With the DS getting killed off by its 3D-capable big brother, it’s becoming harder and harder to find new titles for the original system that are more than mere shovelware. With this game being the spiritual successor to a cult classic and hidden gem of the PSX, as well as being a decade in the making, is Solatorobo: Red the Hunter a well nurtured developer’s dream or is it a little too aged to stand on its own against the competition? Continue reading Solatorobo: Red the Hunter Review
Considering in the North American territories that new games are released on Tuesdays, this is the start of a recurring series which will try and keep anything from slipping into store shelves under the radar.
This week is a big one, easily able to drain the wallets of many a PS3 owner as well as those wanting to sport a flaming hot new handheld.
So without further ado, here’s the new releases for September 6th, 2011:
- Dead Island (360, PS3 and PC)
- Warhammer 40K: Space Marine (360, PS3 and PC)
- Resistance 3 & Doomsday Edition Move Bundle (PS3)
- Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten & Premium Edition(PS3)
- Rise of Nightmares (360/Kinect)
- Driver: San Francisco (Wii, 360, PS3 and PC)
- Driver: Renegade (3DS)
- Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures (DS)
- 1001 Touch Games (DS)
- Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection (3DS)
- Rugby World Cup: 2011 (360)
- Uncharted: Greatest Hits Dual Pack (PS3)
- Tiger Woods 12: The Masters (Mac)
- Sony Wireless Stereo Headset (PS3)
Oddly enough, this week there’s a few titles that decided that they didn’t want to share the spotlight with the rest of the games coming out, so they’re being released on the 9th and are as follows:
- Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
- Get Fit with Mel B (Wii)
- Flare Red Nintendo 3DS
Well there you have it, this week’s shopping list- find what you want and get to playing it already!
Bad puns aside, this post is one typed by a grieving American Wii gamer… Nintendo of America just announced on their Twitter that they have no plans to ever bring Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora’s Tower, or The Last Story to North America.
While this might look like the final nail in the coffin for ever seeing these titles stateside, there are still other routes- like the one taken by Solatorobo: Red the Hunter; where Nintendo published it in Europe but XSeed is handling the North American side of things(Coming July 1st in Europe, this Fall in North America- Just a helpful reminder). So instead of kicking a dead horse when it comes to Nintendo translating and importing the title, maybe all that’s needed for Operation Rainfall to succeed is for one of the many ‘importing’ publishers to pick up the licenses for these extremely anticipated titles.
Takashi Miike, most well known for his unsettling films Ichi: The Killer and Audition, is being put behind the helm of the live action Pheonix Wright movie. While I have never seen a movie by him in the same light hearted fashion that I associate with Pheonix Wright I have seen him do comedic films before.
Takashi Miike is one of the most experienced directors around having directed around fifty four films since 1991 when he started. The movie is going to be foriegn language of course and may not come out in America, but I am sure fan subs will rear their head soon after it’s japanese release in spring 2012. I am incredibly excited to see both Takashi Miike doing a light hearted movie and Pheonix Wright come to life on the silver screen. For more information on casting check after the jump.
There is absolutely no way that Pokemon Typing DS will get localized considering the weird keyboard peripheral they are shipping it with. Still we can always enjoy it’s cute marketing materials and maybe if you really want to you could import it for an exuberant price. Nintendo has released two new trailers showing off the game and how it plays. If you want to check them out hit up the jump.
Even though the 3DS is just around the corner, Atlus is doing business as usual and releasing a new game on DS. Devil Survivor wasn’t exactly super popular, but it did do very well critically. Devil Survivor, unlike most Japanese strategy RPGs, allowed you to take many paths to get different endings.
The plot and gameplay were also very interesting taking the popular Japanese plot device of giving the hero’s seven days to save the world. You are given COMPs with the ability to summon demons that you then use in battle. The actual battles take place on the standard grid with demons attributing special movement bonuses. When you reach your opponent on the field, the battle takes place as a two turn mini JRPG battle.
More news on Devil Survivor 2 is that, while it was just announced, Japan can expect to play it this June because it is already 95% complete. They plan to add to the existing systems of the first game by throwing character relationships into the actual battle mechanics. I assume this game will make it to the states if the remake of the first game is.
The NPD Group has released their lists of the best selling new Wii and DS games for 2010, and they show strong performances of third party titles across both systems. The list only includes titles that launched last year.
Most of the games on this list are indeed third party games, although Super Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and all three DS Pokémon games released this year in North America (HeartGold, SoulSilver, and Ranger 3) all made the list as well.
You can check out the top 10 best sellers for both the Wii and the DS after the jump.
*Update* Tiny Cartridge has now confirmed that it’s happening and they are in need of translators who can read Kansai. So if that is you get in contact with X-Virus to help my dreams of playing this game in English come true.
So Tiny Cartridge has been posting a few videos that can be found on the Youtube use account Arino 2011 that show Retro Game Challenge 2 running with english text’s and images. Promptly after seeing these my excitement peaked and I became interested. I sent a tweet to the publisher of the first game in the US X-SEED to ask if they might have had a change of heart and decided to do the sequel. Unfortunately their response was “These are not the droids you are looking for.”
It definitely gets the point across. Another big point toward this being a fan translation is that in the second video the copyright is for when the game was released in Japan and not for this year. I would be thrilled to be able to play the sequel to what was both a fantastic collection of fake retro games and the game based on my favorite Japanese television show Game Center CX. Check out the video after the jump.
Several new details have come out about the 3DS recently through various sources. Luckily the fantastic Tiny Cartridge has compiled the 2 biggest ones together for us. First of all in an australian preview of the system you can see that standard DS games can make use of the Circle pad and the way that it scales the games as if they were on a normal DS. Ill link that after the jump
Also IGN had an interview with Nintendo where it was revealed that some companies could offer the ability to use Custom Soundtracks on the DS by uploading MP3’s onto the system through an SD card. This is pretty neat since sometimes when your grinding in Dragon Quest you just want some different music.
Inazuma 11 has been around for quite a while in japan and has been successful enough to spawn 4 games from Level-5 so far. Inazuma 11 is essentially a soccer RPG for the DS based on the Pokemon gotta-catch-em-all method. There are tons of players that you can get onto your team and you need to go convince them so that you can continue to win against all odds. It’s finally coming to the west now, but only in europe so I suppose us Americans can always import the European version.
Me being a big sports anime fan I really want to check this game out, and I might just import it to do so. Check out the english trailer after the jump.