Ninokuni, also known for now as The Another World outside of Japan, is a joint project between Level 5 (Professor Layton, Dragon Quest VIII…) and Studio Ghibli (Princess Monoke, Spirited Away…).
The game, as can be expected, is amazingly gorgeous and has that Ghibli feel and the in-game graphics look really nice too. Now we just need to see more gameplay and see how the dubbing turns out but Level 5 as a history of doing really high quality stuff for voices so it should be fine, maybe a dual audio track?
Enjoy the marvelous 4 minute trailer.
Which is really frustrating to me.
I really only play my DS when I’m travelling or when I don’t have consoles or PC available. To me the DS is a great system But I can only play it in short bursts mostly so all these RPGs coming out on the console are my bane!
Add to that the fact that even if the console can produce great graphics you still have to deal with a 4″ screen and tiny speakers. The Wii is struggling to have good “hardcore” games and yet all those games are coming on the portable.
I understand that the DS is selling insanely well and that probably one of the big reasons. I also know that the Japanese spend a lot of time commuting and so they like to have RPGs on the DS. But wouldn’t you have liked Dragon Quest IX, Okamiden, all those lengthy RPGs…..even Chinatown Wars on the Wii instead (or even better “also”)??
At least I would have turned the console on in the past year if it had been so.
Image courtesy of Destructoid
Yesterday developer Level 5 held it’s annual event, Level 5 Vision, in Tokyo where they announced a new RPG called Fantasy Life. The Nintendo DS game is actually being developed by Brownie Brown (of Mother 3 fame) while Level 5 will handle the planning.
It was announced that Square Enix musical genius Nobuo Uematsu will compose the soundtrack for the game which will be a slower paced RPG in which you won’t have to fight to gain experience. The player can select from 20 “lives” at the beginning of the game and Uematsu is composing a theme for each life’s ending.
Other news at the event include the delay of Ghibli’s Ni no Kuni into 2010 and the announcement of a new new Professor Layton trilogy of which the first game, Layton Kyouju to Mashin no Fue (Professor Layton and the Devil’s Flute), will be released on November 26th in Japan.
Fans of the Ace Attorney series are already pretty excited about this game but at this year’s San Diego Comic Con they unvealed a new 3 minute-long gameplay trailer so enjoy!
For the release of SaGa 2: Goddess of Destiny on the DS Square Enix announced a special edition bundle of the DSi which will cost ¥24,880 ($265).
No plans to release this in the US for now sadly.
To celebrate to 40th anniversary of the first man on the Moon, and isn’t it time we reached for Mars and beyond?, UbiSoft has given us a nice Rabbid Go Home trailer.
As with most trailers for these crazy aliens it’s funny, outlandish and cute all at the same time.And since in this game the Rabbids are trying to get back to their home..on the Moon… see the connection?
Buzz Aldrin would be proud!
We hear it all the time, the Japanese market is in trouble, the PS3 is outselling the Wii in the Land of the Rising Sun and so on and so forth. Obviously I’m not denying any of these things but one thing is for sure, the Japanese people play games and they will play games.
The thing is they play differents games than us and some games that are sure sells there are not here, or at least to a very lesser degree. And games like Modern Warfare or GTA never sell well there. It’s all in the eye of the Beholder.
But I’m rambling, the bottom line is that when a new DraQue is released in Japan, fans line up and line up they did. Square Enix sold 2.34 million copies of the game in the first two days which may or may not surprise you.
The last game, Dragon Quest VIII, sold 2.23 in the first two days. The question remains as to how it will fare in the long run. Current record holder is Dragon Quest VII for the PSX which sold 4.1 units over time.
And time, will tell.
I don’t know what it is. Is it my skewed view? Is it that we have loved Big N for so long that we expect nothing short of perfect from him? Is it that we are being too harsh? or Is it that the Nintendo Press Conference was really disappointing?
Whatever the case may be the conference left me with mixed feelings. I was mostly boring and there were some announcements that can only be seen as a joke (I’ll get to that). But there were also some good and a few great announcements no matter how jaded we may have become.
Mantra: Everyone’s Game
NB: Keep in my mind that I will add/update links as HD videos pop up on the web.
A bulk of the conference was spent crunching numbers and explaining why Wii is #1 and such. It was boring to a fault. MicroSoft got it right with there “Showing Not Telling” philosophy.
Nintendo talked a lot about there Wii Motion Plus with some more gameplay from Wii Sports Resort (Archery and Basketball) and while we are all excited about this addon (aside from the attached rubber case) the way Reggie Fils-Aime talked about it made me cringe. He said “you cannot SEE the difference” and quickly queued in a trailer which seemed ironic to me… He said “every mistake you would make in the real world will reflect in the game” but then how is this a game… and is Motion Plus really that precise??
I know and understand I am really nitpicking here but that’s what I’ve come to these past 2 years with Nintendo.
And for all my criticism I’m convinced that Wii Sports Resorts will be very fun to play! It is just there delivery that annoyed me. Cammie Dunaway I guess felt annoyed that everyone last year made fun of her lame jokes and so this year she was all business. And she looked it too. Not a smile and every sentenced delivered as if we were rebellious teenager who need to hear the truth but so sick of telling it that you’d rather walk away.
Again I may be over-analyzing but I really felt this way.
Anyway enough of this. There wasn’t any really big new hardware or partnership announcement (aside from the fact that pictures taken with your DSi can now be uploaded to Facebook) so let’s get on with the games.
- New Super Mario Bros.Wii. Fairly exciting looks very similar to the DS game playable with 4 players. Coming Holiday 2009. Here’s the trailer.
- Wii Fit Plus. It’s Wii Fit with new activities….YAWN! Cammie actually said “It’s Brain Age for your backside” and “it’s the game that will help the Wii stay at the top of mind“. Sad. It’s coming Fall 2009.
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. A new game in the RPG series looks really cool with a trailer to boot. The game will come out on DS in Fall 2009.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2. Should be the biggest announcement of the day but it looks exactly like the original except you can play with Yoshi. Still it’s Mario and a nice trailer to go with it.
- Golden Sun. A new Golden Sun for the DS!!! This is all that’s know for now. Check out the nice trailer.
- Metroid: Other M. A new Metroid for the Wii!!!! Looks like a 3D platformer. Great trailer.
- Dead Space: Extraction. Nice trailer with great ambiance except for the sound glitch. Looks promising.
- Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles. Likewise looks promising. Nice trailer with some gameplay.
- The Conduit. The graphics look nice in the trailer but that’s about it. Nothing new.
- Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers. Not much is revealed in the trailer but it looks like there is some aiming/targeting involved.
- Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. Showed a nice trailer and will be released on September 29.
- Wii Vitality Sensor. The daily joke. Iwata unveiled this new ‘game’ in the Brain Age, Wii Fit series. It looks ridiculous, it attaches to your finger and………reads your pulse. That’s it. Pathetic.
- Style Savvy. An import of Girl’s Mode in Japan. It’s a dress up game for teen girls. At least the music in the trailer is cool.
- Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion. Based on the James Patterson novels the trailer shows the game which seems to be a mix between interactive novel and adventure game. It could turn out pretty fun.
- C.O.P.: The Recruit. Oh well, the trailer started out really nicely but then the game looks very average so wait and see.
- Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Minis March Again. It will be available only through download on DSi Ware next week. Here’s the trailer.
In this post I will post everything that impressed me that didn’t come from the Big 3 conferences. So this includes EA, UbiSoft and of course the various booths throughout the floor.
Let’s dive right in!
Star Wars: The Old Republic
OMG!!!!!! As soon as i saw all the Jedi walk in I knew it. But still the trailer blew me away. It is as high quality as a Blizzard trailer would be and that is the biggest praise I can give it. Watch and rewatch it!
The Secret of Monkey Island – Special Edition
Yes Yes Yes!! This looks and sounds amazing!!!!!! I’m a huge LucasArts and adventure games fan so this is just amazing. The instant switch between classic and special edition is truly impressive
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Sweet trailer. I loved the first one and have been expecting this ever since so this is great news!
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Sequel to FF IV available through nine episodes on WiiWare
Castlevania: Lord of Shadows
Amazing trailer!! Potentially a great 3D Castlevania at last. Kojima Productions is working on it. It looks really polished and the gameplay looks nice.
Academy of Champions
This trailer caught my eye. I’m not a big sports fan but I like the Harry Potter meets Captain Tsubasa feel of the game.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Another Warhammer 40,000 another great trailer! And this game is an action-RPG so it’s more up my alley.
Thanks to the IGN peeps who have compiled a list of game to be shown at this year’s E3. The show will be back in full blast at L.A. Convention Center on June 2-4.
- The Bigs 2 (X360)
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)
Disney Interactive Studios
- Hannah Montana: Rock Out the Show (PSP)
- Spectrobes: Origins (Wii)
- Split/Second (PS3, X360)
- Toy Story Mania (Wii)
- Wizards of Waverly Place (DS)
- Army of Two: The 40th Day (PS3, PSP, X360)
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PC, PS3, X360)
- Brütal Legend (PS3, X360)
- Grand Slam Tennis (Wii)
- Madden NFL 10 (PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)
- Mass Effect 2 (PC, X360)
- NCAA Football 10 (PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)
- Need for Speed Nitro (Wii)
- Need for Speed Shift (PC, PS3, X360)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)
- Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)
- Nostalgia (DS)
- The King of Fighters XII (PS3, X360)
- Monster Racers (DS)
- Warriors Orochi 2 (PSP)
- Kojima Productions Project [untitled] (tba)
- Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny (PSP)
Perfect World Entertainment
- Ether Saga Online (PC)
- Perfect World (PC)
- Alpha Protocol (PC, PS3, X360)
- Bayonetta (PS3, X360)
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (DS, Wii)
- Planet 51 (DS, PS3, Wii, X360)
- The Conduit (Wii)
- Vancouver 2010: The Official Videogame of the Winter Olympic Games (PC, PS3, X360)
Sony Computer Entertainment
- Fat Princess (PS3)
- God of War III (PS3)
- Heavy Rain (PS3)
- Infamous (PS3)
- Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (PS2, PSP)
- MAG (PS3)
- MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PS2, PSP)
- Pain! Sore Spots (PS3)
- PixelJunk 1-4 (PS3)
- PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe (PSP)
- Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)
- SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 (PSP)
- Singstar: Queen (PS2, PS3)
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
- White Knight Chronicles (PS3)
- DC Universe Online (PC>, PS3)
- Free Realms (PC)
- Kung Fu Hustle (PC)
- Legends of Norrath (PC)
- PoxNora (PC)
- The Agency (PC>, PS3)
- Darksiders: Wrath of War (PS3, X360)
- Red Faction: Guerrilla (PC, PS3, X360)
- UFC 2009 Undisputed (PS3. X360)