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Bust a Move 4 coming to PSN ⊟

Yeahhhh, gonna be able to download Bust a Move 4 on my Vita sometime this spring! And my PS3 and PSP should I decide to. Natsume is publishing the game as a PSOne Classic in North America.

This version of the Puzzle Bobble/Bust a Move series adds pulley levels, in which two sets of bubbles are attached to one another via ropes and pulleys, so you have to keep them balanced while breaking them.

This was a great game… on the Game Boy Color, where I played it, so I can only imagine the PS version is better. It’s got to be better as a handheld Puzzle Bobble than Bust a Move Universe.

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Conception 2’s Classmating seems innocent, but the rest of the game… ⊟
Despite being about creating babies with your high school classmates, Conception 2 is surprisingly chaste in regards to its signature feature. “Classmating” is successfully portrayed as totally innocent and nonsexual, at least in the couple of hours I’ve played.
Which makes it so much more jarring when the game gets bawdy elsewhere.

Conception 2’s Classmating is basically a religious ritual overseen by a priest, involving the magical energies of a young man and woman commingling in a special matryoshka thing to create Star Children, non-human fighters who look like chibi kids. 
I mean, this is definitely a metaphor for actual procreation, and not even a veiled one. Even so, it’s treated as a relatively benign event. The player character frequently introduces himself to female students with something like “Well, we’re going to be Classmating a bunch, so we should know one another!” to a generally casual, upbeat agreement. Spike Chunsoft went to great pains to make Classmating seem totally innocent, just a way for two kids to use their star power to generate tiny cowboys.
Meanwhile, your friend Chlotz is constantly talking to you about how attractive other students are, and trying to get you to get closer to female students. One scene involves you and Chlotz being sent to find a new student who ranks high in combat potential; because she’s a high-ranking student, Chlotz assumes she’s going to be tall and large-chested, because… I’m actually not sure why.
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Oh, and that priest? Who is also the school’s headmaster? He seems to take Classmating seriously, but he’s not at all above commenting on the attractiveness of the teenagers around him.
The girls are just as weirdly obsessed with their own bodies. At one point, two students have a conversation about their relative breast sizes out of nowhere, and there’s a particularly embarrassing scene in which a bunch of students get drinks from a vending machine, leading to… well, this line:

Basically, here’s what I think is happening. The central mechanic of the game, which is just barely removed from being actual sex, is treated respectfully and tastefully as a side effect of being novel. What I mean is that there isn’t an existing anime/game template regarding this kind of metaphorical coupling, and so it ironically avoids the usual material.
Whereas the rest of the game is textbook Moe High School Anime, or at least fits my limited image of it, and thus subject to all the tropes that come along with that, including the dumb best friend, the male protagonist humiliated by accidental double entendres, and “waaah, they’re huge!”
Bear in mind, I haven’t completed the game; it’s possible the Classmating gets more moe-infused and the daily life less so. This is just a weird juxtaposition I noticed early on.
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Conception 2’s Classmating seems innocent, but the rest of the game… 

Despite being about creating babies with your high school classmates, Conception 2 is surprisingly chaste in regards to its signature feature. “Classmating” is successfully portrayed as totally innocent and nonsexual, at least in the couple of hours I’ve played.

Which makes it so much more jarring when the game gets bawdy elsewhere.

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Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice Delta, Oreshika 2 coming to North America ⊟

Woo Freedom Wars! The Gravity Rush team’s new game (actually, Sony says, a collaboration between “JAPAN Studio, Shift and Dimps”) will be out this year, with eight-player online coop and a weird single-player story about fighting monsters to reduce your million-year prison sentence.

Also coming over, according to today’s announcement: Soul Sacrifice Delta on May 13, and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, “an RPG in which you take charge of an ancient Japanese clan that have been cursed with a maximum lifespan of just 2 years.” This Alfa System-developed sequel has players controlling multiple generations. Neat!

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  • Source blog.us.playstation.com
Mercenary Kings coming to PS Vita ⊟
As are Ninja Senki DX (another game with a Tiny cameo!) and Tribute Games’ next project Curses n’ Chaos, according to a report from Destructoid. Mercenary Kings is expected to have Cross-Buy with the PlayStation 4 version. The console and PC versions are great, but obviously we feel like the game will work even better on a handheld.
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Mercenary Kings coming to PS Vita ⊟

As are Ninja Senki DX (another game with a Tiny cameo!) and Tribute Games’ next project Curses n’ Chaos, according to a report from Destructoid. Mercenary Kings is expected to have Cross-Buy with the PlayStation 4 version. The console and PC versions are great, but obviously we feel like the game will work even better on a handheld.

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Atlus picks up Citizens of Earth for 3DS, Vita (and more) ⊟

Former Kickstarter project Citizens of Earth is now being published by Atlus for 3DS, Wii U, Vita, PS4, and PC. It’s an Earthbound/Mother-esque RPG starring the Vice President of the United States, and has a pretty fun gimmick:

In Citizens of Earth, the new RPG from ATLUS and Eden Industries, help comes in the form of 40 recruitable citizens, each with unique abilities. Everyone can lend a hand — from the way-too-jittery Barista and the ever-optimistic Weatherlady to the notoriously skeezy Car Salesman. 

The company is even holding a contest to create your own citizen/combatant.

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Flying Hamster 2 takes inspiration from Wonder Boy ⊟

Looking for all intents and purposes like a modern sequel to Wonder Boy 3, Flying Hamster 2 is up on Kickstarter. And it looks beautiful.

The original game was a side-scrolling shooter, but for this one, developer Game Atelier says, “Our main inspirations are the Wonder Boy / Monster WorldZelda series and Secret Of Mana.”

The main Kickstarter goal is a Windows version, but stretch goals could bring it to PS4, Xbox One, Vita, 3DS, and Wii U. I believe that, too, as Flying Hamster was ported all over the place!

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Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection on June 3 ⊟

The super weird spinoff of the super weird RPG series – in which you teach a personified game console how to sing and dance – will be released on PS Vita June 3 in North America and June 6 in Europe.

Even though I’m personally fairly interested in this, as a bizarre curiosity (especially since the Idolm@ster games never come over here), I smiled at this line in NIS America’s press release: “Developed by IDEA FACTORY, COMPILE HEART, and the acclaimed idols game developer, TAMSOFT” Tamsoft, acclaimed! And those three companies, together! It’s a dream team! 

Even so, I’m totally going to check it out. I still play Tamsoft’s Senran Kagura Burst occasionally…

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When did Digimon games get so stylish ⊟

So I’ve been sleeping on the Digimon series since… life, but looking at these screens of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth for PS Vita, I feel like I should be paying attention. Did they always look this cool?

Or is this one a new look, to go with the in-the-computer Matrix business this particular game is about?

Anyway, this game’s release details are still TBA in Japan, and as for the West, there have probably been too many of us sleeping on Digimon.

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  • Source game.watch.impress.co.jp
Liberation Maiden visual novel coming to Vita ⊟
Liberation Maiden SIN, 5pb’s visual novel spinoff of the Suda 51/Level-5 shooter from Guild01, will be ported from PS3 to Vita, Siliconera reports (based on Famitsu leaks). 
SIN stars Kiyoto Kaido, a mind-reading teen who becomes the chief aide to teen giant robot pilot president of Japan Shoko Ozora, and interacts with an all-female cabinet.
I’d still be surprised if this were localized, but then we have a successful franchise of visual novels about hooking up with dramatized Shinsengumi samurai, so.
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Liberation Maiden visual novel coming to Vita ⊟

Liberation Maiden SIN, 5pb’s visual novel spinoff of the Suda 51/Level-5 shooter from Guild01, will be ported from PS3 to Vita, Siliconera reports (based on Famitsu leaks). 

SIN stars Kiyoto Kaido, a mind-reading teen who becomes the chief aide to teen giant robot pilot president of Japan Shoko Ozora, and interacts with an all-female cabinet.

I’d still be surprised if this were localized, but then we have a successful franchise of visual novels about hooking up with dramatized Shinsengumi samurai, so.

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  • Source siliconera.com
Here’s what’s going on in the Conception II demo ⊟
And here’s more of Atlus showing off combat from Conception II's demo. In case someone didn't tell you yesterday, the demo is out now for PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS! The game hits on April 15. Credit to BOS for the image.
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Here’s what’s going on in the Conception II demo ⊟

And here’s more of Atlus showing off combat from Conception II's demo. In case someone didn't tell you yesterday, the demo is out now for PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS! The game hits on April 15. Credit to BOS for the image.

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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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Wow, Sega bringing Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd over ⊟

We did it, somehow – we made Sega’s weird rhythm game series about musical instrument people into a viable Western franchise. As proof, Sega just announced that it will release Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd in the west, on both PS3 and Vita. 

And good news for those of you who don’t believe a game exists unless it takes up space in your house: it’ll be physically released on both platforms as well.

This is great! I really like the first Vita game, and I am down for some more songs!

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  • Source blogs.sega.com