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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.
BUY Danganronpa Another Episode, Danganronpa, Danganronpa 2

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.

BUY Danganronpa Another Episode, DanganronpaDanganronpa 2
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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.

BUY Danganronpa, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
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.
BUY PS Vita (Slim/Borderlands 2 bundle), 1-year PS Plus membership, upcoming games

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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"Anime," Atlus sales on PSN ⊟
Personas! A couple of sales going on PSN this week give you a chance to save on Japanese games. The “Anime Sale" has deals like BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend for $3.75 (w/Plus) and Ys I&II Chronicles for $7.49.
There’s also an Atlus sale, because of course there’s an Atlus sale, but it’s a good one! Lots of Sting games, Personas, and Banchos for $5 each!
BUY PS Vita (Slim/Borderlands 2 bundle), 1-year PS Plus membership, upcoming games

"Anime," Atlus sales on PSN ⊟

Personas! A couple of sales going on PSN this week give you a chance to save on Japanese games. The “Anime Sale" has deals like BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend for $3.75 (w/Plus) and Ys I&II Chronicles for $7.49.

There’s also an Atlus sale, because of course there’s an Atlus sale, but it’s a good one! Lots of Sting games, Personas, and Banchos for $5 each!

BUY PS Vita (Slim/Borderlands 2 bundle), 1-year PS Plus membership, upcoming games

Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd out November 18 ⊟

…in the US, November 21 elsewhere — for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. There’s also… pre-order DLC! Sure, why not. Pre-ordering the game from “select retailers” gets you the “Americana” costume, which is kind of American-ish, I guess. And GameStop pre-orders (and people who already have Project Diva F!) get an “Extra Character Pack” with three other Vocaloids.

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La-Mulana Vita has a publisher ⊟

Rising Star Games will distribute the handheld release of the MSX-inspired action game (currently available on WiiWare and Windows), which is still due to come out this year.

The PS Vita version, La-Mulana EX, will have exclusive new content, but no idea what that is yet!

BUY PS Vita (Slim/Borderlands 2 bundle), 1-year PS Plus membership, upcoming games

Great LE for that weird Danganronpa spinoff ⊟

Wow, the Famitsu DX Pack for Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo: Danganronpa Another Episode comes with a tote bag, a cool stained-glass-Monokuma mug, and like a weird Monokuma head you store your phone in! The Vita shooter (!) ships in September; Play-Asia’s got the set for $137.

If you haven’t seen this game yet, here’s a trailer after the break. It’s totally a shooter about yelling at Monokuma.

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  • Source play-asia.com

Skate or Danganronpa ⊟

So I’m looking through these Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens NIS America sent over (thanks, doods!), and I see… skateboarding? It’s a new minigame the PS Vita adventure title is introducing because, you know, there weren’t enough dang(anronpa) minigames during the trial segments.

Logic Dive - You’ll skateboard through a glowing path, interrupted by questions. Answering correctly will lead you down the right path, but the wrong answer will throw you off course and reset the Logic Dive!

More new stuff in the sequel:

Hangman’s Gambit - Letters are flying across the screen, and you have to pick out the ones you need to spell out your key evidence! Correct spelling lands you points, and you can fuse like letters together to form larger yet stationary letters that are worth even more points! But these big letters will detonate if you’re too slow to use them, and if mismatched letters collide with each other, your health bar will take a big hit!

Rebuttal Showdown - Characters won’t just sit back and let you talk this time around. Your arguments can be interrupted, and you’ll have to use evidence to cut down their arguments in this frenetic, one-on-one debate! The tropical sun’s bringing some serious heat to the Class Trial!

Releases in North America on September 2 and to Europe on September 5.

BUY Danganronpa, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Dragon’s Crown, Metrico, Fez, Proteus free with PS Plus ⊟
Well, you’re pretty much set for Vita games in August if you have Plus. Fez, which everyone should really at least try. Proteus, which I want to try. Metrico, an intriguing new release in which you platform through infographics. And Dragon’s Crown, whose addition makes PS Plus the Vanillaware Subscription Service.
Sony’s trying way too hard to make PS Plus irresistible. It’s totally working. Get Dragon’s Crown however you can!
BUY PS Vita (PS Vita Slim / Borderlands 2 bundle), 1-year PS Plus membership, upcoming games

Dragon’s Crown, Metrico, Fez, Proteus free with PS Plus ⊟

Well, you’re pretty much set for Vita games in August if you have Plus. Fez, which everyone should really at least try. Proteus, which I want to try. Metrico, an intriguing new release in which you platform through infographics. And Dragon’s Crown, whose addition makes PS Plus the Vanillaware Subscription Service.

Sony’s trying way too hard to make PS Plus irresistible. It’s totally working. Get Dragon’s Crown however you can!

BUY PS Vita (PS Vita Slim / Borderlands 2 bundle), 1-year PS Plus membership, upcoming games

Class of Heroes 2G’s dual-screen play ⊟

It’s not often I post videos about the console versions of handheld games, but this is a neat extra added to the western PS3 release of Class of Heroes 2G.

If you pair your PSP or Vita with the PS3, you can use the handheld as a second screen to display maps, stats, and monster info.

This stuff is really neat and doesn’t happen often enough! I guess given the massive disparity between PS3 and Vita ownership in the US, there’s not often enough incentive to work on features like that. But neat.

BUY PS Vita (PS Vita Slim / Borderlands 2 bundle), upcoming games