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Best Nintendo 3DS Games – #26 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Developer: Square Enix 1st Production Department, indieszero

Release Date: September 16th, 2014

Synopsis: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is similar to the previous Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. It’s a rhythm game centered around Final Fantasy titles and characters, featuring songs from a myriad of Final Fantasy titles and spin-offs, including several new songs associated with some of the games that aren’t present in any of the actual titles. The game primarily features three modes: Field Stages, Event modes, and Battle songs. Field stages involve control of one character to the beat of a town or field song from a game as the character transverses the environment. Event stages feature songs against a moving backdrop of scenes from the music’s source material. Battle songs pit four characters at once against a boss monster and generally feature battle themes from the games.

Why It’s One Of The Best Nintendo Games: It’s games like Curtain Call that make us wish there were more rhythm games for 3DS. The touch screen controls are just too perfect for this style of game, and the Theatrhythm games distinguish themselves from Rhythm Heaven in using the touch screen over the buttons. A whopping total of 221 songs and 60 characters are available on release, with even more available through DLC.  And since the Final Fantasy games are well-known for their stunning soundtracks, you know you’ll have some good tunes to jam through as you work your way through all those songs at various difficulty levels as you increase your skills.

It also serves as a wonderful reminder of great games that didn’t get nearly enough love, such as The World Ends With You. Who knows? Maybe they’ll release a sequel in time for the next Theatrhythm. They’ll have to work hard to top the goodness of Curtain Call.