M-rated Ninety-Nine Nights hitting US in August

Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Xbox 360 adventure finally gets an official US release date--and the ESRB's second-toughest rating.

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo last month, famed designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi gave Xbox 360 owners a double-shot of news. First up was the official announcement that his company, developer Q Entertainment, was bringing its popular Lumines franchise to Microsoft's next-gen console. Second was Mizuguchi's unofficial revelation that Q's action adventure game Ninety-Nine Nights would "probably" arrive in the US in August.

Today, Microsoft announced that Ninety-Nine Nights will "definitely" be arriving in the US in August; it is already available in Japan, China, and South Korea. The game is being codeveloped by Phantagram, the Korean developer of the Kingdom Under Fire series. It will retail for $49.99 and will sport a fantasy action storyline, as outlined in GameSpot's most recent preview.

Microsoft's announcement today also confirmed two other things about Ninety-Nine Nights. First, the game will be rated M for Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. That's an abrupt departure from Mizuguchi's previous games, which consisted of family-friendly titles such as Space Channel 5, Meteos, and Rez. Secondly, the game will go by the shorthand title N3, as it does in Asia.

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wildsoul0509
wildsoul0509

M rated?! ho no, well i think that i have to wait two years to buy it, or tell a cousin to buy it for me he-he

cuneofamily
cuneofamily

What!?!?!?! Rated M?!?!?!?!? Awe Crap! Guess I'll have to get it on gamefly...

leeacarrillo
leeacarrillo

That rating is too high, There is no blood in that game. It must be cause of all that politics crap. Thank you Hillary Clinton, A$$.

freelia
freelia

does this compare to an M rated game such as God of War??

sinceps1
sinceps1

"they just bug the hell out of their parents" Lol. I can't remember ever having much trouble getting M games.

Morias-Skult
Morias-Skult

Its the "people" being strict they dont want little innocent teenagers/little kids to be influced in any way by games that involve drugs/drink/death/murder etc etc. But its also "people" that use advertising intended for little kids to buy some thing thats way to damn expensive and not at all that great. Not that it matters most kids have older friends or they just bug the hell out of their parents

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

I great to see and M rated Japanesse Dynasty Warriors type game. DW was always too childish for my taste but N3 promises to do a lot with that M rating.

poetsoul
poetsoul

I'm always irritated by women in "armor" baring cleavage. I guess it's alright considering that some of the men in this game are completely topless, but still...

kinglink2
kinglink2

Kudos if Microsoft didn't censore the game. They probably are going with M because of the new ruling but I am hopeful it's got some scantily clad women. Japan is more receptive to that, why should America be so afraid. I SEE A NIPPLE! NOW ALL I CAN THINK OF IS BREASTS!!!! DEAR GOD RUN FOR YOUR LIFE. It's not like we all haven't latched on to one as a child.

sasuke55
sasuke55

This game looks awesome . I have loved Dynasty Warriors and this looks like a step up that Dynasty Warriors should have taken. I will get this one for sure. Also It didn't do well in Japan because its American. They just don't like Xbox What do we care anyway. Plus Our taste are somewhat different on a whole because of culture. I just can't wait.

ReyWing
ReyWing

N3? haha... why'd they go that route over here in the US? This will prolly find a niche market and become a cult classic/sleeper hit. I dunno why but the game reminds me of Sokaigi for PS1. Anywayz, looks good, hope they have demos before its out and $50 is not bad.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

N3 should be a good game rental. Nice to see some XBOX 360 games coming from Asia though. I hope this trend continues.

Incomplete
Incomplete

speedy2295 "if the game is rated m for being able to kill children and women then shouldn't the rating be varied because it would depend on the user CHOOSING to comit those actions." no offence but that's a totally stupid idea. "hi there little bobby! what's that? u want this game? sorry kiddo it's too violent if you kill women and children in it :(" "but i swear i won't! i only wanna fight for da good guys! :D" "ok bobby ;)" yeah, little bobby goes home, is curious if you really can kill them... *slicey splatter slice* BAM! little bobby's mind has been tainted and kills his mum who told him not to do drugs and stay in school, afterwards he goes on a teenage killing spree having lost everything. afterwards jack thompson sues the world, wins and takes hilary clinton as his mistress mounted on his dark throne atop the heights of northrend. see what ur crappy idea has done? DO U SEE THE MADNESS?!?!

sirbargearse
sirbargearse

Umm... a sword enters a person and kills them so that gets an M rating? The old 60's Batman TV series must have been M rated too according to these strange ratings folks me thinks. ESRB must be full of whiners and wousers.

XManTMG
XManTMG

Wait a minute...Rez is a family game? Didn't it come with a vibrator? (No pun intended)

zhuojloh
zhuojloh

Like dynasty warrior and drakengard, this game get 31/40 in famitsu in japan which i doubt it will get great score here. Dynasty Warrior(32/40), drakengard(29/40). i will expect 7.5-7.8 here in gamespot..

sinceps1
sinceps1

WolfSkill5544 "NIce, now I need to get a 360" My sentiments exactly. And just to play devils advocate. Rot in Hell Sony!!! 600$$ trash...

DannyKoh
DannyKoh

I've seen the gameplay in action which was on the Korean Video gaming website, but everybody there was talking about the stupid AI of the NPCs including allies and enemies needs a huge improvements, because when you are in a battle, where you are one of the playable heroes, the allies and enemies literally don't do anything but stare at each other. If the battle doesn't end forever even though you think all the enemies were wiped out(which happens very frequently in the single player), it's your reponsibility to spot the one last bad guy somewhere in the broad battle field, and I'm telling you. There are a LOT of characters moving around in this game that it take you a while to spot 'em. Other than that, this game is straight forward plain action game with cool magic and slashing effects.

volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

That game is going to be awesome!!!!

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

sweet - we need more titles this summer.

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

We need a new 15+ rating for 'tweener games like Oblivion...and I really don't think nudity is any reason for getting up in arms, but BACK on topic: This game, and likely the KUF games, would probably get that rating if they created it.

Jarlaxle0204
Jarlaxle0204

Does anyone know if there is co-op play.....ala Dynasty Warriors? I haven't seen anything on multiplayer and I was kind of hoping for some co-op.

puhhehehee
puhhehehee

love to get my hands on this title. DW style gameplay, theme song from BoA. nice character designs. only if this game doesn't feel repetitive. hope not.

gothicdragon216
gothicdragon216

FEAR is a 2007 release, Huxley doesn't have a set date, Too Human is 2007, and Gears is sometime this fall... I'm blowing all my summer job (and second summer job) money on a wii, plus the following 360 titles (all due before september) Bomberman Act Zero, LOTR Battle for Middle Earth 2, Chromehounds, Enchanted Arms (amazing looking RPG), DEAD F-ING RISING, and Gears of War of course. Not to mention Final Fantasy 3 for DS,,,

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I cant wait for this game to come out! - M rated. I feel bad for the kiddies.

xrmotodude13
xrmotodude13

OO NO MICROSOFT IN JAPAN MIGHT FAIL...wait im in the U.S...let them play with their lil cheap wiis lol

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

This game was supposed to be a system seller for the 360 in Japan......what happened? Now all of 360's hopes in Japan are pegged on Blue Dragon??? Not lookin so good for MS in Japan again unfortunately. I might buy this game, not sure though since this fall is supposed to be filled with FEAR, Too Human, Huxley and of course GEARS.

speedy2295
speedy2295

if the game is rated m for being able to kill children and women then shouldn't the rating be varied because it would depend on the user CHOOSING to comit those actions. With the advancment in graphics technology the game developers will want to make their games look more realistic and consequently they will add more options and more realistic looking blood the esrb needs to advance with the times and kids moms need to stop freaking out about game ratings oooh it's rated m for language guess what? little jimmy probably hears three times as worse langugage at school.

Berserker_2
Berserker_2

We need more Japanese games! (As long as they can get past random battles and fixed cameras.) N3 looks good. I will buy it.

PaiPaiMaster
PaiPaiMaster

The game is rated M because, while some of the violence may not be too serious, there are a lot of excessively violent actions the player can take, such as killing innocent women and children.

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

All the people saying M = good sounds like little boys wanting to be men. WTF... If it's a good game it's a good game period. Rating has never and will never be a deciding factor for whather a game is great or not. Besides that game didn't do so well here in Japan. I don't think it will receive any better oversea... Perhaps it's best to wait for those Mistwalker RPGs. Blue Dragon looks like it could be something magical with Chrono Trigger's Sakaguchi and Toriyama working together. Lost Odyssey is also something to be hyped about... not N3. I Frankly never understood the excitement for N3 at all...

gameloverx
gameloverx

hmm maybe its how it needs to be in Japan

quietguy
quietguy

There are so many things wrong with ESRB today...

majindan
majindan

Man this game looks really good. I loved the first few D.Warrior games but they got stale fast. Anyone remember "Sword of the Berserk" for Dreamcast? Looks like a cross between the two. /I still play SotB //360 needs a sequel to "Record of Lodoss War" for DC

death919
death919

This game looks sick (the good kind of sick :))! I can't wait!!! Wow, I really need to pick up a 360 now. I've watched trailers and gameplay videos of the game, and you're killing literally hundreds/thousands of opposing army people, it's so crazy! This'll be a great game! I hope 360's price goes down soon. :(

paullywog
paullywog

Now i have to try and get it without my mom noticing it cuz it's M. Why do moms have to be so gay?

FeiSlayerOGod
FeiSlayerOGod

I just hope, for god's sake, that the game will have at least have an option to hear the voice overs in Japanese. Other than that I'm really looking foward that game so the sooner the merrier.

pat206
pat206

I been waiting for this game for months, rating dosen't mean anything to me but the price looks good.

dkpunk
dkpunk

Eh doesn't matter to me... Can't wait for this game!

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

Not a game I'm looking forward too, although I would like to see how the story pans out.