TGS 06: Front Mission 1st Hands-On

We check out a one-level demo of Square's upcoming turn-based mech strategy game for the Nintendo DS.

TOKYO--Earlier today, as we struggled to navigate our way through the ever-crowded Square Enix Tokyo Game Show booth, we spotted a number of DS Lite consoles running demos of Front Mission 1st. Originally released for the SNES in 1995 and subsequently ported to the PlayStation in 2003, Front Mission 1st is an isometric turn-based strategy game in which you'll command small groups of mechs known as wanzers in a war between the Oceana Community Union (OCU) and the Unites States of New Continent (USN).

The level we played tasked us with taking command of three wanzers and assisting a fourth who was being attacked by around half a dozen enemies. After using the stylus to tap through some quite lengthy Japanese-language conversations between characters, we found that we were able to play through the demo using the stylus alone.

After selecting which of our wanzers we wanted to move, we simply tapped the square on the map that we wanted it to move to and were then presented with a list of options, including "use item," "end turn," and, where available, "attack." All of these options, as well as the names of the weapons that appeared after selecting the attack option, were in English, so if you're not concerned about the storyline, the game can certainly be considered import-friendly.

When wanzers do battle in Front Mission 1st, the upper screen shows a close-up of the action using nicely detailed models and environments. Wanzers take damage either to their legs (limiting movement), their left and right arms (losing weapons in the process), or their body (game over), but it doesn't appear to be possible to specify which hit points you aim for--at least not with any of the weapons we had access to in the demo.

Front Mission 1st is currently scheduled for release in Japan this winter. No North American or European release date has been announced at this time, but we'll bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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29 comments
TheBlaklyon
TheBlaklyon

Most underground gamers already have played this game thanks to translation patches and roms. Still god to see a old classic get polished and reintroduced to the younger gamers.

PatlaborAV98
PatlaborAV98

Gunhazard isnt really Front mission 2 its more of an alternate world type of thing Front mission 1st of the ps1 has the extra USN Campaign where you played from the USN Perspective but Europe didnt even get front mission 4 let alone front mission 5

StanAce
StanAce

I wonder if you can still Switch spam in this rehash of the original Front Mission. Though really, rather than a remake, I'd like to see a localized version of Front Mission 5, which was supposedly much better than FM4.

The_Mad_Nutter
The_Mad_Nutter

Sounds great, I've really enjoy the front mission games through the years. I just wish it was a brand new campaign and not just the old snes one as it sounds from the preview (the first mission there also had you control 3 units trying to save a forth).I really don't want to rebuy a game that I've already completed and given it came out in 95 it might seeem a bit expensive even if its at a ds budget price. So please make a new front mission game for the ds, don't just rehash the old one!

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

That would suck really bad if they brought this to the DS in america anddidnt bother porting FM5 to the ps2 in america. Front Mission is one of the most wicked Tactical games out there second only to Disgaea.

lord-azrael
lord-azrael

I pray this comes out in Britain,Front Mission 3 is second best Playstation game after FFVII

HarvesterMoon
HarvesterMoon

I've gotta admit, not everything Squeenix does is great, but this sounds kinda cool...

ikarugan1984
ikarugan1984

Having this translated for DS would rawk. I mean it's not as if their isnt already a damn fine translation floating about the internet already. Personally, I'd like to see FM2 Gun Hazard ported to the DS, that game was probably one of my favourites of all time.

BulletProof007
BulletProof007

I love games like this. If they realise this in the US I will pick it up for sure.

kairnz
kairnz

DAM!! I'm gonna go learn some japanese!! I can't wait!!!

Flan_Man
Flan_Man

I wanted another Front Mission: Gun Hazard, but I'll take this.

icym
icym

Well, I'm getting my hopes up. I've totally enjoyed the Front Mission series and will be getting this one when it comes out. Still, you're right, hopefully it will use the DS ablities to its max. Meteroid and Brain certainly did!

ryanwh
ryanwh

For whatever reason SE seems to neglect the hell out of Front Mission. They didnt release 5 or the special edition anniversary compilation, so Im not getting my hopes up about this. Its a great game, though. Doesnt really take advantage of anything on the DS as of now, hopefully they'll take advantage of that dynamic instead fo just slapping a map on there or something.

BXkid360
BXkid360

Just the rigth game for my DS! It just need to be release in U.S

thug33
thug33

they're gonna need to add more than one extra character from fm5 to make this port of a 10 year old snes game worthwhile

_Sam_
_Sam_

where's the love for U.S. ? :P

PhantasmCipherX
PhantasmCipherX

Please bring this to the U.S.....I love Front Mission....

polishpunk
polishpunk

This is THE ds game I've been waiting for. Front Mission 3 was so much fun...mmm..makes me happy

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

This could be an awsome game...if they brought it to America.

edubuccaneer
edubuccaneer moderator

Oh... if they bring this to the rest of the world...

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Sounds like it could be a great game. Too bad it's Japan only.

calvinx6
calvinx6

Getting it when it come state side.

darfvader
darfvader

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