Fans of surrealism, sentimentality, secrets, and self-discovery have something special to look forward to this year. Crowdfunded way back when in 2014, psychological horror RPG title OMORI has put out a brand new trailer to ring in the new year. While the game’s been delayed a few times for various reasons, the aesthetic and sense of unease I get from its pre-release material can’t help but get me more and more curious. The game’s interface looks intriguing as well, with what looks like a heart monitor running along the bottom and the corners sporting your party members in polaroid form, reacting to the action in some capacity.

There’s a definite EarthBound-like sense about it, with its party of four taking on odd-looking enemies and strange locals. It’s the kind of game I want to get lost in, exploring nooks and crannies just to see what I’ll find at my own pace. The tension bubbling just below the surface of its pastel color palette brings me back to the palpable apprehension of my first time playing Majora’s Mask, which I assure is some high praise from me. These are two of my favorite games of all time, so getting this sense from its pre-release material makes this one of my most anticipated games going forward. It’ll be coming digitally to the 3DS after its release for PC and Mac, but hopefully it’ll land sooner rather than later so it can find its way both under my skin and into my heart.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.

Ricky Berg