Tecmo-Koei Teams Up with Nintendo on Fatal Frame-Like 3DS AR GamePosted 10:53 am on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by Ryan Southard
Although Nintendo had the rights to publish Fatal Frame 4 on the Wii in North America, for some reason they didn’t. Maybe they thought the game was a bit too scary for the average consumer. Now it appears that they’ve teamed up with Tecmo on a new game for 3DS titled, “Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir”, which seems a bit better suited for slightly younger audiences and maybe grandma, as long as she doesn’t become confused, thinking her house is haunted (okay, actually, that would be kind of funny. Upload it to Youtube, please).
In Spirit Camera, players will be involved in a story about Maya, a girl who has been cursed and forced to stay in a spooky world. Probably the most interesting thing about this game thus far is that it will create the illusion that the story of the game is unfolding in your real world. For example, ghosts may appear at your sides and behind you, requiring you to physically turn to aim at them (This part of the game looks a lot like Fatal Frame). There may also be times when you get transported to a virtual haunted house and have to search for Maya.
Aside from the story mode, players can expect to be able to take photos and see them become “haunted”. Similarly, a mode called “Spirit Check” will have “spirits” appearing with you in pictures (another fine way to traumatize the ones you love. Just tell them you’re trying out your 3DS camera). Some form of hide and seek can be had, though there isn’t any detailed info on that just yet.
There is a placeholder picture for the game’s cover, a detail which seems to indicate that this is a full retail release. I just hope this game is worth the $40 or so dollars, because there’s not much scarier than wasting $40 on a game that isn’t worth it.
TL;DR: Sorry, Fatal Frame Fans, this isn’t Fatal Frame.
The release date is April 13th, which just so happens to be a Friday. Good luck on getting your game… /maniacal laugh
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Ryan Southard is a video game enthusiast, dissecting games down to their tiniest details. Whether it’s new or it’s old, as long as it’s awesome, he’ll play it. Follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Southard