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PS Vita Starter Kit to come with a 16GB Memory Card

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Beginning on March 3rd, a Playstation Vita Starter Kit will be released.

For those purchasing “Glacier White” or “Aqua Blue”, the PS Vita will now come with a 16GB memory card and will be sold in Japan for 19,980 yen.

amiibo festival’s are getting cheaper and cheaper in Japan

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While amiibo’s rarely go down in price, the Wii U amiibo festival has been going down since the beginning of the year.

First at Y2999 then to Y1999 and this week, they have gone down by 83% to 999 yen.

New Updates for PS VITA “Gundam EXTRAVS-FORCE” leads to new interest in game!

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With many bad reviews for “Gundam EXTREME VS-FORCE” for the PS Vita due to lack of features esp. Free Battle, the game had fallen between 1900-2900 (Used and New) and many simply selling their copy of the game to used game shops in Japan.

But with the January 28th ver. 1.02 update of Free Battle, Traders is reporting that many people have snatched the game up and the price for used have now gone back up because of interest in the game.

The new update also added a new mission.

A ver. 1.03 update will add new units, Mack Knife, Master Gundam, Turn X, Strike Freedom Gundam, 00 Gundam, Course Battle Mode and an update for “Free Battle” and more.

Gundam Breaker 3 Promotional and Gameplay Video have been released

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Gundam fans are highly anticipating Bandai Namco Entertainment’s “Gundam Breaker 3”.

The latest battle game features characters designed like they are Gunpla.  And with the success of the Gundam Builders anime series, it’s quite exciting to see this series created in this style.

“Gundam Breaker 3” will be available in Japan on the PS4 and PS Vita on March 3rd.

Bandai Namco have released a second promotional video and a gameplay video:

Videogame Backlog 002: All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2, Prince of Tennis: 2003 Cool Blue and .hack/Link

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For videogame backlog 002, I randomly selected the following games to try for the week:  All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2 for the Sony PSP, Prince of Tennis: 2003 Cool Blue for the GBA and .hack//Link for the Sony PSP.

It’s important to note that all three games are import and will play on a GameBoy Advance, first and second Nintendo DS and Sony PSP games on a PSP console.

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Let’s kick things off with “Tennis no Oujisama: 2003 Cool Blue” or “Prince of Tennis: 2003 Cool Blue” from Konami for the GameBoy Advance.

With “Prince of Tennis 2005″ Crystal Drive” being the best game I had played for the series, years earlier I had a chance to try the 2003 and 2004 GBA games and somehow forgot all about them.

I do enjoy tennis games and I do enjoy the “Prince of Tennis” manga and anime series, so I look forward to playing the game.

Back in 2003, the 2003 game was split into two games “Passion Red” and “Cool Blue”.  The developers promised to include more special moves and include rival schools Fudomine, Yamabuki, St. Rudolph and Hyotei.  And of course, the players from Seigaku.

But the players are split into two games, so unlike “Crystal Drive” that was a complete game, the 2003 games required fans to buy both games.

For Cool Blue, you get to play Seigaku, Fudomine Middle School and St. Rudolph, while Yamabuki Middle School and Hyotei Academy are in Passion Red.

The game is pretty much straightforward.  Play a tournament, single player or doubles and with each play, you can open up extra characters.

For tournament mode, I played with Echizen and after five matches, the game ended with the ending credits and that was it.  Played single player and the same situation.

The game was fairly easy but since I was playing with a GameBoy Advance Mini, playing on the top side made it a bit difficult.  But managed to win the matches just fine.

A simple but enjoyable tennis game (with special moves) overall.

Last but not least, the game is import friendly and you don’t have to read anything to figure it out.

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“All Kamen Rider – Rider Generation 2” from Bandai is a fighting game in a similar style to a 2D fighting sidescrolling video game (Beat ’em up) such as “Final Fight”.

The game is available on the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS.

The characters are presented in SD format and come with a variety of special moves, a super move and a combo/partner move.

You start off with Kamen Rider Fourze and Kamen Rider Meteor and with each level, you open up additional Kamen Riders from the past.  Part of the hype that accompanied the game was the fact that Kamen Rider Wizard would be making an appearance in the game.

The game progresses as a character moves from left to right and with each level, you can select to fight in the easiest, normal or difficult level.

In easy mode, the enemies are too easy.  Backgrounds are often re-used and featured in day or night (which is possibly the low factor in the game).  The game has an announcer who directs the player to go right or that your max super move is ready to be utilized.

Each enemy you defeat drops coins, which you can use to purchase a variety of things at the shop that will increase a Kamen Rider’s special ability or increase attack or defense strength.

The game is quite tedious, as it feels repetitive but fortunately, with so many Kamen Rider characters, it helps to have that variety utilizing these characters in battle.

With each world, there are five to six levels and one major boss.  The bosses ten to take up most of the screen but it’s all about not getting hit and when the enemy misses, giving the enemy all you got and repeat.

Some players who love to grind will find themselves utilizing many characters in order to level them higher.

For the most part, this game is strictly fan service for “Kamen Rider” fans.  I love games that try to bring all Kamen Rider characters together and love the fact that for some characters, you get to see several of their modes in this game.

Last but not least, the game is import friendly.  While those who can’t read Japanese might find the shop items to be difficult to know which to buy, you can find translations of the shop online.

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For “.hack//Link” by Bandai, the Limited Edition version of the game is rather awesome.

Created to be the final chapter of the “.hack” series, the video game was created to be like a manga series with art by Megane Kikuya and an original story by CyberConnect 2.

You get a “.hack Epitaph of the Old Testament” 98-page booklet with interviews with the creators and history of the “.hack” series.

You get a “.hack Epitaph of the New Testament” 68-page booklet with interviews with the creators of the new “.hack” video game series, its characters and sketches.

For the DVD, “.hack//historical disc”, has over 2 hours of excerpts from “.hack//SIGN”, “.hack//Liminality”, “.hack”, “.hack//”, “.hack//Roots” and “.hack//G.U.”.

For the Blu-ray release of “.hack//re-birth Disc”, you get the first episodes of “.hack//SIGN”, “.hack//Liminality”, “.hack/GIFT”, “.hack//Tasogare noUdewa Densetsu”, “.hack//Roots”, “.hack//G.U. Returner” and “.hack//Lin Radio 2 jyanai to” live recording of the radio session.

“.hack//Link” is an interesting game.  The story takes place in the year 2020, three years after the events of “.hack//G.U.” and takes place in a new version of “The World” known as “The World R:X”.

The protagonist is Tokio Kuryuu who is a gamer and meets the new girl at his high school named Saika Amagi.  When she takes Tokio to the rooftop, she sends his consciousness and real body to “The World R:X” and where he encounters characters from “The World” and experiences part of its history but something has gone awry and characters are not acting as they should be.

Tokio ends up teaming up with familiar faces such as the legendary hero, Kite and Mimiru.

The game kicked off with training for Tokio and when you enter “The World R:X”, you go through many storylines like a manga which feature quite a bit of dialogue and seeing something bad happening to Kite.  As Tokio goes off to further his adventures in “The World R:X”, I ran into Mimiru and was fighting a boss level.

Unlike the other “.hack” games, you can only play with two characters at a time but supposedly there are 30 characters from all “.hack” series that can join Tokio.

If there is one thing that gets tedious is the Juggle Combo feature in which you have to hit a button and makes sure it lands in an area (almost like a rhythm game) to perform combos, but you have to keep doing it over and over.  If you mess up, you take damage.

But the worse part I think about the game is it suffers from camera issues, I found myself trying to battle a boss and having to deal with bad camera and it really ruined my enjoyment of the game.

While the storyline for the game was enjoyable (and revealed a lot about “The Word”), the story was more or less fan service for those who followed the “.hack” series because it incorporates all “.hack” media. But as for the gameplay, it felt too repetitive.

A bit of a shame because this release and CyberConnect 2 really did its best to incorporate all that we love about “.hack” and incorporating many characters from various series (video game, anime, manga, etc.), but it strayed too far from what people enjoyed of the previous games.

Unfortunately, this is not an import friendly game in the context of the story which is important to enjoy the game.  But in the context of playing the game itself, people can easily figure the game out.

Onto the next Videogame backlog!

Dark Souls III and 109 Men’s Gallery Collaboration

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On March 24, 2016 at 109 Men’s stores in Shibuya  will feature a “Dark Souls Gallery 2016” on the 7th floor.

While the Shibuya store will feature most of the Dark Souls campaign, Sapporo and Tenji Core stores will feature a lottery in which shoppers who spend over 2,000 yen can be one of the 109 winners.

You can learn more of the “Dark Souls III x 109 Men’s” collaboration here.

AKB48’s Kashiwagi Yuki (Yukirin) posts about her love of 3DS games

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Kashiwagi Yuki (Yukirin) of AKB48 wowed her fans with a post about how she has been enjoying 3DS games.

The singer posted about her love for “Monster Hunter” and how she put in 60 hours in one month.

She discusses her fascination of “Dance Dance Revolution” when she was in second grade and “Pokemon” on the Gameboy.  “Bomberman” and “Smash Brothers”.

And also her love for “Taiko no Tatsujin” at the arcade and her addiction to “Animal Crossing” when she should be studying for exams.

And admitting…she is a gamer!

Videogame Backlog 001: Shining Soul II, Evangelion Die Spur der SEELE, 7th Heaven

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The first video game backlog blog in which I try three games and play for several hours of each game during that week, before moving on to the next game.

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First, let’s kick of with “Shining Soul II” from Sega and Atlus for the Nintendo GameBoy Advance (GBA).

I purchased this game long ago and can’t believe I haven’t played it until 2016.

Released back in 2004, “Shining Soul II” is part of the “Shining” series which began in 1991 with the Sega Mega Drive.

The 15th “Shining” game release, the game is a hack and slash.

In the beginning, you choose if you want to play a warrior, archer, sorceress, dragonute, priestess, dark wizard, brawler or ninja.

I chose the warrior and immediately, I began fighting…  that is after the text would scroll (I forgot how long it took text to show up on screen) and thus challenging my patience.

As you go to a tournament, the tournament is halted when Princess Camille,  the daughter of King Marcel and Queen Yvonne of Klantol has gone missing.  The King’s knight, Deatharte, goes to check and find here at one location but with trouble happening at another due to goblins, he asks you to take care of it.

The first thing I had to do was kill the hordes of ogres which was easy, but the end boss took me two times to beat.

While the game was enjoyable as a hack and slash and playing these types of games prepared me on how to survive each battle, the problem that I had with the game is the money allocation really sucks.  As I would have to purchase the healing items, I couldn’t go out and grind as the locations are pre-selected.

And one thing I did not like is that when you saved, you can’t continue.  You are automatically exited to the main menu which really sucked.

But yet, I love hack and slash games like this and I very much wanted to play more.  Which I probably will someday?

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The second game was “Shin Seiki Evangelion Die Spur der Seele” (Path of the Soul) and is the first pachislot game by D3 Publisher featuring “Neon Genesis Evangelion”.

For those who are not familiar with pachislot, think of pachinko in which you try to match three symbols horizontally or diagonally.

The great news about pachislot video games is that you don’t have to use your own money and while you don’t win prizes, you can play the game to your heart’s content and unveil music videos and various video scenes taken from the Evangelion anime series.

Similar to all karaoke video games that let you set a panel with a marker that allows you to time your button presses in order to land a symbol, you can also make the game easier by automatically selecting a symbol which you have to match three times (but is much easier) and then opening various music videos and scenes.

While I find karaoke games much easier on a PS Vita, I was barely getting any matches and I was already losing a ton of money until I activated the panel and making the game easier by using a three symbol modifier and was able to get myself out of the financial rut.

But the video is quite smooth, music videos as well.  It’s definitely a fun game if you enjoy pachislot and even moreso if you actually played this pachislot game at a parlor.

This game is user friendly for English speakers.  You can easily figure out how to activate the pachislot and using the buttons to stop to a symbol.

A fun pachislot game!

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The third game that I played in my backlog 001 is “7th Dragon” by SEGA.

It’s one of the popular games in Japan that has not been released in the USA and this first game in the series has rated well.

As I tend to play Japanese RPG’s, while I’m not fluent, I can usually read enough but also figure out how to play an RPG game easily.

But the first thing you will realize with “7th Dragon” is that it’s text heavy and it’s by “Etrian Odyssey” director, Kazuya Ninou.

The game is set in the world of Eden and much of the world is ruled by dragons, who are trying to eliminate humans. And so, the humans want to kill the dragons.

In the beginning, you can build your team.  May it be a mage, princess, rogue, knight, samurai, fighter or healer.

As I went off to battle with my team, I expected the creatures I fight would match my skill level.  But immediately, my team was slaughtered.

While I was able to increase stats for my team, I realize that I was getting my arse kicked so much that I decided to pause and play “Shining Soul II”.

But overall, I can easily say that this game is not user friendly for gamers who can’t read or understand Japanese .  It’s possibly the least user-friendly Japanese RPG that I have ever played.


Overall, with my limited time, I found myself playing “Shining Soul II” the most, this past week.  I found that game to be so much fun, but also reminded me of the old school hack and slash Nintendo games I played back then.

But now on to the next three games in my backlog!