Tales of Symphonia
(テイルズ オブ シンフォニア, Teiruzu obu Shinfonia
?) is a video game first released for the Nintendo GameCube and later for the PlayStation 2. It debuted in Japan on August 29, 2003, in Canada and the United States on July 13, 2004, and in Europe on November 19, 2004. The game received a Japanese-only PlayStation 2 release on September 22, 2004. It is the fifth mothership title in the Tales
RPG series, and was the third game in the series to be officially released in the U.S., and the first to be released in Europe. Tales of Symphonia's
characteristic genre name is To Resonate With You RPG
(君と響きあうRPG, Kimi to hibiki au RPG
?). Tales of Symphonia
takes place long before Tales of Phantasia
(hence a distant prequel). The game sold 118,000 copies during its first two weeks of sales in the U.S. and went on to sell over 1.2 million copies worldwide.
The game was produced by Akira Yoshizumi, a producer from Namco. One notable characteristic of the game is its art direction by Kosuke Fujishima, a renowned Japanese mangaka (comic-book artist).
In June 2007, ufotable released an OVA in Japan based on the events of Symphonia
. A sequel titled Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
for the Nintendo Wii was released in Japan on June 26, 2008 and in America on November 11, 2008.