Thursday, February 11, 2016

Digimon localisation team says thanks!

Bandai's localisers in the States have taken time out to thank fans for their interest in the game, and the passion that got it over here in the first place.

The PS4 versions landed at No. 11 in the UK overall chart. It is No. 1 on the Vita PSN store's Top Sellers list, whatever that's worth - with 367 very positive ratings after six days on sale, plus 555 ratings for the PS4 version.

Hopefully that, combined with US sales is enough to get the Digimon World: Next Order title over here too. As gamers, I'm sure we'd all like to thank them for their efforts!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders sells another 46,000 in Japan

Despite being knocked off the top by Naruto 4, the Vita version of Dragon Quest Builders managed to sell 46,391 copies for a strong second place in the Media Create chart. That takes it close to 225,000 sales in two weeks, and is now 50,000 ahead of the PS4 version.

Minecraft remains in the top 10, now over 650,000 physical sales while a Three Kingdoms-era love tale from Prototype on PSP and Vita creeps into the top 20.

Vita hardware sales remained strong at over 23,000 units, well above the February averages, partly due to the 53 week year, and pacing 3DS sales for the week. Nothing much out this week, but Attack on Titan lumbers into view the following week.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dragon Quest Heroes II trailer sneak peek

No doubt thrilled by the success of Dragon Quest Builders, Square Enix is preparing its next assault on the DQ license with Dragon Quest Heroes II. Will the Vita version trounce the big consoles once again? We'll find out on the Japanese release in May.

These shots are teases of the trailer that will be out in a couple of weeks.

The game, subtitled, The Twin Kings and Prophecy's End comes with his and hers matching heroes, to tackle the usual hordes of monsters and explore the massive realms of Zebion. Hopefully they are a bit more distinct than those in the first game that never made it out to Vita.

 Not sure if not playing the first game, which did get a western release, will ruin the experience of this episode, but it is sure to be a huge seller in Japan.

Blast Em Bunnies release dates and launch trailer

Kind of forgotten about this from what seems like years back. Check, yep two and a half years ago this was announced). But, Blast Em Bunnies is back on the radar with a March release date, specifically, the 8th in the US, 9th in Europe, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

The game features 4 different weapons to purchase and upgrade and 16 different bullet types to combine with your chosen weapon for maximum tactical effect. By shooting coins the player can save up to purchase each weapon, upgrade, ammo or health upgrade to allow them to survive longer against the ferocious evil bunnies!

Should you save up for the Runner Bean Laser or go straight for new Heat Seeking Parsnip ammo? Tough decisions abound! With over 50 medals to be unlocked and missions which refresh either on completion or daily the player will always be faced with a challenge. Those looking for harder difficulties and modes can take on Survival mode in Easy, Normal, Hard and Very Hard (where you need to survive for as long as you can) or try out Slaughter mode in Normal, Super or Ultra difficulties (where you must survive for 2 minutes with weaker weapons and health depending on difficulty).

 Each battle takes place in an arena with bunnies spawning to bring you down. Runners, Walkers, Burrowers, Grenadiers, Blockers and Bosses all conspire to defeat you. The Throatslitter macabrely tries to dispatch your young and the Golden Bunny evades your bullets lest you unleash Frenzy Mode!! Players can also customise their experience with purchasable add-on content from each platform’s online store.

There are 5 new arena and matching skin packs which cover Ninjas, Zombies, Urban Army, Clowns and Luchadors. Add-on content can be purchased individually or in bundles with bundles giving a deeper discount on pricing. Players on PlayStation platforms can purchase the game and add-on content as part of Cross-Buy and receive both the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 versions for one combined price.

Mages' Wonderful Party gets out the Rabbit

Is the Order A Rabbit? Boy does that have the wrong connotations. Still, Mages' buxom little gang of crazy ladies is coming on strong for an April release. The game is actually about a girl who works in the Rabbit Cafe, beyond that I know very little

PSN Japan video waves a few Vita indies about

After last week's PS4 only promo video, Japan remembers to remember the Vita this week with its new Indies trailer, showcasing the likes of Spectrum-esque Downwell, Super Time Force Ultra, Mighty No. 9 (again), Crypt of the NecroDancer and a bunch of PS4 titles.

Monday, February 8, 2016

NIS goes pixel-heavy in Cladun Sengoku teaser

This isn't really much of a teaser, watching a battlefield rot over time, but the new Cladun Sengoku title sounds an intriguing prospect with multiple character types and weapons. More information should appear on the teaser site, but for now just expect plenty of pixels, customisation and multiplayer when the game finally arrives later this year.

There were a couple of Cladun PSP games, at last one of which made it west, so who knows what will turn up based on this little tease.

Video fest out of Japan, DoAX3, Attack on Titan, Hatsune Miku, Uppers and Atelier

While we were sleeping, Japan's publishing YouTube gnomes were hard at work with another batch of trailers and gameplay clips. Enjoy the latest snippets of action from  Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, Hatsune Miku Diva X, Uppers and Atelier Shallie Plus.

Finally, copied off Nico Nico, so not indicative of overall quality, here's the first look at the Vita version of Attack on Titan in action.

Avengers still dominates UK Vita retail chart

Avengers keep going at the top of the Vita UK retail sales chart for a second week, while Minecraft manages to dislodge Legend of Heroes one spot. However, both games staying in the top five suggest decent (for Vita) sales.

I picked up a cheap copy of Lego Jurassic World on Amazon, so I'm purely responsible for that nipping back into the top 5. Digimon was digital only, so won't appear in any chart - good move Bandai!


Over on Amazon's List Lego's Star Wars The Force Awakens zips straight into No. 3 thanks to pre-orders. Otherwise its a one-two for the new games.

Vita goes to Level 22 this week

Yep, spend your spare time working for a living! That's part of the theme behind Level 22, Gary's Misadventure that comes to PS Vita a year after its Steam release.

Gary is an office worker who overslept after a drunken night out in town. Here's where it gets tricky, because this isn't the first time Gary's been late for work, and he could be fired if he's spotted arriving at his desk after everyone else yet again. So he’ll have to prove his smartness and slyness to make his way up the 22 floors standing between him and his office without being caught.

Promote the Vita and your games with #PSVitaShare

PS4 owners have it so easy, they press the share button on their DualShock and a screenshot of their latest gaming exploit turns up on Twitter, or a video on Twitch or YouTube. That clip automatically uses the #PS4Share has tag.

Why Sony couldn't integrate screenshot sharing on the Vita is a mystery. Most games can play with the LiveTweet app in the background. However, it is pretty easy to do it manually.

Not only can it show followers what you're playing, but glossy Vita screens can flow around Twitter to help boost the portable's profile (Yes, its a shame they are not PNGs, something else Sony could sort in the firmware but can't be bothered).
Of course, this assumes Sony doesn't remove support for the LiveTweet app in the next firmware update! Until then, here's how to do Vita tweetshooting with minimal fuss.
  • Play your game
  • Take screenshot (Start and PS Button)
  • Minimise game, Go to LiveTweet
  • One time only you need to type in #PSVitaShare (in future, just tap # and it will appear on the text suggestion bar). 
  • Then add your latest screen via the attach icon and perhaps a little caption. 
  • Send tweet, then go back to your game and repeat. 

Within in a few goes, you can be back in your game in around 15 seconds. Note, that some newer games don't allow app switching, but you can always batch grab some screens and send them out later over time, no spamming now!
So, whatever your next new game is, why not show the world a little of it and spread some Vita love in the process. 

If you follow #PSVitaShare, some folks are doing this already, I'm not claiming ownership, just making a social suggestion! That said, feel free to share and retweet this to get some action going! If you don't want to take part, but want to see what's going on, just bookmark that search and dip in and out to see what people are playing.

Who knows, tweetshooting could have you snapping up a PS TV, a HD capture unit and becoming the next GadgetGirlKylie on YouTube! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth hits the UK PSN

It has been a long wait for a Digimon game, but now the UK can finally join in the fun with the game available in stores and on PSN. Hopefully it sell well enough that Bandai also brings the Next Order game our way.

A whole new adventure sees Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth bringing classic turn-based JRPG gameplay and monster battling across a brand-new Digimon adventure. Mysterious events have caused the digital world to merge with the real word, opening portals for dangerous Digimon to enter our reality intent on destroying it.

Players will become cyber detectives as they cross-over between the two realities in a race to solve this diabolical digi-mystery. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth enables players to interact with over 200 Digimon: including fans favorites such as Agumon, Patamon, Gaomon.

PQube brings Aegis of Earth to Europe

Its about time we got another tower defence game on the Vita, aside from FieldRunners 2 and Final Horizon, things have been a bit thin.

PQube is bringing Acquire's Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault to the Vita and PS4, later this Spring. The tower defence game with a story delivered in a visual novel-style. No western video yet, but check out the Japanese version in action!

Among the features that make it a bit above your typical tower defence game are:

  • Rotating defences around your central tower, to better concentrate or spread out your armaments.
  • Unlock and assign new team members to your control room – each bringing new abilities to help you in battle!
  • Story-driven episodes move the player around the world to experience different urban environments.
  • Use appropriate weaponry to tackle the different enemy types.
  • Collect resources to strengthen your city and grow your population to earn more currency to help in the war!
  • Over 50 different types of units to take on the enemy!
Overall, you must defend the last bastion of humanity against an onslaught of monster attacks. From a central citadel - the player assumes the role of military leader charged with creating, developing, and updating a city with weapons and defences, balancing and aligning the city’s resources to better survive against prolonged monster attacks.

 To help in battle against the enemy onslaught, you can recruit and level up supporting characters – tactical operations staff who each bring unique skills to your control room!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Senran Kagura Estival Versus comes with a festival of goodies

Senran Kagura will hit the EU Vita soon, and Marvelous has a stack of goodies for the Limited Edition including reversible covers, posters, art book, picture cards, audio CDs with 88 tracks and more. Vita owners get the choice of the full fat Bahonkas version with saucy bedding at £74.99 or the Millennium Festival Edition at £44.99.


Adventures of Mana not coming to English Vitas

Out today in Japan, for Vita, iOS and Android, this remake of a classic Gameboy RPG, has picked up a gorgeous 3D makeover and rearranged music. Known as Seiken Densetsu (English homepage) over there, alas, we won't get to play it on Sony's handheld.

The Vita version is for Japan only, click the Japanese version of the site to see it blinking hopefully at us. Given the western love of most things Final Fantasy, raw economics can be the only reason Square Enix is coding an English version for smartphone.

UPDATE: Hold that thought Square Enix's EU Twitter account is asking for feedback on the English version. I'm not saying my angst made any difference, but go comment on their blog to have your voice heard.
Perhaps if there's enough interest they will see the error of their ways and let us play too!

Their message reads, "Thank you for all of your comments on a PS Vita edition of Adventures of Mana. We’ve been listening to your feedback and because of your passion for the game, we’re going to look into making a PS Vita version of Adventures of Mana for the west. We can’t guarantee we’ll be able to make this happen but we will see what we can do."