Operation Rainfall posted earlier today about GameStop advertising Tales of Hearts on their website, but immediately pulled the listing after their article was published. Similar to the Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles, it was also listed as a GameStop Exclusive. Could Tales of Hearts finally be heading stateside for the PS Vita after being absent since 2008?
Tales of Hearts was originally released on the Nintendo DS back in 2008, but never made it out of Japan. It was eventually remade as Tales of Hearts R for the PS Vita in March of last year, but again, never made it out of Japan. Series producer Hideo Baba has made it pretty clear that he wants fans in the west to experience Tales of Hearts, so PS Vita owners and Tales fans alike could be in for a treat here in the near future!
As Operation Rainfall mentioned in their article today, nothing has been confirmed by either Bandai Namco or Sony, but GameStop showing a listing could be a good sign.
My two cents — The PS Vita has been gaining a lot of steam lately, largely due in part to various cross-play opportunities and off-screen play with a little know console called the Playstation 4. It’s also been enjoying a decent amount of JRPG success with Persona 4 Golden, Final Fantasy X | X-2 Remastered, and Y’s: Memories of Celceta, so this marks the perfect opportunity to bring Tales of Hearts to North America.
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