Bravely Default demo coming to U.S. on January 2
posted on 12.18.13 at 11:20 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Nintendo details StreetPass and Sleep Points systems.

Bravely Default

Nintendo will launch a demo for Bravely Default in North America on January 2, the company announced.

Much like its European counterpart, the U.S. demo is an “exclusive story with hours of content not included in the main game.”

Nintendo also detailed a couple new features. If players close their system while the game is active, they could gather additional warriors via StreetPass, as well as earn “Sleep Points” for every eight cumulative hours of down time.

Sleep Points can be used during battle to change equipment, revive an ally, heal your party, or unleash more powerful attacks. Players who don’t want to wait for their points to refill will have the option of purchasing additional “SP Potions” via the 3DS eShop.

The full game will launch on February 7.

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  • Pyrofrost

    I will definitely be downloading this on release.

  • Auragar

    Will be getting this demo for sure. Still don’t like the Sleep Points system, seems like a cash grab to me. But whatever. The street pass thing is cool enough I suppose but I never use it really (because nobody here has a 3DS and games I have).

    • Pyrofrost

      The sleep-potion thing is completely optional; mainly for lazy gamers who don’t intend to actually “play” the game. It’s not even necessary to use the points.

      • Auragar

        Which is why I said cash grab.

        • Pyrofrost

          Yeah, not much different than NB selling levels in Tales and Atlus selling exp, currency, and app point bonuses in SMTIV as DLC.
          Nothing wrong with companies getting money off people who are so willing to part with it, for things not needed.

          • Kurisu Makise

            To be fair on the Tales side, there’s a certain point where you’re just grinding senselessly. Nothing wrong with saving time for a little cash.

            • Pyrofrost

              Which one you talking about?

              • Kurisu Makise

                Graces F but that’s because of certain Trophies and my struggle to under-level the um, secret area after you beat the game xD!

                • Pyrofrost

                  The Zone Cage is the place meant for the grind to 200; and the difficulty to getting that high is alleviated there.
                  If your having trouble starting off, one of the things you can do is drop it to easy mode and get some levels on that. Then continuously boost the difficulty, which will grant exp bonuses, along side exp food.

                  Xillia on the other hand give you no difficulty bonus, which is unfortunate. However, the max level in Xillia is only 99 unlike Graces, and there is also a place to grind for that fairly easily called Tatalian Abyss, I think. You can set difficulty to easy to take out the mobs faster, and couple that with exp food.

                  • Kurisu Makise

                    Ah good tips, I’m not quite ready to resume Graces F though, so much other games on the plate but I will do that just before I pop Xillia in and hopefully finish up both before Xillia 2 but that’s a dream at this point.

                    • Pyrofrost

                      Another thing that will go a long ways for you in Graces is crafting. That will really help you in your grind.
                      When I was doing my grind, there were a couple of floors I would stick to, but I can’t, for the life of me, remember which floors those were. So I can’t help with that, unfortunately.
                      There are a couple of floors that have mobs types that are fairly easy, even on chaos, and generate good exp.

                      I didn’t even bother going for plat in Xillia 2 though. It was just way more work than I was willing to do (which had nothing to do with grinding levels).

                    • Kurisu Makise

                      Wow, that’s kinda scary but I owe a lot to ToGF. It’s the reason I’m back into RPGs honestly. Dunno if I’ll be able to platinum it though xD But I’d at least like to explore everything they built into it. Ah but I don’t want to not play Xillia for too long either T_T

                    • Pyrofrost

                      Don’t forget :3

                      Tales of Symphonia Chronicles in Feb. I think.

            • Budgiecat

              It’s called a pay wall. Its intentionally set up that way so you have incentive to pay extra. Its psychological consumer warfare aka pay to win. Some companies are just more subtle with it than others…

          • Budgiecat

            Actually it is ‘wrong’ when you think about it in the sense because pre wifi days this all wasn’t even possible so companies had to rely on making sure their games were complete from the get go at purchase hence we got more ‘complete’ games back in the day. There was a day when you bought a game and it was a complete game. Now we’re pushing more and more to siphoned system of this microtransaction stuff because companies taking advantage of the online system and psychological addictiveness of the lazy but open wallet consumer. Its all just a setup to squeeze more money out of the consumer after initial purchase.

            • Pyrofrost

              This isn’t about whole vs. partial though. It’s not like this is on-disc DLC or something. We’re talking about companies that are basically selling easy game completion now days.

              The only people that buy this kind of DLC are people who are too lazy to actually play the game or people who just suck at gaming. Back in the day, people who were lazy or sucked at gaming just never beat games or had friends do stuff for them; or they had to use game genies, game sharks, action replays, and shit. The companies now have just cut out the middle man and are making money off the gullible.

              I mean, If you wanna talk about on-disc DLC and games being partially delivered, I will be right there with you. However, this isn’t an example of that.

              • LordKaiser

                What you said remind me of that white Tanooki suit in Super Mario 3D Land.

                • Pyrofrost

                  I’ve never played it unfortunately :(

                  Could you explain it?

                  • LordKaiser
                    • Pyrofrost

                      ***Incoming wall-o-text, my apologies.

                      Wow, that is ridiculous. This whole, “everyone deserves to be a winner because they exist,” philosophy is bullshit. Anytime companies want to give so-called gamers a free pass like that; they should at least make it paid DLC, imo. Like anytime they want to use the White Tanooki, a box from the eShop pops to charge $5.99 or something.

                      At least then, it would still somehow punish them. Instead of perpetuating this new generational philosophy of entitled victory or entitled success.

                      This is one of the very very few times that I would support, sticking it to the consumer. If anything, to reinforce the idea that nothing is free, including victory or success. You can either put forth the time, effort, and practice; or you can choose to be punished in the wallet.

                      This reminds me of the new low today’s gamer community hit when it came to the eShop release of Super Metroid. Here is the article, you can read it and view the gallery in the article to see what I mean:


                      I’m not saying ALL games should be “balls to the wall” hard; but, free passes like this shouldn’t just be freely given away, imo.

              • Budgiecat

                Regardless, this system is put in place to further squeeze money out of the consumer and often times the structural integrity of the gameplay itself is compromised in design as to facilitate the desire to use said monetary shortcuts.

                • Pyrofrost

                  I think you’re looking for a conspiracy where there isn’t one, because you want to see the best in people and find evil in every step the corporations take.

                  What happened to the fact that there are just some people out the who suck at gaming, some people who can do nothing on their own, and others who are just real gamers? It has always been this way, hasn’t it? I don’t ever recall this utopian time where everyone was good at gaming. It sure wasn’t the 80s and 90s, I can tell you that.

                  I think we will have to agree to disagree on this one mate.

  • Raoni Marques

    yeah! I’ve been dying to try this game

  • Kurisu Makise

    Will download post-haste Dec 2, gotta put my XL to good use. Is it safe to say all the micro-transacitons are optional? Also how bad is the level grind, cause there’s laziness and then there’s saving time.

  • LordKaiser

    The game should be rolled back to January also.

  • Astrid Huang

    I’ve been wishing to play it.
    All the european players make me jealous.
    2 more weeks untik the demo is launched!

  • Budgiecat

    Why the long delay in release dates from EU to US?

  • Zero

    – – Much like its European counterpart, the U.S. demo is an “exclusive story with hours of content not included in the main game.” – –

    Wow! Really? I missed this before I suppose. That’s pretty awesome. I’m sure a demo has done this before, but I can’t think of any right now.

    I was just going to skip the demo, since I already plan to purchase the game. I suppose this changes my plans.

    I wonder if it will kinda spoil the introduction of the characters and early parts of the game though?

    Anyone out there already played it care to chime in?

    • Budgiecat

      And to think…..they’re not even charging for the demo like they did with Dissidia 012 Prologue….

    • Kobracon

      I believe Ace Attorney 5 did that with its Demo. The first case in the actual game is not like the demo.

  • Kobracon

    FINALLY! I’ve been jelly of my EU friend nonstop talking about how awesome the game is T_T

  • Elvick

    Wasn’t going to play the demo, until it said that it’s got unique content not in the game.

  • McPoo

    I tried the demo of this the other week, just out of curiosity.

    What a load of bollocks.