Balan Wonderworld Takes the Stage in Spring 2021

Nintendo's September Mini-Direct announced the Balan Wonderworld release date and lifted the curtain on some gameplay details.

Square Enix raised the curtain on some new Balan Wonderworld details during the September Nintendo Mini-Direct. It also put the spotlight on Balan Wonderworld's release date: March 26, 2021 for current- and next-gen platforms.

Balan Wonderworld takes place in a theatrical dream world. Siblings Leo and Emma are drawn to the theatre by the magical maestro Balan, where they confront the things they've left behind and restore balance to their emotions.

The journey unfolds across 12 different worlds divided into chapters and acts. Leo and Emma must collect trophies in each stage to unlock new paths, and doing that requires making use of special abilities.

These abilities manifest themselves through specific costumes. The Soaring Sheep costume, for example, inflates so players can glide on the wind, while the Pumpkin Puncher shoots out extendable pumpkin hands to make quick work of obstacles.

Balan Wonderworld's multiplayer lets two players work together with separate abilities to make the journey even smoother. The Switch version makes use of both Joy-Con for multiplayer, and presumably, the other console versions require separate controllers.

Balan Wonderworld pre-orders are open on the Square Enix store. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Balan Wonderworld news as it develops.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Sep. 17th 2020

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