In what has quickly become a rather odd trend, another Gamecube game has been given the cold shoulder by Nintendo's press conference and show floor booth. Baten Kaitos Origins is far from an obscure game--in fact, the confirmation that the sequel to Namco's card-battling RPG is headed to US shores should be enough to send fans into some sort of stupor. Origins follows the adventures of a brand new set of characters, the main one finding himself fleeing from authorities after being framed for a nasty murder (don't you just hate it when that happens?). We're glad the card-based battle system is back, but we sincerely hope Nintendo and Namco take the voice acting more seriously than last time.
From the official fact sheet: Baten Kaitos Origins takes place 20 years before the first Baten Kaitos game. It explains how the diabolical Emperor Geldoblame rose to power, and it also fills in many details about the heroes from the first title. In addition, players will learn about the origins of the world itself and why the Lost Ocean is returning.