I didn’t post last week because news was slow. News was also slow this week, so I have consolidated both weeks of news into one set of bullet points:
In the News
- Namco Bandai has announced plans to digitally localize a Saint Seiya game for PS3 for the purposes of gauging the fanbase in the US and Canada. The game was already planned for release in Latin America.
- In the reverse of this news, Namco Bandai has announced that One Piece: Romance Dawn for 3DS will not be coming to North America. The game is still coming out in Europe.
- Last month was the strongest month for Western manga sales in years, with titles like Attack on Titan giving other graphic novels a run for their money.
- Nintendo is currently offering a deal for purchasing both Shin Megami Tensei IV and Fire Emblem:Awakening. Registering both on Club Nintendo by the end of August will get you a $30 eShop credit.
- In some more Nintendo news, Miyamoto has started to tease his new IP, Game Freak has a new teaser for a “shocking collaboration”, and Pokémon Rumble U‘s Western release has been slated for August.
- In a meeting with investors, Iwata said that Nintendo would not lay people off in droves to increase profits, since it would hurt them in the long run due to decreased morale.
- NIS America made a few notable announcements at their Makai Wars Live anniversary event. Among them are a Vita follow-up to Criminal Girls, a Vita port of Disgaea 4, and new information about The Witch and the Hundred Knights and Battle Princess of Arcadia. They also held a poll to see which of their IPs they should follow-up on. They also announced that Asagi would finally be getting her own game.
- Kodansha USA has announced that they have licensed several new manga, among which are My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) and Say “I love you”. (Suki-tte Ii na yo.).
- Project Spark, which was featured at Microsoft’s E3 conference this year, is actually free, and available for the Xbox 360 in addition to previously-announced Xbox One and Windows 8 releases.
- For the first time in years, a new Yu-Gi-Oh! video game has been announced. This is the first new game since Xyz were introduced. It will feature 5,500 cards out of the just over 6,000 currently in the game. It will be for 3DS.
- GameStop/EB Games has had their “unlimited” supply of PS4s for pre-order run dry on them. It is now no longer possible to pre-order PS4s.
- In anime licensing news, Discotek has license rescued the first Card Captor Sakura movie and FUNimation has license rescued several .hack anime.
- The company behind the famous Oculus Rift is on record saying that they want to make their product free to customers with licensing fees to developers at some point down the road.
- After a lot of lobbying, the US government has acknowledged professional e-sports players as pro athletes for the purposes of obtaining a travel visa.
- Promising indie game Cube World has had sales of its alpha repeatedly thwarted by unwarranted DDoS attacks. The developers are working on a fix.