28 posts tagged tecmo
Spirit Camera is $11 at Amazon! Not a bad price, especially since you can snag 40 Club Nintendo coins after you register this. And it’s the closest thing to a new Fatal Frame game we’ve gotten in North America in seven years.
Other notable sales going on right now:
- Free Virtue’s Last Reward when you buy a PS Vita bundle
- Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii) for $13.85
- Persona 4 Arena (360/PS3) for $21.99
- Fortune Street (Wii) for $12.88
Grab some cheap Christmas presents, y’all. Joys be thine!
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Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition commercial airing in Japan, where this will release in a month.
There’s no word yet on whether this strange collaboration SRPG is headed to North America, but given the Nintendo DS’s near-empty slate and everyone’s love for pocket monsters, I’m betting we’ll hear something by E3.
Two eyes in the dark, one cartridge circles. Like most first-party 3DS releases in Japan lately, Ghost Camera gets a special inside cover for its eco-friendly boxes. In this case (literally, hurhur), it’s some creepy eyes — maybe Iwata’s?
The purple booklet here looks quite nice. As demonstrated in the videos we’ve previously posted, you use it for a lot of the game’s spooky augmented reality stuff.
It’s almost certain that we won’t get the inside art. Considering that Fatal Frame 4 never released here, we would be lucky if this released Stateside at all! :o(
See also: More Ghost Camera
Ghost Camera dramatic short movie. I know this is 12 minutes long, and it begins like a standard promotional clip with Japanese girls playing the latest 3DS game from the Fatal Frame team, but trust me, it starts to turn into something else. It’s definitely worth watching if you’re interested in the game, or Japanese horror films. Very awesome way to promote Ghost Camera!
The 8-4 Play folks talk a little about this game in their latest podcast, and I was surprised to hear how popular "finding ghosts in photos" is in Japan — like, apparently there are TV series and tourist attractions around the phenomenon? Maybe they care more about spirits over there because Asian ghosts happen to be a million times more creepy than Western ones.
On a related note, Capcom released a new viral video for Resident Evil: Revelations that’s pretty interesting, too.
Scans of Shinrei Camera, a new 3DS game co-developed by Tecmo’s Fatal Frame team and Nintendo.
As you can surmise from the title and these shorts, it’s a horor game that takes advantage of the 3DS’s augmented reality capabilities. The game will come with an “AR Notebook” that you can point your camera at in-game to reveal hidden messages, clues, and even demons.
1UP translated Famitsu's preview of the game, with comments from producer Keisuke Kikuchi:
“Shinrei Camera will feature three game modes: a story-driven adventure set in the same world as the rest of the Fatal Frame series; a minigame collection that uses the AR notebook; and a ‘ghost camera’ mode that allows you to snap supernatural pictures of yourself and your friends.
'Compared to previous Fatal Frame titles … there isn’t as much actual time spent with the game itself — that’s because you’ll also be spending time turning pages on the AR notebook and looking around in real life instead of moving your character around.’”
Like Fatal Frame IV, Nintendo will publish this in Japan, and has no plans yet to release this in the U.S.
See also: More Nintendo 3DS news
New Dead or Alive Dimensions gameplay clip. I was never a hardcore player of this series, but all that real-time data displayed on the bottom screen looks really useful for competitive DOA gamers. I imagine that tracking start-up frames and frame advantages could be difficult while engaged in a match, though!
Complaints I’ve seen about the footage — because no video can ever be posted on the internet without some grief — include: larger than usual hit sparks and the English voice acting (unsure if this will have a dual audio option?).
This doesn’t release until May 24, but there are already a few published reviews you can read in Nintendo Power (9.0), Videogamer (7.0), and EGM (7.5).
Preorder: Dead or Alive Dimensions
See also: More Dead or Alive Dimensions videos
Ninja Gaiden 2 comic panels from Nintendo Power's strategy guide (possibly drawn by Katsuya Terada?). Tecmo was making people say “Unngh” years before Master P stormed basketball courts atop a gold tank.
You can flip through pages from the issue/guide in this video!
See also: CES flyer for Ninja Gaiden 2
Anyone out there playing Fret Nice? I’ve been waiting for the guitar-driven platformer for quite some time now, but because it’s for the PlayStation 3, and all my Rock Band gear is for the Xbox 360, I’ve yet to experience the final product. An XBLA version has been promised, though no release date has been given.
Tecmo will toss two odd titles onto Japan’s DSiWare shop next week: Huh? The DS Is Upside Down? Reverse Shooting, and Huh? The DS Is Upside Down? Upside Down Drops. The latter is a puzzler and doesn’t interest me, but if you want to learn about it, head here.
Now, Reverse Shooting, this is some strange shiz. It features graphics from Tecmo’s Star Force series, which is interesting in itself as the company hasn’t really returned to the series since Final Star Force in 1992. Even more strange, though, is that the game is played upside down.
From what I can gather, it’s a two-player experience in which one gamer controls the ship with the directional pad and face buttons while an opponent directs the incoming stream of enemies and projectiles using the touchscreen. It’s not as complicated as the two-player controls for Fight With Photos: Photo Fighter X, but the system still seems weird for the person directing the ship, as your hands are positioned higher than the screen you’re watching.
For a novelty game, at least it’s cheap — 200 Points!
See also: DSiWare news out the god damn yin-yang
Music from Metroid: Other M. This tender piano composition opens up Nintendo’s teaser site for the upcoming Metroid game, accompanied by a rare Samus Aran audio clip (in Japanese): “A dream. It’s as if I was watching a playback of a tragedy that really happened.”
Metroid: Other M is slated to release in Japan this summer. Nintendo also revealed teaser sites with similarly sentimental music for two other Wii games: The Last Story from Archaic Sealed Heat developer Mistwalker; and Xenoblade (formerly Monado) from Xenosaga/Baten Kaitos studio Monolith Soft.
Preorder: Metroid: Other M
See also: Metroid: Other M trailer
Fatal Frame IV wallpaper (click for a larger version). You can download the full image and two other desktop backgrounds at Fatal Frame IV's Japanese site.
With this game’s fan-translation patch now out, a lot of people are looking to import a copy of Fatal Frame IV, since this homebrew hack won’t work with pirated versions. The patch is really clever that way, and it’s made so you can use it without installing any extra hardware on your Wii — just copy the patch onto an SD card, run the patch installer, insert the imported game, and play!
Now, the problem is that with demand for Japanese copies so high, Play Asia is already out of stock and is apparently informing customers that it does not plan to replenish its supply. A few other import sites still have copies, but they’re very expensive:
Note that those prices do not include shipping and handling. With HMV, for example, you still need to pay tax and around $13.36 to deliver it to the U.S. You also have the option of buying from eBay, but as of posting, there are currently no copies listead on the auction site. There’s a guide book, though, with a starting price of $50.
CES flyer for Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword of Chaos, scanned by Frank Cifaldi for a great Retronauts flyer roundup.
This flyer features the awesome “just take a picture of the screen” technology used before GameFan came along and made SCREENSHOT HISTORY.
I love this flyer for obvious reasons.