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3D Dot Game Heroes: IT’S A RAP!

Aram Jabbari's Avatar Posted by Aram Jabbari on May 11, 2010 // Manager of PR and Sales, ATLUS

(and, coincidentally, it’s also a WRAP, too!)

What am I yammering on about? Why, only the fact that 3D Dot Game Heroes, the PS3-exclusive action-adventure game that takes those gosh-darn-awesome gaming classics we all grew up with (you know, _______, ________, and who could forget ______ ___ _______) and renders them with current gen pizzazz!

3D Dot Game Heroes 1

“I have the power, rawr.”

To celebrate the game’s release, we’re also releasing a fifth video vignette. Not only does it show off the mini-games you’ll be distracted by (dooming the poor citizens of Dotnia to never being rescued from the clutches of Dark Bishop Fuelle), but it also happens to be the most radical video we’ve put out for the game to date.

3D Dot Game Heroes 2

“No, it is too retro-sexy, señor”

So, why should you pick up 3D Dot Game Heroes? Is it safe to assume “because it’s awesome” isn’t quite enough information? Well, how about the following list of things, bulleted for your convenience (and mine):

  • An awesome marriage of old-school 8- and 16-bit sprite style art (in beautiful 3D, mind you) with the full power of the PlayStation 3 system.
  • A retro-yet-modern soundtrack, filled with addictive tunes that you’ll be annoying people in public spaces with your involuntary humming for quite some time.
  • A huge, lush kingdom to explore. Dotnia is filled with secrets, large dungeons, powerful bosses, quests to solve, and hilarious characters. Search every nook and cranny; you’re bound to find something amazing!
  • Tons of replayability, whether by means of the mini-games, the new game + modes (yes, there is more than one post-game mode to try), or trying to collect all of the swords (many of which are not easily found).
  • Have we mentioned it’s only $39.99?

3D Dot Game Heroes 3

“Ew, a spider, kill it! Oh wait, that’s us…”

Have we told you about the “Hall of Heroes” yet, PlayStation Blog friends? You know, the handy, dandy repository for all of your awesome custom heroes (assuming they don’t infringe on any rights you don’t own)? The place where you can go to download new designs from Crafty McCraftersons around the world? The place where if you submit a great design in the next month or so, you could be eligible to win some Amazon Video Games credit? Oh, NOW we have your attention. Well, we might as well pimp the link: http://www.3ddotgameheroes.com/hallofheroes

So, in conclusion… Stay the course… A thousand points of light… And remember to pick of 3D Dot Game Heroes for your PlayStation 3 system today. It’s only $39.99!

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+ jimmy903 on May 12th, 2010 at 5:04 pm said:

I, just got done making 3D Dot KRATOS! Now I’m ready to save the kingdom.


+ Faenix1 on May 12th, 2010 at 9:00 pm said:

Sadly, noone in my town has this game to buy yet – No idea when I can get my hands on this. Makes me a sad panda. lol


+ TwinDad on May 13th, 2010 at 8:38 am said:


Amazon and Gamestop were have pricing duels over Demon’s souls a few days ago, it went for $30. Might want to check around they might still have it at that price.

It deserved GOTY.

New Egg has 3d.Heros for $35 and free shipping. get it while it is hot.


+ Killit3 on May 13th, 2010 at 8:47 pm said:

so i just played thru the second temple and on my way to the desert! I must say this game is sheer brilliance! I have Demons Souls and love all the sweet in game references! IF YOU DONT HAVE A COPY, GET ONE ASAP!! you’lll love it the second you start playing!


+ StarFoxMania on May 14th, 2010 at 7:16 am said:

I loved the answer post # 29 got.


+ CloudStorm87 on May 14th, 2010 at 4:00 pm said:

So much full of win! :D


+ spazLP on May 15th, 2010 at 3:46 pm said:

Honestly one of the greatest games I’ve bought in years!

The graphics are unique and bright, a large amount of hours can be put into the game, classic music that stays in your head for hours after playing it and best of all I get to swing a 100 yard sword.

And you would think “well you can swing a 100 year sword, it must be super easy,” and then you fight the first boss, get hit once – and it all goes down hill from there! Certainly adds a degree of difficulty.

The game is also quite humorous with subtle jokes, or references to other games making exploration even more enjoyable.

Only negative thing I’ve been able to pick out is that the game has froze my system twice since I started playing it, something I have not experienced. Good thing there is open world saving :P!

Overall – great game and I would not change a thing.


+ demifiend1 on May 26th, 2010 at 9:54 am said:



+ dmajor11 on May 31st, 2010 at 5:49 pm said:

I love this game. So fun. I started playing it after I beat Demon’s Souls. From Software has got my attention. I love your level design and the atmosphere you create. Also the DS references in 3D Dot Heroes was a great touch. Guys, keep it up. If you can find it in your hearts to give us Demon’s Souls 2 or at least unlock that broken arch stone that would be great. And 3D Dot Heroes is a winner. Keep it up. I will be buying your next game for sure. :)


+ Kirkpad on May 11th, 2010 at 9:39 pm said:

LOL Awesome commercial! I hope that’s the trailer that came out on the PSN today.


+ Onvertic on May 11th, 2010 at 10:42 pm said:

Atlus, bring Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner to the PSN. Also , have you guys considered bringing Coded Souls PSP to the US?


+ BZKlint on May 11th, 2010 at 11:06 pm said:

Rock out with your block out?


+ Dragun619 on May 11th, 2010 at 11:42 pm said:

Nice, I’m gonna pick this up later this week at best buy and pre-order Persona 3 PSP on Amazon for the Cap. I enjoyed Demon’s Souls and I’m probably gonna enjoy this retro game too.

So, Aram, Can we expect to see Atlus at E3? Announcing Anything Major? Specifically for the PS3? or Will this be the last PS3 title you will be releasing for the year? I know this too much to ask but Is there any news on Steambot Chronicles 2? Whatever happened to that game.


+ NoisyNieghbor on May 12th, 2010 at 12:04 am said:

Did you guys hire Will Smith for that vid? Haha
Just got the game today and I’m loving it! THANK YOU ATLUS!


+ starBlinky01 on May 12th, 2010 at 1:00 am said:

I really wanted this, but I thought it was going to be a downloadable game :(

$60 is too much for me right now, I have to buy SuperMario Galaxy 2 AND I have to get ModNation Racers..


+ JumpMan33 on May 12th, 2010 at 2:33 am said:

^ the game is $40


+ Korbei83 on May 12th, 2010 at 3:10 am said:

Should be in my mailbox when I get home. Fingers crossed.


+ SykoTech on May 12th, 2010 at 3:47 am said:

Argh. This game had completely slipped my mind. Tooo busy being hyped for LBP 2 and MvC 3. But that was awesome, though.

I’ll make sure to buy it.


+ Army_of_Lefty on May 12th, 2010 at 3:59 am said:

Just picked this game up yesterday cant wait to start playing! you guys take the entire RPG standpoint and launch it miles ahead! cant wait to start playing and make my heros! thanks for this game and even demons souls Atlus!!


+ rmx687 on May 12th, 2010 at 5:11 am said:

We played this last night and it’s everything we expected, and even a little more. Can’t wait to check out the minigames, especially tower defense!

Hey Aram, how much liberty was given to the localization team? Are some of the references with the townspeople changed or made into ones more accessible to Westerners?

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    + Aram Jabbari on May 12th, 2010 at 8:36 am said:


    There were some situations where the script specifically referenced games or IPs that have no presence here in North America. In many of those instances, the team tapped into their years of gaming experience to pull some appropriate North American analogies.

    If you’re laughing out loud at some of the jokes and wondering if the original Japanese script is just as funny, I can assure you that it is; this is a game that seeps with video game related humor.


+ daniel3334 on May 12th, 2010 at 6:52 am said:

got it yesterday morning. what an awesome game!! and the mini games are good also. rush is good but tower defense shines. i like how the levels are. so glad i decided to buy it!! awesome job ATLUS!!!!

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    + Aram Jabbari on May 12th, 2010 at 8:36 am said:

    Thanks, daniel3334!


+ daniel3334 on May 12th, 2010 at 6:54 am said:

oh yeah the creation mode is pretty damn extreme too!!!


+ MSU-DSP-191 on May 12th, 2010 at 7:07 am said:

Great Job ATLUS! Game is everything I hoped and dreamed for, all the subtle references are the best. Looking forward to exploring every last dot in Dotnia. And yes, I too was swarmed by angry chickens, but they had it coming!

p.s. Demons Souls FTW!


+ Sindred on May 12th, 2010 at 7:10 am said:

Thanks Aram. I didn’t sleep last night, lol.

Hey, any chance you guys could pop in a 3D patch for this game. Looks like it would run great in 3D this coming June :)

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    + Aram Jabbari on May 12th, 2010 at 8:53 am said:


    We’re both sorry and pleased that you got no sleep last night :)

    I would think a 3D patch would be unlikely, but you never know. Thanks for supporting the game!


+ Sindred on May 12th, 2010 at 7:13 am said:

Oh and By the way, judging by my local Gamestop, you guys seem to be doing well with this… Well deserved sir. Well Deserved.


+ LokeSTL on May 12th, 2010 at 7:41 am said:

Played this for the entire evening last night. All I can say is WOW!!! From Software and Atlus really nailed it. Two of the best games that I’ve played in years in one year from the same companies.

1) I know it’s a bit early to ask this question, but are there any plans for a sequel to these games?

2) Also, what is your next PS3 project?

3) Any chance of you guys localizing Tales of Vesperia or picking up the port for The Last Remnant?


+ demifiend1 on May 12th, 2010 at 8:04 am said:



+ acerazer1 on May 12th, 2010 at 8:32 am said:

I will probably get this.

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