Rundown the Street (October-December 2014)

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Three months of slow news becomes one post collecting all of it. It’s time for a Rundown!

In The News

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  • Idea Factory International has announced that they will be localizing  Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action UnleashedRe;Birth2 is set for the end of January, Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart is set for the end of February, Action Unleased is set of Spring, so 2015 will kick off with a lot of the series.
    • On a similar note, Idea Factory International has formally announced PC port plans for Re;Birth1 and Re;Birth2, as well as Fairy Fencer F. All three will be released on PC in 2015. I suspect Re;Birth3 won’t be far behind when it’s inevitably brought over.
    • A popularity poll was run to see which character from the series would star in a new spin-off. The previous winner was Noire, leading to the release of Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart. This time, however, Blanc won by a landslide, and IF pulled an upset by unexpectedly rising into second place. Full results may be found here.
  • Amusingly, all this Neptunia news segways perfectly into some news leaked through German rating boards from NIS America. The company lost the series licenses for Neptunia and Atelier, but they’ll be trying to get a last bit of money out of the two series by bundling three games from each that they have the right to for PS3. Specifically, the three mainline PS3 Neptunia games, and the Arland trilogy of Atelier games. All six have superior remakes for Vita, and the ones for Neptunia turn the earlier games from aggravating to enjoyable, so I don’t recommend buying the Neptunia one. The Atelier one? Same deal. Vita versions have the DLC bundled in, and Rorona‘s remake was also released on PS3 due to how bad the original Rorona is in comparison to the other two.
    • On the subject of NIS America, they will be localizing Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy. They’re also working with Koei-Tecmo to run a limited edition of Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, due to March. Koei-Tecmo will be releasing Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk for Vita on January 13th, and it will actually have dual-audio this time around.
      • NIS’ president has also issued a statement claiming that porting Disgaea 5 to Vita will be “impossible” due to needing the power provided by a PS4. There will be no ports of the game for handheld unless Sony makes another one after the Vita.
    • While on the subject of Atelier Rorona, a 3DS version of the game will be released in Japan under the title Atelier Rorona Plus. It features chibi character models recycled from a mobile game, and the battle system has been changed to some grid-based thing.
      • It is unknown what this would be titled in the West if localized. Previous “Plus” entries for the Vita kept it, but New Atelier Rorona for PS3 and Vita was named Atelier Rorona Plus for the West to keep the remake’s naming consistent with the ports, unlike in Japan.

And now, in news not involving NeptuniaAtelier or Nippon Ichi Software (geez…):
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  • A new Sword Art Online game has been announced, titled Sword Art Online: Lost Song for PS3 and Vita. Bandai-Namco have promised that the English release will actually receive proper care this time. For those unaware, the translation for Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is memetically bad. *insert “penetrate” joke here*
    • Bandai-Namco have also announced an English release of J-Stars Victory Vs with extra content and re-balancing. This will be titled J-Stars Victory Vs+. It will be release for PS3, PS4 and Vita in the Summer. On the same day, they announced One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 for the same platforms and PC in the West.
  • Various anime companies from Japan are spinning off their own publishing branches into the West. Among them is the enormous Sunrise, who’re partnering with online retailer RightStuf to put out the entire Gundam franchise in the West, even those skipped over in the past.
  • Various anime have been announced, notably for Food Wars! and My Love Story!!.
  • Nintendo has announced the release of Xenoblade Chronicles X in Japan for Spring.
    • With the release of the new Nintendo 3DS” and new Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo has discontinued the Nintendo 3DS XL in Japan, immediately phasing it out for the newer model. One presumes the original Nintendo 3DS model is being kept because they never got the Nintendo 2DS in Japan, making the original model their budget model instead.
    • With the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Nintendo has finally implemented preloading on the Wii U.

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  • Kickstarter is being really good to the visual novel community. Campaigns for CLANNAD and the Grisaia trilogy were both funded in under 24 hours, making more than enough for various stretch goals.
  • The at one point critically-acclaimed Paranautical Activity released on Steam one day mislabelled as an Early Access game. While this was fixed, one of the two developers tweeted a death threat regarding Valve founder Gabe Newell. As a result, the game was removed from Steam and the developer was blacklisted. The reaction from the developers were less than professional.
  • The lead Ace Attorney localizer has explained the series’ setting discrepancy with the English version being in an oddly-Japanese Los Angeles. After being put on the series starting from the second game, she found that the people who handled the first game set the English version in Los Angeles because the series hadn’t gone full-on Japan on them yet (which it would do from the second game onwards). She therefore created a headcanon that the series takes place in an AU Los Angeles where the Japanese weren’t as ostracized by the West as in real history. While this still left a few issues (see: Eldoon), it allowed most things to go smoothly. However, she was unable to explicitly write this into the games anywhere.
  • Falcom has announced a game named Tokyo Xanadu. It will be a present-day action RPG.
  • Rodea the Sky Soldier turned out to not be dead after all. It will release on Wii U and 3DS next year, with the Wii U version bundling in the original Wii release that was completed before the game was shelved.