Wednesday, Feb 19
As we reported recently, the Rune Factory developers and Marvelous Entertainment are hard at work creating Forbidden Magna. Further details about the game were released today as well as screenshots and concept art of the four characters we saw on the announcement.
The game will feature a Valkyria Chronicles type battling system, partnered with a Harvest Moon-like appearance of the characters. The game will include an inn setting where Lux, the protagonist of the game, is an innkeeper of. He meets spirits and befriends them and so becomes stronger over time.
Early on in the game, Lux meets a mysterious female named Charlotte, who is the character with pink hair. Charlotte has lost her memories, but has very lethiferous powers. This is punctuated by her greatsword called "Tenimuro" (translated as "Artless"). The second spirit Lux meets is Beatrice, the silver haired female, who is calm natured. She has a "Stellar Bowgun." The third spirit Lux comes across is called Diana, the girl with the purple hair. She keeps her weapon of course, a bow called "Kirin," by her side at all times.
I am getting excited for this game already! I would say hurry up and give me the game already, but I do not like rushed games, like many.
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After a wait of a year and four months, Level-5 is finally showing some initiative and gauging interest in localizing Ghost Watch via social network, Twitter. What's more is that the company expressed interest in localizing in both North American and European regions. The tweet itself has exploded in terms of retweets and favourites, meaning that the interest in getting this game overseas is definitely there.
For those unfamiliar, Ghost Watch is a quirky RPG about a boy who uses his "Ghost Watch" to discover the spooky spirits around town. He then feeds them their favorite foods and challenges them to battles. If he wins, they give him their "Ghost Medals" which allows him to summon them in battle. Sounds like a certain popular Nintendo game, right?
Ghost Watch hit Japan by storm, spinning off a successful manga and anime after the game's release. With the end of the Professor Layton trilogies nigh, I believe it is time for Level-5 to show their western fans more fantastic games, Ghost Watch one included. Having watched the trailer, but not the anime, I am still very interested in getting this game purely because I am a Level-5 fangirl.
Between the game and the anime, Yo-kai Watch is a success in Japan! Would you like to see Yo-kai Watch in the US/EU? http://t.co/sFgMsAMLXf— LEVEL5_IA (@LEVEL5_IA) February 18, 2014
During February's Nintendo Direct it was revealed that Shu Takumi, the original creator of the Ace Attorney series, is working on another title for the well-loved Ace Attorney series. A title or release date has not been announced for the game as of yet for any region, but just a tease should be enough to get fans excited. One big detail was given though: the game will be "completely different" to the other games in the series.
I am quite excited to see where the changes are going to occur. On the other hand, I do hope that they will not change the game too much, as I think it is pretty essential to be able to trace the game back to its roots.
This is not the only good news we have been given this year about the Ace Attorney series, thanks to the first three Ace Attorney games coming out on the 3DS. With more Ace Attorney news to add to the mix, it is good news for both fans and creators of the successful series.
Just give me my Miles Edgeworth, and then we can talk, Takumi.
It has been a long time coming, but Europe finally gets Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl thanks to a little help from NIS America, who are assisted Atlus in bringing the game to Europe. It will be hitting European shores on May 2. Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is a rather experimental turn for the franchise, focusing more heavily on characterization and story in addition to its robust dungeon crawling gameplay.
Etrian Odyssey Untold is a remake of the first Etrian Odyssey game that Atlus released back in 2007. The game will be available in both the Nintendo eShop and in gaming stores, a price has yet to be released. However, after the £29.99 price on Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan, I can imagine this to also be the price for this game.
For comparison's sake, Etrian Odyssey Untold was originally released in Japan June 27, 2013 and then October 1, 2013 in North America. That means the European release took almost a year to be localized. Not a horrifying delay, but considering Atlus partners with other publishers to launch their titles in Europe it's a fairly fast turnaround.
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And no, the game is not out to shun female characters
Capcom producer Kazunori Sugiura saw fit to clarify on Deep Down's Japanese Facebook page that the upcoming free-to-play PS4 action adventure game does not intentionally have some sexist agenda against female characters. It's just that player characters themselves happen to be limited to the male gender. Yet nestled in his explanation is another interesting tidbit concerning Deep Down:
"Although no announcement has been made regarding an overseas release of deepdown, we are happy that the title is drawing attention in regions other than Japan. We hope to release more information soon."
That's right, it turns out Capcom doesn't actually know if it plans on releasing Deep Down outside of Japan. Recall that Deep Down was one of the first PS4 titles teased in the platform's official announcement event in New York last February, heck it even has a page on the US PlayStation site so never say never just yet!
Square Enix is taking the PC market a little more seriously for their flagship franchise thanks in part to Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII's successful re-releases on Steam. In fact, Square's even taking Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to the service to further expand the already-successful MMO's reach. Furthormore, Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase said that although Final Fantasy XV will only be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the company sees potential in bringing future entries to the PC.
Early on in the development of the Final Fantasy XIII series, Square Enix considered the possibility of bringing one or more of the games to PC, but decided against it thanks in part to a smaller market. With Final Fantasy XIV's success and the popularity of VII and VIII on Steam, they seem to have underestimated the market's potential.
Kitase admits that Square Enix doesn't have much experience with PC gaming, but it's something they're interested in exploring after they've gained more:
"Final Fantasy 7 and 8 are now available on PC and they've been proving quite popular ... It's an early stage for us. We haven't got an awful lot of experience in this field. So when we have more know-how and experience in this market we would be very interested."
Final Fantasy XVI would surely be a hit on PC. Who knows, if XV is successful and gamers love both that and the eventual XVI, we might eventually see that Final Fantasy VII remake we've been asking for...
In Wolfenstein: The New Order the Nazis win the war, rule the world. Starting May 20 B.J. Blazkowicz takes the world back. Yes, MachineGames and Bethesda have now announced Wolfenstein's release date, May 20 for North America and May 23 for Europe. The modernization of one of the most popular first person shooter franchises ever is just three months away. The Nazis will be preparing, so will you?
By preparing I of course mean preordering, which Bethesda plans on rewarding fans for. Everyone preordering Wolfenstein will gain access to the DOOM beta. What, what, what? DOOM? Beta? Expect more information on whatever that may be to pop up soon. Soon as in now; perhaps Bethesda has some sort of website with more information available for that sort of thing.
As far as trailers go, Wolfenstein's "Boom Boom" is basically everything a fan of the franchise could want. There's a good selection of Nazi's being straight up disturbed, murderous psychopaths, a good selection of very memorable characters both on the Nazi's side and on B.J.'s rebellion's side (General Deathshead is just straight up terrifying), and then a solid minute of dual-wielding machine guns and tearing through cyber-dogs and Nazi officers. Man, Wolfenstein brings out a side of me I haven't seen since the early 1990s. It's exciting... and also mildly disturbing.
Bring on Wolfenstein: The New Order! Launching on May 20 in North America, May 23 in Europe, Wolfenstein will be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Preorder and get access to the mysterious DOOM beta. Look at General Deathshead. Does that look like a face you want to let rule the world?
Boom Boom trailer - YouTube
Tuesday, Feb 18
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Grasshopper Manufacture's Killer is Dead is coming to PC by way of Deep Silver, who will be publishing the Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition for May release. That's May 9, 2014, to be more exact.
Killler is Dead - Nightmare Edition is expected to be come out with at $19.99 price tag, along with "exclusive content." What sort? For one, you'd be getting the new difficulty mode "Nightmare Mode," where enemies can only be killed with a handful of attacks, and players cannot rely on the Final Judgement finisher to off opponents. Additionally, Nightmare Edition will come with the Smooth Operator Pack DLC, unlocked after Episode 3, and a Theater Mode for rewatching cutscenes and accessing more character information.
Not too bad, right? Especially for $20. The game will be available both through retail and online as a download.
Nightmare Mode - YouTube
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Belmont fans who have yet to pre-order a copy of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 might want to consider getting the PS3 version. Why? Because Sony wants to make it worth your while. Reserving (heh) your digital copy through PSN will net you a Lords of Shadow 2 Dynamic Theme and a copy of Mirror of Fate HD.
Mirror of Fate HD is the "companion piece" to the Lords of Shadow series, basically introducing Trevor and Simon Belmont to the canon. It's not quite as action-driven as the Lords of Shadow, though, with a more classic feel.
As for the theme, that's only available to North America and South America. But hey, no big loss. No region restrictions were mentioned for the Mirror of Fate HD deal, but the pre-order special is only good until February 25, at which point Lords of Shadow 2 is released.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will be out for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Tip a gin for Luigi... or just leave him a nice comment
The majestic horse is celebrated in the lunar calendar this year, bringing with it financial and marital volatility and impulsiveness, as well as the means by which Luigi will ride off into the sunset as his year draws to a close. Okay we made the last one up, but not the part about the Year of Luigi ending.
Luigi's moment in the spotlight in honor of being Mario's sibling for no less than 30 years comes to end this March 18th, as decreed by none other than Mario and Luigi's All-Father Shigeru Miyamoto himself:
Thanks to everyone's kind support, we were able to release many Luigi games over the course of the year. I hope everyone continues to cheer for the green brother!
However, all good things must come to an end, and the Year of Luigi will conclude on March 18.
In a special Developers' Room message in Miiverse, Miyamoto confirms the Year of Luigi Community and Luigi-flavored Developers' Room will no longer be accepting new posts or comments either on the fated day or once the number of comments in each community hits 1000.
Has it already been a year since Luigi stepped to the forefront as part of Nintendo's special celebration? It's actually been a bit longer than that, as Nintendo president Satoru Iwata officially brought forth the Year of Luigi last February 14th. Time flies, and hopefully it was because you were having fun... with Luigi.
To be sure, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on 3DS hardly disappointed sales-wise, and Luigi did get his own edition of New Super Mari-oops, Luigi Bros. U for the Wii U. And yes, he'll be in the new Smash Bros. games.
Update: Off by 2 days for original Year of Luigi announcement, fixed now. Apologies for inaccuracy. :(
- Dark Souls 2 death count nears 12 million, still going strong two days after release 
- Path of Exile: Sacrifice of the Vaal extension released, adding free new content 
- February NPD Number Crunch: Xbox One almost catches up to PS4 
- Sly Cooper movie confirmed for 2016, first trailer introduces the gang 
- Heroes of the Storm technical alpha walkthrough introduces Hearthstone-like 'Quests' 
- Pokemon X and Y has Mega Evolved, adds in-battle evolution starting with Mega Mewtwo, Mega Lucario 
- The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 3 'In Harm's Way' is coming soon, says Telltale 
- Rumor: Watch Dogs closed beta allegedly spotted on Xbox LIVE 
- League of Legends: Mystery figure appears in Battlecast Vel'Koz splash art 
- Nintendo wants you to have Pokemon X or Y for free next month 
- Little Mac floating like a Flutter, stinging like a Beezo in Super Smash Bros. 
- Nintendo Direct for February 13 Live-Blog: Will X Debut? 
- Rumor: Final Fantasy VII remake could be a reality 
- Nintendo DS and Wii 'Wi-Fi Connection Service' discontinuation May 20, end of online play