Tales of the Abyss 3D was one of the first games announced for the 3DS but then things got oddly silent on the title, with some wondering if it would actually see a release outside of Japan. Well, have no fear, because the latest issue of Nintendo Power magazine confirms that the game is on its way to US shores later this year.
Though Nintendo Power didn't specify when we'll be playing Tales of the Abyss 3D on our 3DS, it seems Amazon may have leaked that information. The Amazon description for the first issue of the Tales of the Abyss manga, which has since been removed, included the line "This series premiere will also match that of franchise's RPG title debut on Nintendo 3DS." The first issue of the manga is scheduled for August 16, which isn't too long after the game's June 30 release in Japan.
Tales of the Abyss on PS2 is easily one of my absolute favorite JRPGs, right up there with Skies of Arcadia, Grandia II, and Lost Odyssey. The story and pacing are great, the combat feels like a more evolved Super Smash Bros, and it has Guy, who is pretty much amazing. No, unfortunately he isn't actually a gay character, but that didn't stop me from developing a serious crush on him when I played Tales of the Abyss back in 2006.
Boyhood fantasies aside, expect a more official release date for Tales of the Abyss 3D, and possibly some Tales of Graces F localization news, from E3 in June.