Level 5’s Fantasy Life

Level 5 Fantasy Life

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.”

DS Getting New Shin Megami Tensei Game

Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey

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 ]

Dragon Quest IX’s Japanese Launch

Dragon Quest IX Japanese Launch

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.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Coming to North America

Devil Survivor to North America

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.

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Mega Man Star Force 3 (PR)


Black Ace and Red Joker Double the Possibilities
Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Mega Man Star Force™ 3 (MMSF3) for Nintendo DS™ will be coming to North America in early summer 2009. MMSF3 will come in two different versions, Black Ace and Red Joker, allowing two friends to share unique items and powers utilizing the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, enhancing their individual characters.

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Atlus Announces The Dark Spire

The Dark Spire is a first person role playing game for the DS. Seems a bit like Etrian Odyssey, but darker, it looks really cool. There is a “classic” interface (crappy graphics) and a “modern” interface (less crappy graphics).

[ The Dark Spire ]

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Atlus Announces My World My Way

Are you sick of typical RPG’s that have “gender-confused boy heroes with their spikey hair and ginormous swords living out an absurd ultimate fantasy?” Well, apparently, My World My Way is the game for you. Originally released in Japan as The World Revolves Around Me, this totally amazing DS game has you controlling Elise as she runs around doing I don’t know what. She has the ability to change the landscape when it doesn’t suit her, make monsters give more money, and can even make quests solve themselves. As far as I can tell you actually don’t do anything. You just hit the “I Win” button and the game ends, which is a concept Thrasher came up with like 10 years ago. I guess the game just pokes fun at a bunch of RPG clichés, the video game equivalent of Scary Movie.

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