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Published on January 19th, 2013 | by Christian


Games That Matter – Winter 2013 Releases

Welcome to the first Gaijin Densetsu “News” post! Obviously release calendars aren’t really news per se, but it seems like a good place to start the new year and also the quarter. Now we can take a look at what games are coming out in the next few months, with a special focus on games we’re really interested in each month. So far it’s shaping up to be another great year for games, so let’s see what’s coming out. Also, I know this list is probably missing a bunch of games, and that’s both a consequence of intentional design and unintentional ignorance. I left out games that aren’t relevant to what Gaijin Densetsu is all about, and also might have missed a few games on accident, so if there’s some gross omission from the list please let us know in the comments.


3rd Unchained Blades 3DS
8th Anarchy Reigns PS3, X360
15th DmC Devil May Cry PS3, X360
17th Tokyo Crash Mobs 3DS
22nd Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch PS3
25th DmC Devil May Cry PC

Peter:  I’m trying not to think about my back log right now because I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.  Sadly, the DS incarnation of this Level-5 and Studio Ghibli collaboration never made it to western audiences.  However, the PS3 version coming out at the end of January, features enhanced graphics and a slightly different story from its DS predecessor.  I managed to get a copy of the Limited Wizard’s Edition that comes with a physical copy of the Wizard’s Companion book as well as a few in-game bonuses.  I’ll most likely do an unboxing video of the contents once it arrives.


4th Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS
5th Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 PS3, X360
10th Brain Age: Concentration Training 3DS
12th Earth Defense Force 2017 Vita
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3DS
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 3DS
19th Metal Gear Rising: Reveangeance PS3, X360
26th Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires PS3
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan 3DS
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus Vita

Christian: February is going to be absolutely brutal for me. I’ve basically got Fire Emblem, Metal Gear, and Etrian Odyssey IV all on pre-order and am clearing my schedule to try and make time to play through them and get content done for the site. Of the three, I gotta say I’m most excited for Metal Gear Rising if only because I’m a huge fan of what Platinum Games have done for the character action genre this past generation. Between the superlative Bayonetta and the solid Vanquish, Platinum have really demonstrated that they’ve got what it takes to produce highly polished action games that are equal parts over the top story lines and deep combat mechanics. The Metal Gear universe seems like a perfect fit for Platinum, and I’m excited that Kenji Saito who worked on Bayonetta is bringing his experience from that game over to Metal Gear Rising. I can’t wait to play it.

Aside from Metal Gear, we’ve got Fire Emblem and Etrian Odyssey IV, both much loved series that I’m only now getting into. To be honest, I’ve never been crazy about Fire Emblem.  I played a previous entry in the series a while back, I forget on what platform even, and have to say I wasn’t terribly impressed. I’m more of a Tactics Ogre / Final Fantasy Tactics guy, really, but since they don’t really make those games anymore I’m just going to have to make due with what’s coming out here. I’m excited to play this game. The buzz has been really positive and I’m ready for a tactical RPG I can sink my teeth into. The demo hit the 3DS eShop this week, so stay tuned for my impressions. They’ll go up before the game comes out.

Etrian Odyssey IV, I’m excited about based solely on my sheer lust for games that Atlus publishes and also a desire to delve into hardcore dungeon crawlers.  I had a brief encounter with Etrian Odyssey II a few years back:  In short, it welcomed me with moistened lips only to chew me up and spit me out into the gutter like a piece of bubblegum. I thought I knew what I was getting into, but I was younger then and stupid. I’ve been training though; I’m ready this time. Things will be different, right?

Peter: February definitely has a few games that have piqued my interest.  Namely Fire Emblem and Etrian Odyssey IV.  However, I’m going to hold off on purchasing these since I really want to devote my time to Ni no Kuni.


5th Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate 3DS
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 PS3, X360
12th Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory PS3
19th Dead or Alive 5 Plus Vita
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 3DS, Wii U
22nd Resident Evil 6 PC
24th Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity 3DS
26th Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Andoulin PC, PS2, X360
Pandora’s Tower Wii
TBA Soul Sacrifice Vita

Christian:  The only March release I’m interested in is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. At this point, the only question is what platform I’ll be playing it on.  I don’t yet own a Wii U but I might as well just buy one now since I’ll need to get one when Bayonetta 2 comes out anyway.  The thing that’s attracting me to MH3U is the look of the combat. It has that deliberate pacing and animation priority that I loved so much in Demon’s Souls and its sequel. Also like those games, MH3U has a reputation of seeming impenetrability for new players.  I like a challenge, so I’ll definitely be picking this game up.

Peter: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate!  Monster. Hunter. 3. Ultimate.  This game is the main reason I picked up a Wii U and will definitely be pre-ordering a copy as the date draws nearer.  The 3DS version is also on my buy list, however, I’m reluctant to pick it up until the U.S. gets some decent Limited Edition XL models.  Also, I really shouldn’t be buying anymore 3DS hardware, I already own a Cosmos Black 3DS and a Japanese Mario Limited Edition 3DSLL.  Oh wow, there’s an expansion coming out for Final Fantasy XI?  Final Fantasy XI was the first MMO I devoted a considerably amount of my time to.  I suppose S-E wants to give fans of FFXI one more injection of content before they concentrate whole-hog on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

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