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The Nintendo/Sega announcements just keep on coming, with the latest news revealing that last year’s Yakuza 1 & 2 HD is now coming to the Wii U in Japan. Of course, this means the addition of some new Wii U-exclusive features, including off-TV play.
This announcement comes as quite the shock, as Team Yakuza’s long-running crime saga has remained a Sony exclusive ever since its inception on the PS2. Could this mean we’ll be seeing a Wii U version of Yakuza 5 somewhere down the line? I friggin’ hope so.
Of course, there has been no word of any intention to bring Yakuza 1 & 2 HD to the US. Still, let’s hope that Sega’s new partnership with Nintendo will put some extra fire behind the push for localization.
As is expected with any Hatsune Miku title, the latest game starring the Vocaloid icon is already stirring up some buzz among fans. Sega is feeding the fire with the first gameplay trailer, which debuts some cheery tapping gameplay for the track “Nekoko no Payapaya.”
While rhythm games have never been my thing, I’ve always found the 3DS to be a pretty receptive platform for the genre. Of course, button pressing works fine, but something about hearing yourself tap on the screen really helps with keeping the beat. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like that touch screen will be a very big part of Project Mirai 2.
It’s still pretty unlikely we’ll see this game make it out West, but with the Hatsune Miku Facebook campaign still garnering quite a few “Likes,” I’d say there’s more hope now than there ever was before.
Last week we reported the awesome news that the great Kazuma Kiryu would be available as DLC for the almost-as-great series Hot Shots Golf. If you didn’t believe it, I suppose I couldn’t blame you. But as the video above proves, this unique cameo is more than an extra-late April Fools spoof. Nay, it is indeed real…and freaking awesome.
As you can see, Kazuma brings with him the tongue-in-cheek sense of humor that lent some levity to his home franchise, Yakuza. I even found myself laughing out loud at certain moments in this fun little trailer.
Of course, this sweet bonus is Japan exclusive (surprise, surprise), so this video may be the only taste we may ever get.
…Oh. I made myself sad just now.
Sega announced in the most recent issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu that new game Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 will be coming out for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is a follow-up to Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai on the Nintendo DS where Miku fans can play along to songs using the touch screen, or with the face buttons. So far only three song have been revealed to appear:
“Do Re Mi Fa Rondo” by 40m P
“Yume Yume” by Deco*27
“Koneko no Paya Paya” by One Cup P
It’s very likely that Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 is the game Sega will be revealing with their new teaser site tomorrow. It wouldn’t be the first time Famitsu have spilled the beans on an upcoming Sega reveals.
Excited Bradkal? Let us know in the comments section below!
With the Japanese release date finally announced (August 29th), it was only a matter of time before we caught wind of the ultra-rare limited editions we’ll likely never see stateside. Right on time, Namco Bandai has announced the Gold Experience Box limited edition set, which includes quite the heaping handful of lavish extras, including:
- A copy of the game
- A limited edition box
- A golden art plate featuring work by the manga’s original author, Hirohiko Araki
- A Jutaro Kujo special figure
- The game’s soundtrack
- A Hayato Kawajiri notepad (also available as a preorder bonus)
- A Yoshikage Kira playable character code (also available as a preorder bonus)
Despite the whopping 16,980 yen price tag (approximately $172), this bounty of extras is sure to turn the head of any manga fan. Even I, an average Joe with only marginal experience with the Dreamcast game and zero interest in Japanese comics, have a real itch to see that lovely figurine in person.
But hell, I’ll just thank my lucky stars if the game gets localized at all.
Bemused? Don’t be. We’re only talking about Sega’s latest addition to the Japanese Apple AppStore, Demon Tribe.
Taking place in the not-too-distant future, the shock wave generated from the explosion of Betelgeuse, a star in the Orion constellation, results in the opening of a rift between our world and the dream world which in turn allows demons from said dream world to run rampant across Earth.
The solution to such a unique problem? Send out agents of the secret ‘Omega Surveillance’ society to clean up demon outbreaks by absorbing them and then transforming into them.
Demon Tribe‘s gameplay consists of co-op 3 vs 3 battles which can be fought alone or with friends. Following battles, the stats and abilities of players’ ‘Agents’ can be increased, RPG style.
It’s certainly a lot to get your head around, but I’m sure a Western version of Demon Tribe would certainly help. Considering Sega’s other recent iOS game, Sonic Dash, has gone down well (at least with Alex) perhaps such a localisation isn’t too far-fetched. What do you reckon? Let us know in the comments below!
Ever since (or even before) the Japanese release of both Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition and Yakuza 5 last year, western fans of the series have been rabid for something, anything regarding a localization. Here at Sega Addicts, we’re no different.
So naturally, when a post went up about Bayonetta’s PSN release on Sony’s Playstation Blog, people just kept talking about their need for some Yakuza love. This time, Sega’s Aaron Webber piped up to acknowledge the queries… though his answers aren’t all that encouraging,
I worked on Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza: Dead Souls here at SEGA of America, so I hear you on it feeling a little strange to not have one releasing this March. Right now the best thing that can be done is to help spread the word on the series – tell your friends or others you think might enjoy them, and have them grab a copy of Y4 or Dead Souls.
No news of any announcements, but thanks in advance to yourself (and all the Yakuza fans) who are still pushing hard to support the series here. It’s great to see that dedication.
Of course he wouldn’t be able to make any kind definitive statement within the comments section of a blog, but what he did give us doesn’t exactly make either game’s prospects look too hot. If we’re still at a stage where we need to convince Sega to take a chance on a Western release, it could be a very long time before we get it over here, if it happens at all. Look at Anarchy Reigns’ absurd release schedule if you need proof.
Whatever the case, hearing somebody address our desire for this game feels like I’ve passed a long-lived kidney stone. While I doubt it will do much to bolster our chances, just go tell your friends to buy the latest entries in the series. At this point Sega is probably so numb to requests for localizations, remakes, and series rejuvenations that mere complaints or petitions won’t do a thing to sway them.
A lot of Sega fans were pretty elated with the news that select Model 2 classics would be receiving new life in the form of digital rereleases on PSN and XBLA. Virtua Fighter 2 reminded us of the roots of 3D fighting, and Fighting Vipers finally gave us less experienced fighting fans (myself included) a chance to experience one of the genre’s forgotten gems. Sonic: The Fighters…was…well…Sonic: The Fighters.
Now, after happily digesting those gaming morsels, we’re ready for some more. Unfortunately, when (or if) something comes, it probably won’t be the robot brawling classic Cyber Trooper Virtual On or the arcadey soccer game Virtua Striker. After revealing that both of these games would be hitting digital download services in Japan, Sega announced yesterday that there are no plans for releases out West.
Considering the disappointing performances of Fighting Vipers and Virtua Fighter 2 on US sales charts, I suppose I can’t say I’m surprised at this news. All the same, it’s damn disappointing. What has the world come to when a game about giant robots punching each other isn’t considered viable in every market everywhere?
This trailer for the PS3 version of Hatsune Miku’s latest (Project F, as opposed to Project f on the Vita) is as charming as the Vocaloid singer has ever been, and presents a handful of tunes sung from the digital vocal chords of various friends of the Hatsune. These games have never really interested me, but even I have to admit these songs are pretty charming.
The game will introduce a handful of brand new Hatsune Miku tracks, including:
- “A Thousand Cherry Blossoms” by Kurousa-P
- “Rin-chan Now!” by Owata-P
- “Dream Eater Shirokuro Baku” by Nem
- “Tokyo Teddy Bear” by Neru
- “Tell Your World” by livetune
- “Sweet Devil” by Hachioji P
Project Diva F hits the Playstation 3 in Japan on March 7th. Of course, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this game making it stateside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the music in the meantime.
The localization of Anarchy Reigns is a marked victory for western Sega fans, but as one battle fades into memory, another still rages strong. I’m talking of course about Yakuza 5, the latest and most ambitious iteration of one of Sega’s best ongoing IPs.
While it looks less and less likely that the massive and undoubtedly expensive gangster epic will be making its way stateside, hope survives with the news that the game has not only sold well out east, but is garnering substantial critical acclaim as well. Iconic Japanese gaming mag Famitsu gave Yakuza 5 the much coveted perfect score of 40 out of 40, while the folks at Impress Watch have also been singing its praises from the mountains.
Hit the jump to see some of what Impress Watch had to say.