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Minecraft, and more Vita stuff from TGS ⊟

It’s possible you haven’t played Minecraft, because you’re the kind of person who only plays stuff on handhelds. I know this is possible because that’s me. Anyway, you’ll be interested in this trailer for the PS Vita version, then! It’s got multiplayer, how nice!

Other Vita trailers we’ve seen from Tokyo Game Show:

And it didn’t come out of TGS, but Aksys put out this new trailer for fighting game Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX, which releases to PS Vita and PlayStation 3 on September 23.

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Rising Star games on sale ⊟

As part of a 10th anniversary celebration, publisher Rising Star Games has put all of its downloadable games on sale, across both North America and Europe. Here’s what that means for handhelds in North America: a series of 3DS deals.

  • Girls’ Fashion Shoot – $7.98
  • Beyblade: Evolution – $9.98
  • Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 – $3.74
  • Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 – $3.74
  • Super Black Bass 3D – $3.74

Girls’ Fashion Shoot looks pretty fun! I like the idea of being both model and magazine editor.

Anyway, stuff’s more interesting in Europe, where RSG has been established for longer. Virtue’s Last Reward, Sorcery Saga, Half-Minute Hero, Bit.Trip Saga… and if you have a PS3, don’t miss out on that super cheap Deadly Premonition in either region!

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Band Saga aims for Vita, 3DS ⊟

Whoaaaaa, this game looks neat. “Band Saga is a modern Action Roguelike where every level, enemy and item is generated by music. Furthermore, every melody and every sound is synthesized in real time as you play!”

It has a built-in FM sequencer that unlocks new sounds – the sounds of all the stuff you encounter in the game, like some kind of Yuzo Koshiro x Sound Shapes situation.

Stretch goals for the Kickstarter will allow a version of this cool looking game to come to Vita at $40,000, and 3DS at $100,000. And it’ll come to TGS next week, no matter what! If you’re in Tokyo, go check it out!

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TinyCast 042 - A New Stereoscopic 3D Spectacular - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 042 - A New Stereoscopic 3D Spectacular

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TinyCast 42! Nintendo’s New 3DS models, Sony’s PS Vita announcements, Square Enix’s Dragon Quest shenanigans, and NIS America’s Danganronpa 2 release (no spoilers) gave us more than enough to talk about this week! And just as Eric figured out his audio problems, Fran’s mic crapped out on us — we should have this taken care of next time! Please understand.

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Another Gravity Rush figurine ⊟

Man, that game was so cool. And so is this figurine of Kat, by President Japan (!) It’s on J-List and Amiami, that I’ve seen so far, shipping in November. The colors are wayyyy less muted than the last figure.

The pose would be really awkward if it were meant to be standing; but Kat is almost always in some state of floating, which I didn’t actually put together as the reason for this pose for a good few seconds.

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250 PSP games available to Japanese PS Plus members this year ⊟
[Update: This move is actually not as exciting as we thought, according to a note that was overlooked in initial English reports. You’ll be required to own a PSP and the games on UMD in order to access them. Thanks to TimmiT for pointing that out!]
In the West, PlayStation Plus gets you access to a dozen or so PS3 and Vita games, recent and classic, with the selection rotating every month. This is a great deal! But in Japan, you will also get about 250 PSP games, Sony announced at its pre-TGS press conference this week.
D-d-dang.
The games come from the “UMD Passport” program, which offered digital PSP games on Vita to owners of the UMD versions. As a “first step,” Persona 3 Portable and Trails in the Sky will be released for free, along with about 50 other games. An HD rental of a Berserk anime movie is also part of the deal. Via Gamespot.
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250 PSP games available to Japanese PS Plus members this year ⊟

[Update: This move is actually not as exciting as we thought, according to a note that was overlooked in initial English reports. You’ll be required to own a PSP and the games on UMD in order to access them. Thanks to TimmiT for pointing that out!]

In the West, PlayStation Plus gets you access to a dozen or so PS3 and Vita games, recent and classic, with the selection rotating every month. This is a great deal! But in Japan, you will also get about 250 PSP games, Sony announced at its pre-TGS press conference this week.

D-d-dang.

The games come from the “UMD Passport” program, which offered digital PSP games on Vita to owners of the UMD versions. As a “first step,” Persona 3 Portable and Trails in the Sky will be released for free, along with about 50 other games. An HD rental of a Berserk anime movie is also part of the deal. Via Gamespot.

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  • Source scei.co.jp

Surprise! Vita themes, new Ys game, and more ⊟

Did you know there was a Sony press conference last night? I did, but I slept anyway. Labor Day, y’all! Anyway, here’s a quick roundup of news, thanks to the PS Blog and Joystiq:

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Discount Ronpa on PSN  ⊟
Danganronpa 2 comes out next week, so if you haven’t checked out the first PS Vita game yet, now’s a good time. A really good time, in fact: it’s on sale on PSN (North America) for 20 bucks right now!
Other cool deals worth noting: a sale on all PixelJunk games. I don’t have a PS Move but I’m really considering 4am for $2.50. That thing is absolutely brilliant. Oh, and Runner2 for less than five dollars! Image via nuclearcherries.
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Discount Ronpa on PSN  ⊟

Danganronpa 2 comes out next week, so if you haven’t checked out the first PS Vita game yet, now’s a good time. A really good time, in fact: it’s on sale on PSN (North America) for 20 bucks right now!

Other cool deals worth noting: a sale on all PixelJunk games. I don’t have a PS Move but I’m really considering 4am for $2.50. That thing is absolutely brilliant. Oh, and Runner2 for less than five dollars! Image via nuclearcherries.

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A few things I like about Akiba’s Trip ⊟ 
Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed is sort of a Yakuza-type modern-day Japan RPG thing; it attempts to be salacious, but also about otaku; it’s well-written (at least, in localization) but incessantly talky.
Uh, also, it took a long time for me to get into the actual gameplay, and then froze before I remembered to save, which is maybe half my fault. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I don’t exactly know how I feel about it.
But I know there are some things I really like about this weird game.

Akihabara: I’ve visited Akihabara three times – not enough to know the layout, but enough to recognize some landmarks and get a vague notion of where a few places are. Akiba’s Trip recreates Akihabara just as I remember it (admittedly, minus a lot of the crowd, and in somewhat simple graphics). Even better, you can actually go into some of the real stores, even if just to buy a t-shirt.
Combo finishers: Combat isn’t as smooth as I would want from a pure brawler, but it’s all right. It’s serviceable, if a bit laggy. Combat, by the way, involves punching and kicking the clothes of enemy “synthisters” until they’re damaged enough to be easily ripped off piece by piece. When you successfully remove an article of clothing, if any nearby enemies are also damaged enough, you can hit a short QTE and remove some of their clothes. This kind of dramatic auto-combo stuff just feels fun. As for the bonus you get for high combos – enemy underwear – whatever.
Clothing: As you’re also a light-sensitive Synthister, your clothes have an in-game function: they’re your armor. Every item of clothing has its own defense level; you can get more from battles or shop for clothes. But the best part of this is that every item you wear reflects on your in-game model. So if you want to look a) fresh-to-death or b) hilarious, you can. 
This Pepper Lunch ad

Seriously, Pepper Lunch is amazing. Whenever I’m in Tokyo, I go to this fast food establishment, where you cook plates of steak, rice, corn, and delicious seasonings to your taste by stirring the contents of the sizzling hot plates around. The best. And this game reminded me of it.
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A few things I like about Akiba’s Trip ⊟ 

Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed is sort of a Yakuza-type modern-day Japan RPG thing; it attempts to be salacious, but also about otaku; it’s well-written (at least, in localization) but incessantly talky.

Uh, also, it took a long time for me to get into the actual gameplay, and then froze before I remembered to save, which is maybe half my fault. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I don’t exactly know how I feel about it.

But I know there are some things I really like about this weird game.

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TinyCast 040 - Mighty Junvolt - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 040 - Mighty Junvolt

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TinyCast 40! With handheld releases starting to pick up, the TinyCast crew gathers to talk about Mighty Gunvolt, Yokai Watch toys, Phantom Breaker, and Akiba’s Trip.

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Please consider this Dangan Rooster ⊟

Here is a screenshot sent out by NIS America for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, in which a robotic teddy bear points a magic wand at a rooster, with dramatic lighting and effects. 

If I was not already totally looking forward to this game, these totally out of context images would definitely pique my interest. Like, what is going on here.

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Catching up with Magical Beat ⊟
I’ve had Arc System Works’ Magical Beat for a few weeks now, and I haven’t really been able to post impressions for various, totally not exciting reasons. But I wanted to make sure you all knew about this neat Vita puzzler, because its concept totally captured my imagination – and it’s a fun execution of that concept!
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Basically, Magical Beat is a Puyo Puyo-type falling block game in which you drop three-block units to match three or more adjacent blocks, clearing them off the screen and sending junk to your opponent’s side.
The twist is that you have to drop the pieces to the beat of the (J-Poppy, Miku-y) background music. I mean, you don’t have to; but you’ll want to if you want the blocks to actually go where they’re supposed to and not flop disappointingly into random spots on the screen.
This simple change in the puzzle game style – the rhythm element – makes Magical Beat feel totally different from any other puzzle game I’ve played, and makes me wonder why nobody tried such a mashup before.
Sure, there’s Lumines, but with Lumines it’s different. The music and the puzzling meld together in that game to induce a sort of flow state, guiding your brain into effortless block gymnastics while your conscious mind descends into a trance.

Magical Beat’s music, on the other hand, adds pressure, forcing you to be on high alert at all times while you juggle puzzle strategy and rhythm. It’s the anti-Lumines in that the music is almost a disruptive element, a way to make the game more challenging.
It’s not quite at “puzzle game classic” yet – it’ll need a few more iterations with additional single- and multiplayer modes to add variety – but Magical Beat really feels like a worthy puzzle game. It adds something new, or at least combines two old things in a novel way.
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Catching up with Magical Beat ⊟

I’ve had Arc System Works’ Magical Beat for a few weeks now, and I haven’t really been able to post impressions for various, totally not exciting reasons. But I wanted to make sure you all knew about this neat Vita puzzler, because its concept totally captured my imagination – and it’s a fun execution of that concept!

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