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Digimon World: Next Order review

System: Switch
Release date: February 22, 2023
Developer: Hyde
Publisher: Bandai Namco

Six years into the Switch’s lifecycle, it’s still the go-to destination for ports and bringing older, potentially forgotten games into a more modern setting and for a wider audience. Digimon World: Next Order adds itself to that list, giving it another chance to shine following the positive reception to Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Digimon Survive. With the Digimon World brand having been around since 1999 in Japan, Next Order brings the 2017 title from PlayStation 4 and PS Vita to a Nintendo system. Though Digimon has always been a flexible property and taken on almost every genre under the sun, Digimon World stood by as a fond memory for decades for fans, but Next Order in 2017 didn’t necessarily point the series or the property in the right direction. Now in 2022, we’re meant to revisit a game that, while fun, is just too subpar at best to really warrant paying full price all over again.

Digimon fans have been pushing Namco Bandai to localize Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode, the series’ latest video game entry. One particular petition has already been “signed” by over 16,000 people.

If nothing else, Namco Bandai is aware of the support fans have shown towards Decode thus far. UK PR executive Joseph Walsh wrote on Twitter earlier this week:

Namco Bandai would probably be the only hope for a localization of Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode at this point. XSEED, a company that tends to localize niche Japanese titles, previously said the company would be unlikely to pick up Decode for a North American release.


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