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Wii successor unveiling set for E3 2011, releasing in 2012

41 comments Andrew Yee - Apr 25, 11 3:21am (PST) Like Share

Nintendo's new console playable at this year's media expo

Accompanying Nintendo's Fiscal Year 2011 earning's release, and very much like the initial Nintendo 3DS announcement, the Japanese console maker, hot off of launching its new handheld only a month ago, announced today that it is set to unveil its next home console at this year's E3 Expo in Los Angeles, California from June 7th to 9th.  The Wii's successor will be playable at the expo, and Nintendo is set to reveal more of the console's specifications at that time.

Ever since multiple sources reported on rumors of Nintendo's new console, codenamed Project Café, the internet has been abuzz of endless speculation.  Finally, it appears Nintendo is ready to set the record straight in June.

 
 

First look at Vanillaware's new PSP RPG Grand Knights History

5 comments Andrew Yee - Mar 30, 11 10:25pm (PST) Like Share

New 2D fantasy RPG from the makers of Odin Sphere and Muramasa

Coming off of the well-received titles Odin Sphere for PlayStation 2 and Muramasa: The Demon Blade for Wii, fans of Vanillaware have been eagerly anticipating the developer's next project.  Japanese news site Famitsu has the first look at Vanillaware's newest title: Grand Knights History for the PlayStation Portable, which will be published by Marvelous Entertainment and is due for a summer release in Japan, retailing for 5229 yen.

Grand Knights History takes place in the world of Ristia, which is composed of three countries: the Old Country Logress, the Knights' Country Union, and the Magic Country Avalon, each with their own respective leaders and ideals.  Following a revolution in Logress led by the now king Fauzel, Ristia is now faced with the onset of war.  Union is led by King Leon and Princess Sephia, while Avalon is led by Queen Muse.

Not much is known currently for Grand Knights History, other than that players will create their own band of knights, being able to customize physical appearances, genders, voice types, and more.  Once ready, you can journey through Ristia, with turn-based battles occuring at various locations on the world map.  There is also some multiplayer component for Grand Knights History that also remains unexplained at this time.



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Neoseeker Podcast Episode 8: Content is King

0 comments Andrew Yee - Mar 08, 11 12:03pm (PST) Like Share

Debating Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's GDC 2011 keynote

On the eighth episode of the Neoseeker Podcast, the gaming and technology podcast by Neoseekers for Neoseekers, Mike and Andrew set their sights on Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's' keynote at the 2011 Game Developers Conference last week.  Does the duo think the message from the house that Mario built of "Content is King" ring true or is it just Nintendo being Nintendo?  As usual, the Neoseeker Podcast crew weighs in on the recent events in the gaming industry, from the Nintendo 3DS launch in Japan to new information on The Last Guardian, Catherine, and Gears of War 3, and answers your questions sent to the Neoseeker Podcast mailbag.

Check out the Neoseeker Podcast forum for the latest discussion on any episode of the Neoseeker Podcast and recruitment and brainstorming for future episodes.  Any questions that you want answered on air by the Podcast crew can be private messaged to the Neoseeker Podcast or emailed to podcast.neoseeker [at] gmail [dot] com.

About the Neoseeker Podcast:

The Neoseeker Podcast is a community-run podcast consisting of volunteers that hope to provide another avenue for the Neoseeker community to voice their thoughts on the current events in the gaming and technology industries.  The on-air regulars of the Neoseeker Podcast are Neoseeker members Michael, the podcast's main host and founder, and moderator of various Neoseeker movie forums, and Andrew Yee, moderator for Neoseeker's sister site GameGrep and contributing writer on Neoseeker.  The podcast launched on April 28, 2010 with its pilot episode "The Classic Games that Shaped the Industry".

 
 

Neoseeker Podcast Episode 7: The Death of Guitar Hero

2 comments Andrew Yee - Mar 02, 11 1:11am (PST) Like Share

Checking out the fall of Activision's music franchise

The seventh episode of the Neoseeker Podcast, the gaming and technology podcast by Neoseekers for Neoseekers, brings the revival of the project with a brand new format ready to right the ship.  Regulars Mike and Andrew take the reigns of the new, slimmer, and improved Neoseeker Podcast, as they talk about the demise of Activision's Guitar Hero franchise, along with recent events in the gaming industry.  Additionally, the Neoseeker Podcast crew answers questions sent to the podcast mailbag.

Check out the Neoseeker Podcast forum for the latest discussion on any episode of the Neoseeker Podcast and recruitment and brainstorming for future episodes.  Any questions that you want answered on air by the Podcast crew can be private messaged to the Neoseeker Podcast.

About the Neoseeker Podcast:

The Neoseeker Podcast is a community-run podcast consisting of volunteers that hope to provide another avenue for the Neoseeker community to voice their thoughts on the current events in the gaming and technology industries.  The on-air regulars of the Neoseeker Podcast are Neoseeker members Michael, the podcast's main host and founder, and moderator of various Neoseeker movie forums, and Andrew Yee, moderator for Neoseeker's sister site GameGrep and contributing writer on Neoseeker.  The podcast launched on April 28, 2010 with its pilot episode "The Classic Games that Shaped the Industry".

 
 

Find the meaning of Love with Catherine this Summer in North America

4 comments Andrew Yee - Mar 01, 11 2:08am (PST) Like Share

The stray sheep cross the ocean this summer

Since its announcement back in August, Atlus's PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 horror action puzzler Catherine has been the object of fans' desires through its release in Japan on February 17th.  Many thought that they would not be able to get their hands on Team Persona's first HD foray, with the publisher's PR seemingly standing firm on its non-announcement for the Americas despite various Valentine's Day-related teasings.  That changes today, however, as Atlus USA has announced to the Atlus Faithful that both versions of Catherine will see a North American release this summer.

Catherine stars the 32-year-old salaryman Vincent Brooks, who has cameoed in previous Atlus title Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable.  At the forefront are his struggles with his relationships with Katherine, his girlfriend of five years who is pushing marriage, and Catherine, the well-proportioned beauty that has a one-night stand with Vincent.  Coinciding with his stand with Catherine, Vincent begins to have nightmares, which are rumored to cause the dreamer's death if he/she does not wake up from the dream.

In this nightmare world, Vincent must escape from the horrors that are out to end his life, by climbing giant staircases that are collapsing underneath him in his effort to make it to the top and survive the stage.  The staircases are littered with various traps, with some stages featuring bosses that will chase Vincent up the stairs.  The choices the player makes in the game will determine one of the game's multiple endings.

 
 

Tales of Graces F hitting North America

5 comments Andrew Yee - Feb 02, 11 2:31pm (PST) Like Share

At long last a stateside Tales release

For fans of Namco Bandai's Tales series, there hasn't been much to be excited about since Tales of Vesperia and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World hit late 2008.  Numerous games in the publisher's RPG series were announced and released in Japan with no hint of a localization, with the community relying on various fan translations to get by.  After being teased for a week by Namco Community Manager Rich Bantegui, North America fans finally get a bone thrown their way.

Through their teaser site, Namco Bandai has announced that Tales of Graces F will be seeing a North American release, with no date set as of yet.  Graces F released in Japan over the Christmas holiday for the PlayStation 3, and is an enhanced port of Tales of Graces for the Wii, which released back in 2009 in Japan.  No platforms for the localized version of Graces F has been announced.

Earlier today, Namco Bandai had unveiled From Software's Demon's Souls spiritual sequel Dark Souls and mecha action game Armored Core V.

 
 

NIS America taking Hyperdimension Neptunia's Console-tans stateside

4 comments Andrew Yee - Oct 28, 10 4:08pm (PST) Like Share

Bringing the game industry to life

Back in June, NIS America revealed that they were in discussions with Idea Factory to localize the PlayStation 3 RPG Super Dimension Game Neptune, developed by Idea Factory subsidiary Compile Heart.  Today, NISA is ready to announce that they will be localizing Neptune, releasing the title as Hyperdimension Neptunia in North America and Europe in Spring 2011.  SEGA originally published the title in Japan on July 29th.

Hyperdimension Neptunia brings the console wars to life in the world of Gamindustri with the personifications of the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the scrapped SEGA console Neptune, which was a combination of the Genesis and 32X.  You will take control of the Console Patron Unit (CPU) Neptune, the goddess of Gamindustri's Planetune region, who transforms into the heroine Purple Heart.  She is joined by Noire, the goddess of Lastation who transforms into Black Heart, Vert, the goddess of Rinnebox who transforms into Green Heart, and Blanc, the goddess of Ruwii who transforms into White Heart.  Neptune will need their aid to save Gamindustri from the evil forces of the goddess Arfoire, whose monsters are ravaging the world.

Neptunia features a combo system where you can edit and make your own personal combos, with battles taking place in a 3D environment with a turn-based battle system.  You can summon helpers from pictures in your PlayStation 3 album or from various classic SEGA titles.  The rear emblem of Neptune's outfit can also be customized with an image in your PS3 album.

Joining the four console characters are also four company personifications, with Compile Heart, Nippon Ichi Software, Idea Factory, and Gust becoming characters in the game, with appearances and roles related to the types of games each company develops.  In the original Japanese release, Neptunia featured characters from SEGA properties Space Harrier, Alex Kidd, Golden Axe, Fantasy Zone, Shinobi, and more.    Whether this list of summonable retro characters will stay restricted to SEGA titles or will be in any way altered is currently unknown. 

 
 

Atlus gives Persona 2: Innocent Sin a new look on PSP

7 comments Andrew Yee - Oct 28, 10 12:51pm (PST) Like Share

"Let's Positive Thinking!" goes portable

Atlus's newest game announcement, a Persona 2: Innocent Sin remake for the PlayStation Portable, was revealed via the usual Weekly Famitsu leak a couple days ago.  Today, Famitsu's website updates with the game's first screenshots, and a whole new opening video animated by Satelight of Genesis of Aquarion and Macross Frontier fame, with the opening theme unbreakable tie by Asami Izawa and Lotus Juice.

Like Atlus's remake of Revelations: Persona, the PSP version of the never-released-in-North-America Persona 2: Innocent Sin will feature improved controls and user interface.  There will be redone character designs and portraits by Shigenori Soejima, based off of Kazuma Kaneko's original designs.  Game difficulty can be changed on the fly, with the game also being rebalanced to become more user friendly.

Persona 2: Innocent Sin stars high school student Tatsuya Suou as he and fellow students Lisa Silverman and Eikichi Mishina encounter the Joker, a jester that grants wishes to those who summon him by dialing their own cell phone number.  However, those who do not say their wish, either because they do not have one or they refuse to tell, are reduced to shells of the former selves.  In the trio's encounter with the Joker, the jester reveals that the trio had done something horrible to him in the past, and is enraged when Suou and company do not recognize him, setting the stage for Innocent Sin as the three students begin to investigate Joker.

Innocent Sin, the first of the two Persona 2 games, is due for a Winter release in Japan.  We expect that Atlus USA will follow up with a localization announcement, with Shin Megami Tensei: Persona and Persona 3 Portable already stateside.  A PSP remake of the second Persona 2 title, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment has not been announced, but is considered a possibility.



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Shinji Mikami's Tango Gameworks joins ZeniMax Media

3 comments Andrew Yee - Oct 28, 10 9:53am (PST) Like Share

Bethesda owner adds to its list of acquisitions

ZeniMax Media Inc., the owner of Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda Softworks, Quake and DOOM developer id Software, and Arx Fatalis developer Arkane Studios, adds another big-name developer to its list of subsidiaries today, acquiring Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami's development studio Tango Gameworks.  Mikami will continue to run and be the creative lead for the Tokyo-based developer.

Commenting on the acquisition, Mikami found it "refreshing to find a publisher who understands, trusts, and supports the development of blockbuster games and works to make it a collaborative effort."  He goes on to mention that "the library of AAA franchise titles ZeniMax owns speaks for itself" and that he and his studio are "very excited to be joining ZeniMax and working with a company that is dedicated to creating the best games ever made."

ZeniMax Chairman and CEO Robert Altman also echoed Mikami's sentiments, making mention of his "stellar reputation as one of the industry's finest game developers", who has "repeatedly created hit titles that have earned praise from fans and critics around the world."  Altman also notes that the publisher shares Mikami's "vision for innovative, genre-defining games and look forward to working with Shinji and his team at Tango."

Since leaving Capcom after the dissolution of Clover Studio in March of 2007, Mikami joined Seeds Inc., which later became Bayonetta and Vanquish developer Platinum Games. He served as director for Vanquish, which released a couple weeks ago, as a contractor for the studio.  While Tango Gameworks has no formal projects announced as of yet, Mikami is collaborating with Goichi Suda's Grasshopper Manufacture on Electronic Arts's Shadows of the Damned.

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Another Century's Episode goes portable January 2011

0 comments Andrew Yee - Oct 15, 10 8:39am (PST) Like Share

First look at latest mecha crossover title for the PSP

Not long after Namco Bandai and From Software's Another Century's Episode: R hit Japanese store shelves this past August, a new entry in the mecha crossover series has been announced.  Instead of being on consoles however, A.C.E. is headed to the PlayStation Portable as Another Century's Episode Portable, due for a January 13, 2011 release at 6,279 yen.

Another Century's Episode Portable's series list features three newcomers to A.C.E., and seventeen returning series:

  • Blue Comet SPT Layzner (A.C.E. 1-2)
  • Brain Powerd (A.C.E. 1-3)
  • Wings of Rean (A.C.E. 2-3)
  • Overman King Gainer (A.C.E. 3, R)
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (A.C.E. R)
  • Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness (A.C.E. 1-3)
  • Aura Battler Dunbine (A.C.E. 1-3)
  • Heavy Metal L-Gaim (A.C.E. 1-2)
  • Metal Armor Dragonar (A.C.E. 1-3)
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (A.C.E. 1, R)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (A.C.E. 1-3, R)
  • After War Gundam X (A.C.E. 3)
  • New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (A.C.E. 2-3)
  • Turn A Gundam (A.C.E. 3)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY (A.C.E. R)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (NEW)
  • VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fire (NEW)
  • Macross Plus (A.C.E. 3)
  • Macross F (A.C.E. R)
  • Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven: Pocket Full of Rainbows (NEW)

Unlike previous A.C.E. titles which featured scenarios, A.C.E. Portable will be purely mission-based, allowing players to chart their own progression throughout the game.  Early missions can be replayed to improve your skills.  Clearing missions will net you Ace Points, which can be used to unlock new units.  Like previous A.C.E. titles, you can bring two other units into a mission to form a squad of three.  New to A.C.E. Portable is ad-hoc multiplayer, where two friends can play the other two units in your team.

If you preorder A.C.E. Portable, you can get a 24-page A5-sized full-color booklet known as the Another Century's Episode Portable Official Reference Book, and like all preorder bonuses, quantities will be limited.  The game's official site is now up and running, but with only your standard game information available.



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Tweet #moon2 for Moon: Remix RPG Adventure sequel

1 comments Andrew Yee - Oct 14, 10 12:28am (PST) Like Share

Opening the doors for follow-up to Love-de-Lic's unique RPG

Twitter's a funny little thing, isn't it?

Kenichi Nishi, co-founder of the now-defunct Love-de-Lic, Inc., still alive bit Generations and Art Style developer Skip Ltd., and current venture Route24 Inc, tweeted a few days ago about the possibility of a follow-up to Love-de-Lic's unique PlayStation RPG, Moon: Remix RPG Adventure, which quite possibly is one of the greatest games ever:

Twitter users can show their support for a Moon sequel by tweeting with the hashtag #moon2.  Nishi is following the fan support through the use of the hashtag on Twitter to gauge interest on whether or not to proceed with the project.

You may be wondering, however, what exactly is Moon: Remix RPG Adventure?

Love-de-Lic's Moon released in Japan on October 16, 1997, but failed to see a US release despite being featured at ASCII Entertainment's E3 1997 booth.  Moon: Remix RPG Adventure begins with a game-within-a-game, as a young boy plays a RPG called 'Moon'.  It is your typical JRPG where the main character controls the knight Siegfried as he is called upon by a king to save the world of Love-de-Gard by defeating a dragon that has eaten the moon.  It is a game of gaining levels and defeating enemies, random battles and airships, nonsensical backstories and clichéd storylines that the boy even skips through as he is playing.  At some point, like all of us has experienced as children, the boy's mother orders him to stop playing and go to sleep, and Moon: Remix RPG Adventure truly begins.

'Moon' switches itself back on, and in a bizzare turn of events, the boy is sucked into the world of 'Moon' and Love-de-Gard.  However, this isn't the same 'Moon' as the game played previously; this world is known as 'Real Moon', and is a stark contrast from the video game the boy played, known as 'Fake Moon'.  The reality of the player's actions in 'Fake Moon' become clear: a hero with cursed armor obsessed with gaining levels, slaughtering docile animals to do so while ravaging houses for items.  The boy, whose body is transparent in 'Real Moon', needs to obtain the love of the world's inhabitants to sustain his existence and ultimately save Love-de-Gard.  Or so you would think, as Moon: Remix RPG Adventure transcends your typical JRPG conventions to teach you its lessons.

In a time where Squaresoft's Final Fantasy VII reigned supreme, Love-de-Lic, composed of former Squaresoft workers, blazed its own path in the Japanese RPG genre with Moon, a philosphy that would influence the developer's later two titles: 1999's UFO: A Day in the Life for PlayStation and 2000's L.O.L.: Lack of Love for Dreamcast.  Unfortunately for Love-de-Lic, the three titles sold poorly and the company disbanded, and its former members founding smaller studios, including the aforementioned Skip, Rule of Rose and Chulip developer Punchline, and Endonesia and Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland developer Vanpool.  Others collaborated with Trace Memory and Little King's Story developer Cing, Suda 51's Grasshopper Manufacture, and Marvelous Entertainment.

Interested?  You can read more in-depth about Moon: Remix RPG Adventure and Love-de-Lic on Hardcore Gaming 101 and from this excellent thread on NeoGAF [via GameGrep].  Don't forget to tweet #moon2 on your Twitter account, too, so we can see some sort of follow-up to this magnificent adventure.

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Neoseeker Podcast Episode 6: The 3DS Extravaganza

0 comments Andrew Yee - Oct 04, 10 6:26am (PST) Like Share

Looking back at Nintendo Conference 2010

Six episodes in and the Neoseeker Podcast, the gaming and technology podcast by Neoseekers for Neoseekers, adds another conference under its belt as the crew reflects on September 29th's Nintendo Conference 2010.  Neoseeker Podcast regular Andrew leads the way for the sixth episode, joined by two special guests discussing and recapping all of the information to come out of the Nintendo Conference, along with recent events in the gaming industry.  The special guests for this episode are Neoseeker's Wii and Nintendo 3DS moderator Chris Madore and Neoseeker member Shayn Dickens.

Additionally, the Neoseeker Podcast crew gives their take on the various games, movies, and technologies the on-air folks have seen or played around with, and also answers questions sent to the podcast mailbag.  Being reviewed this episode are Nintendo's DS puzzler Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, BBC's Merlin television series, and Square Enix's PSP action RPG Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

Check out the Neoseeker Podcast forum for the latest discussion on any episode of the Neoseeker Podcast and recruitment and brainstorming for future episodes.  Any questions that you want answered on air by the Podcast crew can be private messaged to the Neoseeker Podcast.

About the Neoseeker Podcast:

The Neoseeker Podcast is a community-run podcast consisting of volunteers that hope to provide another avenue for the Neoseeker community to voice their thoughts on the current events in the gaming and technology industries.  The on-air regulars of the Neoseeker Podcast crew are Neoseeker members Michael, Nate Bauer, Quinci Cohen, and Andrew Yee.  The podcast launched on April 28, 2010 with its pilot episode "The Classic Games that Shaped the Industry".

Michael is the podcast's main host and founder, and is also the moderator of various Neoseeker movie forums.  Nate is a member who excels at providing events and services intended for the benefit of the Neoseeker community at large.  Quinci is the moderator of Neoseeker's various graphics forums.  Andrew is a moderator for Neoseeker's sister site GameGrep and is a contributing writer here on Neoseeker.

 
 

Capcom unveils Mega Man Legends 3 Project, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D for 3DS

5 comments Andrew Yee - Sep 29, 10 9:43am (PST) Like (1) Share

Two more titles join Capcom's 3DS lineup

Earlier this week, Capcom Europe teased two new game announcements set for today.  With the Nintendo Conference today, you had to assume that the two titles were Nintendo 3DS games.  If you had guessed that, you would have guessed correctly.

Capcom announced two new Nintendo 3DS titles today, to bring their 3DS game total up to four.  The heavily fan-requested Mega Man Legends 3 Project and unexpected title Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D were unveiled amidst the NIntendo Conference today, joining Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Resident Evil Revelations in Capcom's 3DS lineup.

Not much is known about Mega Man Legends 3 Project, other than its genre is "Free Running RPG".  Fans will have the opportunity to be a part of Mega Man Legends 3 Project's development process, with the project's details being unveiled at next month's New York Comic-Con.  More information can be found in Capcom Unity's Devroom, featuring the following video as introduction to the project:

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D features the Mercenaries missions from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, realized in 3D thanks to the Nintendo 3DS.  To these missions, Capcom will add new modes and well-known characters to The Mercenaries 3D.  Players will also be able to engage in cooperative play through the Nintendo 3DS's Wi-Fi capabilities.

Capcom also released some new media for their already-known 3DS games Resident Evil Revelations and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition.  New screenshots for Resident Evil Revelations along with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D can be found in the gallery, while a new trailer is available for SSFIV 3D Edition, which can be seen below:



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Nintendo Conference 2010: All about the Nintendo 3DS

8 comments Andrew Yee - Sep 29, 10 1:51am (PST) Like (2) Share

Accompanied with upcoming game lineups for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii, and DS

 

The 2010 Nintendo Conference kicked off at 2PM Japan Standard Time at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, the site of the Tokyo Game Show.  As expected, Nintendo unveiled more features for the Nintendo 3DS, and showed upcoming games for the 3DS, Wii, and Nintendo DS.  The official site for the 2010 Nintendo Conference can be found here.

Before diving into the 3DS details, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata led off the conference with news regarding the publisher's two existing gaming systems, the Wii and Nintendo DS.  For the Wii, the Nintendo-published Mistwalker RPG The Last Story will hit Japanese shelves on January 27, 2011.  Additionally, Nintendo confirmed the existence of the Wii Remote Plus, a Wii Remote combined with the Wii Motion Plus, which GameStop had leaked earlier this week.  For the DS, the recently-released Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version have sold a combined 2.5 million units to date.  Finally, to commemorate Mario's 25th anniversary, Nintendo will be releasing a Super Mario 26th Anniversary version of the DSi XL in Japan on October 28th for 18,000 yen.

As we found out earlier today, the Nintendo 3DS will release in Japan on February 26, 2011 for 25,000 yen, with March 2011 releases planned for North America and Europe.  There will be two colors available at launch for the 3DS: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black.  The supposed final 3DS hardware includes a new Slide Pad and a retractable stylus.  A launch lineup for the Nintendo 3DS was not announced by Nintendo.  Finally, a 2 GB SD card will be included with each system.

With the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has one of their focuses set on online connectivity and content distribution.    The Nintendo 3DS will have it's own Virtual Console, with Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles available for its library.  Classic games enhanced with 3D will also be made available with this service.  The initial annouced titles for the 3DS's Virtual Console are Game Boy title Super Mario Land and Game Boy Color title The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX.  Nintendo has also teamed up with companies such as Fuji TV to distribute free 3D videos to 3DS owners, and NTT East and NTT West to promote internet use through the 3DS. 

One of the Nintendo 3DS's major features is its strengethened Tag Mode, called StreetPass, where the 3DS can interact with other 3DS units.  Games such as Nintendo's nintendogs cats and Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition will make use of StreetPass to allow users with those games to interact with one another.  Unlike games utilizing a Tag Mode for the Nintendo DS, the 3DS will not require the game to be on hand.  Instead, the Nintendo 3DS can store StreetPass data for multiple game titles.

Nintendo is also making available a SpotPass service, where 3DS content, such as rankings, ghost data, software, and notices, can be directly sent to the 3DS through Wi-Fi, DS Station, and Nintendo Zone hot spots.  As mentioned at E3, this type of service runs while the 3DS is sleep mode, and the 3DS can search for Wi-Fi hot spots automatically.

Nintendo's Miis will also appear on the 3DS, and can be created on the system using the Mii Studio tool.  The 3DS's Mii Studio expands on the options currently available in the Wii's Mii Channel.  The Mii Studio can make use of the 3DS's cameras to automatically generate a Mii, which can be adjusted afterwards.  Miis on the 3DS can be shared in two ways: they can be converted into QR Codes, which can be saved to a SD Card and shared with friends, and through the 3DS's StreetPass, where encountered Miis will appear in the 3DS's Mii Plaza

Last, but not least, were the games unveiled for the Nintendo 3DS, many of which are the first time the public has seen them in action.  An upcoming game reel was shown for the Nintendo 3DS, and it included games such as Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Level-5's Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle, Square Enix's Chocobo Racing 3D, and Tecmo Koei's Dead or Alive Dimensions.  New games unveiled for the Nintendo 3DS at the conference are a Pro Yakyuu Spirits game and Project Love Plus for Nintendo 3DS from Konami, and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D from Capcom.

The Nintendo 3DS will also feature augmented reality (AR) games which will be available on every 3DS unit, and will come with AR cards to use with those games.  Additionally, the handheld is capable of some multitasking, where pressing the Home button on the 3DS will allow players to pause the game and access system features while paused, including the internet.

Later today, Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe are expected to make their own annoucements regarding the Nintendo 3DS.  Stay tuned to Neoseeker for that, and other news to come out of the Nintendo Conference.

 
 

Nintendo 3DS to launch in Japan on February 26, 2011 for 25,000 yen

14 comments Andrew Yee - Sep 28, 10 10:53pm (PST) Like (1) Share

Nintendo's new handheld set for a March 2011 release in North America and Europe

At the 2010 Nintendo Conference, Nintendo Co., Ltd. has officially announced the launch plans for their brand new handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, first unveiled at this year's E3 Expo. 

The glasses-less 3D handheld will launch in Japan on February 26, 2011 for a retail price of 25,000 yen; folks in North America and Europe will be able to get their hands on the Nintendo 3DS in March 2011.

Stay tuned to Neoseeker for a full recap of the 2010 conference later today.

 
 

Neoseeker Podcast Episode 5: We're Not Dead

1 comments Andrew Yee - Sep 23, 10 9:23am (PST) Like (1) Share

The fifth episode of the Neoseeker Podcast rises from the grave


Returning from a two month hiatus, the Neoseeker Podcast, the gaming and technology podcast by Neoseekers for Neoseekers, looks to make up for lost time.  Neoseeker Podcast regulars Mike and Andrew are joined by three special guests for its fifth episode, where they discuss the return of the one and only Duke Nukem, and tackle the publishers' war on used games.  The special guests for this episode are Neoseeker members Andrew Hamilton and Danny, and Neoseeker's Computer Hardware forum moderator Steven.

Additionally, the Neoseeker Podcast crew gives their take on the various games, movies, and technologies the on-air folks have seen or played around with, and also answers questions sent to the podcast mailbag.  Being reviewed this episode are XSEED Games's PSP title Ys SEVEN, Nintendo's Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies for DS, Electronic Arts' Dragon Age: Origins, 20th Century Fox's film Vampires Suck, and Capcom's Xbox Live Arcade title Dead Rising 2: Case Zero.

Check out the Neoseeker Podcast forum for the latest discussion on any episode of the Neoseeker Podcast and recruitment and brainstorming for future episodes.  Any questions that you want answered on air by the Podcast crew can be private messaged to the Neoseeker Podcast.

About the Neoseeker Podcast:

The Neoseeker Podcast is a community-run podcast consisting of volunteers that hope to provide another avenue for the Neoseeker community to voice their thoughts on the current events in the gaming and technology industries.  The on-air regulars of the Neoseeker Podcast crew are Neoseeker members Michael, Nate Bauer, Quinci Cohen, and Andrew Yee.  The podcast launched on April 28, 2010 with its pilot episode "The Classic Games that Shaped the Industry".

Michael is the podcast's main host and founder, and is also the moderator of various Neoseeker movie forums.  Nate is a member who excels at providing events and services intended for the benefit of the Neoseeker community at large.  Quinci is the moderator of Neoseeker's various graphics forums.  Andrew is a moderator for Neoseeker's sister site GameGrep and is a contributing writer here on Neoseeker.

 
 

Microsoft unveils new XBLA and Kinect titles at Tokyo Game Show keynote

0 comments Andrew Yee - Sep 15, 10 9:06pm (PST) Like Share

Radiant Silvergun heads to XBLA; Fire Pro Wrestling and Steel Battalion have returned.

Microsoft's keynote for the 2010 Tokyo Game Show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan has recently concluded, and the console maker has led TGS off with many new game announcements for the Xbox Live Arcade and the Kinect for Xbox 360.  Games from Japanese companies were the focus of Microsoft's keynote, as the publisher took note that games from Japan are in the future of the Xbox 360.

The keynote started with a new live gameplay demo of watermelon-slicing simulation Metal Gear Solid Rising from Kojima Productions and Konami.  Phil Spencer, VP of Microsoft Game Studios, follows with the importance and the success of Japanese-developed titles for the Xbox 360 and on the Xbox Live Arcade.  Noting the importance of these titles, Microsoft has announced partnerships with five different Japanese game developers, each creating exclusive games for the Xbox 360 console releasing in 2011.  These games are:

  • Fire Pro-Wrestling (Spike) - The fan-favorite wrestling series returns for the Xbox Live Arcade returns, with Avatars jumping into the ring.
  • Radiant Silvergun (Treasure) - Treasure's cult classic shoot-em-up is brought to the current generation on the Xbox Live Arcade, featuring both local and online cooperative play, downloadable replays, and upgraded graphics.
  • Haunt (NanaOn-Sha) - Coming from the studio that developed Parappa the Rapper, this horror adventure title has players exploring a haunted house to learn its secrets, using Kinect.
  • Project Draco (Grounding Inc.) - Directed by Yukio Futatsugi of Panzer Dragoon and Phantom Dust fame, this action title has players training and controlling a dragon as a partner for combat with Kinect.
  • codename D (Grasshopper Manufacture) - From the man that brought you Killer 7 and No More Heroes, Suda 51 and Grasshopper Manufacture's new title has players making their way through an evil amusement park with the use of Kinect.

However, these five games aren't the only announcements to come from Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show keynote.  Dr Kawashima's Body and Brain Exercises from Namco Bandai Games and Child of Eden from Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Q? Entertainment also made appearances with new images and trailers to gawk at, both utilizing Kinect. 

Microsoft's keynote ended with two more Kinect titles: horror adventure title Rise of Nightmares from SEGA, and mecha action title Steel Battalion Heavy Armor from Capcom.  Yes, the Xbox game with the behemoth of a controller is back, but is now playable using Kinect.  It is a collaboration between Capcom and Armored Core developer From Software.

The 2010 Tokyo Game Show is from September 16th to 19th, with the motto "GAME goes to a new chapter".  The official website for TGS can be found here.

 
 

Square Enix's Tokyo Game Show website opens with Tactics Ogre and The 3rd Birthday

4 comments Andrew Yee - Sep 01, 10 5:59pm (PST) Like Share

With Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games also, of course.

In a couple weeks' time, the 2010 Tokyo Game Show will be upon us at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.  Publishers are aware of that, and are in the midst of setting up their official websites for TGS.  Square Enix joins the party with their Tokyo Game Show 2010 official website.  Square Enix's initial TGS lineup consists of the following:

PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Also on PC)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Only on PlayStation 3, PC)
  • Front Mission Evolved (Also on PC)
  • Deux Ex: Human Revolution
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
  • Mind Jack

PlayStation 2 / Xbox 360 / PC

  • Final Fantasy XI
PlayStation Portable
  • Lord of Arcana
  • Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
  • The 3rd Birthday
Nintendo DS
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

Mobile

  • Final Fantasy Legends

All games will will have videos available at Square Enix's Tokyo Game Show booth, but the games that will not be playable are Call of Duty: Black Ops, Deux Ex: Human Revolution, Final Fantasy XIV, and Final Fantasy XI.  Also, recent tweets from Tetsuya Nomura will see a combined trailer at Square Enix's Closed Theater for PlayStation 3 title Final Fantasy Versus XIII and PlayStation Portable title Final Fantasy Agito XIII.  Like SEGA and Konami, Square Enix will also be hosting games from other publishers at its booth:

  • Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda, PlayStation 3/Xbox 360)
  • Crafting Mama (Cooking Mama Ltd., Nintendo DS)
  • Babysitter Mama (Cooking Mama Ltd., Wii)
  • Motto! Stitch! DS: Rhythm de Rakugaki Daisakusen (Disney, Nintendo DS)

The 2010 Tokyo Game Show is from September 16th to 19th, with the motto "GAME goes to a new chapter".  The official website for TGS can be found here.

 
 

Tecmo Koei's Tokyo Game Show lineup includes Troy Musou and Quantum Theory

0 comments Andrew Yee - Sep 01, 10 4:20pm (PST) Like Share

Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll also set for TGS

The 2010 Tokyo Game Show is set to start in a couple of weeks, as publishers attending the show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan are setting up their TGS official websites.  Like Konami, SEGA, and Level-5, Tecmo Koei is no exception with their Tokyo Game Show official site.  Composing Tecmo Koei's preliminary lineup for the Japanese event are:

PlayStation 3
  • Dynasty Warriors Online
  • Nobunaga's Ambition Online
  • Quantum Theory (Also on Xbox 360)
  • Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll
  • Uncharted Waters Online
  • Warriors: Legends of Troy (Also on Xbox 360)
  • Winning Post 7 2010 (Also on PC, PlayStation Portable)

Nintendo DS

  • Ishin no Arashi: Shippu Ryumaden

Android

  • Annie's Wild Shot

iPhone

  • Kanji Shaker
  • Nobunaga's Ambition Zenkoku-ban

All games will be in playable form at Tecmo Koei's Tokyo Game Show booth with accompanying movies.  Additionally, the publisher will be holding a Dynasty Warriors cosplay contest for the series' tenth anniversary, with details found at the contest's site.

The 2010 Tokyo Game Show is from September 16th to 19th, with the motto "GAME goes to a new chapter".  The official website for TGS can be found here.

 
 

Level-5's Tokyo Game Show website features Ninokuni

0 comments Andrew Yee - Sep 01, 10 7:54am (PST) Like Share

Secret game unveil set for September 15

The 2010 Tokyo Game Show is fast approaching with the Japanese game publishers attending the show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan have started opening their official TGS websites.  Level-5 is part of that early batch alongside Konami and SEGA, with the company's TGS 2010 website up and running.  The games currently part of Level-5's Tokyo Game Show lineup are:

Nintendo DS
  • Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber/Spark
  • Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi
  • Mystery Room
PlayStation Portable
  • Danbol Senki
PlayStation 3
  • Ninokuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou
Mobile
  • Ninokuni: Hotroit Stories
  • Kyabajopi

All games will be at Level-5's booth in both playable and video form with the exception of Inazuma Eleven 3, which will be in the Family Corner of TGS as playable only.  Level-5's TGS site also lists a secret game which will be unveiled on September 15th.

The 2010 Tokyo Game Show is from September 16th to 19th, with the motto "GAME goes to a new chapter".  The official website for TGS can be found here.

 
 
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