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Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth hits 3DS on November 25, opening cinematic localized

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Ship all the crossover couples!

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Atlus has a lot of Persona in the works, between Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Persona 5. Oh, and don't forget Dancing All Night, that's a thing too. After Ultimax hits this August, another will be following in its footsteps just a few months later. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus' dungeon crawling 3DS crossover, has been announced for release on November 25. 

Accompanying the release date announcement for Persona Q is the game's opening cinematic, localized for western audiences. Well, I think it was "localized." I'm not particularly sure what would be changed since there's no written text to be translated. Maybe the song that's playing in the background is different from the Japanese version? Either way, the cinematic does a great job of showing off Persona Q's chibi-esque art style and the concept of each Persona's cast meeting up and joining forces.

Persona Q was released in Japan in early June and topped the sales charts for a time after its launch. I'm not entirely sure what the reception for the game was, as gaming criticism is a tad less prolific overseas, but odds are it was well-loved. It's basically a love letter to fans of the franchise, isn't it? 

Pick up Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth starting November 25 and treat yourself to an early Thanksgiving treat. It should be ready just in time for Black Friday, too. Maybe we'll get a fancy 3DS bundle to go along with it as well? One can only hope.


OlliOlli making the jump from PS Vita to PC on July 22, 2D skating title likely to slam your face

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As in, both impress you and you'll also be slamming your face in the ground

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2D pixel art skating title OlliOlli knocked gamers' teeth out when it was initially released on PS Vita in January early this year. The mix of hyper-challenging skating action and the allure of pulling off the sweetest tricks known to man should be enough to draw in any gamer. Particularly the ones aching for that ol' Tony Hawk feeling. Good news then for those without a PS Vita, because OlliOlli will be coming to PC starting July 22.

OlliOlli features an extremely simple premise. Skate down a hill pulling off tricks, grinds and any nonsense you so please at hyper speeds without falling on your face. Each level is thematically unique and stuffed to the brim with interesting environmental hazards and obstacles. In one of the screenshots, for example, the player is grinding a dinosaur's back, or lining up to grind a gundam's light sword.

What really takes the cake in OlliOlli however is that there's just so much freakin' content. Sure it's a 2D skating game that's simple in idea, but the complexity once you're really moving is intense. Over 120 different tricks, 250 challenges to overcome, four different game modes and some of it all new for the PC release of the game. Plus, RAD Mode which only unlocks when all other challenges are completed. 

Pick up OlliOlli starting July 22 for PC, Mac and Linux for just $12.99, or check it out now on the PS Vita. Plans, I believe, are still in store for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, which were once scheduled for July as well, but  no new details are as yet available. Check out the trailer for an example of an easy level being played through.

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Know your Hoenn with Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire's gym leaders, Elite Four

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Pop-star Pikachu, a symbol of everything wrong with this world

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Another wave of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire details has been released, as Nintendo loves to do once a month or so. Today's information comes in the form of a brand new trailer showcasing several new pieces of content and features. Some are new, including the gym leaders and Elite 4 of Hoenn, while some information is old, including a closer look at Mega Metagross and more of that awesome Super-Secret Base action.

Returning to help our Pokemon trainers start their journey will be Professor Birch. The chubby, bearded fellow in his cargo shorts and cheerfully wielding a man-purse. Joining Birch will be all of the old Hoenn faithful, gym leaders Norman, Roxanne, Brawly, Wattson, and Flannery, as well as Elite Four members Sidney and Phoebe. Not every gym leader was revealed, nor every member of the Elite Four, so either Game Freak and Nintendo are saving the others for later or maybe we'll see some switch-ups? Their costumes have changed a bit, so there's always the potential for change.

It's also now confirmed that Steven will indeed be the Champion that the player has to defeat at the end of their games. Despite the change where he'll help players master Mega Evolution early on, as well as the addition of Mega Metagross to his line-up, Steven won't be removed from his original Ruby/Sapphire position. Nor will he be wandering as in Emerald.

As for Mega Metagross himself, he will indeed be A Steel/Psychic evolution. There's no type change here. His ability will change Tough Claws, increasing the power of attacks that make physical contact. Finally, his mega-stat will indeed be speed, though increases to Attack, Defense, special attack and special defense will also occur.

Also of note are several images of Pikachu apparently in cosplay, dressed as a pop star, a Ph.D, a rock star, a belle, and a lucha libre. Apparently this is in relation to an expanded Pokemon Amie features, as well as the addition of an all new "Contest Hall" in-game. Details related to Cosplay Pikachu are currently scant, but Nintendo did say to expect more information on this specific feature starting in August.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will be made available starting starting October 21.

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Super Smash Bros. goes Fire Emblem Awakening crazy, adds Lucina and Robin (Captain Falcon, too)

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All glory to our new Smash queen, Lucina

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Not one, not two, but three playable fighters were added to the Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS roster this morning. Fans were expecting only one, because Sakurai trolled us and said there weren't many more reveals left to make. It feels good to hear that's not actually the case. And what an announcement it was, particularly for Fire Emblem Awakening fans! Introducing playable fighters Lucina, Robin, and not Fire Emblem related, but perhaps even better -- Captain Falcon!

Newcomer Robin, for those who may not recall the name offhandedly, is the player avatar and protagonist of Fire Emblem Awakening. Some may respond to that with, "Well, my Robin was a lady!" Don't worry so much, because Nintendo's confirmed that Robin will be playable as both a male and a female. Wielding a sword for standard attacks and books of magic for specials, depending on the book Robin can cast an assortment of magic -- or so it seems. From the trailer, it also seems like Robin's Final Smash could summon Chrom to double team their opponent.

Newcomer Lucina is a bit more of a mystery. It appears, from the brief amount of content we were shown in the trailer and screenshots, that Lucina is likely either an alternate costume or clone of Marth. She could either be exactly the same as Marth, or have Marth's skills and abilities, but with different properties (speed, strength, etc). Judging from her skill usage in what we've seen though, it's clear she isn't an entirely unique character with her own skill-set. Even the Smash Bros. website doesn't list Lucina as a full "Newcomer" like all the other new characters are treated to.

Captain Falcon, well, everyone should already know what to expect here. He's an old staple in the franchise and his Falcon Punch skill is iconic. What's surprising is that it took so long for Captain Falcon to be announced. I suppose, since F-Zero hasn't had a game released for some time, he was just low priority. Out of respect they show him beating up all the Fire Emblem characters in the trailer, and of course he lines up his punch, but it's stop before he destroys anyone's face.

Those are the three major announcements of the day, though of course there are likely several secrets hidden within the trailer to be discovered. Also funny, is that Sakurai revealed a Rayman trophy today in the picture of the day. What might that imply regarding Ubisoft's involvement in Super Smash Bros.?

Super Smash Bros. Wii U is planned for a holiday release, while Super Smash Bros. 3DS will be available starting October 3 in North America. Check out the reveal trailer for Lucina, Robin and Captain Falcon Below, as well as a ton of in-game screenshots.

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Nintendo holding first Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament at the San Diego Comic Convention

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We'll call it the Smash Mash and those buttons won't know what hit them

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Nintendo is doubling down on the competitive elements of Super Smash Bros. for the launch of the Wii U and 3DS sequels, it seems. After a hugely successful Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament during E3, in which top Melee and Brawl players went head to head, and then with the upcoming EVO Championship tournament this weekend, Nintendo is thirsting for more. Today they announced the first Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament, planned for the upcoming San Diego Comic Convention.

SDCC will kick off in late July and Nintendo will be attending with an off-site "gaming lounge" at the Marriott Marquis & Marina. On July 25 fans can begin signing up for the tournament in a first-come, first-served fashion. A preliminary round will have groups of four face off with only the winner continuing on to the finals. The finals will be played one versus one, slowly dwindling down the pool to just one winner.

It's an interesting choice for Nintendo to make Super Smash Bros. 3DS' first tournament be fan registration only. I personally believe they're going this route because a full-on professional tournament might show that the game doesn't hold up the the competitive expectations that the franchise is known for -- mirroring my impressions from E3. That doesn't change whether the game is tons of fun, which it most certainly will be, but it's still interesting to think about.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS is planned for release October 3, with its Wii U bigger brother planned to be launched this holiday season.


Love it or hate it, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair's second English trailer out

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Ah, the roster of characters looks so fun!

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I absolutely love Danganronpa. It's one of my favorite games on the PS Vita, and I couldn't be more excited for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair's release September 2. I fully admit, however, that the English voiceover for the first game was painful to listen to. As in, worse than Funimation's early anime dubbing bad. Thus, it's with half of a smile and half of a frown that I introduce Danganronpa 2's second English trailer.

It's not just that the voiceover in these Danganronpa titles is quite bad, it's also that in translation so much of what's said comes out as utter gibberish. So when NIS America puts together a trailer for the game, snipping bits and pieces of the game and putting them together to create a "sizzle" reel of sorts, it's doubling down on the rough parts of the game. Listening to Monokuma's screeching howl of a voice as he rambles about nothing in general... it's a bit difficult to sit through.

Then comes the beatings. Let's be clear, Monokuma is a messed character. He's responsible for many deaths, or at least for creating the situation that leads to multiple deaths. He's not a sympathetic character at all and that becomes very clear after the playing the game for a while. However, in a trailer that's introducing a game based on murder mysteries, it's a bit uncomfortable to see a cute-ish bear beating its sister before any gameplay is even shown.

Sigh, but this is a niche Japanese game on the PS Vita after all. It doesn't have to appeal to the masses or appear well-produced if its goal is to continue to sell to that niche market. Still, if they're aiming for niche, why not just play the Japanese audio?

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair will be released exclusively on the PS Vita starting on September 2 in North America. If the trailer doesn't fit your fancy, check out the handful of new screenshots that have also been released. No audio in a screenshot!

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Pokemon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire are Mega Evolving this Steel/Psychic, meet Mega Metagross

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That CoroCoro magazine from Japan is at it again, leaking another Mega Evolution for the upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire releases. I'm almost of the belief that Pokemon might not exist at all if it hadn't been for CoroCoro leaking first. Let's take a moment and introduce everyone to Mega Metagross. While Mega Metagross' typing has note been revealed (or maybe just not translated), odds are it will retain the Steel/Psychic type of its pre-evolution.

It wouldn't be a Mega Metagross reveal if it wasn't tied to Metagross' biggest fan and most prolific trainer, Steven. Steven is the Pokemon League champion in the original Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire, a Steel-type user by trade. In Pokemon Emerald he leaves his post to wander the region, but his faithful Metagross continues to follow at his side. Will Steven be reigning Champion once more? It seems more likely that he'll play the role of introducing the player to Mega Evolution.

Let's hope there are more secrets to be found in this latest issue of CoroCoro and that the leaks just haven't come around yet. I'd love to have another two or three Megas to add to the list. We've already had the starters, Sceptile, Swampert and Blaziken go Mega. Diancie is on the list too, followed by Sableye in early June. Groudon and Kyogre might be something different altogether, and now Metagross? You know Game Freak's got more in store.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are planned for release exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS starting November 21. 

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's goes Animal crossing, expands 'Secret Base' feature

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Create the Gym of your dreams

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No one is going to be prepared for our Pokemon-Animal Crossing hybrid overlords. A meshing of the two most passionate Nintendo 3DS communities here on Neoseeker. I'm exaggerating of course, but there is some truth that statement. With Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Game Freak will be adding an all new feature that they're calling "Super-Secret Bases." It's time to design a Pokemon place of your own.

Super-Secret Bases are wonky sorts of customizable homes, but at the same time nothing of the like. See, while players can customize their Secret Base as they please, the purpose of the Secret Base isn't the same as a home in Animal Crossing. Players will be designing their own fort, their own gym and their own training grounds all in one.

Like gyms found in the normal game, a Secret Base can be designed with all sorts of traps, tricks and puzzles to trouble intruders. Should these conspiring villains meet the owners approval, they can even challenge them to a battle  -- or just chat about things. It's all good. The Secret Base owner gets to decide what sorts of battles are allowed. Then, once the thieves have been dealt with, they can be added as a Secret Pal and later help each other out with special skills.

A mini-game that can be played with Secret Bases is something related to capture-the-flag. When players visit others' Secret Base, a flag will be located by the player's PC. Invaders can then, if they manage to get through the puzzles and so on, take the flag for themselves. Only one flag per base can be taken per day, which is meant to encourage folk to visit lots of other Secret Bases.

Of course, players will be able to visit their friends' Secret Base as well, or they can share their souped up mega-Gym Secret Bases online with a QR code. It's all about sharing and socializing, so Nintendo clearly wants to make this as simple as possible. Well, as simple as it can be with the wonky online system of the 3DS.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are planned for release exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS starting November 21. 

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Criminal Girls: Invite Only is NIS America's sinful localization, escape from hell turn by turn

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Harem JRPGs... yup, that's censored

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Here we have NIS America's second Anime Expo announcement. Criminal Girls: Invite Only is an updated and expanded version of the Japanese PSP title from 2010, planned for release in North America and Europe in 2015. It's an RPG featuring seven ladies, criminals whose souls have been damned to a life of imprisonment in hell. Also, it's a huge pervert game. Oh, NIS America...

Let me just read you this one line from NIS America's announcement press release, in which they say that one of Criminal Girls: Invite Only's main features is "Touching Gameplay."

"Connect with the girls, and uncover each of their unique personalities through one-on-one motivational sessions with a unique use of the front touchscreen and rear touchpad, and fulfill the girls’ special requests to discover more about their interesting, and often dark pasts."

Aha, yeah, there goes NIS trying to either hide or glaze over that a good portion of this games takes place on a bed, with the seven sinful ladies in vulnerable positions. Just look at the logo, people. It's filled with hearts and handcuffs. "On-on-one motivational sessions" indeed. You're not fooling anyone, NIS America! To add to that, it's likely that some stuff will be censored, as a result of western laws against sexual depictions of young people.

Anyway, "motivating" the girls will unlock their spells, skill, and stats, making them stronger in battle. Thus, it's a core component in putting a team together and progressing through the game. Maybe NIS America will release a trailer down the road showing off how, err, power leveling works. Judging from how they've dealt with potentially offensive content in the past, however, I wouldn't count on it.

Criminal Girls: Invite Only is a PS Vita title that's planned for release in North America and Europe in 2015. The extra content that will come with the PS Vita release includes two new playable characters, extra scenarios, and updated artwork and effects. Again, NIS America has already stated that some content will be censored. Don't expect the game to get too hot and heavy.


htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary localization revealed by NIS America, 2D puzzle platformer for Vita

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The first of NIS America's triple Anime Expo whammy

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NIS America doesn't just localize video games, they localize anime as well. It should come as no surprise then that the team was at this past week's Anime Expo here in sunny California with a round of announcement, both anime and game. First up is a special puzzle platformer htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, a PS Vita exclusive that will only be released digitally. To make up for that lack of a retail release, NIS America will make htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary available this fall.

The Firefly Diary is about a young girl named Mion. She awakens in a dark and strage place, but is greeted by two fireflies who will help to guide her on her journey. By switching between a world of light and a world of darkness, each of which one of the fireflies can guide Mion through, she'll discover the secrets of the ruins. Perhaps, she'll also discover secrets hidden within herself.

It's a simple premise, but why would NIS America decide to localize the game for that reason alone? Ah, but there's more to The Firefly Diary then first meets the eye. The game is controlled with a mixture of the PS Vita's two touch screens -- both the front and the back. Just imagine how the game's light and dark worlds, its two fireflies which guide Mion, and the two touch screens can work together. It's a wonderful idea and its inspiring to see NIS America snatch the game up for localization.

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary will be released digitally this fall on PS Vita and will come to both North America and Europe. Help both NIS America and Japanese indie ideas out by keeping your eye out for more information on The Firefly Diary in the months to come.