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Ragnarök DS
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The game that introduces two really neat job classes that'll never be heard of ever again.
Info
Developer(s) GungHo Online Entertainment
Publisher(s) GungHo Online Entertainment (Japan)
Xseed Games (North America)
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) 2008 December 18 (Japan)
2010 February 16 (North America)
Genre(s) RPG

Ragnarök DS, known in Japan as Ragnarok Online DS (Japanese: ラグナロクオンラインDS), is a Nintendo DS video game based on the MMORPG Ragnarok Online and was released in Japan on 2008 December 18. It was announced that publisher Xseed Games had teamed up with developer GungHo Online Entertainment to bring the game to North America on 2010 February 16.[1] It has also been announced that it would be released in South Korea.[2]

GungHo Online Entertainment, the company that hosts the Japanese server of Ragnarok Online, announced it would expand its business for video game consoles; Ragnarök DS is the second of three games for DS to be released by them, along with Aqua Zone DS and Flower Arrangement DS.

Story

After his mother passes away from illness, Ales decides to start his career as an adventurer in the world of Midgard. He dreams of forming a guild that would net him lots and lots of money to sustain him for the rest of his life. However, his plans are turned upside-down when he discovers a young woman washed up on the shores near Prontera.

Protagonists

Gameplay

The massively multiplayer features of the original are not present in this version,[3] but will support up to three players simultaneously in a variety of multi-player dungeons.[4]

Two new possibly exclusive classes are released alongside with this game: Dark Knight (which may be related to the unreleased Death Knight class in the MMORPG counterpart) and Shaman.[5]

The game follows the plights of the main character Ales as he ventures out in the world to form a guild after the death of his mother. Along his way to fame and fortune several characters are introduced and join Ales in completing specific tasks, usually resulting in permanent companionship. After completing the main storyline to a point a guild will be formed and access is gained to storage, new recruit characters and the option to edit what characters are currently in the player's party.

The Mirage Tower, a 50-floor dungeon consisting of a boss character every 5 levels is a single or multiplayer challenge and contains the most valuable items in the game. After beating a boss characters will be presented with a bidding screen to determine loot distribution and a base experience and job experience award will be doled out to each participant. Monsters inside the tower themselves do not offer any experience. Computer-controlled allies are unable to enter the dungeon, so single player attempts will consist of just the player character. The main characters' hair color and hair style as well as gender can be altered for play in the tower with each boss unlocking more hair styles and colors.

The game is designed to be almost entirely controlled by the DS stylus for simplicity and ease of use.[6] Additionally, the game is designed to follow a quest-based storyline with the options of side-quest to gain access to additional rewards. Only one side-quest can be accepted at a time despite the fact that multiple side-quests are available for each area. Players who want to accomplish more side-quests will have to visit the same areas multiple times.[7]

Ragnarok Online Bonuses

Each copy of Ragnarök DS comes with a special code that allows players to redeem the Shaman gear set in Ragnarok Online.

Preordering the game from participating retailers will get players the above-mentioned Shaman set in addition to the following items:

Preordering the game from a Ragnarok Online publisher will get players both the Shaman gear set and the preorder items in addition to the Dark Knight gear set.

Preordering the game from Gravity Interactive (iRO) specifically will net all of the above plus an Elven Sunglasses headgear.

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