Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 HD Remaster will be released in September

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The key art for Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 Remaster.

Back in 2019, Matt wrote a Friday Ten list about RPG franchises he’d like to see return. One of those was Baten Kaitos. In the article, he explains why it’s not likely for a sequel to be made. In February 2023, during a Nintendo Direct, the next best thing happened: a remastered version of the two games was announced for the Nintendo Switch. Now, publisher Bandai Namco has announced a release date in September.

The games feature a card-based RPG system that allows for split-second decisions, edging participants closer to victory. In each game, the player takes on the role of a Guardian Spirit who is guiding the protagonists through their journey.

Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 Remaster Introduces new features to the game: encounters-off, auto-battle, skip cutscenes, and auto-save. These functions are all meant to make the game(s) more accessible to new players. The game and battle speed can be increased up to 300%. An Instant KO option can win battles in a single attack. When rest is required, enable No Encounter to avoid battles.

Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (Baten Kaitos 1) was originally released in 2003 for GameCube. Guide Kalas as he sets out across a floating island kingdom in the clouds on a mission to seek revenge for the death of his brother and grandfather. Along the way, he meets Xelha, and they both embark on a journey to defeat the Alfard Empire.

Baten Kaitos Origins (Baten Kaitos 2) launched in 2006, for the GameCube (which was nearing its end). It is a prequel set 20 years before the first game’s events. This time, the protagonist is Sagi; he’s a spiriter with a connection with Guardian Spirits. He’s part of the Dark Service, an elite unit of the Alfard Empire. After being framed, he sets out on a journey to clear his name.

Developed by Monolith Soft and published by Bandai Namco, Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 Remaster will be released for Nintendo Switch on September 14 in North America, Japan, and Asia; it will be released on September 15 in Europe.


Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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