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Maple Story DS still coming this year, will have some multiplayer

Over the past year, we've been fed a few tiny tidbits on Maple Story DS, the ARPG take on the popular MMORPG, and despite the few details we've heard (and seen), it seems the title is still set to hit this year. In a new interview with Gamasutra, Nexon's Stephen Lee reports that the company has been "aggressively developing" the DS title, and also shed some light on the lack of online multiplayer. Lee says this game will be very different from the MMO, though the game will boast "some features that support multiplayer," but the primary focus is on the single-player experience. While this may continue to disappoint those who'd hoped for even a local multiplayer Maple Story experience on their handheld, for others who tend to play alone anyway, this may actually be even more appealing.

According to Lee, Maple Story DS will launch first in South Korea, and from there ... the world.

Maple Story DS lacks the only feature anyone cares about

We've been waiting so long for information about Maple Story DS that we actually kind of forgot about it (and therefore forgot we were waiting for it). But after remembering that it exists, the same question popped up in our minds that we'd had months ago: is it an MMO? After all, that's the whole point of Maple Story: playing a side-scrolling Wonder Boy-style action-adventure with lots of other people (and hyphens).

But, according to an interview conducted by Gamasutra at the G* event, Maple Story DS, releasing mid-2008 in Korea, is to be a solo experience. "We have some features that support Wi-Fi, but the main focus will be on single player," Nexon's Jamie Kang said. Surprisingly, Nexon is working closely with Nintendo to develop the title. But can Nintendo save a non-online iteration of an MMO? And will anyone outside Korea notice if they do?

Shaky cam video of Maple Story DS

It's really been awhile since some news on Maple Story DS has hit our fine internets. Finally, someone got their hands on the title and took some video, although it is rather shaky (we know how you guys loathe the shake, so be warned). In the video, which is fairly long, we see some of the platforming and combat the game will offer upon release.

As usual, check the video out past the post break.

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