Unique "Anti-RPG" Moon Comes to Nintendo Switch in August

Unique "Anti-RPG" Moon Comes to Nintendo Switch in August

For the first time in English, at that.

In 1997, Moon was an outlier where developers broke down and turned upside-down the usual conventions of an RPG. Years later, the cult classic is finally getting a re-launch for the Nintendo Switch, and it arrives pretty soon.

Developer Onion Games announced today that Moon will have a worldwide launch on Aug. 27, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch. This new version, put together by a team of its original creators, will be the first time Moon has officially been ported to English language as well.

For those who haven't heard of it before, Moon is usually called an "anti-RPG." It follows a young boy who's been transported through his television and into a game called Moon World, and as he follows behind the game's hero, he tries to collect Love to rebuild in the wake of the hero's looting and monster slaying.

It has some mechanics that still seem fascinating today, like NPCs with daily routines depending on the time and date. Its focus on pacifist combat and interacting with characters, rather than destroying them for loot, has been more in the forefront thanks to games like Undertale and the many, many Earthbound-alikes.

Moon, however, is a relic of a time where those concepts still had yet to be so comprehensively explored. Getting a first look in English and seeing this corner of RPG development that the States never got should hopefully be fascinating. At the very least, it's another RPG on my Switch, and I will always be excited for that.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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