Published on February 2nd, 2013 | by Christian0
News GaiDen 2/2/13
Welcome to another edition of News GaiDen, where we give you all this week’s big game news in one place. Let us know if we missed anything!
Aksys Announces Murumasa Rebirth for the Vita with Brand New Localization.
Source: Aksys Games
Peter: Having just purchased a Vita this past holiday, I’m keeping my eyes open for any interesting titles that are coming out in the future. I definitely don’t want my Vita to stay a dedicated Persona 4 Golden machine. Muramasa: Rebirth is a port of the Wii game Muramasa: The Demon Blade released in 2009 from Aksys Games. The updated release on the PS Vita will include a completely new localization treatment by Aksys Games. In addition to newly translated dialogue, the game will boast additional DLC characters and, get this, a dedicated jump button!
Christian: Muramasa: The Demon Blade is the game that sold me a Wii, and Rebirth is the game that’s going to sell me a Vita. I just can’t resist Vanillaware’s art style. The aforementioned dedicated jump button is an absolute game changer, and I’m not just saying that because I need to convince myself to buy this game again. Really, there’s no convincing necessary. I’m still not super excited about the Vita, however, because with the exception of the Gravity Rush and the soon the be released Soul Sacrifice, there are very few original games that interest me on the platform.
Wii U Virtual Console 30th Anniversary Release Dates
Christian: We covered the Wii U virtual console 30th anniversary trial in our recap of the recent Wii U focused Nintendo direct. Nintendo has now announced the exact release dates for the first seven games on the service. Be sure to get them within 30 days of release to take advantage of the special $0.30 price. I’m playing Balloon Fight right now, it’s worth the $0.30 just for the awesome music in the game’s Balloon Trip mode. Really, there’s no reason not to buy all of these games, especially since the Wii U eShop has no minimum dollar requirement for purchases.
Dark Souls Director Hidetaka Miyazaki Leaving Series
Christian: Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls both, is transitioning away from the series starting with Dark Souls II, a game he will serve on in a supervisory role only. These are two of my favorite games of this generation and maybe even all time, so this news causes me no small concern. If all goes well though, this could mean some fresh perspective and new ideas for the series, as well as an exciting new project from Miyazaki down the line.
Nintendo Pledges to Bring Around 10 Key Nintendo 3DS Games Overseas This Year
Peter: During a quarterly financial results meeting this week, Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, said Nintendo plans to bring approximately 10 Nintendo 3DS games overseas. These games include: Fire Emblem Awakening, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Brain Age: Concentration Training and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins and Pokemon X and Y. This news definitely bodes well for fans of Japanese developed games that never see a Western localization. Hearing this news makes me hope that Dragon Quest VII and Fantasy Life get brought over here soon.
Rumor: Sony Revealing Next Playstation on February 20th Livestream
Source: @Playstation via Twitter
Christian: Sony started sending invitations to a February press event this Thursday before announcing a February 20th livestream of said event. Speculation on the web is that there’s a strong possibility that this will be when Sony chooses to reveal the next playstation, code-named ‘Orbis’. I’m pretty surprised, especially after Sony CEO Kaz Hirai said just last week that there was no reason to announce before Microsoft. Either Kaz was just messing with the press, or Sony has realized that they need to draw first blood and get their console out into the consciousnesses of potential buyers before Microsoft does.
That’s it for this week. I’ll be playing Dark Souls every free second I have up until Fire Emblem comes out this Monday. Stay tuned to the site next week for some thoughts about emergent narratives in From Software’s masterpiece.