3DS Atelier Rorona Box Art Revealed

With the third game of the “Dusk” storyline, Atelier Shallie, hitting western shores this March 10th (for North Americans) and March 13th (for Europeans) it seems appropriate to mention today’s news concerning another Atelier title.

The 3DS remake of the original Atelier Rorona, the first game of the Arland trilogy, just had its box art revealed, and like the chibi-fied designs it contains within the game, the cover is the very epitome of adorable. It’s not known yet whether the game will come stateside, although, considering Gust never brought over their amazing Atelier-esque 3DS-exclusive RPG, Nora and the Time Studio (even though fans like me were begging for it), I’m not entirely convinced it will.

Hopefully if it does, we won’t see another removal of Rorona from the cover of the box like the first time she appeared in the United states.

The 3DS retelling of Rorona’s story, with double the cuteness of before, will release March 26th in Japan.

Carl Batchelor


Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

  • Fire.fire.kun

    I hope it comes over. The Atelier Astrid extra chapter is what I’m interested in the most. Being the most powerful alchemist in Arland, we never got to fully know her back story.

  • sanic

    Why do people give call of duty crap for yearly iterations but give atelier a free pass? I’m curious how people would justify this.

  • Presumably Atelier gets a pass because each entry has a new story.

    However, I have to admit, ya, it’s a pretty big headache having to keep track of all of their games.

    It’s not as bad as the Neptunia series, however, which is even worse in this regard. There are, what, three games in the series releasing this year or something? See, I can’t even fucking keep track.

  • Tyrannikos

    CoD is an easy, mainstream target.

  • Audie Bakerson

    I’ve seen people say that Noora was due to NISA having Gust exclusivity and Noora being published by Atlus, but I’ve never seen it sourced.

  • sanic

    “Presumably Atelier gets a pass because each entry has a new story.”

    See so does call of duty, I dunno I just have noticed this sort of hypocrisy and it bugs me, see I don’t give any game crap for too many iterations unless the quality goes down due to being rushed out like ubi has done with assasins creed titles those seem to get buggier each release.

  • “so does call of duty”

    The difference is that nobody plays CoD for the story.

  • Anonymous

    Because CODis COD, so many will find any reason to hate it.

    It’s the record breaking mega marketed top AAA that has been influencing the fps genre, action games and the whole industry in game design, monetization, marketing and more for the last few years, leading many publishers to want a piece of that pie and influencing their games to appeal to the same demographic and pushing them to adopt similar business, things many players regret and see COD as largely responsible for those trends.

  • pomfland

    Same could be said about Ateliers — for me it’s not the story that does it but characters and music.

  • Beau Wilkinson

    I think Atelier gets a bit more leniency because it’s the only game of it’s type each year. If it was in a sea of alchemy based RPGs it’d seem desperate. The games are all very similiar to one another yet different enough to have preferences, which CoD has as well. My main point is to me CoD is constantly trying new ways to convince people that it’s not the same game again. It’s the same game with subtle changes. And it should be that.

  • Carl B.

    Same here. For me, it’s the one upcoming 3DS title I’m 100% planning to get. More than Bravely Default 2, even.

  • Most people want to be “in”, they don’t want to feel or look like a commoner. The reason why most people hate CoD is because its very easy to bash it, and it makes you look like that you are some kind of a video game expert, since the “in” guys were bashing CoD a lot around the MW times. It also provides a clear pleb image that they can look down on, so their mind can get away with saying stuff like “i play pandering shit with characters that are pretty much braindead retards, but at least im not a 13 year old cod player dewritos amirite” without blowing up.

    I have nothing against CoD or the Atelier series, _or their fans, I don’t want to categorize a lot of people by their choice of game_, but its pointless to look logic in why is one accepted, while the other is not, since it has nothing to do with the games.

  • sanic

    Whoa Dimi,

    Call of duty has the deepest lore, when reznov reappeared in black ops after world at war I knew bigger things were happening and that prison escape was pretty crazy, and when colonel shepherd betrayed Ghost in MW2 and when Vladimir Makarov kills the undercover CIA agent to pin that shooting spree on the CIA. They don’t put twists and turns like that in just any game.

    I’m sure everyone here is versed well enough in COD lore that these things won’t be spoilers.

  • Fenrir007

    I think CoD is judged mostly on its MP component, so the story is irrelevant in that case.

  • landlock

    I don’t know. I think both are fine the way they are to be honest. People only moan about COD because it’s such a big hit and more people know about it.

  • landlock

    I guess Europe is more excepting on “cutesy” characters then because we got the same cover has Japan for Rorona.

  • forweg

    The big difference is that the CoD milking is for raking in billions and (moreso) for spreading hateful, racist war propaganda to Americans.

    Whereas Gust milks Atelier more for survival I believe. It’s incredible that the Atelier series continues to survive when so many JRPG giants have fallen, never to see the light of day again. If “milking” is what it takes, then I’m all for it.

  • Wrathful

    Call of Duty gets high score for yearly iteration even when it has almost no improvements whatsoever yet their sales are high while Atelier series get fair scores with a few of the flaws pointed out.