The World Ends With You.
The World Ends With You, also known as It's a Wonderful World (すばらしきこのせかい Subarashiki Kono Sekai), is an action role-playing game with urban fantasy elements developed by Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts team and Jupiter for the Nintendo DS handheld console. Set in the modern-day Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo, The World Ends with You features a distinctive art style inspired by Shibuya and its youth culture. Development was inspired by elements of Jupiter's previous game, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. The game was released in Japan on July 27, 2007, in North America on April 22, 2008, in Europe on April 18, 2008, and in Australia on April 24, 2008. Shiro Amano, writer and artist of the Kingdom Hearts manga, later created a manga based on the video game.
"A boy comes to an intersection awash with people––alone, unaware of how he got there. Then, he receives a message: Clear this mission... or face erasure."
– Game manual description
The World Ends With You follows 15-year-old Neku Sakuraba who wakes up in the middle of an intersection with no memory of who he is or how he got there; the only thing he remembers is his name. He then receives a message on his phone that simply says "Clear this mission... or face erasure." From there Neku learns that he is participating in some game called The Reapers' Game. When people are attacked by strange monsters and start disappearing Neku teams up with Shiki Misaki and defeats the monsters. He then must complete missions and survive the week with Shiki as his partner, all the while learning exactly what the Reapers' Game is all about.
I was first introduced to The World Ends With You by my friends who were all hyped up about it when it came out. I found myself needing to go out and buy the game for myself and I have no regrets. I absolutely love this game. The game is really fun, and although the controls are super difficult for me (I can't control both characters at once, plus the touch screen on my DS is horrible with the already inaccurate controls) I thoroughly enjoyed it and never once found myself with nothing to do. The music is also amazing. If you have not yet played it you definitely should!