North American box art
|Publisher(s)|| Nintendo (Japan/Europe)|
XSEED (North America)
|ESRB PEGI CERO USK ACB|
Pandora's Tower (JP) is a Wii video game developed by Ganbarion, known for games such as the Jump Super Stars series. The game is an Action RPG, featuring intense battles with all kind of horrifying beasts as the player progresses trough a number of towers. Nintendo released Pandora's Tower in Japan on May 26, 2011 and in Europe on April 13, 2012. Xseed Games released Pandora's Tower in North America on April 16, 2013.
Pandora's Tower begins at the Harvest Festival of the Elyria kingdom. The young woman Elena (Ceres) has been chosen to sing at the festival, but as she is singing, she transforms into a monstrous beast. With the help of Aeron (Ende) she goes into hiding, but they soon learn that Elena has been cursed. The curse will cause her to slowly transform into the beast and only the flesh of the Masters, or bosses, of the Thirteen Towers can save her from the curse. Aeron thus sets out to challenge the towers' monsters, hoping to save Elena's life.
At the time, not much is known about the gameplay. The player controls Aeron as he ventures through twelve towers. With him he has the Oraclos Chain, which not only functions as a weapon, but also lets him know how long Elena has left before she completely transforms. By killing beasts a timer can be refilled, but it continually decreases. To remove the curse once and for all, the flesh of each of the towers' bosses must be gathered. Each tower also has a unique theme, such as fire in the red tower.
In January 2011, Satoru Iwata first revealed that Pandora's Tower was in development. On April 5, 2011 a teaser trailer of the game was first shown online and a day later, details of the game's story and characters were published in Famitsu magazine along with the confirmation of Ganbarion as the developer and a Japanese release date of May 26, 2011. The official website was also updated to include the new trailer and the confirmed release.
Alongside Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story, a fan campaign dubbed as Operation Rainfall began on June 24, 2011 in an attempt to persuade Nintendo of America to localize these three games. As of June 29, 2011, Nintendo of America have stated that they have no plans to release these games in America despite The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles already being confirmed for a European release. On July 2, 2011 it was announced that The Last Story would see an American release in 2012.