The Wizard of Oz Meets JRPGs in Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

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The Wizard of Oz Meets JRPGs in Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

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Previously Japan-only RPG Riz-Zoawd is coming Stateside as The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, a new take on L. Frank Baum's classic tale that tells the story of what happened to Dorothy after she made it to Oz.

First it was Grease, now it's The Wizard of Oz. Seems game companies these days can't get enough of turning Movies Your Mom Loves (or should it be grandma?) into videogame adaptations. Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, XSeed's take on the Oz mythos, however, sounds like it might be a far cry from the MGM classic we all know and love (or hate).

The point of Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, XSeed says, is to show "a unique new perspective on what happened after reaching the end of the Yellow Brick Road," hence the title. Here it seems the focus isn't so much on Dorothy getting to Oz as it is what happens afterward: turns out that the land has been taken over by four evil witches and it's up to Dorothy, her dog Toto, and her pals to take them down.

"XSeed is extremely happy to be taking part in bringing this beloved tale to life in an interactive format," said Jun Iwasaki, president of XSeed. "Everyone knows the story of how Dorothy arrived in Oz, but this is a unique interpretation on what happened afterwards."

Well, that definitely sounds like a premise for a videogame. Beyond the Brick Road takes on the form of an RPG, featuring what XSeed calls "an unorthodox yet accessible method of gameplay." As Dorothy, you explore a 3D Oz using a virtual trackball on the touch screen. When you run into bad guys, you'll engage in first-person, turn-based battles with "multiple customization options" and "involved gameplay."

The box art for the game looks rather benign, suggesting this is very much the Oz from the movie, but the screens, which show the game's somewhat surrealistic color palette and weird green ghost monster thingies, suggest that this could be a quirkier take on the source material than you, or, rather, your mom, might be expecting. Just don't be surprised when she calls you up one night and asks you: "Sweetie, what do HP and MP stand for?"

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Interesting...

Nothing much else to say.

Mrsnugglesworth:

Nothing much else to say.

Agreed.

As long as we get "burst into song and dance" minigames then I'll be happy.

While I'm interested by this, I'd urge folks to play Emerald City Confidential in the mean time. Brilliant take on Oz, and a fantastic game.

Please.
No.
Wizard of Oz, is just fine as a book and movie.
I hope to god this game fails...
I don't want to see a fantastic childhood memmory turned into a JRPG...

I'll wait for the remake of the movie by Tim Burton. Featuring Johnny Depp as Dorothy.

Well, bonus points if XSeed did their research and brought in Ozma.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Ozma

Weirder things have come from videogames. This one just happens to come from Frank L. Baum's Oz series.

I think a J-RPG suits the setting and story. I mean, most J-RPG's are bright and picturesque anyway, and feature little girls fighting monsters.

Sorry, but if the main character is a little girl, it SHOULDN'T BE MADE IN JAPAN!!!

......plus, she travels with three males of various races and a pet dog......

Huh. Not sure what to think. Are they really basing it off of the movie? I would think the books would provide a little more story fodder.

HardRockSamurai:
Sorry, but if the main character is a little girl, it SHOULDN'T BE MADE IN JAPAN!!!

...what?

NeutralDrow:

HardRockSamurai:
Sorry, but if the main character is a little girl, it SHOULDN'T BE MADE IN JAPAN!!!

...what?

Mayhaps he's spent too much time on internet places of ill repute.

Dorian Cornelius Jasper:

NeutralDrow:

HardRockSamurai:
Sorry, but if the main character is a little girl, it SHOULDN'T BE MADE IN JAPAN!!!

...what?

Mayhaps he's spent too much time on internet places of ill repute.

I'd say that calls for Hayao Miyazaki therapy, personally.

woem:
I'll wait for the remake of the movie by Tim Burton. Featuring Johnny Depp as Dorothy.

I would worship that film.

To be honest, it's a good source idea, but this game looks kinda crap.

O.O

I can't beleve that a game like this exists....LMAO!!!!

Hm. I'm confused, intrigued, and slightly worried at the same time.
I can't help but wonder what the battles are going to be like.

woem:
I'll wait for the remake of the movie by Tim Burton. Featuring Johnny Depp as Dorothy.

that movie would probably kick ass

Well this is interesting. I'll see what happens with it in the near future.

Wake me up when there's an adaptation of The Looking Glass Wars doing the rounds (and no, Alice doesn't count).

This is going to be bizarre. A classic American movies mashed up with the ideas and themes involved with JRPGs. This cannot end well.

This may be a stupid question but I have read through the article a few times now and can't seem to find the answer. What system is it for? The Wizard of OZ is just ripe for a JRPG type game IMHO

squid5580:
This may be a stupid question but I have read through the article a few times now and can't seem to find the answer. What system is it for? The Wizard of OZ is just ripe for a JRPG type game IMHO

That's what I want to know. By the looks of the screenshot, it'll probably be the DS, but, hey, who knows?

Mstrswrd:

squid5580:
This may be a stupid question but I have read through the article a few times now and can't seem to find the answer. What system is it for? The Wizard of OZ is just ripe for a JRPG type game IMHO

That's what I want to know. By the looks of the screenshot, it'll probably be the DS, but, hey, who knows?

Or PSP.

It looks like a PS1 game to me. I know it probably isn't (since that would be silly). Maybe I'll get lucky and it will become an XBL, PSN and Wiiware (that is what the Wii store is called right?) downloadable game.

Graphics look N64ish with weaker resolution, so guessing handheld, probably DS. I'm actually surprised it took this long for a JRPG version of Wizard of Oz.
Wonder if that green ghost is asking Dorothy if she saw a yellow ballish-fellow with a big mouth going waka-waka?

woem:
I'll wait for the remake of the movie by Tim Burton. Featuring Johnny Depp as Dorothy.

And helena botham carter as the witch?

EDIT: Neglect this post, reading comprehension betrayed me...

okay. so seriously, what the fuck?

how far can they possibly deviate from the intended metaphor that the book was intended to create?

how can they sit there and "extrapolate" meaning from an already previously defined metaphor. there is no "new" take the wizard of oz.

IT IS ABOUT THE FUCKING GOLD STANDARD PEOPLE

squid5580:
This may be a stupid question but I have read through the article a few times now and can't seem to find the answer. What system is it for? The Wizard of OZ is just ripe for a JRPG type game IMHO

Mstrswrd:

squid5580:
This may be a stupid question but I have read through the article a few times now and can't seem to find the answer. What system is it for? The Wizard of OZ is just ripe for a JRPG type game IMHO

That's what I want to know. By the looks of the screenshot, it'll probably be the DS, but, hey, who knows?

squid5580:

Mstrswrd:

squid5580:
This may be a stupid question but I have read through the article a few times now and can't seem to find the answer. What system is it for? The Wizard of OZ is just ripe for a JRPG type game IMHO

That's what I want to know. By the looks of the screenshot, it'll probably be the DS, but, hey, who knows?

Or PSP.

It looks like a PS1 game to me. I know it probably isn't (since that would be silly). Maybe I'll get lucky and it will become an XBL, PSN and Wiiware (that is what the Wii store is called right?) downloadable game.

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They say TOUCH SCREEN in the article, so either DS or iPhone.

This is gonna be interesting, and I'm actually going to keep on the watch for this. Sounds like it's gonna be on the DS, if it's involving a touch screen interface, but I'm gonna hope for a wii port, too. Should be interesting, especially to see the types of attacks that each character has.

If Alice In Wonderland in Kingdom Hearts was anything to go by, I think this'll be good.

The point of Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, XSeed says, is to show "a unique new perspective on what happened after reaching the end of the Yellow Brick Road," hence the title

I recognise that euphemism. That means "Yeah, we looked at the source material, but we decided to totally ignore it and simply steal the characters and plot elements for our own story because we're too lazy to think of our own."
What are the odds, do you think, that the game is barely similar to anything Oz? I mean, for a start they've got four evil witches, when I believe only the witches of East and West were evil, the witches of North and South (one of those is the one from the movie, I forget which) are benevolent

Keane Ng:
you explore a 3D Oz using a virtual trackball on the touch screen.

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Its for the DS/DSi

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Also, a game where the main character is Female should NOT be made in Japan if we want to keep out childhood memorys intact.

Neat, and I'm sure I'll get shot for this, but I'd actually like to see some kind of adaptation of Sci Fi Channel's Tin Man. http://www.scifi.com/tinman/

Of course, I'm aware of how bad it would actually turn out in the long run.

I'm at a loss for words. I got a text about this a few days ago, and I thought it was going to be an American RPG based upon the book series, as the text read that "a wizard of Oz RPG is being made for the DS and the Wii. So, I thought, "Cool, a steampunk (hopefully?) themed RPG! Nice!" Later on, I looked it up and found that it was a JRPG. I wasn't shocked or surprised. I was just curious as to how it'll turn out.

Keane Ng:
Seems game companies these days can't get enough of turning Movies Your Mom Loves (or should it be grandma?) into videogame adaptations.

Hey! I love the Wizard of Oz... and I'm only 19...

Sure, I've got a VHS copy, but that doesn't make it crusty.

Because because because because becaaaause: because he's the wonderful Wizard of Oz!

HardRockSamurai:
Sorry, but if the main character is a little girl, it SHOULDN'T BE MADE IN JAPAN!!!

......plus, she travels with three males of various races and a pet dog......

Weeeeeeeeeeeeell, we all know what kind of Japanese stuff you've been looking at.

I saw an article on the game in Famicon quite a while back and thought it looked interesting, but never picked it up. The screen caps of it were very trippy, if I recall correctly.

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