After Natsume’s tease yesterday, I half-expected Sayonara Umihara Kawase/Yumi’s Odd Odyssey to release this morning. That didn’t happen, but we now have news that the fish-themed puzzle platformer will release in North America in two weeks — March 20! It’ll be $29.99.
Petit Depotto’s apartment sim Unholy Heights, which is about filling an apartment building with monsters to fight invading heroes, of course, is coming to 3DS in Japan.
From Playism’s page for the PC version (source of the two screens above):
It’s inevitable that rumors of an apartment building full of monsters would eventually reach the ears of the no-good humans. Would-be heroes, bloodthirsty pirates, cunning thieves and conniving mages all have their sights on The Devil’s gold! Knock on doors and call your residents to your side! They want a war? We’ll give ‘em a war!
Not only do you have to recruit them to fight, but you also have to collect rent from the creatures and maintain their apartments to keep them happy. This sounds wild!
Playism localized the PC release of this, so there’s a chance for this one too. There’s been no announcement for the West; it comes out in Japan on the eShop this year.
Seems like Atlus’s PS3 and PS Vita games go on sale every week! I am quite all right with this, especially when it means savings on Persona, Persona 2 (both of them)! Persona 3 Portable, and Persona 4 Golden on Vita!
Acquire’s PS Vita and PlayStation 3 game about vampires feasting on the energy of otaku in Tokyo’s Akihabara district — vampires who you can only destroy by stripping off the clothes that protect them from sunlight — is coming to PS Vitas and PlayStation 3s in North America this summer with both physical and digital releases.
Xseed is publishing the game as Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed for the States, and intends to offer Japanese audio (it’s looking into offering dual audio). Yes, it’s pretty much all fanservice, but as Xseed’s Hatsuu points out, “the game is equal opportunity stripping for both males and females, even if Japanese marketing shows only females.”
And it will offer demo completion bonuses that players can import into the full game, similar to Bravely Default. The Spike Chunsoft RPG, which has you making star babies who fight alongside your hero in turn-based battles, will release on April 15 in the U.S. and some time in the second quarter of the year in Europe (this demo news is just for North America, by the way).
Publisher Atlus also provided screenshots and details on Mecunites, “giant death robots” that your Star Children can join to form and unleash “a mega-devastating single target attack, an AOE attack, and a heal that heals allies for 100% of health.”
You can see what I mean when you skip to the 2:18 mark of this LinandKo unboxing for Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World. At first it looks like the inside cover is taking advantage of the box’s eco-friendly gaps, as we’ve seen in some other designs, but when you pull out the jacket, it’s a spot-the-difference game! Marvelous AQL is giving people plenty of value for their money with this 2-in-1 game pack.
Did you know that this is the fastest-sellingHarvest Moon release in Japan? It’s already moved 131,000 copies during its first week in stores there, nearly exceeding Marvelous AQL’s lifetime forecast of 150,000. The series has performed well on 3DS, but something about this entry must have really resonated with buyers. Maybe it’s the Angora rabbits?
Synthpop dreamwave loveboats Arcade High wowed my metaphorical pants off at this past Pulsewave (almost full video here). The duo from Pittsburgh may be somewhat newcomers to the chipmusic scene but have no shortage of enthusiasm for making great music.
Pixel Passion is the first track off of their album of the same name. Dreamwave, floatcore, synthpop are all great descriptors but whatever you call it, it never fails to put a smile on my face.
Nate-Alig meant to paint this and create a whole series of marred consoles, but it sounds like an injury kept him from completing the project. Presumably the Game Boy still works — I mean, if the system can survive a Gulf War bombing and still load up Tetris fine, these nicks shouldn’t faze the old brick.
With a new title screen, a new character sprite, and some edited text, Rygar, a story about a dead soldier from “Argos” with a chain weapon dealie, becomes God of War. You can download the patch here thanks to pacnsacdave.
I didn’t realize it until after seeing this mod, but God of War in general bears a resemblance to the PS2 Rygar game, huh? I don’t think that Rygar game was good enough to be much of an inspiration, but they cover kinda similar ground.
And now help me out: Eric said he wasn’t much into NES Rygar, but I regard it as a beloved classic. Am I addled by nostalgia?
When I saw Majesco’s announcement of Gardening Mama 2 for 3DS, I thought, “oh cool, they’re still doing these! I like these.” I also like the concept, in which you grow plants for little animals to sell in their shops, sort of like one step back from Hometown Story.
But Eric pointed out something I hadn’t really considered, and that is that these Cooking Mama games are getting increasingly distant from their sensible, realistic concept they started with: a mom cooking for her family.
Now a mom is… living with talking animals in the forest, and growing crops for them to sell? The animals aren’t her kids, right? I guess this game is about Mama’s day job before she gets back home to spend a few precious hours with her family.