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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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Here’s what Natural Doctrine looks like ⊟

Last time I posted about this game, it was focused on the limited edition, leaving some to wonder what the actual gameplay for the PS3/4/Vita strategy game looked like. It’s… a lot of text! A lot. 

Luckily NISA released these English screens, making the text at least legible. They’ve also opened the website.

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Fez print by Dan Clarke ⊟
In celebration of the really quite good Polytron game (now on Vita!), Dan Clarke is printing up this also very good print, featuring weird connected rounded pixel things forming the image of main character Gomez.
Only 30 will be printed (wow), 25 in black and 5 in blue. They’ll ship this month.
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Fez print by Dan Clarke ⊟

In celebration of the really quite good Polytron game (now on Vita!), Dan Clarke is printing up this also very good print, featuring weird connected rounded pixel things forming the image of main character Gomez.

Only 30 will be printed (wow), 25 in black and 5 in blue. They’ll ship this month.

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  • Source cargocollective.com
Skullgirls Encore is coming to Vita ⊟
Definitely missed this over the weekend! But if I did, it’s likely some of y’all did as well, and this is some hot news. Skullgirls Encore, the post-Indiegogo, updated version of the gorgeously animated 2D fighter, is coming out on Vita this year (and PS4)!
I have this on PS3 but haven’t been able to play it much because it’s on PS3. I’m totally looking forward to getting into this on a handheld.
I’m really impressed with the way Lab Zero has kept updating the game post-launch, and I’m especially impressed with the way Lab Zero (cool people I like) bring in people like TinyCast’s own Christian Nutt to work on the game. Full disclosure, I guess! I’m biased as hell! 
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Skullgirls Encore is coming to Vita ⊟

Definitely missed this over the weekend! But if I did, it’s likely some of y’all did as well, and this is some hot news. Skullgirls Encore, the post-Indiegogo, updated version of the gorgeously animated 2D fighter, is coming out on Vita this year (and PS4)!

I have this on PS3 but haven’t been able to play it much because it’s on PS3. I’m totally looking forward to getting into this on a handheld.

I’m really impressed with the way Lab Zero has kept updating the game post-launch, and I’m especially impressed with the way Lab Zero (cool people I like) bring in people like TinyCast’s own Christian Nutt to work on the game. Full disclosure, I guess! I’m biased as hell! 

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  • Source blog.us.playstation.com
99 cent flash sale on US PSN ⊟
Dyad! ToeJam & Earl! Harvest Moon: Back to Nature! Tekken 2! If you have a PlayStation of some kind, chances are you’ll find something that you’re willing to spend a dollar for here. The deal is active through the weekend.
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99 cent flash sale on US PSN ⊟

Dyad! ToeJam & Earl! Harvest Moon: Back to Nature! Tekken 2! If you have a PlayStation of some kind, chances are you’ll find something that you’re willing to spend a dollar for here. The deal is active through the weekend.

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  • Source store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com
Monster Monpiece is great, except when it isn’t ⊟
Based on a tip from Jenni Lada on CheatCC about surprising quality, I requested a review code of Monster Monpiece. And now, here I am writing a piece in a similar vein: wow, I did not think I would enjoy this Idea Factory moe card game, but here I am.
I’m not a card game person; they hew too closely to strategy RPG territory for me, and I’m still not really wired for those (Fire Emblem: Awakening is a recent and wonderful exception.)
If a card game has any chance of keeping my attention, it needs to introduce me to the genre’s style of strategic thinking in the gentlest manner possible, and this is where Monster Monpiece excels. 
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The game introduces each rule through a real match. At first, it’s a simple game of placing cards, trying to defeat enemy cards by depleting their HP with higher attack stats, then marching to the end of the enemy side of the playing field and destroying their base. In subsequent matches, new rules are introduced one at a time: stat boosts for putting down same-colored cards in subsequent turns; ranged attacks; temporarily fusing cards; special abilities that certain cards have that automatically activate when the card is placed, etc.
That I could understand how to play this game at all speaks to how effective the drip-feed introduction is. But not only could I play Monster Monpiece, I wanted to! The mechanics are streamlined enough to be quickly playable, but complex enough to be interesting (to me, at least).
Much of the rest of the game helped keep me engaged by staying out of the way. The world map that takes you from battle to battle is simplified to the extreme; it’s reminiscent of a board game, with some spots being battles and others being free cards or money. Even the story segments don’t bother me – because there’s a “skip” button that blazes through all the text at a rate just fast enough that I can get the gist of it. And the story doesn’t matter anyway.
But, as everyone who’s ever seen or heard of Monster Monpiece knows, there’s another element to the game, and I can confirm that it’s as cringeworthy as you’d expect. As you defeat enemies, you earn points that can be used to power up your cards, and therein lies the rub, hurr hurr.

In order to boost cards’ abilities – raising their HP, attack and other stats – you spend your “rub points” in “First Crush ♥ Rub” mode, in which you trace your finger around the touchscreen on a zoomed-in image of the card art, to try to find an area that reacts with stars or heart animations. It’s… usually not too hard to find the right spots. They’re pretty much in the same areas on every card, and you can guess where those areas are. When you succeed, the card’s image loses some clothes.
I should be clear: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with “adult” or “sexy” content in games. I just don’t think this actually fits in those categories, as it’s pretty silly and juvenile. More than that, I don’t think it really fits in this card game, and I don’t know who outside of the people making this thought “strategic card game” and “high-speed touchscreen fondling” were a natural fit.
I did this humiliating, off-putting thing because I enjoy the rest of the game so much, but I don’t think it’ll last. I think whether or not the streamlined card game makes up for the patently awful rubbing mode is a very personal decision, predicated mostly by whether or not rubbin’ on some anime ladies is something you want as part of your gaming diet. If that’s not at all, I think that will reduce the appeal of the main game over time. And no, I don’t know what relation fighting ability has to any of this. Maybe you’re actually giving your… cards… a deep tissue massage? Maybe you’re hitting pressure points to unlock previously unknown wells of physical and spiritual strength?
I guess basically I think of Monster Monpiece like that fable about the frog carrying the scorpion over the river. The consequences aren’t nearly as dire, but at the end, the game’s going to put some full-screen anime ladies up for you to EXTREME RUB, because that is its nature.
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Monster Monpiece is great, except when it isn’t ⊟

Based on a tip from Jenni Lada on CheatCC about surprising quality, I requested a review code of Monster Monpiece. And now, here I am writing a piece in a similar vein: wow, I did not think I would enjoy this Idea Factory moe card game, but here I am.

I’m not a card game person; they hew too closely to strategy RPG territory for me, and I’m still not really wired for those (Fire Emblem: Awakening is a recent and wonderful exception.)

If a card game has any chance of keeping my attention, it needs to introduce me to the genre’s style of strategic thinking in the gentlest manner possible, and this is where Monster Monpiece excels. 

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htoL#NiQ, Criminal Girls coming to Vita in NA/EU ⊟

No, that isn’t me mashing the keyboard in frustration; NIS America announced at Anime Expo that it will publish the Vita adventure game htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary on PSN in North America and Europe this fall. That title makes even less sense in English than in Japanese. 

In this atmospheric title, you’ll use the Vita’s touchscreen and rear touch pad to navigate a young girl through dangerous ruins. Two fairies – one operating in light, and the other in shadow – must work in tandem to uncover this girl’s memories and save her from the darkest of fates.

NIS will also publish… Criminal Girls: Invite Only in 2015. In case you somehow haven’t been following this series, you play the warden of a women’s prison in Hell, charged with rehabilitating girls representing the seven deadly sins, by making them fight other inmates in RPG battles. This is an Imageepoch jam. I don’t know what that means anymore.

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Hatsune Miku Project Diva f 2nd has English subtitles ⊟

Possibly in response to certain criticisms from certain websites, the lyrics for the songs in Hatsune Miku Project Diva 2nd for PS Vita and PS3 will be subtitled in English, instead of transliterated Japanese. According to this Polygon interview, you’ll be able to switch between English, Japanese, and romanized Japanese subtitles.

"It’s not only a challenge for the localizers, but there’s actually a whole internal group process," producer Sam Mullen told Polygon. "We have to get everybody on board at Japan, and we have to get all the songwriters at home on board as well because it’s their song, we’re doing work for them and they have to give us their approval." Did not think about that!

Polygon’s had some really great Miku stuff lately, weirdly enough. It doesn’t feel like a “big website” topic, but you don’t see me putting together a thing like that over here.

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Natural Doctrine LE ⊟
I’m totally not a limited-edition person (large print run of JCs, hurr) but NIS America has been on point with its LEs lately. The upcoming NIS Store-exclusive version of Natural Doctrine for Vita comes with a poster, art book, and 9”x 3.14”x 11.8” “Explorer’s Bag,” a nicely useful-looking item!
It ships September 16 for $60. And if, like me, you hadn’t been paying much attention to Natural Doctrine because it’s titled “NAtURAL DOCtRINE”, here’s the premise of the strategy game by Kadokawa Game Studio:

Seasoned explorers and novices alike venture underground into dangerous caves to collect the coveted material known as Pluton. On your first trip into the depths of these mines, your company of explorers quickly realizes that things may be more dire than you had imagined when you encounter a brand-new type of evil lurking below the surface. Will your band of explorers be able to defeat this new threat and warn the kingdom of their presence before it’s too late?

You can also get the game (LE or standard) on PS4 and PS3.
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Natural Doctrine LE ⊟

I’m totally not a limited-edition person (large print run of JCs, hurr) but NIS America has been on point with its LEs lately. The upcoming NIS Store-exclusive version of Natural Doctrine for Vita comes with a poster, art book, and 9”x 3.14”x 11.8” “Explorer’s Bag,” a nicely useful-looking item!

It ships September 16 for $60. And if, like me, you hadn’t been paying much attention to Natural Doctrine because it’s titled “NAtURAL DOCtRINE”, here’s the premise of the strategy game by Kadokawa Game Studio:

Seasoned explorers and novices alike venture underground into dangerous caves to collect the coveted material known as Pluton. On your first trip into the depths of these mines, your company of explorers quickly realizes that things may be more dire than you had imagined when you encounter a brand-new type of evil lurking below the surface. Will your band of explorers be able to defeat this new threat and warn the kingdom of their presence before it’s too late?

You can also get the game (LE or standard) on PS4 and PS3.

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  • Source store.nisamerica.com

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 out August;26 ⊟

Idea Factory International will release the Vita remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia on August 26, with the European release following the next day.

I must admit, I’m pretty curious about it! I know it doesn’t have the best reputation, but if I liked the idol game, I could probably deal with the actual RPG.

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Retro Waterproof Case for PS Vita ⊟

Hey, this makes your Vita look like a Game Boy! It also makes it… waterproof…

It’s $13.99 from Play-Asia, if you want to play some Spelunky in a nice bath and oh man I was joking but actually that sounds really great.

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  • Source play-asia.com
Dragon’s Crown for $20 ⊟
The Vita version of Dragon’s Crown is on sale at Amazon for $19.99. I loved Dragon’s Crown when it came out, and frequent tweaks, patches and updates have only made it better since then! There’s an endless tower thing now! Via @wario64.
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Dragon’s Crown for $20 ⊟

The Vita version of Dragon’s Crown is on sale at Amazon for $19.99. I loved Dragon’s Crown when it came out, and frequent tweaks, patches and updates have only made it better since then! There’s an endless tower thing now! Via @wario64.

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  • Source amazon.com