Everytime you start the Wii U you should get an obligatory walkthrough that shows all the things the pad can do and stuff like that. That would be great.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Also a tutorial of how to watch cut scenes during gameplay. Fans need to be fully informed of these tasks.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Everyone loves forced tutorials. Cannot be overdone.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            In that case, they should make tutorials for how to painfully watch a Nintendo Direct and survive the ordeal, and how to navigate the eShop. It will only cost fans $1 for each viewing.

          • andrewjcole

            Why half hour? Make it 7 hours! And make them pay 20 bucks to see the title screen! No just kidding. But seriously, some of Magnus’s ideas were good.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Nah, thats too expensive.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            And 10 bucks to see the ending.

    • Daniel

      I’m impressed Microsoft hasn’t hired you yet.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Lol, yeah. Could have done a great job there. But this is the future of gaming, and you know it :)

    • David Trail

      Not you again : (

      • Magnus Eriksson

        It would help Nintendo to survive. Dont you want Nintendo to survive? This way they dont even need to make games :)

        • David Trail

          Go away dude and never come back!

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Nah, im here to stay. You can go. Troll.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Who needs games when you have state of the art Fitness Centers and great Nintendo infomercials to pass the time during your workout?

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Wii U prints money :)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            It really does. With the profits, they can go back into the Taxi Service business. Of course, you’ll have to do a survey, watch an ad and followed by watch an infomercial on how great their service is and their drivers are of the greatest quality before driving you to your destination.

        • RichM

          I took me till paragraph two to catch the irony. In all seriousness, why don’t they have more demos? I like to try before I buy. The same 12 demos have been there for months. I thought there might be a DK demo of one level or something like that. Why not demo one track from Mark Kart 8, one stage from Smash Brothers, one level from Bayonetta 2. If you want people to buy your stuff, let them try it. Its how I got Tank! Tank! Tank! The game stinks, but for some fun local multiplayer, its great for 30 minutes. I only bought it because our demo ran out and we were still having fun.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            A Mario Kart teaser demo would be nice :)

          • MerryBlind .

            Agreed! And the worst part is that, in stores, there actually ARE demos we don’t get on the eShop. For example, they have a demo of DK, Mario 3D World, Zelda WW, and Rayman Legends.

            They are already made for God sake!! All they have to do is upload them to the eShop. Oh Nintendo….

    • jjbredesen

      Now thats sounds great, let me add that they should team up with Zynga and EA :P

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Its a great idea I know. This way Nintendo doesnt have to make games at all. It just prints money.

        • jjbredesen
          • RichM

            Dude…do you make all the gifs you post? This one is hilarious. Loved Duck Tales. Scrooge McIwata. You know Magica Dispell is going to go for the 3DS.

          • jjbredesen

            Not all of them, i have made perhaps 20% of all i post :P, but i have a huge folder full of memes ready for the comment section, and if not i just make a quick google search.

          • David Trail

            People forget that even if Wii U fails. They have loads of money and the 3DS is a money making beast!

          • Magnus Eriksson

            What do that have to do with anything thats written here?

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            He works with a one track mind. Pay no mind. ;P

    • Fred

      If they do this, they’ll lose this customer. I won’t put up with that. I buy a lot of Wii U games (40 last I counted) and I’m not willing to do this so I say your idea SUCKS

    • MerryBlind .

      Why do you do this Magnus? I know you, I know you do troll (or joke whatever) posts like these all the time, and sure once we know it’s a joke it IS indeed funny, but you always look so serious, and that makes people believe what you say and thus you give bad ideas to people. Also, you give ammunition to haters, and the hating for no reason towards the Wii U is one of the reasons it’s not doing well.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Because this is my humour :)

        • David Trail

          I’ll have to tell you Magnus that you have no humour and that you should just give up. You aren’t funny.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Well, im not here to entertain you, so I dont care what you think :) Also I never found you as a guy with great sense of humour either ;)

          • David Trail

            I wasn’t the one pretending to have a sense of humour. Like you.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Yeah yeah, hope you find yourself some humour then :)

          • David Trail

            You don’t have humour. Never have. Never will.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Lol, yes I do

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Some people just can’t handle humour. ;P

          • Joey

            your an idiot period.

          • greengecko007

            You’re*… awkward…

          • Magnus Eriksson

            You are a period, idiot.

    • steve

      is this a joke?

      • Magnus Eriksson

        yes

        • steve

          ah ok, ya it actually seemed like you thought those were good ideas, my head almost exploded.

      • Carl Fin

        He is the nintendo troll that literally writes on every article.

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      I like you being sarcastic. But yeah some ideas were good love the micro-transactions ones if they added extra content.

  • David Trail

    JRPG’S on Wii U this year…

    Child of Light, Festival of Magic, X and Shin Migami V Fire Emblem

    Wii U is looking better than PS4 in the JRPG front…

    I don’t consider FF and Kingdom Hearts to be as good as X or the Shin Migami Series/ Fire Emblem. Plus they are just multiplats that you can play on Xbox One as well.

    I know it’s not a JRPG but it’s still an Action RPG. Zelda U might be out this year or early next year.

    • Ducked

      Kingdom Hearts series is so much better then Fire Emblem and Shin Megami. I like Fire Emblem, but in reality Kingdom Hearts is just better. Better story, better characters, and better sales. As for Final Fantasy, I can agree. The only games in the series I enjoyed was 6-10.

      • Mario

        But those series are great.

        • Ducked

          Please take this survey in regards to the future of the Kingdom Hearts series.

          Some of the questions you answer could help bring KH3 to the Wii U

          https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GP7XTLF

      • David Trail

        Kingdom Heaets is good but it isn’t Monoliftsofts JRPG good. If you know what I mean?

        • Ducked

          I loved Xenoblade Chronicles, but that’s the only game I know of in the series. I still enjoyed KH2 more.

          • David Trail

            Each to their own.

    • Mario

      Both those series are good.

  • DC777

    Love the look of this game and the characters.

    • DC777

      Played the beta, looks great.

  • steveb944

    Just did my first support ever! I’m glad they’re making a Wii U version no matter what. What intrigued me was the farming and home base building, I really miss having a sort of Harvest Moon structure in game for my main console. Let’s get this funded everyone!

    • abe

      same here, i went for the $15 dollar level

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      I agree. This will be a great addition to PS4.

  • David Trail

    Wii U is the home of JRPGS… This and Monoliftsofts X out this year… You know where to be if you are a JRPG fan or fan of Japanese/quirky titles.

    Wii U

  • Roadkill409

    I think it’s funny they have an Atari sitting next to the GamePad as they are playing Earthlock: Festival of Magic. I don’t see any Atari controllers so it’s hard to tell if it’s real or some throwback Atari computer. Either way, kind of funny. Maybe they get done playing their game and play some Outlaw.

  • David Trail

    What’s this with the scarfs lol? Sonic Boom now this. Too many Uncharted references lol!

  • Ducked

    Attention Wii U owners and Kingdom Hearts fans! (sorry if its a little off topic)

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GP7XTLF

  • Landesca

    I think this looks good. I’d get it for Wii U.

  • Suraj Alexander

    Off topic but important. The upcoming game by ubisoft ,watchdogs, is probably the last chance we will have with ubisoft. They will decide wether to put more games on the wii u after these sales. Considering the lack of sales for other ubifot titles with sales coming upto 5% from the wii u we really need more peope to buy it. I am sitting here with the dedsec edition preorder so have done the max i can. plz buy the game guys

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Ill buy it. But for my PS3 :) I want to show my appreciation for Ubi’s great support of SONY :)

      • Suraj Alexander

        There are 80 other million people to support the ps3 compared to the 5 million of the wii u sold. And knowing Nintendo fans, they are not interested in games like this.

        • Brandon

          And thats why they dont get them, sorry though but im getting ubisoft games on the ps4. If you really want to play ubisoft games its best to buy a playstation console.

  • wiimenonowiiu

    This game looks great im getting it thats for sure

  • RyuNoHadouken

  • Capt. Smoker

    If all I have to look forward to on Wii U is a poor Rune factory/Fable, might as well get rid of the piece of crap now