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|Release date(s)||June, 2005|
|Genre(s)||Massively multiplayer online role-playing game|
|Rating(s)|| ESRB: E10+|
|Input methods||Keyboard, mouse|
MapleStory is an online computer game made by the Korean company Wizet, and maintained and distributed by Nexon. Playing the game is free, but people can buy clothes and other in-game items from the "Cash Shop" using money. MapleStory has 50 million users. The game has many different versions for people to play on based on location. MapleStory got its name from the maple leaf. Therefore, the game has the maple leaf item during events.
This game is a 2D side-scrolling Massive Multi-player Online Role Playing Game (short form is MMORPG) which required players to create characters and then play the game as the "Novice Job Advancement". The name depends on the class he or she picked. Then, one does quests or grinds at monsters until either LV. 120 or LV. 200 depending on the class one chooses.
One can get Job Advancements to get stronger in-game. Please note the number of the level required to job advance might change due to some recent patches:
1st Job requires LV. 10, 2nd Job requires LV. 30, 3rd Job requires LV. 70 (LV. 60 after the Tempest expansion) and 4th Job requires LV. 120. (LV. 100 after the Tempest expansion)
Every year, MapleStory receives a lot of updates, which some players found the game going into a better direction but some players felt that the game is just getting spoiled.
The Maple World is known to be big that one needs to use transportation to travel over places. Taking a ship required the in-game currency mesos and some waiting time. However, to prevent other characters to be a goner forever, the ship is free of charge.
Meso is the in-game currency for MapleStory used to buy potions, equipment or cool items in the Free Market (Note: The Free Market prices are not free, the items are usually as expensive as one billion.)
Mesos cannot be bought. They are hard to earn by questing or trading and are easy to spend on things in the Free Market.
There are other systems and features in the game.
Maple Story can become hard to level up on. This angers some users and is a cause for some cheating. The challenge to level up does helps some people to continue playing because they like a challenge. As for cheating, the game used to be protected by nProtect GameGuard, but now it is protected by HackShield. In other versions, it is protected by Ahnlab. Many players also buy money from websites in which they are not supposed to. MapleStory GMs (Game Masters) try to do everything in their power to prevent these activities from happening.
The game was talked about in E3 2006. On January 9 2007, Nexon and the newly made Nintendo of Korea put up a trailer for the game. They first said the game would be put up in September 2007.  It was found out it will be an online game, that works with the Nintendo DS Wi-Fi System. In an interview with the boss of international business development, Stephen Lee said that the game will work in single player. He also said there were going to be microphone and touch-responsive features.
- RPG Vault: MapleStory Minute View
- Focus On Korea: Nexon's Lee Addresses Console, Online Divide, January 24, 2008, http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=16831, retrieved 2008-04-26
- Maple Story DS to ship everywhere in September, January 10, 2007, http://ds.qj.net/Maple-Story-DS-to-ship-everywhere-in-September/pg/49/aid/78825, retrieved 2008-04-26
- "Clips: Maple Story DS Trailer". http://kotaku.com/gaming/maple-story/clips-maple-story-ds-trailer-227301.php. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
- Vella, Matt (February 2, 2008), MapleStory DS, Making The Mobile MMO, http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/gamesinc/archives/2008/02/maplestory_ds_m.html