The J-Pop idol industry is fun, red-hot, and just a little bit corrupt (juuuust a little bit). If your mobile device is able to download games from Japan, you'll soon be able to play Square-Enix's Idol Fantasy, a game about idol groups battling for the hearts and minds of fans. If the game's opening scene is any indication, it looks like a very high-energy title.
When Idol Fantasy was announced last spring, we were disappointed to learn it's not an idol game starring actual Final Fantasy heroes. Maybe that's for the best. Cloud's a bit too sullen for the sugar-and-bubblegum idol scene, Locke would steal everything not nailed to the stage floor (if Balthier didn't beat him to it), the Warrior of Light is too stuck-up to perform for millions, and Jecht would fall head-first into every vice afforded by the lifestyle.
Besides, Idol Fantasy looks fun for what it is. Several idol groups face off against each other in a bloodless battle for the attentions of adoring audiences. The groups are designed by different artists: Tetsuya Nomura designed "LuCer," a three-boy troop that unsurprisingly looks like it'd be at home in a Kingdom Hearts game.
Idol Fantasy comes to Japanese mobile devices later this Summer. No word on the game receiving any sort of a Western release, which is a shame. Let us sing and dance, Square-Enix.
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