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.
We got bad news guys, especially for you Wii U owners and/or Yakuza fans. In fact last week SEGA released its Yakuza 1 & 2 HD remake on the Wii U in Japan, and that’s good, but guess what…sells aren’t going as expected.
Maybe it’s more appropriate say that the first instalation of the Yakuza saga outside a Sony console is facing proper poor sales; the game didn’t even make in the top 50 chart of the week, selling barely 1800 copies. Yes, just 1800 copies, in Japan.
You already know where we are going to say, right? We can now only assume the worst for the series’ future in the West, starting with no hope for an outside-Japan release of this remake and moreover, not many chances to see Yakuza 5 localized. Why? Well, if the series doesn’t sell in Japan, how can it sell in USA and Europe?
Hey shmup nerds, we got a really good news for you all!
After Rising Star Games‘ announcement about their decision to not release any other Cave’s shooter in the west due to poor sales, we all lost hope to play all the upcoming bullet hells from the well-known Japanese software house.
But thing are getting better as Cave itself tweeted this last week:
Xbox 360 怒首領蜂最大往生は海外の本体でも遊んで頂くことができます♪
— ASDF＠cave_matsuri (@cave_matsuri) May 10, 2013
As usual, we know Japanese language could be a bit tricky, so everything you need to know is that DoDonPachi Saidaioujou for Xbox 360 will be region-free! This is an amazing news, and we’re all glad to Cave to allow us western players to enjoy their upcoming arcade port for the Xbox 360.
Obviously it will be a bit more expensive than a theoretical PAL/NTSC-U version, due to the import status and all the shipping costs, but still at least we got the chance to play it.
Hyped for the upcoming new game from Suda51? Good! Ready for a shitload of boobs (both virtual and real)? Nice, because a new trailer (the third one) for Killer is Dead is out and it’s all about Mondo’s girls. Enjoy.
Ok, they look pretty amazing (obviously we’re talking about graphics and animations). Now, are you ready for some real boobs? Below you can find the first two videos of the new-born KID TV (KID stands for Killer is Dead), featuring the always gorgeous Jessica “Lollipop Chainsaw’s Juliet” Nigri and other wonderful Japanese babes dressed like female characters from the game. Yep, there is also Goichi Suda (probably) talking about the game, but as we can’t speak japanese, that part of the video wasn’t really appealing for us.
We’ve already told you that Deep Silver will bring Killer is Dead to Europe (and XSEED to USA), and few days ago, finally something has moved. The german company released a series of trailer on YouTube, subbed in all the European languages. You can enjoy the English version below, but you can find all other languages on Deep Silver YouTube Channel.
We also remember that Deep Silver decided to put both Japanese and MULTI5 (en, fr, it, ger, spa) audio in the European version of the game, and we really appreciate this fan-driven choice.
Killer is Dead will be released worldwide on Summer 2013 on a TBA date.
We are not joking, and this is not the usual Facebook scam you see these days. SEGA wants to know if we’d like to have Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F for PlayStation3 in North America and Europe.
Apparently they’re not sure if the game would appeal the western players, so they just decided to ask through SEGA’s official Facebook page.
If you don’t know what the game is about, take a look at this trailer.
Hit a like to this link if you want to play with Hatsune Miku without struggling to understand the Japanese language (or spend like £70 to buy the NTSC-J version of the game).
We’ll go for a “yes please”. But what about Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono aka Yakuza 5?
Great news folks! We all love crazy, weird and fast-paced Japanese games, but the problem is that usually they just don’t cross over the ocean, staying in Japan and leaving us in tears. Usually because Japanese companies think that some kind of nippon-oriented genres couldn’t be appreciate in Europe and North America (sometimes also for copyright issues about characters or brand not yet released outside Japan), leading to poor sells.
But this is not the case of Project X Zone! A crossover tactical role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS co-developed by Banpresto and Monolith Soft, and published by Namco Bandai. The cool thing about the game is that it features more than 200 (!!) characters from Namco Bandai Games, Capcom, and SEGA. The game was released in Japan last October and everybody just thought “this is too fucking cool to be released outside Japan”. Plus the Nintendo 3DS is region-locked (why Nintendo? WHY?!), so no hope at all…until a couple of days ago, when Namco Bandai Games publish this press relese:
“NAMCO BANDAI Games’ new tactical RPG brings together the fiercest characters from three major Japanese publishers to create one frenetic gaming experience
NAMCO BANDAI Games today announced that Project X Zone (working title) will be coming to challenge gamers in North America, Europe, Latin America and Australasia in the summer of 2013, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS™. This epic crossover title brings together the fiercest and most popular legacy characters from NAMCO BANDAI, SEGA, and Capcom’s most beloved franchises to create a Strategy-RPG experience that can only be described as the ultimate cross-over title.”
So, yes! We will be able to play this awesome game in some kind of understandable language, but not until summer 2013. So, for now, just enjoy this 16-minutes video about the game that (possibly) is the best crossover ever made (yup, we didn’t forget Jump Ultimate Stars!)
We should also probably thank Katsuhiro Harada for the little help trying to convince Namco Bandai to localizate the game outside Japan!
I proposed localization of Project X Zone.
— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) September 23, 2012
KILLER is DEAD seems to be an hot topic these days, and we are all pretty excited about it.
After all the news about who will publish the next Suda51 work in North America and Europe we are happy to share with you a tweet sent yesterday night by Deep Silver (Killer is Dead european publisher).
Before you ask: Killer is Dead WILL have Japanese and English audio on the disc. We figured the fans would want that 🙂
— Official Deep Silver (@deepsilver) January 31, 2013
So it seems we will be able to enjoy the game (also) with its original Japanese dubbing, and this is and awesome news! Thanks Deep Silver to think about gamers 😉
(Still no info about the topic for the NA release from Xseed)
Who are these guys and why we should thank them?
Well, Xseed Games is a small (and when I say small, I mean really small, like 9 people) video games publisher and distributor based in Torrance, California; and we should thank them because their only purpose is to bring weird, strange and beautiful Japanese games to the North American market (and eventually let them know to European publishers).
We really appreciate them (and everybody should do), because unlike the bigger guys (someone said Activision, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft?) they don’t really care about money. They’re happy to just focus on eccentric (and mostly weird, but always amazing) Japanese games, from dating simulations to j-RPGs.
You should thank them for being able to play titles such as KORG DS-10 (NDS, 2008), Ys Seven (PSP, 2010) or The Last Story (2012, Wii) localized in your language. But this is not all. In a press release this morning, Xseed Games announced that it’s bringing five new games outside Japan: Killer Is Dead (yep, new game from Suda51)(X360 / PS3, Summer 2013), Rune Factory 4 (3SD, Summer 2013), Valhalla Knights 3 (PSVita, Fall 2013), Ys Celceta (PSVita, Fall 2013), and Ys I & II Chronicles (Steam, February 2013).
We leave you with trailers about those new upcoming games. Enjoy, and be respectful to Xseed.
This last one about Ys I & II is from the PSP version, because there’s not Steam version trailer out there.