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The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails

Released July 26, 2012 · consists of 6 releases.

An action RPG related to the Kiseki line of Legend of Heroes games.

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The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails

First release date July 26, 2012
Platform PlayStation Portable , PC , PlayStation Network (PSP) , PlayStation 4 , Nintendo Switch
Developer Nihon Falcom Corp.
Publisher Nihon Falcom Corp. , Clouded Leopard Entertainment Inc. , NIS America, Inc.
Genre Action , Role-Playing
Theme Fantasy , Anime
Franchises Trails
Aliases Nayuta no Kiseki

Overview

The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails (Nayuta no Kiseki in Japan) is an action RPG published by Nihon Falcom for the PlayStation Portable that was released in Japan on July 26, 2012. The game is a spin-off to Falcom's popular Kiseki (Trails) series but the exact connections Nayuta has with the rest of the franchise is unknown. Nayuta supposedly takes place many years before Trails in the Sky and uses a lot of the franchise's terminology, such as the currency being called mira.

A remastered version of Nayuta was released almost a decade later in 2021 for the PlayStation 4 called Nayuta no Kiseki Kai, which featured higher resolution graphics and additional character art. The same year, NIS America confirmed that Nayuta would be released in English in 2023 for the PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Development

Since the company released their first title on the handheld in 2006, the PlayStation Portable had become Nihon Falcom's primary development platform. After six years of support and over a dozen titles released on the system, Nayuta was a project meant to be Falcom's swan song to the PSP. A culmination of everything the company had learned throughout their tenure with the device. The title was also planned to be a spin-off to the company's popular Trails franchise that would address a common criticism with the series. While fans enjoyed the storytelling of Trails, its turn-based combat was often criticized for being slow and tedious. So Nayuta's goal was to create an entry in the franchise that retained the storytelling style of past Trails games while having fast-paced action combat. This combination of styles was classified as a "Story Action RPG" by Falcom. While technically a spin-off, Nayuta was basically a completely new game that the team created from scratch so the "Legend of Heroes" moniker was removed from its title since Nayuta was so different from previous Trails games [1].

Trivia

  • There is actually another Falcom character that shares the same last name as Nayuta's protagonist, Nayuta Herschel, that being Towa Herschel from the Trails of Cold Steel series. Since both games technically take place in the same universe, Towa could be some kind of decedent of Nayuta but most likely it is simply a fun reference made by the developers.
  • Since the visual style and gameplay are so similar, it is believed that Nayuta was created by the same team within Falcom that developed the Zwei series. While never officially confirmed, Falcom's president did state that Nayuta "has a lot of Zwei II's blood in it" and fans in Japan sometimes think of Nayuta as the unofficial third installment in the Zwei franchise [2][3].
  • Each boss fight in Nayuta was designed with the idea that it could be the final boss in a normal game, meaning they are not only large but feature multiple transformations [1][2].

References

  1. Nayuta no Kiseki Interview in Weekly Famitsu (Endless History, 2012).
  2. Phantom Game Screens Unveiled. The Last Masterpiece of Nihon Falcom's PC, "Zwei 2" was initially "Ys"! (AppBank, 2017).
  3. The Unfortunate Action RPG "The Legend of Nayuta" that Failed to become a Masterpiece with its Title (New Retro Game, 2017).

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Specific release details

Nayuta no Kiseki (w/Drama CD)
Nayuta no Kiseki (w/Drama CD)
Platform PlayStation Portable
Region Japan
Developer Nihon Falcom Corp.
Publisher Nihon Falcom Corp.
Release date N/A
Product code NW10107870
Company code None
Rating CERO: B
Minimum Players 1
Maximum Players N/A
Resolutions N/A
Sound Systems N/A
Single player Features N/A
Multi player Features N/A
Widescreen Support No
Notes N/A

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