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''Nostalgia'', originally released in Japan as ''Nostalgio no Kaze'' (ノスタルジオの風, Nosutarujio no Kaze, lit. "Wind of [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Nostalgio]]"), is a role-playing video game developed by Creator/RedEntertainment and Matrix Software for the NintendoDS handheld system. Initially released in November 2008 for Japanese audiences by Tecmo, an English version of the game was officially announced for North America by Ignition Entertainment for a October 2009 release. The game's development was headed by producer Keisuke Kikuchi, with programming and three-dimensional graphics by Matrix Software, who had previously developed SquareEnix's NintendoDS versions of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.

Taking place in an alternate reality steampunk version of the 19th Century, the game follows Eddie, a London boy and son of a great adventurer as he and his friends travel the world in an airship in search of his missing father. The game features both standard TurnBasedCombat and aerial battles between the player's customizable airship, the Maverick, and enemy airships. The player's party, consisting of [[TheHero Eddie]], the StreetUrchin Pad, [[BlackMagicianGirl a witch named Melody]] and the [[MysteriousWaif mysterious Fiona]] travel to such places as New York City, Cairo, Tokyo, Northern Europe and South America.

The game follows TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches to a tee, most likely on purpose in order to invoke [[TitleDrop nostalgia]] of old school NES and SNES generation [=RPG=]s. Whether it's successful or not is a subject of debate. Though the narrative is certainly nothing new, the gameplay is simple and fun, and there are plenty of sidequests and other optional content to keep players occupied.

'''NOT''' to be confused with NostalgiaFilter or WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.
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!!This game provides examples of:
* AbandonedMine: The Eterna Mines
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer - London's sewer systems were never quite THAT large. It even has the obligatory [[RodentsOfUnusualSize giant rats]] for you to slay as your introductory quest.
* AdventurerArchaeologist - An entire ''society'' of them, arguably. Certainly enough to make an entire ''group'', the Royal Exploration Agency.
* Notably, AristocratsAreEvil is almost ''totally'' averted - and even the one wealthy character that could be seen as an antagonist is a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* ATasteOfPower: At the very beginning of the game, playing as Gilbert.
* {{Atlantis}} - The real one, along with Mu and Lemuria, are available as optional sidequest dungeons.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore - Compare [[http://www.infendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/nostalgia-fob-495x433.jpg the American boxart]] to the Japanese art, above. Oddly, the biggest complaint about the American box art isn't the addition of AngryEyebrows, it's the change from "nostalgic" sepia-toned imagery to something less visually appealing but more obviously intended to cater to the anime-inundated jRPG fan demographic.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes - Beating the two most difficult {{Bonus Boss}}es nets you Melody and Fiona's ultimate armor, which are a [[HornyDevils Disgaea-esque demon-tail, horns, and fluffy nightie]] and [[BattleBikini angel-winged bikini]], respectively.
* AwesomeButImpractical - The CombinationAttack skills each character gets as the plot unfolds. Sure, they're the strongest single attacks in the game and they hit every enemy on the field, but they also cost roughly 50 MP when few skills in the game crest the 20 MP mark and an endgame party won't have more than 300 maximum MP per character.
** [[OneHitKill Dead Shot]] borders on this, as fully powered-up, it has a ''very'' good - roughly 75% - chance to instantly kill a [[ContractualBossImmunity non-boss]] enemy, which is invaluable in the final areas and BonusDungeon... but it's one of the more expensive skills to power up, and there's a good chance you've already discredited it by that point as a UselessUsefulSpell.
* AwesomeYetPractical - See also GameBreaker below. Combo Attack, when fully powered up, consists of six full-powered normal attacks, complete with overly flashy [[JumpCut jump]] [[IncrediblyLamePun cuts]].
* BalancingDeathsBooks - [[spoiler: In order to save Fiona from her [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] at the end of the game, Eddie, Pad, and Melody each give up a third of their own lifespan so that the [[DeusExMachina Ancient Father]] can revive her.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Pad and Melody are rather unsubtle about it, and Carlos [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it early on.
* BlackMagicianGirl: Melody.
* BlatantItemPlacement: Why is there an airship repair kit in the Great Pyramid?
* BonusDungeon: A particularly nasty one, where you fight not only hideously powerful normal enemies, but if you wear equipment or use skills that lower the random encounter rate? [[NoFairCheating You also run a higher risk of encountering powered-up versions of]] ''[[NoFairCheating every boss in the game]]''[[NoFairCheating , including the final boss.]] Oh, and did we mention that [[DifficultySpike every boss-type enemy in the post-game has at least twice as many HP and does twice as much damage on average as the final boss?]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The first time the party encounters Scarlet, she tries to rob them. When reminded of this in their second encounter, she doesn't remember them at all: She's a sky pirate, and she tries to rob people regularly.
* ChargedAttack: The Orb can be charged up as much as you want, increasing its attack stat until you just fire it into the face of your opponent ForMassiveDamage.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: All of the {{Combination Attack}}s.
* ConvectionSchmonvection - Mt. Fuji is an ''active volcano'' - one that the bad guys are trying to use to ''[[NuclearWeaponsTaboo power a makeshift atomic bomb]]''.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: ''Your entire adventuring party'', save for Eddie, for whom running out and risking life and limb adventuring [[ItRunsInTheFamily is in the blood]]. Played different ways for each character:
** For Pad, it's ParentalAbandonment [[spoiler:that turns out to be a Sleeping Beauty style RagsToRoyalty story via LaserGuidedAmnesia on both his and his mother's part]]
** For Melody, it's dead parents and [[spoiler:later, dead ''surrogate parent'', leading to a gigantic YouKilledMyFather.]]
** For Fiona, [[spoiler: she's simply [[LastOfHerKind last of the]] {{Precursor}}s. [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Their princess,]] in fact.]]
* CoolAirship: Your only means of transportation in this game. You can fire guns and cannons and magically charged orbs on it, but that's standard issue. What really sets it apart is the fact that there's a BFS attached to the front which you use to impale other less cool airships by flying into them. Without taking collateral damage.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: The Mt. Fuji base fills every point of this trope ''except'' TheReveal and the presence of the BigBad, who never actually shows his face until near the very last dungeon. While something ''is'' revealed, it's a much smaller plot point than some of the later [[TheReveal reveals]].
* DisneyDeath: Gilbert pulls this off ''so often'' - totally turning the SortingAlgorithmOfMortality on its head thanks to being the parent of a protagonist - [[spoiler: that his HeroicSacrifice later in the game [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt loses all dramatic effect]].]]
* DuelingGames: BlackSigil and {{Nostalgia}}. They compete for "[=RPG=]s that make us remember much older [=RPG=]s." Small victories indeed...
* DurableDeathtrap
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Easter Island - or rather, the [[YouFailGeographyForever Easter]] ''[[YouFailGeographyForever Islands]]'' - are in the game. Nothing more needs really be said.
* {{Expy}} - Intentionally invoked with Gilbert Brown, a definite Expy of IndianaJones (complete with FedoraOfAsskicking). May or may not have been intentional with his son. [[OverusedCopycatCharacter Red full-length coat, arguably British, blonde-haired teen named Edward]]? [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Not familiar at all, nosiree.]] Melody also looks a lot like [[TheSlayers Lina]], and likes throwing fire around.
* FantasyWorldMap - Averted. The World Map in Nostalgia is an abridged version of Earth's. [[YouFailGeographyForever The creators take a few liberties]] with some locations, but this can be ignored since it's an [[AlternateHistory alternate Earth]].
** Doubles as a ShownTheirWork - later in the game you gain the ability to find World Treasures - similar to the "Discoveries" in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' - and many of them are based directly on real-life landmarks... and are shockingly accurate in placement. It's the one instance where Google Maps actually functions fairly well as an impromptu guide. [[GuideDangIt Which is helpful, since the NPCs that tell you about them are painfully vague in their locations.]]
** Triples - possibly - as a ShoutOut: The one biggest [[YouFailGeographyForever geographical snafu]] with a World Treasure is the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, which are actually in China, appearing in western Kazakhstan, roughly ''3000 miles west''. This could arguably be seen as a nod to Skies of Arcadia, whose biggest GuideDangIt Discovery was a townsperson who notified you of a Discovery that was much further west than he [[BlatantLies actually said]].
** While the map of the world does have wrap-around (ie. fly east of Japan and you'll end up in California), it doesn't work properly for a round world. Fly south of New Zealand and you'll end up in... North Korea?
* GameBreakingBug: The now-infamous Albion glitch, where the second part of a SequentialBoss refuses to spawn on some cartridges, making the game {{Unwinnable}} on that cart, no matter how many times the game is restarted. Considering that said boss shows up about 2/3rds through the game - about fifteen hours in, give or take - and there's no other way of telling if a cart has the glitch, the Albion glitch has ruined the game for many players.
** Ignition Entertainment (hopefully) caught wind of it shortly after release, though.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: In a cut scene after one HopelessBossFight, Melody comments that her attacks aren't doing anything. If any other character said this it would be fine (all physical attacks automatically missed against this boss)...but Melody's magic was the ''only'' thing doing any damage against the boss, making it a bit jarring that she's the one to comment.
* GaslampFantasy
* GogglesDoNothing: Melody wears a pair over her pointy witch hat.
* GlobalAirship: The ''only'' method of traveling across the World Map, hence you get one right near the start, and only lose the ships for a single dungeon or so.
* GreenRocks: Purple Eterna, which is used to power airship engines, also somehow manages to be ancient {{Unobtainium}} that makes the [[InfinityPlusOneSword strongest equipment in the game]].
* HandicappedBadass: Magi.
** One of her first appearances has her, due to poor design thought, riding ''up a flight of stairs'' in a wheelchair. Even ignoring her badassitude in-game, this has turned her into a bit of a MemeticBadass as well.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Eddie. This is especially notable as only a handful other characters ''in-game'' actually seem to use swords. Two are minions of the BigBad, one is an AntiHero SkyPirate, and one is the hero's ''father''. The other explorers and adventurers in-game are hinted to use firearms or nothing at all.
* HopelessBossFight: All the first two fights against [[spoiler:Carmine [[MeaningfulName the Invincible]]]] and the first fight against [[spoiler:Yang Gui]]. Even though they WOULD be potentially winnable, pushing down the bosses' monstrous HP before the game's script kicks in absolutely ''requires'' a cheating device. And breaks the game.
* JokeWeapon: Melody gets quite a few of these through the game as part of her standard equipment. While the guns, staves, and swords are all fairly standard, Melody's weapons include the typical magical rods, and less typical things such as a ''candy cane'' and an ''apple on a stick''.
* LighterAndSofter: In fact, it practically makes ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' look DarkerAndEdgier.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Eddie becomes an adventurer just like his daddy. More justified in Melody's case, as Mervielle Village is a literal village of mages and witches.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Inverted. Magic starts out quite effective, but by the end of the game, Melody (the party's [[BlackMagicianGirl designated mage]]) ends up typically throwing out healing items, which end up being more effective than what [[TheMedic Fiona]] can heal with ''her'' magic, leaving her to simply exist for the sole purpose of giving [[HeroesPreferSwords Eddie]] [[ExtraTurn more turns]].
* LostForever: Averted with items/treasure chests, but played straight with maps on two dungeons (which change layouts after their LoadBearingBoss is destroyed) and with certain enemies in one segment later in the game. Only a problem if you're looking for OneHundredPercentCompletion.
* [[spoiler:MacGuffinDeliveryService: It couldn't ''be'' more blatant that the [[PlotCoupon tablet fragments]] you're handing to the Royal Exploration Agency will end up in the wrong hands.]]
** On top of that, there's also [[spoiler:Fiona herself, who voluntarily goes BACK to the Tower of Babel after Gilbert rescues her from it in the prologue.]]
* MacGuffinGirl: Fiona
* MagiTech: Flight cores and Orb weapons.
* MetalSlime: The Pegasus and [[PaletteSwap Soleil]], when encountered in the airship. In the dungeons they appear in, they're much less beneficial (but much easier to kill).
* MiniDressOfPower: Melody's blue dress.
* MonsterTown: The Land of [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Korol]].
* {{Motifs}}: Time and clocks in general seem to be a distinct, recurring motif throughout the game.
* MysteriousWaif: Fiona
* NoCutsceneInventoryInertia
* ParasolOfPrettiness: A number of NPC ladies carry one, and some major characters do.
* PimpedOutDress: Fiona's dress, among others.
* PixelHunt: Finding JUST the right point to uncover a World Treasure can be an ordeal, especially at high altitudes.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: none of the dark-skinned characters are treated with anything but the utmost respect. A ("coloured") NPC mentions that she wishes that people would treat the native africans better, but this never comes up again.
* RainOfArrows: Bullet version in Pad's Meteor Shot, unlocked when Random Shot reaches level 5.
* RandomEncounters
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler: Magi.]]
* RedemptionEqualsLife: Inverted; [[spoiler:Scarlett's HeroicSacrifice to protect her sister is the shock needed to jolt Astell out of her [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing]]. The HeelFaceTurn afterwards is an obvious conclusion, and as of such, she's the one agent of the BigBad's cult that doesn't end up dying by your hand.]]
* RedheadedHero: Melody
* RedIsHeroic: Eddie wears a long red coat.
* RetiredBadass: Gilbert [[spoiler: when you finally manage to drag him home.]]
* RobeAndWizardHat: Melody's outfit is a short dress and wizard hat.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: Averted partially - most of the ruins you explore in the game have real-life and/or mythological roots.
* SkyPirate: Scarlett; it's suggested that there's more than just her out there and that many of the RandomEncounters in your airship are pirates, but she's the only one you actually ''[[NominalImportance meet]]''.
* SoProudOfYou: [[spoiler: Melody's mother, about fifteen years after her death. [[FridgeLogic Witches are apparently]] CrazyPrepared.]]
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler: Happily averted with Pad's mum.]]
* StandardStatusEffects: Notably, your airship can get them, as well - catching on fire is analogous to [[UniversalPoison poisoning]], electric surges cause your airship to short out, working like paralysis, and disabling weapons [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ...disables your weapons]].
* StaticCharacter: Eddie gets basically no CharacterDevelopment at all while the rest of the main team at least gets some.
* SuspendSave
* TechTree: The special attacks fall into this, some of them only showing up when you've advanced certain skills far enough (as well as leveled up).
* TitleDrop: Not in-game, but plenty in English promotional material and press regarding the game.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Melody's dress and hat are blue.
* TyopOnTheCover: The cover of the Adventurer's Notebook says "Adventuer's Notebook." It wouldn't be so blatant if it didn't show the cover EVERY TIME YOU OPEN IT.
* VisualInitiativeQueue: On the left side of the bottom screen.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Julius Fogg]]
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Merveille Village]] - Yes, it's in France, but where exactly?
* WhiteMagicianGirl: Fiona
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler: Played straight and toyed with in the case of Magi. Somehow related to her PsychicPowers, she describes herself as a 'broken clock', and suggests her powers and her [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld improbable age]] are applications of being [[CursedWithAwesome cursed with]] TimeStandsStill. Toyed with in that near the end of the plot, it's suggested that the party has somehow allowed her to start aging again.]]
* XMeetsY: Many people describe the gamesetting as ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' Meets ''IndianaJones''.
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