Never heard of moon and don’t know why it’s inspired so many of your favorite adventure games? Read on to learn more…
A long, long time ago, under the silvery light of a full moon, the legendary “anti-RPG” moon was released in Japan.
Now, 22 years later, revived by a team of its original creators, find out why it became an instant cult-classic, as moon comes to the Nintendo Switch — in English, for the first time ever!
[WHAT IS MOON?]
Have you ever played an RPG and wondered…
“Why is it OK that this hero is breaking into houses and stealing items from people’s drawers??”
“Why is it OK that this hero is killing thousands of innocent monsters??”
Moon is a game about turning those tropes upside down, and seeing what really happens behind the scenes of your favorite RPG videogames.
[THE STORY OF MOON]
One night, under the silvery light of a full moon, a young boy is suddenly sucked through his TV and into a videogame — a classic JRPG called “Moon World”.
Following closely behind the game’s brave hero, the boy begins his own journey to recover the world’s missing moonlight by collecting “Love”.
As Moon World’s hero loots and levels up by cutting down monsters for experience points — you know, as heroes do — the boy releases their souls and collects their “Love”.
Moon is not a game where you’ll fight to level up — your own progress comes by gathering lost “Love”!
As you explore the world, you’ll meet a crazy cast of weird and wonderful NPCs. Observe their strange habits and daily routines by visiting them at different times and days of the week, and learn their secrets to uncover even more lost “Love”!
“Now… use your own power to open the door…”
• Conquer a game with a clear conscience in this Zero-Battle RPG! Free monsters’ souls!
• Collect dozens of “MoonDiscs” containing original songs, and choose your own favorite background music!
• Follow the real-time daily lives of Moon World’s NPCs, day and night, all week long!
It’s getting so hot out… this is the perfect time to stay inside all day and play videogames!
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Kotaku UK: “There aren’t many games that deliver aesthetics and personality quite like this. Yamada is a reflection of his creators as well as the industry itself. His game, as you’ll hopefully discover, is quite brilliant.”
TouchArcade: “It’s funny, sentimental, weird, and a lot savvier than you’d first guess. It’s also a really fun game with a core mechanic you won’t find in any other Switch RPG… Don’t miss it… 5/5“!
GameReactor: “The more we played Dandy Dungeon and the more layers were introduced, the more captivated we became by its simple yet effective mix of RPG progession and roguelike dungeons… 9/10“!
NintendoLife: “The light-hearted take on one man’s inability to separate reality from fantasy really works as a great conceit for the overall game, while the puzzle-like approach to combat and exploration makes the now rather tired world of roguelites feel instantly more refreshing… 8/10“!
Destructoid: “I’ve put 20 hours into this game and I know I’ll put at least another 20 trying to earn every costume and weapon it has to offer. To me, Dandy Dungeon: The Legend of Brave Yamada is worth the time investment.”
Siliconera: “Where Dandy Dungeon shines is in its tongue-in-cheek story, presentation and localization. The game is the brainchild of Yoshiro Kimura, who’s known for his weird games like Little King’s Story, a charming game about a king who conquers the world, and it definitely shines through here.”
A fantastic deep-dive from the current #1 Yamada-kun in the world, Thane!
GameSpew: “It’s not your usual dungeon-crawling RPG… but Dandy Dungeon is a hell of a lot of fun. It’ll get its quirky little claws in you and refuse to let go… 8/10“!
GamingTrend: “Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada is a delightful little tongue-in-cheek RPG with a little heart and a lot of laughs. Its simple yet engrossing gameplay system mixed with fun puzzle mechanics and cute presentation make this a wonderful Switch title to play on the go… 80/100“!
PS3Blog: “Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada is a must-have game on Nintendo Switch that offers a quirky story and set up that opens the door to some fun gameplay mechanics in this roguelite dungeon crawling experience… 8.5/10“!
The Sixth Axis: “It’s a delight and one that you’ll find yourself hooked on. Also, down with capitalism and billionaire CEOs… 8/10“!
Niche Gamer: “Dandy Dungeon is definitely an extremely unique game with a-one-of-a-kind experience that you can’t get anywhere else… 9/10“!
Bonus Stage: “Onion Games continues to delight with their offbeat, grindy but enjoyable RPG, which helps everyone support their inner 36 year old Japanese game dev.. 8/10“!
Player2: “While it may seem a touch simple at first glance, it’s a fairly deep and rewarding experience that is more than the sum of its parts thanks to the humour and passion it exudes throughout. I know I’ll be spending many more hours delving through dungeons with Yamada-kun.”
We love hearing what you think! Don’t forget you can always join us at our friendly and welcoming Discord server to talk about all the things you’ve discovered in your dungeon dives, and let us know how you’re enjoying the game!
Black Bird‘s synchronized soundtrack was composed by the great Hirofumi Taniguchi. He’s also written the music for games like our own Million Onion Hotel, Chulip, and even Chibi-Robo! for the GameCube! The soundtrack for the game is available as an optional download on Steam, or you can even buy Side 1 and Side 2 on Amazon!
We’ll know the winners of the CEDEC award soon, so keep your fingers crossed for us… The competition is fierce, but it’s amazing just to be recognized!
Hello to all friendly onions across the world! Today, we are pleased to announce… Dandy Dungeon will be released on the Nintendo Switch everywhere in the world in just a few short weeks — on June 27th, 2019!
Please enjoy the first look at our nostalgic and super romantic rogue-lite RPG in motion, with our new trailer up above, and over here at our brand new website! The trailer features the smooth vocal stylings of our super-secret mystery guest singer, Nagasa Bonus! Man, those pipes… perfect for coding a game to…
So, how do you play Dandy Dungeon? By using either your joystick, or touching the screen on the Nintendo Switch itself, you trace a path through all the twisty little passages, from the entrance to the exit, and then watch Brave Yamada-kun venture through the dungeon himself, making short work of all the monsters, traps, bosses, and other hazards before him.
You can intervene in the action at strategic points to heal Yamada, cure his poison, or cast spells to make sure he lives to dive even deeper. Plus, you get a big bonus if you manage to navigate every square of the dungeon floor all at once!
That’s just the beginning, though: as Yamada gets better at the game, he levels up in real life, and learns to implement even more features into his game. Suddenly, all the dungeons are randomly generated and different every time you play!
Using the loot you grab in each world — even old useless junk you thought would never come in handy — you can upgrade and enhance all your weapons, shields, and matching outfits to unlock new abilities, and get deeper into dungeons than you ever could before!
Plus! The Nintendo Switch version of Dandy Dungeon will include an all-new world leaderboard! You can compete with your friends to see who’s the bravest Yamada-kun around, and show the world which gear is best for each dungeon. There are so many combinations… even we don’t know! But we know it won’t take long before you show us!
It won’t be long at all until you’ll be able to pre-order Dandy Dungeon for the Nintendo Switch… but until then, why not come tell us how excited you are by joining our new Discord server for friendly onions? And look forward to more dandy news, very soon!
This is Dandy Dungeon as it’s always meant to be played: rebalanced for console release, and full of all of the monsters, loot, secrets, and surprises you could possibly want, plus brand new exclusive features!
The game will making its worldwide debut at the upcoming BitSummit event in Kyoto, Japan, June 1st & 2nd! If you are also attending, please be sure to come to the Onion Games booth, play the game, and get one of our special cards we’ve made for you!
Also available at the booth will be brand new Dandy Dungeon badges (that’s them up there), as well as new live concert CDs, and more of all of the amazing merch we have available at the Onion Store.
Dandy Dungeon is the story of Yamada-kun (Age 36), a programmer at a major game publisher. He hates his job. Alone in his apartment, deep into the night, he toils to create a game of his own: it’s an RPG, and he is the hero, Brave Yamada!
One day, he falls in love at first sight with his new neighbor Maria-chan. In an effort to nurture these feelings, he adds Princess Maria into his game!
Will Yamada-kun and Maria-chan find love?
Is destiny pre-programmed, or randomly generated? Is love a bug or a feature?
Find out in this unique, puzzling rogue-lite RPG, coming Summer 2019 from Onion Games!
We will be releasing many more details about the Nintendo Switch version of Dandy Dungeon at BitSummit, so please stay tuned for that, and sign up for our new mailing list to get all the news first!