Glory of Heracles (series)

Glory of Heracles (ヘラクレスの栄光 Herakuresu no Eikō) is a Japanese role-playing video game series initially developed and published by Data East and currently owned by Paon Corporation. The series began in 1987 with Tōjin Makyō Den: Heracles no Eikō, and three sequels were released until 1994 in addition to a portable spinoff game released in 1992.

After Data East's bankruptcy in 2003, Paon Corporation acquired the rights to the series, and Nintendo released the latest installment in the series, Heracles no Eikō: Tamashii no Shōmei for the Nintendo DS in 2008.[1] None of the games had been released outside Japan until E3 2009, at which the latest game was announced by Nintendo simply as Glory of Heracles.

The series is based in the world of Greek mythology, with the Greek hero Heracles as the title character of each game. However, Heracles only serves as the main character in the original game and the Game Boy spinoff, and plays a support role in all subsequent games.

The 2018 game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate represented the series in the game's spirit mode, with Heracles from the original game and the player character for the DS game, named as the Glory of Heracles Hero, possible to unlock.

Glory of Heracles
Glory of Heracles logo
Logo utilized in Glory of Heracles
Genre(s)Role-playing video game
Developer(s)Data East
Paon
Publisher(s)Data East
Nintendo
Platform(s)Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Nintendo DS
First releaseTōjin Makyō Den: Heracles no Eikō
June 12, 1987
Latest releaseGlory of Heracles
May 22, 2008

Games

Title Details
Tōjin Makyō Den: Heracles no Eikō

Original release date(s):
  • JP: June 12, 1987
Release years by system:
Famicom
Notes:

Tōjin Makyō Den: Heracles no Eikō (闘人魔境伝 ヘラクレスの栄光, "Legend of the Fighting Demon's Lair: Glory of Heracles"[2]) is the first game of the series. The player takes the role of a young Heracles who seeks to rescue Venus from captivity in Hades.

Heracles no Eikō II: Titan no Metsubō

Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 23, 1989
Release years by system:
Famicom
Notes:

Heracles no Eikō II: Titan no Metsubō (ヘラクレスの栄光II タイタンの滅亡, "Glory of Heracles II: Titan's Downfall"[2]) is the second game of the series. Unlike the first game in the series, Heracles is no longer the player-controlled character.

The party system is newly introduced into the series, along with time-flow, where the game passes between daytime and nighttime. Though no longer containing a particularly unique game system, Heracles no Eikō II is characterized by its tragic, dramatic storyline, which employs various motifs from Greek mythology.

The game's scenario was written by Kazushige Nojima.[3]

Heracles no Eikō III: Kamigami no Chinmoku

Original release date(s):
Super Famicom
  • JP: April 24, 1992

Wii Virtual Console
  • JP: April 6, 2007

Wii U Virtual Console
  • JP: May 22, 2013

Mobile Phones
  • JP: July 14, 2008
Release years by system:
Super Famicom, Virtual Console, Mobile Phones
Notes:

Heracles no Eikō III: Kamigami no Chinmoku (ヘラクレスの栄光III 神々の沈黙, "Glory of Heracles III: Silence of the Gods") is the third installment of the series. Initially published for the Super Famicom, it was released on the Japanese Virtual Console in 2007 by Paon and on mobile phone in 2008 by G-Mode.[4][5]

The hero begins the game in a state of total memory-loss, but discovers that he has somehow acquired a mysterious power that shields him from all bodily harm, essentially making him immortal.

An immortal character can execute certain actions that other characters cannot, like jumping off high cliffs without being injured.

Heracles no Eikō: Ugokidashita Kamigami

Original release date(s):
Game Boy
  • JP: December 27, 1992

3DS Virtual Console
  • JP: August 24, 2011
Release years by system:
Game Boy, 3DS Virtual Console
Notes:

Heracles no Eikō: Ugokidashita Kamigami - The Snap-Story (ヘラクレスの栄光 動き出した神々 The Snap-Story, "Glory of Heracles: The Gods Began to Move - The Snap-Story") is the fourth game of the series and is the only spinoff of the series. It is the only other game in the series that features Heracles as the main playable character. The story is set shortly after the events of the first game, where Heracles is summoned by Zeus to prevent the resurrection of Cronus by Bloodlord and his minions.

The battle system is like that of the first game, where Heracles is limited to simply attacking, defending and using items, but during a fight the player can be assisted by a God which they have chosen to accompany Heracles. Gods do not level up, but they usually have high stats and powerful magic. As the player levels up, they can gain another God they can bring with them from Olympus, but they are only allowed to take one at a time.

Heracles no Eikō IV: Kamigami kara no Okurimono

Original release date(s):
Super Famicom
  • JP: October 21, 1994

Wii Virtual Console
  • JP: April 22, 2008

Wii U Virtual Console
  • JP: February 10, 2015
Release years by system:
Super Famicom, Virtual Console
Notes:

Heracles no Eikō IV: Kamigami kara no Okurimono (ヘラクレスの栄光IV 神々からの贈り物, "Glory of Heracles IV: Gift from the Gods") is the fifth installment of the series (fourth game in the main series), released after the portable spinoff Heracles no Eikō: Ugokidashita Kamigami. The game was made available for the Virtual Console in 2008.[6] The player takes the role of a young man whose spirit was separated from his body.

The game's plot and setting are very loosely based around various episodes from Greek mythology, with a particular focus on Atlantis and the tale of Pandora's box. In addition to writing the scenario, Kazushige Nojima was also the director for this game.


Original release date(s):
  • JP: May 22, 2008
  • NA: January 18, 2010
Release years by system:
Nintendo DS
Notes:

Glory of Heracles, known as Heracles no Eikō: Tamashii no Shōmei (ヘラクレスの栄光 魂の証明, "Glory of Heracles: Proof of the Soul") in Japan, was developed by Paon and published by Nintendo in 2008 for the Nintendo DS. This is the first entry in the series that was not developed by Data East and the first to be published by Nintendo as a first party property, however, former Data East employees and writers of Heracles no Eikō II, III and IV again wrote the scenario.[2] Revealed at E3 2009, the fifth game would be the first in the series to make an international release in 2010.

References

  1. ^ ヘラクレスの栄光 ~魂の証明~ (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
  2. ^ a b c "Nintendo". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Interview with Kazushige Nojima at Gpara (Japanese)" (in Japanese). gpara.com. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  4. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/vc_hc3/
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100125145600/http://www.g-mode.jp/title/hercules3/
  6. ^ "VC ヘラクレスの栄光IV 神々の贈り物" (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved 2008-08-03.

External links

Data East

Data East Corporation (株式会社データイースト, Kabushikigaisha Dēta Īsuto kōporēshon), also abbreviated as DECO, was a Japanese video game and electronic engineering company. The company was in operation from 1976 to 2003, and released 150 video game titles. Its main headquarters were located in Suginami, Tokyo. The American subsidiary, Data East USA, was headquartered in San Jose, California.

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII is a 1997 role-playing video game developed by Square for the PlayStation console. It is the seventh main installment in the Final Fantasy series. Published in Japan by Square, it was released in other regions by Sony Computer Entertainment and became the first in the main series to see a PAL release. The game's story follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who joins an eco-terrorist organization to stop a world-controlling megacorporation from using the planet's life essence as an energy source. Events send Cloud and his allies in pursuit of Sephiroth, a superhuman intent on destroying their planet. During the journey, Cloud builds close friendships with his party members, including Aerith Gainsborough, who holds the secret to saving their world.

Development began in 1994, originally for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. After delays and technical difficulties from experimenting on several platforms, Square moved production to the PlayStation, largely due to the advantages of the CD-ROM format. Veteran Final Fantasy staff returned, including series creator and producer Hironobu Sakaguchi, director Yoshinori Kitase, and composer Nobuo Uematsu. The title became the first in the series to use full motion video and 3D computer graphics, which featured 3D character models superimposed over 2D pre-rendered backgrounds. Although the gameplay systems remained mostly unchanged from previous entries, Final Fantasy VII introduced more widespread science fiction elements and a more realistic presentation. The game had a staff of over 100, with a combined development and marketing budget of around US$80 million.

Assisted by a large promotional campaign, Final Fantasy VII received widespread commercial and critical success and remains widely regarded as a landmark title and one of the greatest games of all time. The title won numerous Game of the Year awards and was acknowledged for boosting the sales of the PlayStation and popularizing Japanese role-playing games worldwide. Critics praised its graphics, gameplay, music, and story, although some criticism was directed towards its English localization. Its success has led to enhanced ports on various platforms, a multimedia subseries called the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and an upcoming high-definition remake for the PlayStation 4.

GOH

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Gôh, a region of Ivory Coast

Goh (Chinese surname)

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General Overhaul Program of New York City Subway cars

Glory of Heracles (series), a video game series

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Glory of Heracles

Glory of Heracles is a 2008 Japanese role-playing video game developed by Paon (a company founded by the Data East staff) and published by Nintendo in Japan on May 22, 2008 for the Nintendo DS. It is the sixth game of the Glory of Heracles series. It was revealed at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009 that this game would be the first in the series to be released outside Japan, which was later released in North America on January 18, 2010.

Heracles (disambiguation)

Heracles or Herakles is the Greek mythic hero and son of the god Zeus.

Heracles may also refer to:

Hercules, the Roman mythological analogue to the Greek Heracles

Herakles the Dactyl, a separate figure in Greek mythology said to have originated the Olympic Games

Paon DP

Paon (パオン) DP Inc. is a video game development company based in Japan. Through a partnership with Nintendo, the company has developed DK: King of Swing, DK: Jungle Climber and Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. They also developed Glory of Heracles, the fifth title of the Glory of Heracles series.

When the company Data East went bankrupt, Paon became composed of former Data East staff and bought the rights to some of their games, including Karnov, Chelnov (sometimes known as Atomic Runner outside Japan), the Kuuga trilogy, and the Glory of Heracles series. They have released some of them on the Wii's Virtual Console. They have recently participated in the development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. So far, Paon has developed games for the Wii, Game Boy Advance, DS and PS2. In March 2015, PAON Inc. merged with DP Inc. to form PAON DP Inc.

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