Balan Wonderworld — An all new 3D action platformer by the Balan Company and Square Enix, was showcased with a new announcement trailer during the latest Nintendo Direct Mini along with a Balan Wonderland release date confirmation for March 2021.
Created by Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima, Balan Wonderland marks the first game collaboration between the two Japanese game developer legends. The game’s official press release describes its plot and gives an idea of what gamers can expect from the creators of “Sonic The Hedgehog” and “Nights into Dreams”:
As players explore the fantastical land of Wonderworld, they’ll be guided by an enigmatic maestro named Balan, who will help players restore balance to the world by clearing Wonderworld of Negati, physical manifestations of worry and other negative emotions. To accomplish this, players will jump, climb, fly, smash, and more, as they explore a multitude of unique areas, collecting over 80 unique costumes to assist on the journey. Each costume bestows its own special power, from the Pumpkin Puncher outfit that lets players smash through enemies or obstacles blocking pathways to the Air Cat costume that allows players to walk in mid-air for a certain amount of time.
Balan Wonderworld will be released for the Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 26, 2021.