Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Professor Layton & the AWESOME FuruFuru Figure

I love me some Professor Layton. My friends look at me funny whenever they see me going at Prof's puzzles. I guess I'm just a sucker for a good puzzle. Anyhoo, that's why I'm posting this more than awesome action figure of Proffessor Hershel Layton himself.

The FuruFuru figure stands 13cm and features a bobbing head. It sells at around $28 and is shipping on January 2010. Oh, and there's a Luke figure too.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Easy Piano to Teach DS Owners... Piano

This Nintendo DS game wins the most awesome peripheral in my book. The Easy Piano for the DS includes, well, a piano that you can slide into your DS' GBA slot.

The 13-key keyboard attachement aims to teach gamers how to play the piano lady- and gentleman-like. You can record performances and there's a rhythm game to boot. Obviously, this game won't be coming to the DSi. Here's to hoping for a sequel with DSi compatibilty :)
Nintendo is at it again with their memorabilia antics. Fans of our silent hero Zelda would rejoice to hear that The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks for the DS can be purchased in a sturdy (don't take our word for it) and quite awesome tin game box.

Spirit Tracks: Limited Tin Edition is actually a pre-order bonus and is available from Gamestation's parent company GAME. Price tag is set to be £39.99 while the regular Spirit Tracks is £29.99.
After much success on the Nintendo DS system, GTA Chinatown Wars will try its luck on the PSP this coming October 20. Based on its debut trailer, it looks like the game will be using the same story and characters and the same top-view action. The graphics are, of course, better on the PSP. One thing's for sure, we won't be using our stylus to complete mini-games :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ghostbusters for the PSP Trailer

I grew up watching Slimer and the rest of the Ghostbusters crew so I hope they don't mess this game up. It looks pretty decent based on the video below, but I'll have to wait for more gameplay before making up my mind.

Ghostbusters for the PSP is set to be released on November 2009.

My bad. I should have said "alleged" total number of words you can conjure in 5th Cell's latest Nintendo DS game, Scribblenauts. That is if you would be believe the word of a hacker who claims to have hacked the game's ROM and extracted the full list.

Scribblenauts is a sort of puzzle game where you try to obtain "starrites" by typing in words to help you out. The fun in this game is you are only limited to your imagination. Want the help of a rhino? Type it in! Need a pterodactyl's assistance? You got it!

It is in our opinion that obtaining this list would do you no good. Where's the fun in looking through a long list of words trying to figure out what works? It wouldn't hurt to peek though ;)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dementium II Box Art: Scary

If Dementium for the Nintendo DS didn't give you the creeps, then congratulations to you mt dear friend. It made me almost throw my DS Lite in sheer terror to say the least. And now Dementium II is about to come out, and it's sure to give guys like me new nightmares to look forward to. Just look at its awesomely designed box art.

Rabid Super Mario fans are going to drool after watching this trailer for sure. What's worse, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story has no set US release date yet so we adoring fans have no choice but to wait and speculate. If my memory serves me right, this game will be released "this fall". For now, here's another gameplay trailer to set our moods straight :(

If you've been online in the past week, you've probably felt it --- Scribblenauts fever! Seems every gaming blog is talking about this gem of a game by 5th Cell. I don't mind though. I'm liking this ds game more after every gameplay video and trailer. This next one's extra cool; featuring more helibackpack, medusa and sniper rifles.

Our favorite Chibi-Robo will be at it again this coming July 23 when its newest DS game, Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Rich Osouji! comes out.

As you may remember Chibi-Robo also appeared on Park Patrol which I must say is brimming with cuteness. But don't let the looks fool you, this is a fun and challenging game indeed.

Here's the trailer for Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Rich Osouji!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Supertendo Portable SNES - AWESOMENESS!!!

Ahh the SNES. I remember spending a good 3-4 hours or so a day with mine back in the day. Wish I could play awesome games such as DK Country again. But I would like it in handheld form. Maybe those are the exact thoughts of this modder when he created this magnificent masterpiece --- the Supertendo Portable SNES!

By the looks of it, this must weigh a ton. And a little on the bulky side too. But who cares, eh?? It's a super mod!
Them Japanese love their Monster Hunter unlike in the US or Europe. But I have to admit, the game has its charm. That love is probably the reason why there are two Monster Hunter PSP bundles out right now.
The bundle is available in Vibrant Blue and Radiant red, both comes with Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G or Freedom Unite.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

DodoGo: Roll Dodo Eggs to Safety

Envy of PSP owners playing LocoRoco? Then envy no more, fellow DS owner -- DodoGo is here! This little game might not be a LocoRoco, but it sure has similar gameplay, mechanics, and charm!

In DodoGo you are tasked to guide Dodo eggs to safety. By using your stylus, you can perform awesome stuff such as connecting pulleys, placing springs and changing the land. Predators are out to eat your babies so be sure to be wary of those.

Here's the official DodoGo trailer for your perusal.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Life-Sized Gundam Statue

Note: This post is not handheld-gaming-related at all. This pic set is just too cool to pass up.

Here's another reason to love (or fear) Japan: a freakin' 1/1 scale Gundam . Or as I would like to call it, a giant robot statue full of awesome.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Gundam franchise someone thought it would a good idea to build a freaking life-sized statue of a Gundam RX-78 mecha. It stands 59 foot tall and boasts 50 points in which pretty lights will shoot out. No word if these "lights" are actually skin-scalding lasers.

I would totally buy a ticket to Japan this intant if they say that one could go inside this life-sized Gundam, in like the cockpit or somthing.

OMG! It's really coming! I've been waiting for the second Professor Layton game since... well since I finished Professor Layton and the Curious Village! Here's the trailer for Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box!

The Professor Layton series for the DS is a puzzle video game where players have to solve puzzles to move the story along. It sounds boring when I write it but those who've played it knows what a gem this game is. There are currently three games in the series and there's three more to come in 2010.
What if I told you that a new Pokemon game, Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver, will soon be out? What if I told you a Pokemon on that game can be build experience if you take a walk it? Meet the Poke Walker.

The Poke Walker uses the same technology as Personal Trainer: Walking. The more you walk with this device in your person, the more experience and presonal affinity your Pokemon will get. Also, this cute little device generates "watts" which you could use to catch creatures and such.
God-killer Kratos is set to show up as a guest character on the upcoming PSP title Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. Kratos, or K-dog as I like to call him, is the main character of God of War and is undoubtedly the owner of the hardest pair of cojones in gaming history.

Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny for the PSP is another great addition to the franchise. The game will feature returning characters such as Cassandra, Seong Mi-na, Tira and Voldo. A new character by the name of Dampierre will also be introduced. This awesome fighting game will be released on September 30, 2009.

Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny Trailer

Japanese gamers are most delighted to hear that they'll be getting Blood of Bahamut earlier (as usual). The action/RPG title for the DS is set to be released in Japan on August 6. 2009.

Blood of Bahamut is a DS game like no other, often referred to as Final Fantasy meets Shadow of the Colossus because of the fact that you fight from the back of a gigantic giant aptly name Gigant. Oh and you fight other giants too. I hope they are named better.

Here's the latest Blood of Bahamut trailer:

The song list for Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits was released recently with much fanfare from modern rockers. But sadly, I must be getting old for I do not know of 60% of these bands or their songs. But hey, at least I'll get to know them by rocking out their tunes on my Nintendo DS :)

Here's the full song list for you young ones:
  • 12 Stones - "Adrenalin"
  • AFI - "Miss Murder"
  • Angels & Airwaves - "Call to Arms"
  • Atreyu - "Falling Down"
  • Black Tide - "Shockwave"
  • Coldplay - "Violet Hill"
  • Endeverafter - "I Wanna Be Your Man"
  • Evanescence - "Sweet Sacrifice"
  • Fall Out Boy - "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race"
  • Finger Eleven - "Paralyzer"
  • Foo Fighters - "All My Life"
  • Franz Ferdinand - "The Fallen"
  • Kaiser Chiefs - "Ruby"
  • Lenny Kravitz - "Where Are We Runnin'?"
  • Modest Mouse - "Dashboard"
  • Phantom Planet - "Do The Panic"
  • Sum 41 - "Still Waiting"
  • Tenacious D - "The Metal"
  • The Bravery - "Unconditional"
  • The Donnas - "What Do I Have to Do"
  • The Duke Spirit - "Lassoo"
  • The Fratellis - "Chelsea Dagger"
  • The Kooks - "Always Where I Need to Be"
  • The Offspring - "Half-Truism"
  • The Strokes - "Reptilia"
  • Weezer - "Everybody Get Dangerous"
  • Wolfmother - "Dimension"
  • Yellowcard - "Lights and Sounds"
The PSP world is all a-buzz about Dante's Inferno, an action game often compared to God of War. By the looks of the in-game screenshots below, this game might have a good chance against hardcore Kratos fans.

Developed by EA Redwood Shores, Dante's Inferno is an action adventure game loosely based on the canticle of the same name from Dante Aligheri's epic poem Divine Comedy. The game will come out in 2010 and will make an appearance on the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well.

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Mark June on your calendars ghouls and gals, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for the PSP is coming! The demo of the hit Japanese game will arrive on the PlayStation Store and will feature a couple of missions to play through. You start as a higher level character as well, to fully experience Monster Hunter and why the Japanese are crazy for it. The Freedom Unite demo can be played alone or with pals using Ad-Hoc multiplayer.


As mentioned, the Monster Hunter franchise is a cash machine in Japan, but can't seem to find its footing in the US. Here's to hoping Capcom can finally pull it off!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Awesome Defined: Lego Rock Band

If regular Rock Band games are not to your liking, then hear out Lego Rock Band. As the name implies, it's Rock Band with rocking Lego characters. It's set to be released for the PS3, 360, Wii and DS this year's holiday season.

Lego Rock Band is aimed at a more younger audience and will allow customization of minifigure avatars, manager, and roadies. Here's a partial song list:
  • Blur - Song 2
  • Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting
  • Europe - The Final Countdown
  • Good Charlotte - Boys and Girls
  • Pink - So What
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pokemons Invade Children's Hospitals

Much like those-specially-darn-cute-dogs that make rounds in US hospitals, the Pokemon mobile X-ray machine pictured below is designed to put a smile on sick children's faces.

Shimadzu, a Japanese company, came up with this awesome idea. The machine comes in Pokemon Diamond or Pearl theme, complete with Pokeball wheels. What's more awesome is that the thing actually works as an X-ray machine.

Pokemons never fails to brigthen my day whenever I see one, and I'm 20+ years old. Imagine what it can do to kids, and Japanese kids at that :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Play God with Konami's Ant Nation

Konami is on a roll these past few weeks, and the Nintendo DS is in their sights as well. They are set to release WireWay, a platform/action game, and Ant Nation, a game where you decide the fate of an entire ant farm.

Ant Nation is a strategy game where you train ants to help them endure harsh weathers and marauding invaders. How can you train ants, you ask? By using various objects of torture such as hammers, fire, water and many more.

Sounds a ton of awesome. I've played a similar game years ago on the PC, I just can't remember the title of the game :(
Hold your horses FFVII fans! This amazing PlayStation Store download is only available in Japan. Sorry to disappoint you there. But it's good to know, though, right?

The classic RPG that everyone loves (or hate??) can now be played in handheld form via the PSP, just in time for the Blu-ray release of Advent Children Complete. Final Fantasy VII for the PSP, or PS3, can be purchased for 1500 yen and is a hefty 1715MB download.

As an FF fan, I would dearly love to see this find its way in the US. Sadly, there are no such news yet. Xenogears was released in Japan too, but never made it here :(
If this is anything near Phantom Hourglass then we're all in for a ride! And by the looks of the trailer, it is plus a whole bunch more!

As far as I can tell from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks trailer above, the graphics are pretty much the same. We see the same old Link from Hourglass riding a train, casting some sort of wind magic, and fighting off a huge insect. Awesome!
Thursday, March 12, 2009

I Have An Arcade Site

Alright. I have to come clean. The real reason why I haven't been posting for the past few weeks is I'm too busy. Too busy with work. Too busy working on my NEW arcade site!!! And it's crazy awesome according to my mom.

AracadeLoco is what I decided to call it. And it's up and running now. It's a work in progress though. So please excuse the mess. As far as I can tell the hard part is done and I can now go back to blogging. Yay! Again, thats http://www.arcadeloco.com. Visit it dammit!
My oh my! What a loooong blog break. My apologies. I have a lot to catch up with, and I'll do my best by starting with Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor for the DS.

Dated to be released this June, Devil Survivor is an RPG under the Megami Tensei franchise. If you've not played previous MegaTen games, you'll be in for a treat.

Megami Tensei games takes place in modern Japan, unlike most common RPGs, and refers to monsters as devils or demons. There's also an abundance of mythological references when it comes to devil names and appearances. Also, choices you make, often moral in nature, affects the overall ending of the game.
Friday, January 30, 2009

Nintendo's Millions

The news that 26 of Nintendo games sold over a million units did not came as a surprise to me. Focusing on innovation, instead of hardware truly paid of for Nintendo's Wii an DS.

Among the 26 games, 15 are for the DS. Here's the list with their Life-to-Date sales as of December 2008.
  • Nintendogs - 21.67m
  • New Super Mario Bros. - 17.63m
  • Brain Age - 16.82m
  • Pokemon Diamond/Pearl - 16.48m
  • Mario Kart DS - 13.79m
  • Brain Age 2 - 13.27m
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World - 10.57m
  • Super Mario 64 DS - 7.16m
  • Mario Party DS - 5.49m
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: EoT/D - 4.4m
  • Pokemon Platinum - 2.4m
  • Kirby Super Star Ultra - 2.19m
  • Pokemon Ranger: SoA - 1.8m
  • Rhythm Heaven - 1.71m
  • Personal Trainer: Cooking - 1.68m
Remember that awesome game for the Nintendo DS, Jump Ultimate Stars? Well, something similar is coming to the PSP in the form of Sunday x Magazine: Taisen Action. It's a brawler with characters coming from two different manga's, Weekly Shonen Sunday and Weekly Shonen Magazine.

Manga fans who happen to be PSP gamers are in for a treat on this one. Imagine Aoi Nogami versus Kyo. Or maybe Kenichi Shirahama against Ikki Minami. Here's a list of characters to look forward to:
  • Hayate Ayasaki from Hayate the Combat Butler
  • Ueki Kosuke from The Law of Ueki
  • Inuyasha from Inuyasha
  • Shiho Sannomiya from Absolutely Lovely Children
  • Yoshimori Sumimura from Kekkaishi
  • Takizawa Noboru from Blazing Transfer Student
  • Kaoru Akashi from Absolutely Lovely Children
  • Aoi Nogami from Absolutely Lovely Children
  • Ippo Makunouchi from Hajime no Ippo
  • Kyo from Samurai Deeper Kyo
  • Shinichi Mechazawa from Cromartie High School
  • Natsu Dragonil from Fairy Tail
  • Ban Mido from GetBackers
  • Kenichi Shirahama from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
  • Kotaro Shindo from Kotaro Makaritoru
  • Negi Springfield from Negima!: Magister Negi Magi
  • Ikki Minami from Air Gear
  • Ryo Takatsuki from Project Arms
  • R from Kyukyoku Choujin R

As you can tell from the three exclamation points on its title, Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! is full of awesome. It will be released in Japan this coming February 11.

Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! makes use of the Nintendo DS in every possible way. There's the stylus for stroking, the mic for blowing, and there are even parts where you turn your DS book-style. Also, players will be able to play as Bowser, because he swallowed Mario & Luigi and that's what really happens when one swallows little people.

Here are the new trailer and ad spots for Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Latest Phantasy Star Portable Trailer

Sega just released the newest trailer to another addition to one of its best franchise, Phantasy Star Portable. As you can tell by the game's title, its for the Sony PSP.

The game comes with a brand new story line, exclusive new content, and multiple endings.

Phantasy Star Portable  will be arriving this March on US soil.
The exact and official release date of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time for the DS has been recently announced by Square Enix. Mark March 24th on your calendar, as both the DS and Wii version of the game ships out on this day.

FFCC: Echoes of Time features an innovative multiplayer gaming experience where Wii and DS users can play side by side.

IGN hit some nerves when it posted a PSP2 rumor, saying it will have touchscreen, bluetooth, GPS, and hardrive. MCV got a hold of "a source close to Sony" and here's what they said:
Clearly, being a quiet time of year, many, what we thought to be credible websites, are making up stories about PSP2, and how it allows you to teleport across the globe, travel through time, and will be powered by the horns of baby rhinoceroses. Hopefully, you can sense a mild tone of sarcasm, which should hopefully indicate how ‘on the money’ IGN are. Needless to say, we don't comment on rumour or speculation, but this is nonsense.
I am still asking myself: Is this an official Sony statement? If not, then YSOSRYS, "source close to Sony"?
As you may have noticed, I missed posting yesterday. Blame it to my broken internets. Anyway, I know I have a lot of catching up to do that's why I logged in early and checked my Google Reader. Imagine my surprise when I checked and saw that my feeds for DSFanboy and PSPFanboy were transformed!

Apparently, all the "Fanboy" sites owned by joystiq are no more. All Nintendo news and bits can be found at http://nintendo.joystiq.com and http://playstation.joystiq.com for the Playstation. Right now my feeds contain a jumble of stuff, including Wii and PS3 news.

The reason I subscribed to DS and PSP Fanboy is because I want handheld gaming news. Nothing more. So this is definitely not according to my liking. What's your opinion about the "Fanboys" moving?
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is getting better by the minute. Literally. Who would've thought that the little handheld that could can really pack this much punch?

Continuing the tradition of previous GTA games, Chinatown Wars will feature licensed music but without the vocals. No list of tracks are released as of yet.

One thing of note is Chinatown's multiplayer modes. Aside from being able to upload your claim-to-fames online via a leaderboard, you can also share map details. Know where to get some cool gears? Mark it on your map! Know where to catch some cool jumps? Mark it! And share it with your friends.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will be released on March 17, 2009. To get a sure copy, pre-order it at Play-Asia.
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mana Khemia: Student Alliance for the PSP Delayed

Handheld RPG lovers will have to wait to get their hands on Mana Khemia. The PSP game was supposed to be released this January but due to "improvements to increase the final quality of the game," expect it to come out in Spring 2009.
In all honesty, I've never played any Mother games before. But the recent buzz about Mother 3's English translation got me interested enough to beg Nintendo to allow a Mother 3 DS version.

According to Brownie Brown, co-developer of Mother 3, they would definitely create a DS version of the game if Nintendo gives them the go-ahead. It's just a matter of time, IMO. With recent success of remakes, I'm sure Mother 3 would eventually make its way to our precious DSes.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Class of Heroes Coming This April

A JRPG will come to the PSP this coming April, thanks to Atlus. Class of Heroes is a dungeon crawler that puts the focus on character customization.

Class of Heroes has a total of 10 races that the player can choose from. And it claims it has over 500 character possibilities. With 80 hours of gameplay, 75 maps, and over a thousand of items to be had, this one's not for the casual gamers.

From the sound of it, it does seem pretty tough. Reminds of Etrian Odyssey in some way.

It's confirmed. There's a lot of running to do in Felix Meets Felicity.

The Chase: Felix Meets Felicity is a cutesy game for the Nintendo DS that features Felix and Felicity (duh!). They're about to meet up for a date and time is a-running-out on them both. Pick a player and guide them through the city so they won't miss their appointment.

The Chase features both D-pad and stylus controls, allowing you to draw paths and platforms. The trailer below should explain it better.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dragonball: Evolution for the PSP

Namco Bandai recently announced Dragonball: Evolution for the PSP. Unlike previous Dragonball games which are based on the anime and manga series, this one would be based on the upcoming movie of the same name.

Now, I'm not a big Dragonball fan, but I do enjoy watching the anime and playing Dragonball games from time to time. But I know enough to know that Dragonball: Evolution (the movie) sucks big time. I hope this game won't follow suite, but by the looks of it, it will.
It's just a few minutes until President Barack Obama's inauguration! To honor this historical event, please allow me to share a very nice piece of DS skin I found over at DSFanboy a couple of months back... the ObamaDS!

Yup, that's the incoming President's mugshot on that DS Lite's cover. Carved from Shepard Fairey stickers artwork, Oabama blends nicely with creator juliusbulius' Crimson/Black DS.

If you're a fan of Ace Attorney games as much as I am, chances are you've probably heard of a spin-off called Gyakuten Kenji. The game will be released in Japan on May 28.

Gyakuten Kenji, or "Turnabout Prosecutor," or "Miles Edgeworth: Perfect Prosecutor," follows the adventures of Miles Edgeworth as a prosecutor. Edgeworth, as you may know from previous Ace Attorney games, is Phoenix Wright's rival.

Gyakuten's gameplay will be different from its predecessors though. Instead of Ace's visual novel style, this game will be a point-and-click adventure, making players interacts with objects to make  and win a case.
I'm getting a little behind right now (with "work" and all), that's why I missed the release of Big Bang Mini. Anyway, I'll make up by posting the trailer below.

Big Bang Mini for the Nintendo DS is a bizarre shoot-em-up game wherein you use the stylus to shoot down enemies with fireworks. The game features a particularly awesome art style, with quirky characters to add to the mix. Players will be able to light up the skies of cities, pyramids, and forests. Also, Big Bang Mini features all original music.

Here's the most recent colorful trailer for Big Bang Mini.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wheel of Time to be Distributed by EA Partners

In 1999 our cable TV was cut-off. I had nothing to do when I got home after school, and we were too poor to have an Internet connection back then. To pass time (and help me go to sleep), I started reading through my brother's books, the first of which is The Eye of the World. I got hooked after the first few chapters, and I've been following the Wheel of Time series ever since.

Back in November, news surfaced of the Wheel of Time games, which will be released on several platforms including handhelds. Just recently, it was announced that EA Partners will be distributing the games.

In addition, a movie is also being planned based on the Wheel of Time books.

There's always a market for remakes, especially for classics such as Dragon Quest V, Final Fantasy IV, and Chrono Trigger. With the success of said remakes, Square Enix is bringing Final Fantasy Legend 2 to the DS.

Also known as SaGa 2, Final Fantasy Legend 2 was released in 1990 by Square for the Game Boy. It was voted as the 94th best game of all time in a 2006 poll done by Famitsu. The remake gets a cel-shaded makeover and is looking quite promising.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

LocoRoco 2 Will Be Budget Priced

Imagine a cool game worth $19.99. Imagine LocoRoco 2 worth $19.99. Awesomeness!

Sony just announced that the much awaited sequel, LocoRoco 2 for the PSP will be priced with budget-gamers in mind. At $19.99, this game will sure garner thanks for cash-strapped kids and parents alike.

Also, a LocoRoco 2 hands-on demo will be awarded to those who can't wait. Simply pre-order the game on Amazon or GameStop and you'll be given a voucher to redeem on the PSN weeks before the game's release.

LocoRoco 2 will be available on February 10.

Datel is being sued by Sony to prevent the release of its Lite Blue Tool, a service mode battery intended to boot a PSP 3000 into service mode.

Last Novemeber, Datel announced its battery peripheral that will enable homebrew games to run on PSP 3000. At that time the PSP 3000 was known to be impregnable, thus the excitement of all. But since the announcement, the Lite Blue was never heard of again and was never released, probably due to Sony's intervention. If you'll check Datel's website, there's no mention of the Lite Blue Tool anywhere, anymore.

This is indeed a sad day for pirates ;(

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tenchu 4 Japanese Trailer

Ninjas are always cool in my book, especially so if they come in handheld form just like Tenchu 4 for the PSP.

The recently released Japanese trailer from From Software is full with ninja-action-goodies. The stealth kills are awesome and the graphics are more than one would expect. Sadly, there's no confirmation yet if this game will be released in the US.

Here's the trailer for Tenchu 4 for the PSP.

Ebay proved itself as a worthy friend for us handheld gamers as a Phat DS signed by none other than Shigeru Miyamoto recently surfaced.

The signed DS is being auctioned by Mikael, who won the item at 2005's E3 Convention in Los Angeles. He did what most of us would've done: he packed the DS away and never used it hoping to someday put it up on Ebay. As of this writing, the current bid price is at US $810.00. Join the bidding here.

Shigeru Miyamoto is a legend in the world of gaming. He's responsible for games such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, and Donkey Kong.
Phantasy Star Zero is finally given a North American and European release date. Of sorts. A recent press release confirmed the action RPG's arrival on "Winter 2009." It's a bit too early to celebrate, but we'll take that over speculating if Phantasy Star Zero will come to us or not.

To soother are Phantasy Star cravings, here's Phantasy Star Zero's opening sequence. Enjoy.

The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) recently gave Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and "18" rating, meaning the Rockstar game is for Mature audiences only. This also made GTA Chinatown the first DS game in the UK to receive such rating.

For many eager fans (such as I), this is no surprise. It's a game with a subgame where you can deal drugs, so I guess it's a pretty fair rating. Add to that the violence and strong language, GTA Chinatown Wars is a truly unique title for the DS, which is bombarded with cutesy casual games every other week.
Friday, January 9, 2009

PSP and PS3 Uber Numbers

On a recent Consumer Electronic Show held in Las Vegas, Sony released a number of numbers they are proud of. They ought to be, as these numbers are HUGE.
  • 61.3 million - PSP and PS3's install base
  • $1M - Total amount of virtual goods sold thru PlayStaion Home
  • 3.4M - PS3s with PlayStaion Home
  • $1.3 - Number of LittleBigPlanet sold
  • 17M - Unique accounts in the PlayStation Network
If perchance the title of this post is not clear enough, please allow me to elaborate. It's a mini-game. You pick up a bear. You throw it. As far as you friggin can.

I have to admit, it's pretty fun manhandling those hairy mammals around. If PETA doesn't react to this, I would not eat meat for a month.

This well crated mini-game is rom the creators of the upcoming SimAnimals for the DS which is et to release this January. Play it here.
Thursday, January 8, 2009

Brigthly Colored PSPs Heading to Taiwan

As part of a new series called Carnival Color, Sony Asia revealed two new (and may I say bright) colors for the PSP-3000. To be released on January 17 in Taiwan, there's no indication that these PSPs will be available in other territories. The two new colors are aptly named Radiant Red and Vibrant Blue. Guess which is which.

A hack for the almighty PSP Brite has recently been discovered by lan.st member, MaTiAz. The process involves the participation of the 2005 game GripShift. It's available for download along with the new SDK. Unfortunately, there is no kernal access for this one yet. Watch the video below and then head here for the lan.st thread.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Pata-Pata-Pata-Pon! Tattoo!!!

You know you have a good game when someone voluntarily (and permanently!) etch scenes from it on his/her body. Such is the case with Patapon and Masatomo Ueda.

Masatomo loved Patapon so much that he decided to get a tattoo of the little dudes in action across his body. Nuff said.

If you like to troll Amazon (like yours truly) to check for upcoming gaming goodies, then you might have noticed they listed Rhythm Heaven's release date to be November 30, freakin' 2009. Not only that it's priced at $40. What?!?!

Rhythm Heaven for the Nintendo DS is the sequel to GBA Advanced's Rhythm Tengoku. It's basically a rhythm game with some wicked catchy tunes.

I imported Rhythm Tengoku Gold ages ago, and me likes it a lot. This one might be worth the wait, but I'm doubting fans like me will pay $40 willingly for this game.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Scrabble for the PSP

Speaking of PSP games for 2009, here's one that I can do without. Scrabble, everyone's favorite family game when cable is out, will come to the PSP in March.

Scrabble for the PSP will include three game modes: Classic, Speed, and Slam. There's a training mode and, for competitive scrabblers, multiplayer features.

The expected retail for this game is $30. E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E.
There's no denying that the PSP didn't end 2008 all too well. With almost zero (awesome) releases, the only thing Sony's handheld going was Dissidia. Oh well, there's always 2009 right?

I have a couple of PSP games I'm looking forward to this year. Some of them might be your favorites too. Among them is Star Ocean: Second Evolution (I'm a big Star Ocean fan), Dissidia: Final Fantasy (who's not anticipating this??), and good ol' Duke Nukem Trilogy. Here's more!
  • Star Ocean: Second Evolution
  • LocoRoco 2
  • Resistance Retribution
  • Phantasy Star Portable
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy
  • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
  • Patapon 2
  • Duke Nukem Trilogy
Monday, January 5, 2009

Dragon Quest IX Trailer

It's still a couple of weeks before the release of the 9th installment of the critically and fanatically acclaimed series Dragon Quest. Nevertheless, the buzz surrounding Dragon Quest IX can be constantly heard everywhere.

Dragon Quest IX: Protectors of the Sky for the DS will be released on March 29. Here's the official trailer from Jump Festa 2009.

Friday, January 2, 2009

28 Minute Korg DS-10 Jam

I have to admit, I'm a mostly into punk, ska, and similar stuff, but I do enjoy a bit of this and that music. I even tried to learn Korg DS-10 for the Nintendo DS, which went nowhere. But these guys obviously had better luck. They better, cause they look like professionals to me.

As part of ID records' 13th year celebration, these guys jammed for an hour using their DS equipped with Korg DS-10. Four DS's in total were used, and the product is a 28-minute long Korg goodness. Again I'm no expert, but I reckon they did a pretty awesome job of it. Here's a video of the event.

If you grew up in the 80s, like yours truly, you're probably mad about anything Game & Watch. I know I am, because those bad boys can pack a whole lotta fun for such a small device. And now that fun can be had if you have an iPhone and a couple of bucks.

Head over the iTunes Store to buy GW Chef, GW Parachute, GW Fire and GW Octopus for $1.99. Be quick about it, though. Nintendo might pull a plug on these real soon.
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Renegade Kid's Latest Project

I like Renegade Kid. Aside from their awesome name, they make awesome games. Case in point, Dementium and upcoming Moon. That is why when they announce stuff, I listen.

Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid recently posted a video of him talking about a new game they will be working on. And from the sound of it, he's pretty excited about it. Whether it's for the DS, no one's really sure. We all just have to wait until their official announcement.

I'm hoping for a DS game, of course. Dementium is fantastic, and Moon is looking to be another hit.
Tired of your same-old lame helmet? Then you might want to check out Judge Magister Gabranth's Helmet over at Play-Asia.com, especially if you're a Final Fantasy XII fan. This Square Enix Artifact is a life-sized, 1/1 scale, actual helmet. That you can wear. On your head. Freakin' awesome cool.

It is priced at US$ 1,099.00, which is roughly half of my last year's savings. If you ever decide to buy one, please come back here and gloat.