Category > Press Releases
It's nice to get game news into the Otaku News office from time to time and we've heard from US-based publisher acttil about their plans to release Bandai Namco's Ray Gigant RPG on PS Vita in Spring 2016 with cross compatibility for the PS TV system. The release will be available in both US and EU territories.LittleWoodenBoy
Two Bleach games are on the way to the States in autumn in time for the second series of the anime on Cartoon Network.Joe
Category > Events
For a special event of the closing night ceremony of Video Games Live, Nintendo composer Koji Kondo will be making an appearance at the event and is set to perform one of his favourite melodies from his career with Nintendo. Tickets for the March 9th event are priced from $38.50 to $65, and are now available at LiveNation.com.Joe
Category > Manga
Capcom fans will pleased to hear about Udon Entertainment's new artbooks, one for Megaman Zero and another on Street Fighter.Joe
Although it's a few weeks old we haven't found anyone else that's covered it yet, the Times On-line have published an interesting article about the popular RPG Series Dragon Quest, released in the US and Europe. The article mentions that the game series was so popular that in 1988 Japanese parliament passed a motion that requires the games makers to limit new releases to school holidays, as too many schools kids were skipping school to buy it!
The article goes on to mention Yuuji Horii the creator of Dragon Quest who was originally a freelance manga story writer, and was inspired to create the game after buying his first computer.
Part of the games success is down to the regular collaborators such as Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who provides the character designs for all the Dragon Quest Games. This helps keep the game consistent through out its 20 years of releases.
The article also explains why Horii has been reluctant to release it in the UK, apparently because the game is caption based lots of the games success depends on the language you use. In Japanese Horii can phrase things to match the character on screen, but things could be lost in translation, so to avoid this voices have been added to the character captions, so the accents can emphases key character traits (the Japanese version has no voices).
Refreshingly the voice talent used for this game are British rather than American, after a lot of consideration Horii thought it would be worth the risk and hired English actors to speak in regional accents.
Souce: Times On-lineJoe
When you think of Emmys you normally think of TV stars winning the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards. This year however the Sony PlayStation has been awarded an Emmy, for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Advanced New Media. It should be noted that this award is for Sony's first computer games console, the original PlayStation due to it's pioneering work on 3D polygonal-based gaming experience.
Souce: BBC NewsJoe
Category > Anime
Anime News Network are currently highlighting a story on Modojo.com about anime on Sony's PSP Handheld system, Geneon Entertainment plan to release Appleseed and Samurai Champloo on UMD on July 5 in North America. Appleseed will be priced at $19.95 only a few cents less than the DVD version, while Samurai Champloo will be $14.98, with the DVD version around $23. It should be noted that the UMD versions will not have the extras that the full DVD versions will have. For more details check a full report on Video Business Online
Souce: Anime News NetworkAzure
Bill Gates has announced at the business writers' convention in the USA that the new Microsoft multimedia console, currently known as the Xbox 360, will launch in America this year. More questions are expected to be answered on an MTV special airing on May 12th in Northern America and May 13th worldwide.
US gamers can finally stop waiting, Sony's handheld games console the PSP (PlayStation Portable) is out now! Reviews so far seem very postive. The Register has a good overview of the system from a techincal standpoint. Gamespot has a wide coverage of the US launch too.
European gamers will have to wait at least a few months before the offical launch. BBC News have more details on this.
Souce: BBC NewsSpike
A press release from Geneon Animation USA has announced the immenent release of Star Ocean EX on DVD. The series, based on a game for the Sony Playstation, follows Claude Kenni, a crewmember on the spaceship Calnus, who is transported to an unfamiliar alien world and attempts to unlock the secret of a mysterious sattelite, will be available from January 4th.Joe
Reuters are running a story about Nintendo's new American advertising campaign costing $40 million for it's largest product launch. The whole campaign is aimed at more "mature" audience with the tagline of "Touching is Good."
Print ads will appear in men's magazines Maxim and Blender, with a woman holding a DS saying "How to Score! ... Start listening to her needs, playa!".
TV ads are scheduled for ad slots in-between episodes of South Park too.
Category > Anime
We've just been sent a very interesting press release for the Ghost In The Shell franchise, it's well known that the movie Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence it will be hitting US cinema screens on September 17th and that Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment are jointly releasing the DVDs for Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex series. However what they also point out is that Standalone Complex will be aired on Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim from early November!
The press release also mentions that Dark Horse is republishing Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga as Ghost in the Shell 2nd Edition, it features extra materials not published in previous US editions and will be printed in it's original Japanese size.
It also mentions the new PS2 game. So it looks like US anime fans will be able to get Ghost In the Shell in every single format they could want!
Category > Gaming
Nintendo have revealed yet more information on their new handheld console. They have confirmed that it will be known officially as the Nintendo DS.
The console has two screens, which are touch sensitive, has voice recognition technology, and supports multiplayer gaming. Nintendo of America
seem particularly confident listing developers who have committed to titles in the West.