Fantasy Life [DS – Cancelled / Beta]

Fantasy Life [DS – Cancelled / Beta]

Fantasy Life is a quest-based RPG / adventure game that was developed by Level-5 and Brownie Brown. It was released on Nintendo 3DS in Japan on December 27, 2012, and then later in 2014 in Western territories. However, the game was was first planned to be released on the Nintendo DS; a version, which was later cancelled.

Fantasy Life DS Beta Cancelled Concept Art

When it began life on DS, the game had a 2D visual style, similar to the one seen in Mother 3. It was first announced at Level-5 Vision 2009 on August 25, 2009, during which time it was being targeted for a 2010 release. The developers presented the first early screenshots of the game at the event, as well as a selection of concept art assets:

Level-5, however, made the call put the project on hold, before resuming development for the 3DS, due to sales forecasts. When it resurfaced on its new platform in October 2010, it was revealed that the game had underwent a big change in art direction. The 2D art of the DS version was done away with, and it had been rebuilt in a 3D engine.

Fantasy Life DS:


Fantasy Life 3DS:



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8 thoughts on “Fantasy Life [DS – Cancelled / Beta]

  1. montork

    awwwwww man! that sucks! it would have been so cool!
    now we get some gimmicky 3d s*** that loses the original charm.

  2. eriol33

    when I looked at the DS screenshot, I was like OMG I have to play this. and then I heard it’s canceled, and the recent 3DS is using 3D </3 *heartbreaks*

    1. monokoma

      indeedn, the pixel art was awesome in the DS version.. still the game looks super fun on the 3DS and i’m happy that it was released in english!

  3. Annoyomus

    Wow it just goes to show how many years the game was in devolopement It looked different on the DS and it didn’t had the same characters that were on the final version. the final version on the 3DS does indeed look better

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