Rundown the Street (May-June 2014)

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Let’s see what’s been up over the past two months…

In The News

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  • E3 happened. I’m going to assume everyone knows about the announcements made here. What’s worth noting is that outrage came when Final Fantasy Type-0 was erroneously listed for Vita by the PlayStation blog before being corrected to PS4. This pissed off a lot of people. I suppose the Steamboy is worth noting too, but just look that one up.
  • New Atelier Rorona has been localized and released as Atelier Rorona Plus. I’ve actually played through it already and will be posting a review of it soon.
    • The company handling this series, Tecmo-Koei, has recently changed their name to Koei-Tecmo in the US and Europe to match their Japanese name.
    • Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star has also been announced for localization for PS3. It’s apparently too soon to consider the Vita rerelease or the updated version of its prequel that are both slated for later in the year. Ar nosurge takes place a long time before the first Ar tonelico game, and Shurelia makes an appearance.
  • Compile Heart announces their first PS4 titles: Idol RPG Omega Quintet, as well as the fourth mainline Neptunia title, Hyperdimension Neptunia VII (Victory II).
    • The ESRB also rated Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 for PC alongside the Vita version. When asked, Idea Factory International responded that they’re considering a port. Nothing is set in stone yet, however.
  • Someone has picked up Tears to Tiara II for overseas release. No word at all on who.
  • XSEED has announced they they will not be picking up any more fanservice-focused games not named Senran Kagura. This, of course, doesn’t affect current licenses. Senran Kagura is exempted for two reasons: It’s made by their parent company, and the producer is excellent and makes a good game despite it. They’ve actually picked up Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus for Vita with a limited print run. They’re also bringing over the cooking rhythm game.
    • Speaking of current licenses, Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed will be fully dubbed, a rarity, and even rarer for a game of this size. They’re also adding clothing damage cutscenes for male characters. These moves are because they feel the game has mass appeal and have faith in it. Japan is getting the manservice in their PS4 version, which has not been picked up by XSEED.
  • Major Japanese publishing house Kadokawa will be merging with Dwango to form Kadokawa Dwango.
  • The whole Harvest Moon situation deserves an explanation. XSEED will be handling all future titles in the series, but Natsume is the sole owner of the name “Harvest Moon“, so they have to bring it over as Story of Seasons. Natsume has chosen to hang onto the name and create their own “Harvest Moon” games, starting with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. Basically, all future Harvest Moon releases are a lie.
  • NIS America has opened a European store. This has sparked outrage over prices, as it’s cheaper to use the American store and pay for shipping than it is to buy the games from the European store because the European store converted all prices from USD to GBP 1:1 instead of a proper conversion or using Euros.
    • Speaking of NIS America, they will be localizing their Firefly’s Diary Vita game. They will also be bringing over a censored version of the Vita version of Criminal Girls, Criminal Girls: Invitation as Criminal Girls: Invite-Only. Furthermore, the PS3 sequel to The Guided Fate Paradox will be localized as Awakened Fate Ultimatum.
    • A few announcements have been made regarding Awakened Fate Ultimatum. 5 members of μ’s (Love Live!) will reprise their voicing roles in the game (the 9 members of μ’s made up almost the entire female voice cast of the original). Furthermore, there will be cameos by the titular characters of Haruhi Suzumiya and Shakugan no Shana. Those particular cameos will be done because they share a character designer with the game.

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  • Speaking of μ’s, Love Live! Season 2, Volume 1 has dethroned Evangelion for first-week sales of any TV anime ever. This is likely due to the lower-than-normal price, along with the tickets for one of the real-life μ’s concerts and codes for the mobile game.
    • In the world of manga, Attack on Titan has dethroned One Piece by a significant margin for the first half of 2014.
  • Let’s discuss some upcoming anime releases. Viz has picked up everything regarding Sailor Moon anime, old and new. Older stuff will be getting uncut dubs. They will also be running an edited version of Doraemon on TV.
    • The first two Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies have been dubbed by Aniplex USA and will be released soon.
    • FUNimation’s dub of Ben-To has been delayed because they received TV raws. High School D×D has an announced season 3, which will likely be dubbed by them because they picked up the first two seasons.
    • Sentai Filmworks has picked up NouCome and Yu-sibu. I’ve covered NouCome on this blog before, but never found the right time for Yu-sibu. Both will likely be sub-only releases. They’ve also picked up Chaika the Coffin Princess.
  • Japanese singer duo ClariS has split up. One of them will be resuming life as a normal student (they’ve just entered high school, apparently), and the other will continue with the name. The two had been singing together since elementary school and debuted as a duo during middle school.
    • Also on the subject of Japanese musician groups, members of AKB48 were attacked at a handshaking event, leading to the cancellation of several subsequent events until they recently resumed with tighter security.
  • Tales of Hearts R will be receiving a sub-only release, despite having name changes.
  • Microsoft has removed the Kinect’s mandatory status on the Xbox One, selling it separately henceforth and making the system itself cheaper.
  • Sony has discontinued the PSP in Japan just before it could turn 10.
    • Also, the North American PS+ schedule has been changed to be more like Europe (so we get everything at the start of the month instead of staggered throughout).
  • Nintendo has made several non-E3 game announcements, including generation 3 remakes for Pokémon. A game titled The Thieves and the 1,000 Pokémon was also announced.
    • The developers of Bayonetta aren’t against a third game happening under Nintendo.
    • Word has come out regarding Ubisoft having a complete Wii U game under wraps that they’re just sitting on and waiting for the install base to grow larger. Of course, one has to question this logic, as one needs games to grow an install base to begin with.
    • Mario Kart 8 has sold 2 million units in one month.
    • Nintendo of Europe is supporting cross-buy for one indie game, but there’s a restriction. You get a free Wii U copy if you buy it on 3DS, but not the inverse. Also, said game’s deal could not be reflected by Nintendo of America.
    • Phillips has sued Nintendo over the Wii, like many others have. They seem to have somehow won the case in Europe, but only after a judge allowed them to alter their patent mid-case so it would work, so Nintendo is appealing. The patent was, of course, filed long after the Wii’s release.
  • Notice the sheer deluge of Steam games? That’s because there were more Steam releases in the first 20 weeks of 2014 than in all of 2013.
  • Now that the dissolution of Index and subsidiary Atlus was been acquired by Sega, the former executives of the corrupt Index have been arrested on fraud charges.
  • YouTube will supposedly support 48 and 60 FPS video sometime in the future.