Well, I’ve had Pokemon Y since it released at midnight this morning. Sunk about 15 hours into it. I gotta say, it’s freaking awesome, and I can’t wait for the Hoenn remakes this one’s been dropping hints about. :P
Today is a Great Day for Fans of Japanese Games!
YYYYEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!!!
Ahh, okay, now that I got that out of my syst- YYYEEEAAAHHHHHH!!!!!
Ahem! Sorry about that. Seriously folks, I’m beyond excited right now. Like, you don’t even know. There are several games that I’ve been pushing hard to various companies to bring to the west, and by God, they actually listened! Took them a while to officially announce things, as companies are slow moving creatures by nature, but YES THIS IS FINALLY HAPPENING.
Here’s a run-down of the games announced:
- Aksys has announced Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God, known in Japan as Sei Madou Monogatari, will be heading to the west.
- At NISA’s Anime Expo panel today, Danganronpa, the English title now being Trigger Happy Havoc: Dangan Ronpa, was confirmed for US release.
- Nippon Ichi Software America also announced Demon Gaze will be localized too.
All of these are PS Vita titles, by the way. Anime Expo was better for the Vita than E3 was! Not that I’m complaining; these were some games I was pushing for. Now if only Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus and Monster Monpiece were announced. It’s okay though, since I’m importing those anyway — they’re in the mail as I type this! Unfortunately, Demon Gaze was also a thing I imported a few days ago, and it was just announced for localization! It won’t be out in English until 2014 though, so it’s cool. I can play it now in Japanese and then play it again in English after 6 months or so.
I’m not done with the announcements though! Let’s keep this hype train rolling!
- At a panel at Anime Expo last night, visual novel publisher JAST USA announced that they will be releasing Steins;Gate in the West.
- Hot on the heels of Tales of Xillia, which is coming exclusively to PlayStation 3 in Western territories this August, is Tales of Xillia 2! Revealed by Hideo Baba at the Japan Expo; according to Namco Bandai, they plan to bring it to North America and Europe sometime next year.
I’ve also got one last announcement! It’s not a confirmation, but it may as well be:
- Atlus’ parent company has registered a Persona 5 domain. Hopefully this means it won’t be too long before we get an official reveal of Persona 5!
Man, what a great day for gaming, huh?
NVIDIA SHIELD Price Reduction
Looks like I just saved $50 without even doing anything! XD
Contacted NVIDIA, since I paid for my SHIELD in full for $349 via PayPal; they told me I would receive a $50 refund when my SHIELD shipped. Totally psyched! Who doesn’t love saving money without even having to lift a finger to do so? :P
The Eighth Generation Console Wars
An anonymous reader on Slashdot writes,
"Now that both Sony and Microsoft have announced their next-gen consoles, and we’ve gotten solid information about their hardware, technology, and features, Eurogamer asks whether Nintendo’s struggling Wii U will be able to hold its own once the new competition arrives. ‘Wii U has tanked — there’s no other way to put it — with even the release of traditional big-hitters like Dragon Quest 10 failing to make a dent in the Japanese market. If you believe certain analysts, April saw things getting even worse in the U.S. with the Wii U shifting under 40,000 units, easily outsold by the 360 and PS3 — and, even more embarrassingly, the Wii.’ If the Wii U doesn’t see a miraculous turnaround, Nintendo may be left with the difficult choice of whether to port its software to competing consoles. It’ll also serve as a bellwether to see if the big gamer complaint about the new Sony and Microsoft consoles — that they’re only partly about games — is honest. ‘At a time when the goal of its competitors is to own the living room, the extent of Nintendo’s ambition is simply to be in it — a dedicated games console, and no more.’"
Things looking pretty grim for Nintendo in the home console arena. On the bright side, their handheld sector is doing fantastically now, so all those doomers and gloomers saying, “Nintendo will have no choice but to go third party,” are pretty much ousting themselves as complete and total morons. Nintendo aren’t going anywhere. They are nowhere close to dead. They are still making bank — that their console isn’t selling as well as they’d hoped does not spell the deathknell for them, as they still make a profit once the owner of a Wii U buys one game, and chances are, if you bought a Wii U, you bought a game for it. ;)
They’ll make it through this off of their exclusives. That’s all they need, and getting them is assured. They will “fail” in that they will probably get last place this console generation in sales, but as long as they made a profit, does it realling count as a “failure?”
No. Of course it doesn’t.
People said the same thing about the PSP (outside of Japan anyway), yet, because it made a nice profit for Sony, they released a successor, the PS Vita. It too looks gloomy in sales, but it too has been profitable for Sony (though not as much as they would have liked). So, likewise, Sony’s computer entertainment / PlayStation division will also not be going anywhere anytime soon.
In fact, the only company I see that may be failing hard in their video game sector is Microsoft. The people have spoken: the Xbox One is a joke. I haven’t met a gamer yet that actually plans on purchasing one. Microsoft has revealed itself to be incredibly anti-consumer, and that will surely hurt them big time.
Personally, I’ll be getting a PS4 and Wii U at some point, along with sticking to my Vita and 3DS as my handheld platforms of choice, and the ever-present PC for non-console-exclusive titles and virtual reality experiences. I’ll also be dabbling with Android as a platform with the NVIDIA SHIELD, which I pre-ordered shortly after it was possible to do so; it will be replacing my aging iPod Touch for my general entertainment and mobile productivity needs.
What are you guys’ thoughts on all of this? What say you about the upcoming console war? One thing’s for sure: it’s gonna be mighty interesting to see what new and exciting experiences spring forth, dont’tcha think?
NVIDIA SHIELD - First Thoughts
Behold, the “Most powerful gaming handheld ever made:”
What are you guys’ thoughts about this? Since I’m an NVIDIA Nsider, I’ve been given the opportunity to pre-order one of these before the general public. Debating whether I should get it or not. It’s certainly interesting. With stuff like SHIELD, the Wikipad, the Ouya and GameStik, and other such devices, Android is really starting to look like a good gaming platform to me. I think there’s potential there.
If anything, I hope all these new devices coming out get game developers to start making games for the Android platform with actual gaming controllers in mind, instead of just the touch-screen phone games so prevalent today.
Heck, I may end up getting this thing instead of the smartphone I was saving for. It’s an Android device, has all the bells and whistles you’d expect, sans the phone, of course.
May be neat to code a “Hello, World” just to prove I could do Android development if I ever felt assed to do so. XD
All these Android gaming devices starting to come out this year…and just today, this leaked:
Very interesting times we live in, Google actually creating an API for devs to use across Android devices specifically for video games.
I think it’s really cool the SHIELD has an HDMI out port. That means I could connect it to my HDTV and play games on the big screen. Wondering why Ouya, Gamestik, etc. even exist when devices like SHIELD already do what they do and so much more.
$350 seems like a steep price at first glance, but knowing the hardware this thing is rockin’, that price is spot-on what I would expect. Cheaper than any tablet or smartphone — in fact, it’s the same price as Apple’s iPod Touch! This thing could easily be an iPod Touch killer; I could see that.
I’ve been wanting an Android Device for a while now, I may just jump on this thing.
So, what do you guys think about the NVIDIA SHIELD?