Elite Beat Agents grooving to Europe

iNiS Corporation's quirky DS rhythm game finally gets a release date in the region.

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At this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Keiichi Yano, cofounder of iNiS Corporation, the makers of Elite Beat Agents, revealed that the original Japanese version of the game would be getting a sequel. Fans of the game were undoubtedly pleased, although gamers in Europe were still wondering whether or not the original would be seen in their countries at all.

Better late than never. Eight months after the game's November release in the US, Nintendo has announced that the wacky rhythm game will be landing in Europe on July 13. The estimated retail price will be around £30 (44 euros).

Elite Beat Agents was a western remake of the very Japanese Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, originally released on the DS in Japan in July 2005. Elite Beat Agents, while staying faithful to the original, made such changes as adding a pop music soundtrack, including songs by Avril Lavigne, David Bowie, and Destiny's Child.

The Elite Beat Agents are a group of men and women in black who combat a variety of emergency situations by dancing. The agents are controlled by tapping on the touch screen in time to the music, topping up an 'elite-o-meter.' If the elite-o-meter is emptied because too many markers have been missed, the mission is a failure and players must try again.

For more information on Elite Beat Agents, read GameSpot's full review.

Discussion

35 comments
ert47
ert47

same song list!?!?!?!? For shame!!! *orders Ouendan*

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Wow have I been out of it, I was unaware this had even be released in the US late *slaps self*.

sniper_99
sniper_99

whoah I never knew Europe didn't have this game yet :o

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

I imported this a few months ago after waiting for so long. Seriously. If most Europeans wanted it, surely they'd have done the same thing by now?

dslsd
dslsd

crap...i didn't even know it wasn't out there yet

ImSwordMan
ImSwordMan

Ouendan>Elite Beat Agents Need I say more

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Get over it. This is a minor delay, nothing more. I mean... It's been over 14 years and Mega Man 6 STILL has never legally reached shelves in Europe, for any platform, period. Let's not forget Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG either.

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

Better later than never...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I would have bought this if they had left in the Japanese tunes... I likes me j-poppy stuff...

carddude
carddude

Cool. Get a better soundtrack this time.

Articuno76
Articuno76

@reactionsok...you seem very confused. Nintendo could've and should've picked up Euro rights to the game ASAP. They didn't. It seems odd to me that Nintendo would want to put a game like this so close to Pokemon's release (27th) which eliminates the idea of this being some kind of intentional release.

sneaky_badger
sneaky_badger

when i saw EBA 2 on On the Spot i thought id go pick up EBA1 to my dispair it wasnt out then BUT IS IS NOW WOOOOO!

macksed
macksed

a bit late - i already got it :D -and for a lot less that £3- too!

Zonic505
Zonic505

Unless there's exclusive content in their version, what's the point?

reactionsok
reactionsok

>>>Riviera_Phantom >Pathetic. complete and utter pathetic. It's the full English version as well. >What is the point of delaying it this long to release the same game? Why >not have songs for other EU countries? And whoever wants this game in >UK should of imported it ages ago. Nintendo can be so dumb sometimes. how is nintendo dumb? its iNuS who is the developer who decided to re-release the same version. Question - aren't the nintendo DS's region free? I don't see why consumers couldn't just buy it months ago in the 1st place. My DS has 16+ games on it - and i have euro, japanese, and US versions of games that work fine. (USA DS lite owner).

Samurai_Budgie
Samurai_Budgie

About damned time, Bets on when we get the sequel in Europe 2010?

oliver_475
oliver_475

even though thts kinda stupid, ill get my copy now instead of importing it :P

Tekirai
Tekirai

I'm just not going to get angry at Europe getting everything last anymore. It just happens too much to complain now. EBA wasn't a game I 100% wanted so I didn't import it. But I'm getting it when it comes out. 'Bout time we got a date.

Rock231992
Rock231992

It's strange I got it seven months ago In the U.K????

Riviera_Phantom
Riviera_Phantom

Pathetic. complete and utter pathetic. It's the full English version as well. What is the point of delaying it this long to release the same game? Why not have songs for other EU countries? And whoever wants this game in UK should of imported it ages ago. Nintendo can be so dumb sometimes.

Articuno76
Articuno76

Ah...I knew something was missing in the Euro lineup...so that's what it was. Now if I can only beat SSAY on OTO2 Hard...stupid new fandangly spinners...

Tamz
Tamz

Already imported Ouendan, can't 'beat' that.......see what i did there.......(sigh)

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staff

what u mean growing market Europe is? Growing? Sometimes i wonder about you kids. The USA has a population just over 300million. Europe has a population over 720 million. Over twice as big. We get 90% of games the same time as the US. And who cares about a DS release, the games are region free for gods sake. Im only 21, but i remember when all movies were released here 9 months after the US. You kids dont know how easy we have it now :D

playwrite
playwrite

ironically i went through heathrow playing this game. alot.

XwarzoneX
XwarzoneX

Well how very generous of them. Now are they going to announce even a DATE for Super Paper Mario? I swear, outside Microsoft no company is paying any attention to the huge, growing market that Europe is.

haloj
haloj

Exactly. It is an utter joke that it takes 8 months to launch a title in Europe. Metroid Pinball being another that has only recently been flagged for a European launch.

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

Though its been in the US for a long time I still have yet to buy this gem. It's such a good game I am sorry not to own it yet. As soon as I get finished with Pokemon Diamond, Call of Duty 3 (Wii), and FF6 (GBA) it will be my top priority. So many games, so little time.

shasam712
shasam712

'bout time! I imported mine an age ago, I can't believe it took so long to get over here. Glad that I imported it...I would have been waiting a while.