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Custom Solatorobo DAHAK model, seen at Winter Wonder Festival. There’s been a bunch of Solatorobo merchandise in Japan, but never anything like this! CyberConnect2, Namco Bandai, toy companies, and, uh, guy who made this model: you should all get on that!
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Custom Solatorobo DAHAK model, seen at Winter Wonder Festival. There’s been a bunch of Solatorobo merchandise in Japan, but never anything like this! CyberConnect2, Namco Bandai, toy companies, and, uh, guy who made this model: you should all get on that!

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In the not so distant future, I would like to greet everyone in the Little Tail Bronx world. Although, I don’t know what media it will be. As long as it has everyone’s support, the Little Tails Bronx world will live forever.

CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama hinting at a Solatorobo / Tail Concerto follow-up of some sort — not necessarily a video game — at a Japanese fan event for Solatorobo held over the weekend.

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New Solatorobo merchandise, including keychains, sports towels, “tapestries,” and a poster of a Solatorobo-theme sugoroku board.

These are produced to coincide with a Solatorobo “festival” in Japan, taking place in January. That event will also feature a “mini-live” concert by LieN, and a discussion between CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama and Solatorobo’s director, who apparently goes by “WAKA.” I guess this game is pretty popular in Japan!

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"Leaked" photo from a Solatorobo 2 trailer. The story behind this image, as relayed to us by a couple French (!) gaming sites, is that Solatorobo character designer Nobuteru Yūki himself, teased this shot on Twitter.
On that Twitter account, which was created just yesterday and is presented in English for some reason, Yūki — whose past credits include huge anime productions like Escaflowne, X, and Clover — says he took the picture two days ago when no one was around.
So, yes, a famous animator/character designer started a Twitter account just so he could ruin his career by posting info for a sequel to an unpopular game he worked on. That’s exactly what happened here, for sure.
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"Leaked" photo from a Solatorobo 2 trailer. The story behind this image, as relayed to us by a couple French (!) gaming sites, is that Solatorobo character designer Nobuteru Yūki himself, teased this shot on Twitter.

On that Twitter account, which was created just yesterday and is presented in English for some reason, Yūki — whose past credits include huge anime productions like Escaflowne, X, and Clover — says he took the picture two days ago when no one was around.

So, yes, a famous animator/character designer started a Twitter account just so he could ruin his career by posting info for a sequel to an unpopular game he worked on. That’s exactly what happened here, for sure.

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Solatorobo 4koma comic strip, translated by 4dawgz and Nameless Translator. These were posted, in Japanese, on CyberConnect2’s website. They’re awfully cute, but reading them in English reveals that they aren’t exactly… funny. 
Still, they’re worth reading for a) the aforementioned cuteness and b) the way they add some richness to the world of Solatorobo. And by “add richness” I mean “show you what the toilets look like.”
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Solatorobo 4koma comic strip, translated by 4dawgz and Nameless Translator. These were posted, in Japanese, on CyberConnect2’s website. They’re awfully cute, but reading them in English reveals that they aren’t exactly… funny

Still, they’re worth reading for a) the aforementioned cuteness and b) the way they add some richness to the world of Solatorobo. And by “add richness” I mean “show you what the toilets look like.”

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Solatorobo: Red the Hunter launch trailer. It’s out in North America today! Or at least it will be shipping to retailers today (or to your home, if you were a good reader and ordered the game online through one of our links).

If you haven’t read the piece yet, it is critical that you load our Solatorobo guest review into your browser now. The text is just as magnificent as the main article image.

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Solatorobo - a fond farewell to the DS, and a testament to an era that’s slowly fading

[Some doubted it would ever happen, but Solatorobo releases in the States tomorrow for the DS — Infinity Counter’s Francesco Dagostino provides us with this thoughtful guest review of the action RPG.]

Furry. Kemono. Call them what you will; associate them with the worst kinks on the internet. But anthropomorphic animals are also the symbol of a long-decayed video game era, lost to the encroaching desert of the medium’s Westernization.

They dwelt in an era made of happy-go-lucky worlds, now eroded by the obsessive pursuit of pseudo-Hollywood photorealism; creativity sacrificed as hypertrophic muscles contract, in response to the button-mashing of foolproof controls.

Obviously enough, there are still developers refusing to follow this sea change: software houses swimming against the current to preserve values that everyone else gave up on for the sake of easy revenues.

CyberConnect2 is one of these.

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Customization trailer for Solatorobo: Red the Hunter. Remember when we were sobbing in the streets, tearing our hair out, and beating our chest over this game releasing in Japan and Europe but not in the U.S.?

It will be out in North America next week.

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New Solatorobo trailer demonstrates Red Savarin’s many roles. He’s not just Red the Hunter, like in the subtitle; the dog-man-guy is also Red the Duelist, Red the Detective, Red the Pirate Fighter, and Red the Musician.

Oh, and according to this morning’s announcement, he’s also Red the Finally Coming Out In North America On September 27! Lots of great stuff for the game today:

Don’t forget to preorder for the free soundtrack!

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Solatorobo’s U.S. release to include OST

When Solatorobo: Red the Hunter ships in the U.S. on September 27, each copy will include a soundtrack CD, a replica of the 24-track OST (pictured) that was included with Japan’s collector’s edition. The album features “a full orchestral score that foreshadows the epic struggle for survival that awaits protagonist Red Savarin.”

You’ll pay a bit more for the game because of the pack-in, $34.99, but if the music is as good as import impressions indicate, that’s not so bad. Props to Xseed, "the bravest publisher in America", for coming up with something extra for fans (even if this is just a ploy to encourage consumers to buy the game instead of pirating it).

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[Thanks, Roaring Warg! (Not Roaring Wang)]

Solatorobo: Red the Hunter trailer. I’ve seen this game compared frequently to Mega Man Legends, a comparison that’s much more important now that nobody is carrying on the Legends series. If you want a light-hearted treasure-hunting adventure set on a series of small islands, with walking robot vehicles, this is the only game in town!

As a nice bonus, it’s a DS game, so it’ll work even if you don’t have a Nintendo 3DS…

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[Via @XSEEDGames, Monstervine]

Solatorobo is comfortable on this smaller scale, offering variation in the moment-to-moment of its quests rather than throwing everything at a big set-piece. It’s a game full of detail, not only on the visual side, where a room’s pictures and hidden crevices are as interesting as a treasure chest, but in its concept of an adventurer as part-time hoarder. So many games ask players to collect things these days, and in so few is it worthwhile.

Excerpt from Eurogamer’s review of Solatorobo: Red the Hunter. If you want a good idea of how CyberConnect2’s fur-ish action-RPG works, this review lays it all out pretty clearly.

And though there are a few complaints about the low difficulty and overreliance on dramatic cutscenes for things that could have been in the game, Rich Stanton’s review suggests that this is something DS owners should make a point to play.

"It feels familiar, but it’s unlike anything else - and even on DS, where good RPGs are plentiful, this is in the top tier. It should have been called Awesome Robot-Riding Dog Adventures, of course. But you can’t have everything."

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