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Sony Computer Entertainment announced that they will transfer 9.52 million shares they have in Square Enix to SMBC Nikko Securities Inc., a large brokerage firm in Japan. The monetary value is estimated 4.8 billion yen (US$47 millions), the transfer will be complete on April 17.

D3 Publisher announced that its Simple Series will be coming to PS Vita starting this month on PSN, the first batch of titles will be Simple Series: The Anywhere Girls Mahjong and Simple Series: The Highway Escape: Nagoya - Tokyo, a car chase action game.

Sega will release Fantasy Zone: Complete Collection for PS3 on Apr 16, a compilation of all the Fantasy Zone titles plus a new remake of Fantasy Zone II. The list of titles include:

  • Fantasy Zone (System 16) - four different versions
  • Fantasy Zone (Sega Mark III, Old and New versions)
  • Fantasy Zone II Remake (System 16)
  • Fantasy Zone II (Sega Mark III)
  • Fantasy Zone II (System E version)
  • Fantasy Zone Gear: OpaOpa Jr.'s Adventure (Game Gear)
  • Super Fantasy Zone (Mega Drive/Genesis)
  • OpaOpa (System E version)
  • OpaOpa (Sega Mark III)
  • Fantasy Zone: The Maze (Sega Mark III)
  • Galactic Protector (Sega Mark III)

Hamster Corporation announced that Nichibutsu arcade classics are coming to PS4 this spring, the first batch of classics include Crazy Climber, Ninja-Kun's Demon Castle Adventure and Rygar; the rights of these titles were secured by Hamster in March, which includes over 400 arcade classic titles; more will be coming in winter.

Sony announced three PS Vita titles are heading over to North America and Europe later this year, including Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice Delta and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (Over My Dead Body 2 or Ore no Shikabane wo Koete Yuke 2).

Here are the latest Famitsu game review scores, note that only 3 out of 4 scores were leaked online this week, the missing scores were marked with a star(*).

  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS, Square Enix): 9, 9, 9, *
  • BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (PSV, Arc System Works): 8, 9, 8, *
  • Bullet Soul: Infinite Burst (360, 5pb): 7, 8, *, 8
  • NES Remix 1+2 (Wii U, Nintendo): 8, 8, 7, *
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (PSV, Bandai Namco): 8, 8, *, 8
  • Chronostacia (PSP, Idea Factory): *, 8, 7, 7
  • Just Dance Wii U (Wii U, Nintendo): 8, 8, *, 8
  • Ga-Sen Love Plus Pengo! (360, Triangle Service): *, 7, 5, 6
  • Guruguru Tamagotchi! (3DS, Bandai Namco): *, 7, 6, 8
  • Harem Tengoku da to Omottara Yandere Jigoku Datta (PS3, Nippon Ichi): 7, 8, *, 5
  • Imasugu Oniichan ni Imouto Datte Iitai! (PSV, Piacci): 6, 8, 7, *
  • JS Girl: Doki Doki Model Challenge (3DS, Nippon Columbia): *, 7, 7, 7
  • Rayman Legends (PSV, Ubisoft): *, 8, 7, 7
  • Kuroyukihime: Snow Black (PSP, Quinrose): 7, *, 7, 6
  • MapleStory: Unmei no Shoujo (3DS, Sega): 6, 8, *, 7
  • Muv-Luv: photonflowers (PS3, 5pb): 5, *, 7, 7

Square Enix announced that over 2 million users have registered for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

VG247 reported that 36.9% of all Steam games have never been played, the most owned game is the free-to-play MOBA DOTA2 with 25 million players; next one is Team Fortress 2 with 20 million owners.

Capcom announced two new R&D buildings are under construction near its Osaka headquarter, the two buildings will be used for next-gen and social games, there will be facilities for motion capture, sound recording and game development, as well as multi-purpose spaces that can accommodate over 100 people. A month ago Capcom announced plans to hire 2500 new employees by 2022.

Famitsu has conducted a reader survey on The Top 30 Most Anticipated Masterpiece Sequels gamers are waiting in Japan. A number of well known series are in the list, including Shen Mue, Wild Arms, Romancing SaGa, and Suikoden.

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Here are some new screenshots and preview trailer of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the story takes place between Borderlands 1 & 2. The storyline will focus on Handsome Jack and his attempt to escape his exile .....

Here are some new screenshots of Eiyuu Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki II [The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II], showing four characters in the game: Machias, Jusis, Emma and Fie .....

Level 5 will release Yokai Watch 2: Ganso/Honke for 3DS in Japan on July 10, the sequel to the smash hit Pokemon like RPG in which you make friends with Yokais ....

Here are the latest Media Create console hardware sales for the week of Mar 31 - Apr 6, sales of all systems dropped back after the sales tax rate went up in April, PS4 sales have dropped back to 13k units this week, while Wii U sold around 8k units ...

  1. PS Vita - 25,017 [398,499]
  2. 3DS LL - 22,947 [502,275]
  3. PS4 - 13,401 [506,739]
  4. PS3 - 10,871 [208,947]
  5. 3DS - 9,091 [221,909]
  6. Wii U - 7,962 [172,266]
  7. PSP - 2,892 [59,121]
  8. PS Vita TV - 1,371 [27,797]
  9. Xbox 360 - 276 [3,915]

Here are the latest Famitsu console software sales for the week of Mar 31 - Apr 6, Mario Party: Island Tour sold 55k units this week, Yokai Watch shifted another 27k units, and Just Dance Wii U is the only new entry in top 10, sold 20k units ....

  1. Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS, Nintendo) - 55,067 [264,590]
  2. Youkai Watch (3DS, Level 5) - 49,799 [608,103] - 27,171 [679,974]
  3. Just Dance Wii U (Wii U, Nintendo) - 19,970
  4. Sengoku Musou 4 [Samurai Warriors 4] (PS3, Koei Tecmo) - 19,195 [208,100]
  5. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS3, Konami) - 18,440 [206,238]
  6. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd (PSV, Sega) - 14,963 [118,544]
  7. J-Stars Victory Vs (PS3, Bandai Namco) - 12,910 [156,102]
  8. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd (PS3, Sega) - 11,162 [72,600]
  9. Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS, Nintendo) - 11,106 [566,939]
  10. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 (PS3, Konami) - 11,013 [101,099]
  11. J-Stars Victory Vs (PSV, Bandai Namco) - 10,531 [123,372]
  12. Dark Souls II (PS3, From Software) - 9,040 [318,894]
  13. Kaseki Horider: Mugen Gear [Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear] (3DS, Nintendo) - 8,857 [136,660]
  14. Natural Doctrine (PS3, Kadokawa Games) - 7,732
  15. PazuDora Z: Puzzle & Dragons Z (3DS, GungHo Online Ent.) - 7,691 [1,366,239]
  16. Sengoku Musou 4 [Samurai Warriors 4] (PSV, Koei Tecmo) - 7,472 [67,062]
  17. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 (PSP, Konami) - 7,329 [51,499]
  18. Pokemon X & Y (3DS, Pokemon Co.) - 6,779 [4,334,787]
  19. Wii Party U (Wii U, Nintendo) - 6,687 [703,729]
  20. Natural Doctrine (PSV, Kadokawa Games) - 6,138
  21. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4, Konami) - 6,106 [120,808]
  22. New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU, Nintendo) - 5,988 [1,126,668]
  23. Bokujou Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi [Harvest Moon: Linking The New World] (3DS, Marvelous AQL) - 5,985 [194,487]
  24. Winning Post 8 (PS3, Koei Tecmo) - 5,925 [26,478]
  25. Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru to Ruka no Fushigi na Fushigi na Kagi (3DS, Square Enix) - 5,899 [718,938]
  26. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS, Capcom) - 5,089 [3,434,951]
  27. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS, Nintendo) - 4,778 [4,118,553]
  28. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, Take Two) - 4,740 [703,922]
  29. Pro Baseball Spirits 2014 (PSP, Konami) - 4,676 [41,180]
  30. Hero Bank (3DS, Sega) - 4,421 [28,829]
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Bethesda Softworks released a new PAX East gameplay trailer of The Evil Within [Psycho Break], developed by Shinji Mikami's Tango Gameworks.

Here is a new Jump! scan of Tales of Zestiria, showing the new character Laila, who is a contracted instructor of the protagonist Slay and waiting for someone to become a Fon Master ....

Atlus announced they will publish the comedy RPG Citizens of Earth for PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC in North America, as digital download this year. The game is developed by indie developer Eden Industries.

Sony has officially announced that The Last of Us Remastered will be coming to PS4 this summer, the PS4 version will run in 1080p in 60fps, with high-res character models, improved shadows and lighting, textures and gameplay improvements.

Sony Online Entertainment announced a new free-to-play MMO zombie survival game called H1Z1, the game will be coming to PC and PS4 later this year.

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Here are two new scans of Hyper Dimension Neptunia Victory II, showing a new character Uzume Tenousei (Uranus), with red pigtails and a megaphone, and another blonde girl with pigtails.

Compile Heart announced that Chou Jigen Action Neptune U [Hyper Dimension Neptunia U] is a new action game for PS Vita, developed by Tamsoft [Senran Kagura], featuring Neptune, Noire, Blanc, Vert and the Dengeki magazine mascot Dengekiko. Chou Jigen Action Neptune U will be available in Japan on Aug 28, for 6800 yen.

Nintendo announced that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will launch worldwide this summer; and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will launch this winter. New characters have been anounced, including Charizard, Greninja, Zero Suit Samus, Sheik and Yoshi. The 3DS version will have an exclusive four player "Smash Run" mode.

Bandai Namco announced Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsuís Great Space-Time Adventure for 3DS, the latest installment of the drum rhythm game, there will be a new RPG like adventure mode, and a four player multiplayer mode. You can customize Don-chan's appearance as well. The game will be released in Japan on Jun 26.

Nihon Falcom announced that Eiyuu no Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki II [The Legend of Heroes: Trail in the Flash II] will be hitting PS3 and PS Vita on Sep 25 in Japan. A new character named Artina Orion, nicknamed Black Rabbit will be in the game, she has the ability to summon Claiomh Solais.

Square Enix's Yoshinori Kitase confirmed in this week's Famitsu that Final Fantasy X-3 is NOT in development.

However, the Dissidia: Final Fantasy director Mitsunori Takahashi said that "by all means he wants to create a new entry to the Dissidia series".

For the progress of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix, Square Enix said new scene editing has been finished, new information of the game will be released soon.

Compile Heart has started development of the second game in the Galapagos RPG brand (with the first being "Fairy Fencer F"), first detail of the game will be available soon.

Level 5 mentioned that they are considering new development of the cancelled PSP RPG Ushiro.

Here are the latest Famitsu game review scores, only 3 handheld game titles have been reviewed this week.

  • Meitantei Conan: Phantom Rhapsody (3DS, Bandai Namco): 7, 8, 8, 7 - (30/40)
  • Jyuzaengi: Engetsu Sangokuden 2 (PSP, Idea Factory): 7, 8, 8, 6 - (29/40)
  • Rewrite (PSP, Prototype): 7, 8, 8, 7 - (30/40)

Here is a new scan of Bandai Namco's Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, showing a new playable character Yuuki Konno, she will have a 11-hit original sword skill. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will be released in Japan on Apr 24.

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Here are some new screenshots of Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories: Missing Link, showing the two remakes that are included in the game: Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Zeonic Front and Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise From the Ashes.

Here are some new screenshots of Mario Kart 8, the game will be available in Japan on May 29.

Here are some new screenshots of Atelier Shallie: Alchemist of Dusk Sea, the game will be available in Japan on Jun 26, for 6980 yen.

Here are some new Famitsu scans of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, the game will be available in Japan on Jun 5, for 6980 yen.

Here are some new Famitsu scans of Koei Tecmo's Toukiden Kiwami [Toukiden Extreme] for PS Vita and PSP, the game is currently 50% complete.

Famitsu reported that a new Wild Arms title is in early stage of development, thanks to fans who voted Wild Arms as the second most wanted sequels/remakes they'd like to see. The Wild Arms designer and scenario writer Akifumi Kaneko said "I want to let you know that, it's been six years and eight months since the release of Wild Arms XF, and since then, I've been working behind the scenes, together with Nishijima (Taku Nishijima) and Motomura (Kentaro), two great friends from SCE, to whom I'm very grateful. While we were able to get very nice results this time [from the Famitsu ballot,] this is just the beginning. We barely just stepped off the start line, and the actual finish line is a little farther ahead."

Famitsu has revealed the Japan game market performance for the fiscal year of 2013, from Apr 1, 2013 to Mar 30, 2014, the hardware market has decrased by over 10.6% from 2012, and software market has decreased by 6.4%.

  • Hardware: 1598.2 billion yen, compare to 1788.3 billion yen in 2012
  • Software: 2514.8 billion yen, compare to 2687.6 billion yen in 2012
  • Overall: 4113.1 billion yen, compare to 4475.9 billion yen in 2012

Here are the Top 10 best selling videogames in Japan in 2013 fiscal year between Apr 1, 2013 to Mar 30, 2014, the top 7 titles were 3DS titles, with Grand Theft Auto V the only PS3 title in top 10 .....

  1. Pokemon X & Y (3DS, Nintendo): 4,328,008 units
  2. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS, Capcom): 3,429,862 units
  3. Tomodachi Collection Shin Seikatsu (3DS, Nintendo): 1,635,099 units
  4. PazuDora Z: Puzzle & Dragons Z (3DS, GungHo): 1,358,548 units
  5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS, Nintendo): 774,152 units
  6. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 (3DS, Square Enix): 713,039 units
  7. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, Take-Two): 699,182 units
  8. Wii Party U (Wii U, Nintendo): 697,042 units
  9. Youkai Watch (3DS, Level 5): 652,803 units
  10. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U, Nintendo): 622,502 units

Here are the hardware sales in Japan for the fiscal year 2013, 3DS sold 4.29 million units, and PS Vita sold 1.27 million units ....

  1. 3DS - 4,291,950 units (15,385,402 units total)
  2. PS Vita - 1,273,822 units (2,673,633 units total)
  3. PSP - 267,142 units (19,659,471 units total)
  4. Wii - 54,385 units (12,742,609 units total)
  5. Wii U - 833,351 units (1,694,137 units total)
  6. PS3 - 732,290 units (9,766,530 units total)
  7. PS4 - 491,889 units (491,889 units total)
  8. Xbox 360 - 16,964 units (1,612,069 units total)

Past News: Apr 03, 2014 Game Forum