Nintendo’s CEO and president on region locking ⊟

I like that one of Nintendo’s investors mentioned the company’s region-locking practices at its Investors Meeting Q&A yesterday, asking if there’s a chance these restrictions will ever go away. It was also nice to hear an honest response from Iwata on the consumer-unfriendly practice, even if he didn’t commit to any changes in policy.

While region-locked consoles appease publishers who have to deal with localizing and marketing games in multiple countries (not to mention licenses that might not apply in one country but not another), Iwata acknowledged that abolishing the practice could benefit both the company and consumers. Keep considering it, Nintendo!

Big ups to region-unlocking proponent Cheesemeister for the translation.

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FuRyu has shared new details on its upcoming PS Vita game Yuna Yuki is a Hero: Memory of the Forest.

The game will feature an original story supervised by the series’ creator and TV anime studio, and gameplay consisting of action and event parts. 

Find all the details below.

Story

Yuna Yuki is a second year student at Sanshu Middle School. She’s a bright, colorful, and ordinary girl full of energy who belongs to the “Hero Club,” where everyone is always in high spirits.

At the center of the club is Fu Inubozaki, a third year student and Yuna’s senior. The club’s activities consist of things that benefit everyone, which can range from looking for a kitten’s foster parents and helping out a nursery school.

But the girls of the Hero Club have a real mission not known to regular people. In the “Forest,” a space which ordinary people don’t know of, the girls do battle against the mysterious beings known as “Vertex.”

Only the girls—the chosen heroes—can enter the “Forest” to stop the enemy invasion and save mankind… or so it was thought. Recently, conditions in the Forest have gotten a little weird and a space that was originally only meant for the girls and Vertex seemingly opens up to a mysterious new presence.

Action Parts

Choose your favorite character and run freely around a 3D field defeating the enemy “Vertex” and protecting the important city. During battle, the bonds of friendship between the girls of the Hero Club are indispensable.

Event Parts

Enjoy the everyday life of the Hero Club in an original story not depicted in the anime supervised by light novel creator Takahiro and anime company Studio Gokumi. The same actors from the anime will voice the characters, and you’ll see many event visuals exclusive to the game.

Limited Edition (9,480 yen)

  • Drama CD
  • Special booklet
  • Bath poster
  • Smartphone deco seal
  • Changeable package jacket
  • Special packaging

Pre-Orders

  • Original mini-clear file

Yuna Yuki is a Hero: Memory of the Forest is due out in Japan on February 25.

View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.

I was very ecstatic, I was happy, excited, all at the same time. I couldn’t wait to be a part of it. They loved the trip [in 2013], the experience was great. I’m just trying to stay calm cause I know I get very excited hearing about things like that. Never been to London before so January will be my first time.
—  Tim Hardaway Jr., on finding out about the Knicks’ upcoming game in London
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Vita TV for $60 ⊟

Play-Asia is offering a limited-time deal on the Asia-region version of the Vita TV/PlayStation TV. That means two things: first, you’d have to set it up with an Asia or Japan-region PSN account to download an update before changing it over to North America region; second, it’s silvery instead of black. These are not insurmountable issues.

What a frickin’ great price for a way to play Vita games! And PSP games, and PSOne Classics. This deal won’t last long: it’s a 24-hour deal in name, but the Value Pack has already sold out.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX E3 2013 Trailer

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Let’s learn about Persona Q's fusion system ⊟

No Fusion Dance required! Atlus USA also put out four English character trailers for Margaret, Theodore, Elizabeth, and Marie — none of whom are actually playable, but they do have some useful roles in the Etrian Odyssey-esque first-person dungeon crawler.

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Upcoming english otome games with supernatural themes.

1. Lovely Little Thieves - PangoDango - Preorder Available

Dawn didn’t know what to expect when she agreed to pile into a van with a mixture of friends and acquaintances and take a road trip down to Daytona Beach for spring break. She spent her entire freshman year studying her butt off at university, and she’s never really been out partying. At least…not that she can remember. Strange, horrible dreams of feeling her heart and mind slowly freeze solid in an endless black void haunt her long after she’s woken up, and make it hard for her to keep in touch with reality at all, much less get excited about a week of block partying at the ass-end of the country. Not one day into the long drive, however, the group’s van breaks down in the middle of a thick forest in northern Virginia. With no help in sight and the sun rapidly setting, the gang seeks shelter in a dilapidated hilltop mansion, marked only with the number “72.” Currently on Kickstarter

2. Black Rosette - Shilkefair - (will be) Free

The story takes place when the heroine starts to have strange dreams about a strange man calling her. When meeting a friend, she drowned. When she opened her eyes, before her was a completely different world. A world where there is no more light to be seen, engulfed in darkness. there she met 2 out of 4 generals of the land. Then she was brought to a land called Wonderland. It was rumoured that the queen had gone mad and tried to destroy the land. But, despite that, the 4 generals truly wanted to save the queen in their own way. Follow the heroine as she uncovers the truth of why she was brought there. You’ll discover the strong bonds that the generals have with the queen. But..what can she do to stop the queen from destroying her own land? Will she make her come to her senses with the help of the 4 generals? Will she uncover the truth and find the course of all of this madness?

3. Heart of Thorns - LucaMadison

This future otome game will be a girl whose name is Catherine, fleeingof an unexpected encounter and traumatizing tragedy, stops at a unusually big mansion in the middle of an unknown forest to the human eye. In that strange place, four vampires quickly fall in love with her. Kei, Tomoya, Hinata and Ryuto, each with a completely different personality. In each route will occur a problem and a exciting denouement with an unexpected end, happy or sad. There will also be a fifth vampire, Shiro. But he strangely appear in each route, giving a touch of mystery. The route to that boy will be unblock after completing the rest of the routes of the other boys. That route, will explain million of doubts and questions that appear in the head of Catherine during their stay at the mansion.

4. Alice and Cursed Wonderland - Wildflower Games

When Alice is suddenly orphaned after a terrible accident that took away both of her parents’ lives, she is taken in by her estranged older sister, who she finds difficult to get along with. One day, Alice experiences a terrible vision of a plagued world much unlike her own. Though she dubs it a dream, a lingering doubt stays in her mind. It doesn’t take long for her suspicions to become a reality, however, when a strangely dressed boy suddenly shows up in her room to kidnap her to the world in her “dream”! Now stuck in Wonderland, Alice is given 3 months until her 18th birthday to break a dark curse laid upon the realm so she can return to her world…or failure will lead to her end.

5. Blue Moon - Vanorain

The life of an artist is never a certain one, but that’s a thought Alexis Parker is doing her best to put off until graduation. Between being in an intensive program during the day and spending her nights working at a cafe near her University she doesn’t have much time to devote to stray thoughts such as major life decisions. The one place where she feels like she has a handle on things is when she’s painting at Garden’s Gate Park. That is, until it was written off as an expense the city could no longer afford and condemned. After that Alexis starts noticing strange things happening while walking through that park at night and finds herself in the company of people who aren’t quite human.

6. Seduce Me - Seraphim Entertainment

You are a senior in high school along with your two best friends, Naomi Patterson and Suzu Cappini. You are also the granddaughter of Harold Anderson, the CEO and founder of Anderson Toys, a toy company sworn to give children amazing products and give a large part of their profit to charity. One day, you get called home to attend your grandfather’s funeral. After the funeral, you learn that you have inherited his large estate. Your father suggests you move in immediately, so the next day, you move out of your parents home and into your estate. When you enter your new home, however, you see five injured, yet very handsome men on the lobby floor. They eventually awaken and make it known that they were attacked by a group of dangerous ‘misfits’ and ran to find shelter, passing out as soon as they entered your home. You find out that they are incubi, ‘demons who consume and use sexual energy of humans to survive’. With nowhere to go and a target on their backs, they ponder what what to do. Out of sympathy, you offer your home as refuge for a while in exchange for minor servitude (it is a big house, after all). They happily agree. What will happen as the incubi get comfy? Why exactly did they come the human world? Who are the ‘misfits’, and will they stop pursuing them so the incubi can leave? …Will you WANT them to leave? 

7. Zombie Princess - TheFontBandit

In the Kingdom of Aurelin, you take on the role of the queen-to-be. As an immortal undead Monarch, you cannot take the throne until you find someone to share the rule. The Queen has insisted that you make a concerted effort at courtship. Luckily, the next two weeks are the yearly courting festival of Springeve, which provides a convenient opportunity for mingling and flirting. Can you find your King or Queen, while navigating the daily challenges of helping to rule a kingdom? You must navigate courtly gossip, trade arrangements, and help defuse a civil war in the bordering country ruled by vampire necromancers… and flirt with eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.

8. Silent Tears

Silent Tears, a single player otome game, follows the story of a newly crowned princess whose first task is to bring peace to the surrounding kingdoms. As the crown princess, players will have the opportunity to make decisions, start negotiations, and even deal with courting from other royals, while trying to prevent a war from breaking out.

Here’s Gengar about to eat somebody, by Junji Ito ⊟

Bet you didn’t think you’d ever see that in official Pokemon art— a creepy Pokemon straight up about to consume a human person. Well, thanks to the ongoing collaboration with Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Gyo), here’s about the scariest Gengar I’ve ever seen, capturing someone boa constrictor-style.

Or maybe he’s just hugging his trainer friend. With his monster tongue. Anyway happy Halloween y’all.

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Okami Is Getting PS3 HD Rerelease

Did you miss Okami for the PS2? Did you miss Okami for the Wii? Well, if you did, this fall will be the time to check it out, since it’s being released on the PS3 with trophy and PS Move support. Oh, and it will be graphically overhauled in full HD.

The topper? It will be available brand new for $19.99.

Check it.