Offbeat '90s RPG Moon Finally Heads West August 27

The official English translation for “anti-RPG” Moon: Remix RPG Adventure will come out for Nintendo Switch on August 27, almost 23 years after it launched on the original PlayStation.


Moon was the brainchild of the now-defunct Japanese studio Love-de-Lic, which was founded by a team of developers who had previously worked on games like Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG at Square. Rather than follow the template of the developers’ previous projects, however, Moon is a more offbeat adventure that sees the player travel a world that has already been ravaged by a traditional role-playing hero.

“In Moon, you level up by loving, not fighting, the monsters,” today’s announcement explains.

After Love-de-Lic dissolved in 2000, employees would go on to create games like Chibi-Robo, Chulip, and Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland. That should offer some idea of what you can expect from Moon.

Onion Games, a studio made up of former Love-de-Lic developers, handled Moon’s transition to the Switch, while independent game developer and former Kotaku video producer Tim Rogers oversaw its translation and localization.

Although name recognition might not be in its favor, Moon’s English release is a long-awaited moment in console RPG history, and I for one am super excited to finally get my hands on an official translation.

Staff Writer, Kotaku


Nightshift Nurse

Ugh. I still can’t believe that Moon (and Katamari Reroll and Grandia 1 and 2 HD and a few others) are passing over the PlayStation. Like, go multiplatform, fine. But Moon, Grandia, and Katamari Damacy are part of PlayStation’s actual history. (With the latterest of those specifically designed around the DualShock’s symmetrical analog sticks.)

Like, what the actual fuck Namco, Gungho, and Onion Games?