I did the follow-up on Star Ocean, and decided to check out the Front Mission series as well. I can say that I’m also extremely disappointed as to how Square Enix has handled and developed the Front Mission series in North America – in my opinion worse so than Star Ocean.
Front Mission 3 and 4 went fine overseas. The sales were no FF calibur in number but they had a firm fanbase. Front Mission is really the only mecha series that Square has to offer, and believe me the mecha fanbase is firm in North America. Front Mission 5 would have been huge here. The game was groundbreaking in similar fashion to FF12, but they neglected to release that as well. The trailers looked great and had fans drooling. Makes a guy wonder why Square Enix even shows up at E3′s when they delay and end up cancelling so many North American releases that they show off.
Now they do rerelease for us a remake of the original Front Mission for NDS (which no one even asked for since anyone who cares about the original Front Mission has already played the rom to death, myself included)
So released in North America we’ve now got:
Front Mission 3 (PlayStation, February 29, 2000)
Front Mission 4 (PlayStation 2, June 15, 2004)
Front Mission remake (Nintendo DS, October 23, 2007)
Out of the five Front Mission games, Front Mission 2 and 5 — in my opinion the two best games storywise in the series that follow the same characters — still remain Japan-only releases.
Front Mission for Nintendo DS
I never actually even heard of this remake until I got bored and starting doing some searches on the Front Mission series out of boredom and curiosity. Earlier today when I asked several people about the game, none of my gamer friends even follow this series anymore, and when I ask if they’ve played the DS remake they just say: ”don’t know don’t care.”
I’m sure the game is great with more features than the original Front Mission. Remakes are fine and seem to be all the rage now, but why couldn’t they just release Front Mission 5 within a year or so of the Japanese release like everyone had been begging for (a bit late now that the game is 3 years old), and release a compilation consisting of Front Mission 1 and 2 similar to FF Anthology and FF Chronicles? All Square seems to care about for North American releases is pushing Final Fantasy and nothing else. They are just butchering all of the other potentially great series outside of Japan — Star Ocean and Front Mission in particular.
It’s just brutal.