Little Town Hero, initially announced under the codename "Town", is an RPG for the Nintendo Switch by Game Freak, released on October 16, 2019. It is directed by Masayo Taya (Pocket Card Jockey), with music composed by Toby Fox (Undertale) and arranged by Hitomi Sato (Pokémon).
The game's story revolves around Axe, an adventurous young man who desires to see the world outside of the town he grew up in. However, the town's citizens forbid everyone from leaving the town as they consider the outside world dangerous and unpredictable. Everything changes when a large monster suddenly invades the town, threatening the local villagers who had never seen monsters before. When Axe discovers a mysterious stone within the local coal mine, he finds himself able to harness the power of "Eureka", ideas given form, and drives back the monster. Armed with this newfound power, Axe sets forth on a journey to uncover the hidden secrets of the town.
The game's battle system revolves around a card game-like format where the player can choose from a selection of commands known as "Ideas" that are randomized each turn to do battle with enemies. In addition to Ideas that Axe can innately learn, Axe can also use the local environment or even allied townsfolk to gain new Ideas and turn the tide of combat in unique ways.
Little Town Hero provides examples of:
- Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": The skills you can perform in battle are referred to as 'Izzits' and 'Dazzits', with the distinction being that 'Izzits' become usable by turning them into 'Dazzits'.
- First Town: Uniquely for an RPG, the game's location of focus is a single town whose presence to the outside world is guarded by a massive castle with steel gates. The game's plot revolves around discovering the town's secrets.
- Red Is Heroic: Axe, the game's protagonist, sports firey red hair. The special crystal he wields is also colored red.