announced last month that it would dedicate the bulk of its 2008 lineup
to the Nintendo DS, we took this to mean that the company would do its part keeping store shelves stocked with casual games and cooking sims aplenty. We were unprepared, however, for the Cooking Mama
evangelist to take up publishing duties for Away Shuffle Dungeon
, the oddly named DS "roguelike" RPG from Mistwalker
and AQ Interactive
Offering a mix of both 2D and 3D gameplay, Away Shuffle Dungeon
promises to cast players in the role of a lone hero branded with the unfortunate name, Sword, as he races to collect treasure and rescue prisoners caught in dungeons before they "reconfigure," hurting anyone left inside. The game also boasts some impressive credits, which include such luminaries as Final Fantasy
sire Hironobu Sakaguchi and esteemed composer Nobuo Uematsu, as well as character designs by Sonic creator, Naoto Oshima.
Even so, we're still having a hard time getting over that title, and even now have simply begun referring to Away Shuffle Dungeon
by a label more fitting its newly-named publisher. Readers, we give you Dungeon Mama.