12/14/05 - Grandia III North American Date

Square Enix has announced this afternoon that Grandia III will be released in North America on February, one month earlier than expected. In Japan, Grandia III was released on August 4.

(Source: RPGamer)

12/14/05 - Tales DS Title Unveiled

Namco has opened up a teaser site of the new Tales DS game, as well as the title being announced, which is Tales of the Tempest. According to Japanese site Quiter, this title was trademarked in Japan along with Tales of Howling, Tales of Doom Sign, and Tales of Two Faiths in October.  

Tales of Tempest stars 15-year-old protagonist Caius Qualls. One day, Caius, his foster father, and two other people, are attacked in their remote village by an evil creature known as Spot, who is looking for a crystal. Soon afterwards, Caius embarks on an adventure to find his biological parents.

A North American release date has not been announced, and it is unclear if it will ever come overseas, but we'll keep our fingers crossed. The Japanese gamers can expect to see this game out in 2006.

(Source: RPGamer)

12/14/05 - Dragon Quest VIII Prequel Announced

Square Enix has announced a prequel to the popular Dragon Quest VIII, titled Dragon Quest Yangus, for the Playstation 2. The game takes place in the younger days of Yangus, the reformed bandit and sidekick of Dragon Quest VIII's hero. A Japanese release date has not been announced yet, but it will be shown at Jump Fiesta this weekend.

You can check out the magazine scans here.

(Source: RPGamer)

12/14/05 - Working Designs Shuts Down

In a post on the company's message forum, Vic Ireland, the head of Working Designs, has announced that his company will be closing down their operations within their North American office. Working Designs has localized such titles as Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete, Lunar: Eternal Blue Complete, Arc The Lad Collection, and Dragon Force. Their latest localization, Growlanser Generations, sold well, but not well enough to hold up the company, said Ireland.

(Source: RPGamer) 

11/29/05 - Revolution Unveiled Completely At Next E3

Nintendo has announced that their next-generation console will be completely unveiled at next year's E3, which will be on May 9, 2006. They sent out a "save the date" e-mail saying that in "a mere 165 days to go (give or take)" it will reveal "all the incredible details about Nintendo's upcoming games and hardware, including our next home console, code-named Revolution."

(Source: Gamespot)

11/27/05 - Xbox 360 Tidbits

  • According to BusinessWeek, Microsoft is losing US$126 for each Xbox 360 console sold. The manufacture cost is $470 + $55 for accessories included in the package.
  • Shortly after the release of the Xbox 360, users were having overheating problems with the console, which is likely to do with the hard drive. The console would crash or freeze up with a flashing red lid on the front, indicating the system was overheated.
  • Bloomberg has reported that Microsoft has shipped 500,000 to 700,000 units of Xbox 360 in US at launch, and all the units were sold in the first day. Microsoft expects to ship 10 million units worldwide by the end of 2006.
  • Mistwalker has revealed that the Xbox 360 RPG Blue Dragon is 40% complete, and that it should be out by the end of 2006.

(Source: The Magicbox)

11/27/05 - Dirge of Cerberus Tidbits

Dengeki Playstation magazine has reported some new information regarding the upcoming Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus. In the game, Cid will be making an appearance as the captain of the World Reconstruction Organization's sky fleet. Also, Cait Sith will be playable in some missions, such as infiltrating bases. Since he is unarmed, he will be focused on stealth. However, he can knock out enemies with one punch in no time. Here are scans from the game.

Japan will be getting the game on January 26, 2006. On the other hand, US gamers are left in the dark at the moment.

(Source: RPGamer)

11/04/05 - Tales of Phantasia Gets Ported Over..Yet Again

Nintendo of Europe has announced that they will be releasing a port of Tales of Phantasia for the Game Boy Advance. The release date for this game in North America will be on March 6, 2006.

This is what the company had to say of the game, "In this classic RPG with a real-time battle system, players take on the role of Cress, a young swordsman who must set out on a fantastic quest when his village is destroyed in mysterious circumstances."


11/04/05 - Mother 3 Is Alive!

On his site, Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi has let the cat out of the bag, and shed more information regarding Mother 3 (Earthbound in the US). Here is a rough translation of what was said:

"After some discussion with Nintendo, I've decided to make a slightly head-start announcement here on Hobonichi. I've worried people quite a bit this whole time, but I'm happy to report that Mother 3 for Game Boy Advance is nearing release.

I've thought to myself, "It should be all right now that it's this far along," on many occasions, but I always made sure not to announce anything until I could say that it was "ABSOLUTELY all right." At any rate, this time I've decided to try and be reserved about everything. It looks like its release date will be about one season away, and I'm in the middle of doing many work retreats to get it finished. I'm going to work especially hard for a short while longer to get everything done.

By announcing this, I'm sure I'll receive all sorts of questions, but I'm probably going to stay quiet about Mother 3 until just before its release. I know the importance of publicity, but what I feel is that I want players to REALLY enjoy Mother 3. So until just before the game comes out, I'm going to remain as quiet as possible.

In any case, we're working on Mother 3. I'm happy as well that it's reached the point where we can make an announcement. Thank you to all who have waited patiently. Please forget about it again for a short while."


10/31/05 - Interview With Miyamoto

An interview was conducted by Business Week Online with the legendary designer / producer, Shiguru Miyamoto. He was commenting on the upcoming Nintendo Revolution, and what the future holds for video games in general.

Miyamoto likened creating hit video games to the popular toy, Rubik's Cube. He also went on to say that the 3D arrival of the Playstation and Nintendo 64 were the last innovative thing to come to video games.

He also went on to say that Nintendo games are not just for kids. "We want our games to be for anyone from five to 95 years-old," he said. "We disagree with people who say, 'Nintendo is for kids, Sony is for adults.'"

Talking about Revolution, Miyamoto said that Nintendo's hope is that whole families will play with the machine. "Most people think videogames are all about a child staring at a TV with a joystick in his hands. I don't. They should belong to the entire family. I want entire families to play together. That was the concept behind Revolution."

Last but not least, he was asked what he thinks will be the future of video games, and he said, by golly, the removal of the television! "It's convenient to make games that are played on TVs," he said. "But I always wanted to have a custom-sized screen that wasn't the typical four-cornered cathode-ray-tube TV. I've always thought that games would eventually break free of the confines of a TV screen to fill an entire room. But I would rather not say anything more about that." 

(Source: IGN) 

10/29/05 - Ys Strategy

Marvelous Interactive has announced Ys Strategy for the Nintendo DS. The game will be real-time strategy, and based on the Ys series stories. The upper screen will display the status and field maps, the lower screen is the main screen, you can use the stylus to control the game, similar to using mouse in PC real time strategy games. Ys Strategy will also have WiFi support, but details are not available yet.

Here are the first screens of the game, courtasy of The-Magicbox.

(Source: The-Magicbox)

10/28/05 - I Give You, Growlanser V, Ladies And Gentlemen

Playstation 2 owners can look forward to a new installment to the Growlanser series, titled Growlanser V: Generations. This marks the first 3D installment to the series.

The game will also feature Satoshi Urushihara making a return, the man who was responsible for making the character designs for the first four games. This time, the illustrations will be used not only for the 2D cutscene displays, but for the 3D characters in battle, replacing the super-deformed look in the earlier titles.

The story of Growlanser V: Generations will be told through the views of multiple characters, and will be told in chapters. Each character will have an impact in the progression of the story as time passes. There will also be optional stories that you can embark on.

A Japanese release date has not yet been announced, nor a North American localization. Stay tuned for more news in the future concerning this game.

(Source: RPGamer)

10/28/05 - Resident Evil DS Information

Resident Evil DS comes out in Japan on January 19, priced at  5,040 yen ($44). The game will have two modes: Rebirth and Classic. Rebirth will be a remake of the game, including new traps, different enemy locations, touch-screen features, and the controls updated to play more like a recent Resident Evil game. Players can do a quick 180 degree turn, draw their trusty survival knife, and reload their weapon without needing to go through a menu screen. On the other hand, classic mode is the Resident Evil you once knew and loved. Everything is untouched, as well as the same voice tracks.

(Source: Gamespot) 


10/23/05 - PSP Giga Pack

This Christmas season, look forward to Sony bringing you a new Playstation Portable value pack:  the PlayStation Portable, an AC adapter, a battery pack, headphones w/remote control, a protective pouch, a wiping cloth, and a Memory Stick Duo. Basically the same as the original pack, only the difference is the memory stick will be 1GB, instead of 32MB.

The Giga Pack will sell for $299 (349 CDN) in North America and for 299.99 euros (214.99 GBP) in Europe. In Japan the PSP Giga Pack is slated for release on November 17 at the price of 29,800 yen ($258). The Japanese package will be offered in both the standard black (PSP-1000G1) and Ceramic White (PSP-1000G1CW) PSP color models.

For the extra $50, Giga Pack owners will get an extra 968MB of memory, which is space that can be used to throw on music or a movie. However, unfortunately, the hand-strap that was included in the Value Pack, will not be in the Giga Pack.

(Source: Gamespot)

10/23/05 - 10 Million PSPs Served Worldwide

Sony Computer Entertainment announced that it has shipped 10 million units of its Playstation Portable worldwide. A shipment of 10 million units in 10 months since it's launch is the fastest speed for a Playstation machine in history.

Sony has sent 3 million units to Japan and Asia  (launch date: December 12, 2004), 4.47 million units to North America (launch date: March 24, 2005), and 2.53 million units to Europe and other PAL regions (launch date: September 1, 2005).

Also, as a side note, it seems that the Playstation Portable is being used as a portable movie player just as much as being used to play games on.

(Source: Gamespot)

10/23/05 - Hideo Kojima's English blog

Legendary video games developer, Hideo Kojima, has included six English-translated blog entries on Kojima Productions' website. However, he has been posting on his blog in Japanese since late September. On his six entries, they are from September 24 through September 29. You can view it here.

Here are some topics that he talks about:

On returning to direct Metal Gear Solid 4:

"I enjoy creating games. I want to hang on to the creative experience. I only have to prove that I have the willpower to do so. The image of Grandpa Snake is a reflection of the determination of this middle-aged man."

On a personal note:

"At this time of the year I tend to catch an affectation; this is much more troublesome than a cold. The affectation caught up with me this year. After TGS it has become most troublesome. Loneliness. I feel almost to the point of being crushed by it. Isolation! I must press through this. I should shop for a new leather jacket; a new jacket will protect me from the loneliness carried on the wind."

On Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

"I regret that today's children may identify more with the four children, before they identify with Charlie. Our children live with the prospects of a gloomy, dark, and uncertain future. Our materialistic society disallows children the chance to become like Charlie because of the priorities placed on the fulfillment of desires, the pressure of entrance examinations, and other forms of competition. Yes--they are forbidden any means of becoming like Charlie."

(Source: Gamespot)

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