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Contest Over: The Contest Ends with You...


The World Ends with You contest is now officially closed!             deviantART and Square Enix would like to thank you all for your             unmatched enthusiasm and thousands of amazing entries! With over             5,000 entries to review you have made this one of our biggest             contests to date!  The work is certainly cut out for our judges.


From the ingenious team that brought you Kingdom Hearts comes a new action RPG for the Nintendo DStm system called The World Ends with Youtm.


Set in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya district, the story begins with Neku, just another ordinary kid, waking up to find a text message that states that he must complete a series of missions or face "erasure". Now immersed in the "Reaper's Game" Neku must find badges that allow him to harness his natural abilities and powers to discover the truth behind the "Reaper's Game" before he is erased!             


For all of you eagerly awaiting to actually play the game, it             is now available in the United States and abroad.  Check out The World Ends with             You official site for more information on that! And also             be sure to check out             The World Ends with You Journals and Gallery which includes             special exclusive commentary from the Square Enix design team!


Again, thank you for participating and stay tuned for the             winners to be announcend on May 2nd!  If you can't wait, check             out the entries at Community             Projects > Contests > 2008 > The World Ends with You


Square Enix has generously provided deviantART the exclusive rights to distribute Concept Art Boards demonstrating the creative process used in their new game for the Nintendo DS "The World Ends with You".  Haven't you always wondered, "How did they come up with that?!" These boards can hopefully answer that question.

The Concept Art Boards are unique in that they were created specifically  for challenging YOU to create your own backgrounds, dream up new heroes or villains using your awesome skills as a traditional or digital artist to showcase the creative talent that lives here on deviantART!

We are looking for any of the three following types of submissions, keep in mind that you can submit as many times as you want!

Background Art
Think of this as an opportunity to show Square Enix your abilities as a background artist, as if you were developing for a game. Submissions can range from a fantastic realm to a rendering of your neighborhood to a futuristic city on the brink of Armageddon. It truly is up to you, and to help inspire you to create your backgrounds, you can check out the first installment of Concept Art from "The World Ends with You" Here. If submitting a background, it will help to label your entries "background: XXXX"

Use the Concept Art featured on as guidance in creating your very own hero or villain character as if you were developing for a game. Entries into this category need to have human qualities. It will help if you label your entries "hero: XXXX"

Non-Human Characters
Use the Concept Art featured on as inspiration to create your very own non-human character (in the game, they're called Noise) as if you were developing for a game. Submissions can range from malevolent slimy things reminiscent of Alien, to furry fanged fuzzballs, there is no limit to what you can showcase in this contest! It will help if you label your entries "noise: XXXX"

This is a chance to showcase your talent to one of the most respected game development houses in the world. What are you waiting for? Are you up for the challenge?


10 Finalists will receive a copy of "The World Ends with You" game as well as a deviantART prize pack. deviantART prize pack will consist of a 6 month subscription, a deviantWEAR t-shirt and an Accessory pack.

1 Grand Prize winner will be selected from the group of the 10 Finalists. In addition to the game and the deviantART prize pack, the Grand Prize winner will receive a written critique of their winning submission from members of "The World Ends with You" development team.


The 10 Finalist entries will be judged based on technical skill, originality and most creative interpretation of "The World Ends with You" storyboards. Submissions will be judged by $lolly, $Moonbeam13 and "The World Ends with You" development team.


Adhere to the guidelines below:

  • You must be 13 or older to participate
  • To be eligible to win the games, you must be a resident of the United States, Mexico or Canada (not including Quebec). Finalists who are residents outside of these three countries will receive cash equivalents.
  • You may submit more than one entry;
  • Online entries only, hardcopies not accepted;
  • No copyrighted images can be used in any way except for the creative resources linked below.
  • Entries are to be inspired by the featured material but not derivative of it or other privately owned property.

Disclaimer: Entries to the contest will not be used in the game "The World Ends with You" nor will they be used for commercial purposes without the artist's consent.

Please see this page for additional rules.

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naruhinafred Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
fuck the hell up because i am in quebec i can not do the contest
Digi-Computer Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Student Artist
I Wonder Who Wins This Contest...
gruntyluv Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
I kind of wonder who won...
PikNicx Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
alllove Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
akaneia Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
great, i love this article
mayozilla Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
OIXstudios Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
Relyob Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
Who won?
selani Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I´m from argentina
France-kiss Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
It's beautiful thanks..
OIXstudios Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
wooooooooooow my good
chakuu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
i bought a copy of this finally!
and a crimson DS!!!
i saw the gameplay in japanese and that one seems cooler than the english vers. but they're the same. LOL
MissingStardust Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Cool :D



"Pressing colorful buttons!" :)
candy1992 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008   Interface Designer
Wow ain't dat so ugly to see da way da gurl iz standing i mean ugly in a guud way
SamuraiChick007 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
Is the contest over? I'd like to enter.
flowerwolf Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
what is this "contest" you're talking about? (confused)
dojitoku Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
:D nice
kairimoon1 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
zawanah Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Pacthesis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Aw, the contest ended... -_-
BambooXP Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
I love them~
very cool~
testiclecius Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Who wins? :fingerscrossed:
HammerFal Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
i like is idea
JordiiGirl Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
With all due respect, it's actually not that much of a great idea.

You pretty much had ten days to come up with a awesome piece. And for what? A tshirt?
Saiyuki-Maniac Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
nope it all sucks.why arent there any international contests were everyone can participate??
DoubleKrobus Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
what can i say?
AppleSauce21 Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
um... if it's the things on the side and the characters at the top-ish. they're great... I'm glad he/she/they won^.^ but if those are not it ... what am i looking for, and who won?? ... ok.. still the question stands who won?.. if you can message me directly.. i'm still figuring this thing out.
dfirevan Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
is it to late to jonin the contest??
InuOtachan Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Student General Artist
omg omg omg o_o
storyteller-angel Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
i never got to do this either
flerna Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
why am i the last to know
RealityInDreams Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Student Photographer
it ended.. and i never even tried... at least i just finished the game~
shippudenarutard101 Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
nice~~ 2 bad its already over! XD
rieysoad Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
rieysoad Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
nina-was-here Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Student Artist
haha, wow, this contest was going on and i did even know about it, i feel like a damn idiot.
pic-char Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Results of the Contest:

EclispeFlower Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
who was the winner? some people said they already know. what the heck?
thinkfastBOOM93 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
it's may 3rdddddd in the US
where/when are the winners announced?!
SwallowCut Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Now that this is all over and done with...

Was I the only one who was apparently confused by the contest guidelines, and what the judges would be looking for the finalists' submissions to have?

I' a bit of a confused rut, right now, you see.
SydeX Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
umm care to explain your question a bit further?
SwallowCut Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
I cracked my noggin, thinking about it, over and over, but... >_>

All this time, was the contest looking for people to submit designs that would be able to fit within the setting of The World Ends With You, as opposed to designs that could fit into any game? o_o

I'd only begun to consider the latter after the contest guidelines were updated - back when the deadline was extended, due mostly to the new details under each category's description.
fromtheheartgames Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Ok-I lost,the main winner had the best idea,even cosplay(talk about crazyness) I dont like being a sore looser,but honestly I think my entry was better than the seahorse (judge for yourself) my entry:
fightingfailure Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Plus the images in the upper right hand corner are copywrited scans from a Japanese street fashion book. Which I thought using copywrited images was against the rules. lame
fightingfailure Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
The winner stole the idea from my entry.[link] Check the submission dates. I don't care that I didn't win, but if they won because of their idea, then that is just lame.
RiiZ Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought copywritted scans weren't allowed either..I think they need to judge again.
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