The sequel to Capcom’s Okami, Okamiden will be coming to the DS next year. Gameplay will be similar to the PS2 version, players will draw out characters with the in-game brush, this time using the DS’s touch screen. Okamiden is currently set for a 2010 release in Japan, no word on a North American release (or anywhere else, for that matter).
Level 5 revealed there newest title today for the DS, Fantasy Life. Graphically it looks similiar to Mother 3, mostly because Brownie Brown, who worked with HAL on the game, are developing Fantasy Life. Interestingly, Nobuo Uematsu is doing the soundtrack, and he also did the soundtrack for Mother 3. Even more intriguing is the premise of the game, or lack thereof. The goal in the game is to “to live”, making it seem like an RPG, Animal Crossing mix. You begin the game by choosing your name, gender, appearance, and occupation. There are about 20 different occupations, including dancer, miner and treasure hunter. Each day you get new quests depending on your job. Sounds pretty interesting, I can’t wait to see what lies in store for the dancer career. It also sounds like the perfect game for Robert, he’s always just trying to “live his life.”
The DS will be getting a new Shin Megami Tensei game, entitled Strange Journey. The story seems to focus around a team sent to investigate the Sout Pole, which is covered in a “mysterious matter.” The main character oddly looks like someone out of Dead Space.
Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey is scheduled for an October 8th release date in Japan and is priced at ¥6,279 (about $67, which is insane). As of yet, there is no word on a U.S. release, but knowing Atlus they’ll probably bring the game over.
[ Kotaku ]
I’ve always been curious what exactly goes on during a Dragon Quest launch in Japan. The game is kind of a big deal there. So big, in fact, that they only release them on Saturdays (instead of their normal Thursday launches), supposedly because everyone would skip school/work/etc. to play the game (I’m not sure if that’s the real reason).
Well, now I know, as Kotaku has an excellent write up cover many of the events.
I also learned that Thrasher would like 7-Eleven’s in Japan much more then in the U.S. because they a) don’t sell Slurpees and b) allow you to reserve video games there. Don’t ever, ever buy Thrasher a Slurpee.
I recently purchased a few Atlus games on the DS, one of which was Knights in the Nightmare. It came packed inside a cardboard box that held the actual plastic DS game case and a bonus CD. When I pulled out the plastic game case I noticed that the outside cover insert is completely damaged, they cut it a bit too large to fit and just jammed it in there, causing it to warp. It kind of pisses me off, Knights in the Nightmare will probably end up being rare (since it’s an Atlus game with a small print run), and I like to keep my games in good condition, especially the rare ones.
And it’s not just me, apparently a few different people have been having this issue:
And plenty more, just search “knights in the nightmare crinkled” and view the 6,000 or so results.
I don’t know exactly what’s happening in this video, but it looks intense.
Atlus just keeps rolling out the announcements, the latest being Knights in the Nightmare for the DS. Knights in the Nightmare is a SRPG from Sting Entertainment and is the fourth in the Dept. Heaven saga (Riviera: The Promised Land is the first, Yggdra Union: We’ll Never Fight Alone the second, the third is supposed to be a PC MMORPG which doesn’t make sense to me). Battles take place in real time on an isometric grid as the player directs a wisp around the battlefield. Seems interesting, and the graphics look pretty cool. The release date is June 2nd with an MSRP of $34.99
Atlus is including a soundtrack with every copy of their upcoming DS dungeon crawler The Dark Spire, and you can preview some of the tracks here.
Atlus is bringing their RPG/SRPG hybrid Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor to North America this June. Seems pretty cool.
Tokyo has been sealed by the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces due to a demon outbreak, and it will be seven days before the whole capital is wiped out. The protagonist, a 17 year-old high school student, is trapped with his two friends Kihara Atsurou and Tanigawa Yuzu within the city, and is forced to make contracts with demons to survive.
There’s Fire Emblem, Punch-Out!!, Mario and Luigi RPG 3, and Sin and Punishment 2. I guess it could be worse, really.