Rundown the Street (31/03/13)

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Neptunia Anime Preview Streamed

An advertisement for Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation has aired, showing us the first bits of actual animation for the series and confirming Compa and IF as being in the game. The advertisement also doubled as a reveal for the anime’s opening theme, Dimensional tripper!!!! by nao.

Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation appears to be set in the post-reboot Neptunia universe, and all signs point to it taking place post-mk2, but there is currently no indication as to whether it’s before or after the events of Victory. Regardless, it is safe to say that it is not a direct adaptation of any game in the series so far.

Ouya Launches With Immediate Problems


The Ouya’s official launch was late last week, and things ended up not being too great. In addition to the open admission that they had approved emulators for the NES, SNES and N64 for the system, the controller was found to be laggy and the system outright required your credit card information at start-up. In addition, the controllers for early releases of the system were found to be worse than those available at launch.

This is not good news for the console, which had previously captivated the hopes of many when it set records on Kickstarter last year. It is unknown whether or not they have a plan to fix this.

Some Other Stuff

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  • Wii U sales have increased by 125% in Europe after the release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and a price cut by certain retailers.
  • Yen Press has licensed WataMote. I’ve previously stated that the series is too depressing for my tastes, but this was only a matter of time.
  • The Fairy Tail anime ended with a “To Be Continued!”, as expected.
  • David Hayter was not approached to reprise his role as Snake in Metal Gear Solid V. This was apparently a move to set the game apart as a “new” game in the series.
  • Toonami has announced that they will be airing IGPX again. They’re still hammering out the details, but apparently the current idea is to drop one of the two back-to-back reruns of Cowboy Bebop for it.
  • Viz Media has announced a Blu-Ray release for LAGRANGE – The Flower of Rin-ne –.
  • Every Ace Attorney DS game except Justice For All has been reprinted for $20 on Amazon. The games were previously out-of-print and rare.
  • Kadokawa has announced that they will be merging all 9 of their subsidies into one, simply named Kadokawa. These include Kadokawa Shoten and ASCII Media Works, which I’ve noted a few times as being anime and manga publishers. On this blog, all tags concerning these subsidies will be merged.
  • A new Atelier game has been revealed. Atelier Escha & Logy will be released later this year, and will be using Tecmo Koei’s Dynasty Warriors engine. This will be the first completely new Atelier game to enter development after Tecmo Koei acquired GUST in 2011.
  • The developer behind the game known as Incredipede has revealed that the game sold more on its first day on Steam than in 4 months in several other stores and through direct download, combined.
  • Crytek has announced that they intend to bid for the Darksiders IP. Darksiders will be up for sale when THQ liquidates their remaining assets as part of a second bankruptcy auction. Crytek had previously hired on their core team from the studio behind the IP as Crytek USA.
  • The Skullgirls fundraiser has closed with so much total support that they’ll be adding 5 new characters, not just the one they had initially planned or the 3 that would have been added by their stretch goals.
  • Square Enix has reported 13 Billion Yen in losses, and their CEO will be stepping down as a result. Square Enix blames this on their recent games not performing to expectations, as well as a slump in the Japanese arcade market.
  • A new season of Symphogear has been announced for summer. It will be titled Symphogear G, and the trailer, while containing no new footage, contains text that implies that Hibiki will lose her powers at some point.
  • A game known as Pipe Trouble has caused unwarranted controversy in the Canadian media, which claims that its depiction of eco-terrorism (the game’s failure state) is offensive, and that the game was a waste of taxpayer money.
  • EA’s new Frostbite 3 engine will not support the Wii U. In addition, when asked if Unreal 4 will support Wii U, a representative from Epic laughed and said no. Unreal 4 was supposed to be infinitely scaleable and even works on phones, however, so the comment was taken back the next day.
  • A retro console named the RetroN has been unveiled. It will supposedly run games from the NES, SNES, Genesis, GBA and Famicom.
  • Sony and Nintendo both went all-out this week in making their systems’ open-ness to indie developers clear. If you want full details, I suggest you look them up, but I’ve already outlined the basics of these details in the past.
  • The creator of Fez, Phil Fish, spent the better part of early last week insulting Nintendo fans and every Nintendo system after the Game Boy Micro. He has previously belittled the PC as a gaming platform as well as Japanese games in general. I’d much rather not copy out what he said, but needless to say I am not happy with this guy and I recommend that none of you buy Fez, or any future games he releases.
  • The third Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha movie will contain a new story. This strikes down earlier speculation that they would be attempting to make a movie based on their third anime season, StrikerS.
  • Shōnen Jump crossover game Project Versus J has been given the official title J-Stars Victory Vs.. Naruto has been confirmed for the game, as well, but he could be seen in the background of previously-released screenshots, so this is no surprise.