Official Site: MapleStory
Studio: Nexon
Launch Date: May 11, 2005 (NA); April 29, 2003 (KR)
Genre: Fantasy Sandbox
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

MMO Business Roundup: Nexon, Roblox, and EA’s latest financials

Welcome back to a fresh roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent business and industry news, today all of the financial report variety. Roblox Roblox's revenue reports have...

MapleStory SEA offers up cosmetics, pets, and mounts for blood donations

Have you ever seen a particularly nice cosmetic reward in an MMO and thought to yourself, "Boy, I'd literally give blood for that." If...

The MOP Up: MapleStory celebrates 17 years of two-dimensional adventuring

As of last month, it's been 17 years since MapleStory first released. To celebrate, Nexon released the Blooming Forest update with plenty of anniversary...

MapleStory prepares to celebrate 17 years of operation in the Blooming Forest

What better place to mark 17 years of being online than entering the lush locale of the Blooming Forest? That's just what MapleStory will...

Battle Bards Episode 211: Shops and services

When the Battle Bards get loaded up with money and jewels in MMOs, they head back into town for a shopping spree! And if...

MapleStory’s latest update lets players control the Yeti and the Pink Bean for a limited time

At one point in our lives, we've all wondered what it'd be like to live the life of the Pink Bean in MapleStory. For...

Side-scrolling 2-D MMO Element Quest has relaunched as Sunset World Online

You'd be forgiven for having missed Element Quest, the 2-D platforming MMO inspired by MapleStory that released in November 2021 and then shut down...

Obituary: Nexon founder Kim Jung-ju has passed away

The Nexon Corporation is mourning the loss of the man who started it all back in 1994, Kim Jung-ju. The billionaire founder of the...

MapleStory will update to a 64-bit client with its March 16 patch

"64 bits of mega power!" Those of a certain age will remember boasts of this sort from ye olde console dayes. Nowadays, a game...

Element Quest is relaunching as Sunset World Online on March 1

Just in the last few weeks, we've been covering the rise and fall of Element Quest, an indie MapleStory-esque 2-D MMO that had rolled...

Nexon is counting on a strong MMO pipeline to offset losses in 2021

Nexon didn't have the best year, and I feel as if I've been saying this a lot with MMO company investor reports the last...

Element Quest is already sunsetting as devs lament a lack of players and funds

Well, damn: Element Quest, that cutesy MapleStory-esque MMO we covered last month, isn't gonna make it. Developer Musclebird announced on Steam last week that it's...

MapleStory M kicks off 2022 with new dungeons and events in latest update

The start of 2022 in mobile MMO MapleStory M is already full of stuff for players to do. The game's latest update has added...

Grab an Element Quest promo code for some free cash shop cosmetics

Last week, we covered a new-to-us MMORPG called Element Quest. It's essentially a 2-D sidescrolling MMO with roguelike expedition content that reminded us of...

Element Quest is a side-scrolling MMO in the vein of Glitch and MapleStory

As we all know well, combining the elements of earth, water, fire, and air will summon either Captain Planet or a new 2D MMORPG...

Choose My Adventure: All the MMOs you made us play in 2021

It’s been quite a year of Choose My Adventure columns, hasn’t it? We did a pretty good random skip around of different games, in...

MapleStory adds ‘an absolute unit’ of a boss, MapleStory M brings the Pathfinder class online

Are you ready to fight the biggest, chonkiest, most angelic of slimes? Prepare for the voluminous and luminous majesty of the Guardian Angel Slime...

Nexon America will now accept cryptocurrencies as payment for in-game cash shop items

You read that headline correctly; cryptocurrencies will now be as acceptable a form of payment as cash if you're buying in-game things from Nexon...

MapleStory’s new anima mage Lara the Earthseer is now playable

Last month, MapleStory released the On Air: Glimpse of Joy update, which added among other things a new character by the name of Lara....

MapleStory M lets players pre-build a Pathfinder and applies ‘substantial’ class rebalancing in latest patch

The edgy, dark, arrow-firing Pathfinder class is on its way to MapleStory M in December, but the game's latest update is letting fans of...