Rundown the Street (01/09/13)

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Sorry for the extreme lateness. As a result of a lot of things happening, this is three weeks of news put together.

In The News

UQ Holder! First Colour Spread

  • Ken Akamatsu’s new manga, UQ Holder!, has started serialization in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine. The series takes place in the future of Akamatsu’s previous series, Negima! Magister Negi Magi. By extension, this also means that it takes place in the distant futures of Love Hina and A.I. Love You.
    • Word has come out that a Pikmin anime is currently in the works in Japan.
    • Famous animator Hayao Miyazaki has announced that he will be retiring… again. Yes, this is apparently not the first time, so people are having non-reactions everywhere I look.
    • In a surprising move, Yen Press has licensed the original light novels for Sword Art Online and Accel World for English release in 2014. Both were adapted into anime last year, with people specifically calling out Sword Art Online as a poor adaptation. I have personally read some of the Accel World novels and found them decent.
    • Pokémon special episode, Pokémon: The Origin, will be airing in the week between the end of Pokémon: Best Wishes and Pokémon XY. It will be a more faithful adaptation of the first generation Pokémon games, featuring Red and Blue.
      • While on the subject of Pokémon, they have unveiled “mega evolutions”. Cue the Digimon jokes.
    • Viz has announced that they will be raising their digital manga prices in October from $5 to $7. For half of the time until then, they will be having a sale.
  • XSEED has confirmed a localization of Senran Kagura Burst for 3DS, which will get a physical release and Europe and a download-only release in North America. The Vita spin-off, Shinovi Versus, will be released if Burst does well.
  • The first game of the Atelier games’ Arland trilogy, Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, is being remade for PS3 and Vita under the title New Atelier Rorona: Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland.
  • Nintendo has announced that they will be localizing Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
    • Capcom has gone on record, following up an earlier promise to look into a physical release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, stating that there is no chance of it happening.
  • Price drops have been unveiled for the Vita, its memory cards and the Wii U. The Vita’s price tag has been dropped to $200 for all models, all memory cards have gotten a price drop of approximately $20 (except the cheapest one, which cut $5), and the Wii U’s basic model has been discontinued, with the deluxe model going to the basic model’s $300 price tag.
    • Sony has also unveiled their new Third Party Production studio, which is focused solely on ports and localizations of existing third-party titles. Their first port will be Borderlands 2 for Vita.
      • Of course, companies are still welcome to do this on their own, as indie games Minecraft and Rogue Legacy are already being ported to PS4 and Vita. Atlus USA has also announced a localization of AquaPazza as a digital-only title, which will be released very soon.
    • Nintendo has announced the Nintendo 2DS, which is a 3DS without any 3D functionality or its clamshell design, for $130. That price is apparently the lowest they can get it while still being functional, and it is most likely aimed at children under 7 (who can’t use the 3D due to health issues).
  • The Wii U port of the first two Yakuza games has predictably bombed, given that the games were rereleased for PS3 in the same region last year.
  • The Xbox One no longer requires the Kinect to run, but it will still be bundled with the console. The system has also been delayed in 8 of its launch countries.
    • Microsoft has also announced that they will be closing Games for Windows Live.
  • For the first anniversary of Steam Greenlight, Valve has greenlit 100 games.
    • EA’s online service, Origin, has announced a new service, allowing refunds within 24 hours of a purchase. This is only effective on EA titles for now, however.
    • GOG is offering a service that allows one to submit games to GOG, then they will either accept it onto their service or explain exactly why they’re declining the title. This is more transparent than Steam’s old submission process, since you actually get feedback.
  • The indie online arena game Forge has announced that they will be dropping their $20 price tag and going free-to-play.
    • While still on the thought of online games, The Elder Scrolls Online has announced that they will have a cash store and a subscription fee at the same time.
    • Grand Theft Auto Online has also been announced.
      • An nVidia press conference also inadverdantly confirmed Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC.
  • Unity has announced that improvements to its 2D features will be in an upcoming patch.
  • Saints Row 4 got a $1M special edition for its release in Europe. Only one was made. No news on whether someone bought it.
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