We’ve already covered the Japanese release of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Short Peace Project on PlayStation 3 few weeks ago. Usually this is something that never make it out of Japan, but incredibly enough, today we’re here to report you that Namco Bandai has announced a localized release for the US.
What’s this? Wait, let’s go in order. What exactly Short Peace is? It is an anthology anime film by Katsuhiro Otomo, legendary artist and anime director, best known for his masterpiece Akira. By anthology we mean a collection of four short movies directed by different artists. Here’s the trailer for the movie.
Now, Short Peace itself is composed by four short movies, let’s say four pieces, all about “Japan” as a common subject, but there is one more. The fifth bit of the of the project is indeed a video game. And it’s out today (January 16) in Japan.
The long running manga series Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is getting a lot of attentions lately. First with the release of the acclaimed Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle on PS3 (here’s our review), then with the announcement of a very surprising western release of it next year. And now it’s the turn of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Stardust Shooters, published by Namco Bandai on iOS and Android.
Despite the lack of sales, the Wii U is getting new interesting games, at least in its homeland, Japan.
A new Taiko game, called Taiko no Tatsujin Wii U (or 太鼓の達人WiiUば～じょん！), is available in Japan since last week. This is just the latest installment of a long-running series of music games, using traditional japanese drums as insruments, appeared on almos every game system of the last decade.
HORA HORA HORA everyone! By now you should know that here at That Damn Pixel we’re not that fond of reviews, also considering our non-interest in scores, but sometime, some games, are worthy to be discussed a little further and this is the case of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle, released last year on PlayStation 3 and exclusively for the Japanese (and Asian) market.
Namco Bandai Japan has released a brand new promotional video for its upcoming new pirates game One Piece Unlimited World Red on Nintendo 3DS. The video shows some new features of the game, along with most of the playable and non-playable characters.
We remember you that the game is going to be release in Japan on Novemeber 22, but there’s still no info regarding a possible western release.
If you’re one of the lucky owner of that amazing game that’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle (let’s short it in just JBAASB) you’ll probably wonder, at some point, if and how you can play it online and possibly lose against some japanese guy.
Well, if you are a smart guy (and you all are, right), you’ve probably already tried to select the “versus” option from the main menu and then, eventually, the one that says PlayStation Network. Guess what? It didn’t work. Why? Because you need to to download some stuff first.
So, you select the option to play online, but all you got is a pop-up message full of japanese text. If you pay a little more attention, you can spot, inside that asian cryptongram, the word PlayStation Store. That’s a hint…yes, you have to download some extra stuff from there. Easy? Yes, kinda…we’re obviously talking about the Japanese PlayStation Store.
First of all you need a Japanese PSN account to access the Japanese Store. How to create it? Follow this very helpful Kotaku guide, but make sure to stop once completed Part 1, because you won’t need any money, everything you’re gonna download is for free!
Now that you have a Japanese PSN account just open the store, use the search option (yes, that magnifying glass on the top left of the page) and type this: ジョジョ (yes, just use the japanese keyboard of your ps3 to reproduce this text).
If you typed everything right, you should now be on the results screen, with all the JoJo stuff you’ll need.
You are looking to download the campaign mode, that should have the image of the character Kira. Even if you can’t find it (or has been changed), just download everything that is free (so everything that has no price or not says PV). This is probably gonna download even some recent free DLCs with more characters. Nice right?
While with the Japanese PSN account also remember to redeem the code you found inside the game box.
Ok now you should have downloaded everything (and even more). Just log with your usual account (European, American or whatever) and start to install all the extra content queueing in your game section.
All installed. launch the game and kick some asses online!
FUCK YEAH! Just fuck yeah! We all were so excited and so sad at the same time for the Japanese exclusivity of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle when it came out almost a month ago, but now we can be happy again!
Indeed, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle is headed to North America and Europe sometime in 2014, Namco Bandai announced at its pre-TGS showcase earlier today.
Also CyberConnect2 president and CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama said that the localized version of the game will be on par with the Japanese version’s character balance:
“We are still making character adjustments – even in the Japanese version – based on the feedback that we’re getting from fans. All of that feedback will be implemented in the overseas [version].”
Are you on the hype train for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle? We are! And since yesterday Play-Asia has pus on pre-order the Limited Edition for the game we are even more!
From the picture above you can see all the contents from the special (and quite pricey) edition. Obviosuly we’ll get the game with a special box, but also the soundtrack disc, and art plate (inside an acryl case) and a very cool action figure. Below a more detailed pic of the action figure.
Unfortunately the game release is set to be Japan only for now, but hey, it’s a fighting game on a region free console! Let’s thing about it, it’ll be out on August 29th. Here’s a trailer to refresh your memory.
More good news for all you 3DS owners! In today’s Nintendo Direct another epic crossover has been announced for American and European localisation! Yes, you got it right, Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright will be released in the west in 2014, and that’s an awesome news!
The release date is still TBA, but here’s the trailer released today. Enjoy!