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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 will be called that in the West ⊟

Idea Factory will publish the Vita remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia in North America and Europe in “late summer,” and that’s about as far in the press release as I could get because it’s called “Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1,” with that nonsensical semicolon, and the appended 1.

I will say that I’m way more likely to play this on Vita than I was on PS3, and I’m still intrigued enough about the world of Gamindustri to potentially give it a try. I just have to close my eyes at the title screen or something.

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Monster Monpiece coming to Vita in NA/EU ⊟

Compile Heart’s Monster Monpiece is being localized for release on PSN in North America and Europe in the spring (trailer via Dtoid). This is the game that you might know as the “rubbing game,” in which you rub on-screen “Monster Girls” cards to power them up, but it’s also a strategy-based card RPG with online play – a detail that usually fails to make an impression since it’s less memorable than the rubbing.

A couple of things I find interesting about this release: first, it’s being published directly by Idea Factory’s newly established Idea Factory International division, showing that the company’s putting all that visual novel money into some new business ventures.

And second, in the press release announcing the game, the company came right out and listed all of the cards that will be edited in the Western release because of their “strong sexual nature.” And why not list them: “Vampire, Kraken, Goblin, Cockatrice, Kobold, Skeleton, Titania, Bahamut, Fia, Brownie, Pegasus, Mandragora, Mau Sibau, Rafflesia, Death Scorpion, Phantom, and Tengu.” Great, now I’m going to have to go look up what this sexy skeleton looks like.

The cards aren’t being removed; rather, their “images have been limited to that of their level 1, 2, or 3 evolution form.”

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  • Source destructoid.com

Monster Monpiece, a Vita card game by Neptunia developer Compile Heart. I have to identify the genre in the post, because all you’ll see in the video is the use of the Vita’s touch surfaces for rubbin’ up on some anime lady.

Innovative experiences like these are only possible thanks to the Vita’s rear touch pad.

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See also: More PS Vita coverage  [Via Siliconera]