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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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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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"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!
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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!

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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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  • Source blogs.sega.com

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!

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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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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.

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Level-5’s Little Battlers Experience anime comes to US in August ⊟
Nicktoons will begin showing the anime based on Level-5’s Danbooru Senki/Little Battlers Experience on August 24, producer Dentsu announced for Comic-Con. Like the various 3DS and PSP/PS Vita games that released in Japan for the series, the anime is about kids who program and battle tiny sorta-toy-but-also-sorta-secret-government-project robots.
Bandai will sell toys coinciding with the launch of the show, and Dentsu is looking for more merchandise partners.
…I mean, how about Level-5?
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Level-5’s Little Battlers Experience anime comes to US in August ⊟

Nicktoons will begin showing the anime based on Level-5’s Danbooru Senki/Little Battlers Experience on August 24, producer Dentsu announced for Comic-Con. Like the various 3DS and PSP/PS Vita games that released in Japan for the series, the anime is about kids who program and battle tiny sorta-toy-but-also-sorta-secret-government-project robots.

Bandai will sell toys coinciding with the launch of the show, and Dentsu is looking for more merchandise partners.

…I mean, how about Level-5?

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Amazon price-matches PSN Batman deals [update: gone!] ⊟
…and you don’t even need Plus to get the prices! Here’s Injustice (Vita) for $4.20 and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for the same price. Blackgate’s got some issues but it’s absolutely worth playing at that crazy price. If you want to play the PS3 Origins game, that’s $8.40. Via @wario64!

Amazon price-matches PSN Batman deals [update: gone!] ⊟

…and you don’t even need Plus to get the prices! Here’s Injustice (Vita) for $4.20 and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for the same price. Blackgate’s got some issues but it’s absolutely worth playing at that crazy price. If you want to play the PS3 Origins game, that’s $8.40. Via @wario64!

Super Famicom pouches for PS Vita 2000 ⊟

So far, they’re only on Amazon Japan (via Miki800); hopefully they’ll end up on Play-Asia soon for accessibility. While it might seem weird to have cross-retro-pollination with a Nintendo theme on a Sony console accessory, back around the Super Famicom days they almost became the same thing

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