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'HarmoKnight' developer Game Freak wants to bring the game stateside

rhythm hunter harmoknight
rhythm hunter harmoknight

Pokemon developer GameFreak wants to bring its latest title, music-based battler Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight for Nintendo 3DS, to a worldwide audience.

Pokemon developer GameFreak wants to bring its latest title, music-based platformer Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight for Nintendo 3DS, to a worldwide audience, reports IGN.

"In terms of a North American or European release, it's definitely something we'd like to do, but we're working out the details with Nintendo now and seeing what would be the best way to get that to players," producer Junichi Masuda told IGN.

HarmoKnight is the brain child of GameFreak employee James Turner, who along with his team of 25 has been working on the title for about a year and a half. The game is a result of company policy on encouraging employees to create and pursue their own ideas. If at least three other employees agree to work on the project, GameFreak will green light it for production.

"One of the nice things about smaller projects like that is... since it's a project that you really wanted to do, you've kind of signed on to do that project. You're really interested in it," Masuda said. "There's also very few people and a short schedule, so everyone has to work on multiple aspects that they might not normally work with.

"So by doing that, you really build up experience, which translates back into the Pokémon games," he added.

Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight was released as a downloadable title on the Nintendo eShop in Japan on September 5th.