Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd coming to the West!

Many apologies for the lack in updates – I’ve just been really busy with the other things I have going on right now (namely job searches – which are less fun than they sound…and it doesn’t sound fun). I do bring good news though! Following the successful launches of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F on the PlayStation 3 last year and Project Diva f on the PlayStation Vita earlier this month, SEGA announced today that they will be releasing the upcoming Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd on both consoles in the west this Autumn! Also, the North American release is confirmed to be available in a physical format for both versions (although SEGA have yet to confirm if this will be the case in Europe).

This new game will feature 40 songs – some of which are returning from the previous game, while others are brand new.

Are you looking forward to more Miku?

 

The PlayStation Vita is actually pretty darn cool

Sony’s history with handheld consoles has always been an interesting one. The PlayStation Portable boasted much more power than Nintendo DS and had much stronger online, with full support for downloadable titles and an amazing account system, but Nintendo’s DS sold far, far more than the PSP. The same situation is happening again with the current generation, with Nintendo’s handheld being a sales juggernaut, leaving Sony’s more powerful handheld behind. Of course, there are reasons for this – and one of the biggest concerns with the PlayStation Vita has been the lack of games worth buying a console for, whereas the Nintendo 3DS has a wealth of solid first party content (such as Fire Emblem: AwakeningThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and of course, Pokémon). That was actually the main reason I held back on purchasing a Vita myself, because while there were a few titles that interested me, I couldn’t justify the cost of a new system for the small amount there were (which is actually why I didn’t buy a PlayStation 3 until earlier this year as well).

Then a few months ago, me and the other writers of WiiUAndMii decided to broaden our readership by writing about games for non-Nintendo platforms (hence the name of our “Nontendo” section). When writing for WiiUAndMii, I am arguably the website’s main 3DS writer – being a huge enthusiast of their handheld console (although I do own and love the Wii U as well), so the decision for me to take a closer look at the PlayStation Vita was inevitable.

In the weeks running up to the release of the PlayStation 4, Sony really did a lot to boost awareness of the PlayStation Vita, such as sponsoring Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Channel 4 with a series of brief and very clever 15-second advertisements (well, they were around that long. I didn’t time them – too busy waiting for S.H.I.E.L.D. to start). For the first few weeks, the clips shown off LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (for obvious reasons), when episodes aired around the release of Tearaway (which is an amazing game by the way), the game was changed to that and once the PlayStation 4 was released, the brief segment was dedicated to showing off Remote Play. As standalone adverts, these might not have been very good, but when airing alongside one of the hottest shows on TV right now, that means that people tuning in to watch the series each week will be introduced to a variety of different games and features during the show’s 22-week run and by being a sponsored message instead of a regular advert, it increases the likelihood of people seeing it, as the average viewer might go and get a drink or go to the toilet during a regular commercial, but if they know the PlayStation Vita sponsors the show, they’ll all rush back into the TV room the moment the advert starts.

That, combined with the quick succession of Vita game announcements from studios such as NIS America, were enough to place the PlayStation Vita on my radar once more, so on Christmas Day, I was very happy to receive quite an amazing bundle – A Wi-Fi Edition of the console, a 16GB Memory Card and download codes for Tearaway and Little Big Planet Vita. Back when I purchased my PlayStation 3 earlier in the year, I was given a free PlayStation+ 30 month code which I had neglected to activate, but activating it now also gave me access to games my Twitter followers had recommended to me such as Gravity RushGuacamelee and a further reduction on Sony’s already amazing 12 Days of Christmas price-slash on Persona 4 Golden. So much for the Vita having now games – as within a day, I had filled 14GB of my 16GB memory card! Sony certainly didn’t pull any punches in making sure that new buyers can get the very best out of their new console straight out of the box!

Of course, with so many games I understandably haven’t had a chance to play many of them for an extended period of time, but I absolutely love Tearaway – as well as having a charming papercraft design, it is also the perfect example of what the Vita is capable of, using the cameras, augmented reality, multi-touch touchscreen and rear touch panel in such carefully crafted ways that they all compliment each other and feel extremely natural. For every console, there is a game that truly shows off what the console is capable of and for the Vita, it’s Tearaway. I’m not going to lie though – I mainly bought the Tearaway bundle because it was the cheapest way to get a Vita (same reason I bought Grand Theft Auto V with my PS3. I guess I’m just weird like that). There are games which prompted me to finally make a purchase though, which are coming out in the early part of next year:

Hatsune Miku Project Diva f

 

SEGA’s Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f rhythm game has recently been announced to be coming to North America and Europe in early 2014, following on from the release of Project Diva F on the PlayStation 3 back in August. This is a rather strange situation as the PlayStation 3 release was actually a port of this Vita game, but I imagine SEGA wanted to test the waters for the franchise on a console with a much higher install base first? Anyways, despite already owning the PlayStation 3 port, I will definitely be picking up the Vita version at release.

 

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I’ve written about NIS America’s upcoming February 2014 release of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on this blog before. Despite not being released internationally, the original PlayStation Portable murder mystery visual novel had gained a substantial online following even before this year’s anime adaptation aired. I personally dropped the anime because my friends who had explored the fandom beforehand had already confirmed to me that a lot of the plot’s details had been left out, so I decided to wait until the game was released, so I could enjoy it fully without spoiling the story’s main twists.

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Ever since the release of Final Fantasy VII on the PlayStation, Square Enix’s world-renowned RPG franchise has been one of the strongest names on Sony platforms. While the HD remasters of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 will be sold as a bundle on PlayStation 3, they will be available separately on the Vita when released in Europe on 21st March. Some may consider this a disadvantage, but the idea of a portable Final Fantasy X kinda really outweighs it. I think Sony could just do a 5 second advertisement where someone shouts “PORTABLE FINAL FANTASY X!” and sales would skyrocket.

To add to the whole “OMG, PORTABLE!” hype, there is also another game announced to be receiving a portable port soon (in fact, shall we just shorten it to PORTable?)

minecraft

That’s right – in 2014, Minecraft is coming to the PlayStation Vita! Have you ever wanted to play the ultimate creative game (except for those who prefer circles) on a portable device, but hated the Pocket Edition? Well, Mojang have announced that the game will be coming to Vita next year! I honestly can’t wait – the number of nights I’ve spent up until 2am building underground tunnels in Minecraft are innumerable.

One of the other huge positives about the PlayStation Vita is that as it is more than a gaming system – while gaming is its focus and it has the power to boast about it, the console also has applications for social networking services like Twitter, Facebook and Skype (although I think the Skype app lacks the instant messaging feature? If it does have it, I just haven’t found it yet). These applications also don’t feel rushed at all – they run amazingly and have a look that screams that they were made specifically with the console in mind. The video content is wonderful too, featuring the ability to purchase TV shows and movies from the PlayStation Store like the PS3 and PSP and also having a YouTube app that is in all honesty, probably the best portable YouTube application barring the iPad (and how portable is an iPad in all honesty?) . The 2014 addition of anime streaming service Crunchyroll is also something I am incredibly hyped about (i-it’s not like I like anime or anything…baka!).

I’ve also been thoroughly impressed with the system itself. The Content Manager allowing me to connect to my laptop and copy music, movie and image files completely wirelessly is like something out of a science fiction movie and is incredibly convenient (all you have to do is download the Content Manager program onto your PC, no need to fiddle around with USB cables). I also experimented with the Remote Play feature and my PS3 and I was amazed at just how responsive it was – allowing me to turn on and access my PS3 when I’m in the other side of the house. The only annoyance is just how underused the feature was on that console; the only application I had that would work with Remote Play was the ITV Player. Apparently Remote Play is system-wide on the PlayStation 4 though, so if the experience is anything like it could have been on my the PS3 is more games used it, then it will be absolutely fantastic (I just wish I had a PS4 to try it out on).

After owning a PlayStation Vita for such a short amount of time, I have become absolutely besotted with it. I’ve been left wondering why Sony’s handhelds haven’t seen the huge success of those produced by rivals Nintendo, despite boasting a lot more power and features. The only answer I can think of is Nintendo’s brands such as Mario, Zelda and Pokémon will drive people to buy platforms, which is something Sony’s handheld offerings have lacked (especially as Monster Hunter has moved to Nintendo consoles). In Japan, the PSP and PS Vita have received love from visual novel games based on popular anime and manga franchises, but with the lack of those in the west, maybe what is needed is more exclusive games attached to major franchises like Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and Call of Duty: Black Ops – Declassified (just made better, as the critical reception to both were nowhere near as positive as their home console games)? At least though, for the otaku audience like myself (and the readers of this blog), the Vita is region free – so we can import games like Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram and the upcoming J-Stars Victory Vs. and play them on our non-Japanese consoles! (Although I wish there wasn’t the language barrier stopping me from playing visual novels).

I personally believe that the PlayStation Vita is an absolutely amazing console and I have been really impressed with Sony’s recent promotion of it (achieving a 68% sales boost since the launch of the PlayStation 4 in the UK alone) and I really hope that the future does improve and the Vita continues to get more AAA content, because it really deserves it.

 

Even MORE anime songs added to Wii Karaoke U!

Wii Karaoke U anime

Do you remember a while ago when I wrote about about Nintendo’s Wii Karaoke U service adding Japanese songs to its already extensive portfolio of tracks? Well, today the European branch of the Kyoto-based company revealed that this library is ever growing, with 11 new songs added today – with nine of them having previously been used in anime, with the most notable from this batch being Shonen Jump franchises Naruto Shippuden and Bleach. Here is a full listing of available anime songs, with the new additions being in italics:

A Certain Scientific Railgun:
only my railgun – fripSide

AnoHana:
Aoi shiori – Galileo Galilei

Bleach:
ALONES – Aqua Timez
AFTER DARK – ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
chAngE – miwa

Brave Story:
Ketsui no asani – Aqua Timez

Captain Tsubasa:
Moete HERO – Takemoto Takayuki/Ogai Youk

City Hunter:
Get Wild – TM NETWORK

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion / R2:
Mozaikukakera – SunSet Swish
O2 ORANGE RANGE – alexis
WORLD END – FLOW
Yuukyou seishunka – ALI PROJECT

Digimon Adventures:
Butter-Fly – Wada Kouji

Doraemon:
Doraemon no uta Yamano Satoko

Doraemon: Nobita’s Dinosaur 2006:
Boku Note – Sukima Switch

Dragonball/Z/GT:
DAN DAN kokoro hikareteku DAN DAN – Field of View
Dragon Soul – Tanimoto Takayoshi
Maka fushigi ADVENTURE! – Takahashi Hiroki
WE GOTTA POWER – Kageyama Hironobu

Galaxy Express 999:
Ginga tetsudou 999 – Sasaki Isao/Suginami jidou

Gintama:
Anata MAGI – monobright

Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl
Os uchujin – Erio o kamattechan

Haganai:
Zan-nen kei rinjinbu – Tomodachi tsukuritai

Hyouka:
Yasashisa no riyuu – ChouCho

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere:
TERMINATED – Chihara Minori

Infinite Stratos:
STRAIGHT JET – Kuribayashi Minami

K-ON!:
Go! Go! Maniac – Houkago TEA TIME
Listen!! – Houkago TEA TIME

Lovely Complex:
KISS -kaerimichi no LOVE SONG – Tegomasu

Maria+Holic:
HANAJI – Kobayashi Yu

Mazinger Z:
Majinga Z – Mizuki Ichirou

Miyuki:
Omoide ga ippai – H2O

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack:
BEYOND THE TIME〈EXPANDED VERSION〉-TM NETWORK(TMN)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED:
Annani issho dattanoni – See-Saw

Naruto:
Yellow Moon – Akeboshi

Naruto Shippuden:
Bluebird – Ikimonogakari
CASCADE – UNLIMITS

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind:
Kaze no tani no Naushika – Yasuda Narumi

One Piece:
BRAND NEW WORLD – D-51
Kokoro no chizu – BOYSTYLE
One day – The ROOTLESS
Share The World – Touhoushinki
WE ARE! – Kitadani Hiroshi
WE GO! – Kitadani Hiroshi

Rose of Versailles:
Bara wa utsukushiku chiru – Suzuki Hiroko

Sailor Moon:
Moonlight Densetsu – Dali

Saint Seiya:
PEGASUS FANTASY – MAKE-UP

Samurai X:
San-bun no ichi no junjou na kanjou – SIAM Shade
Sobakasu – JUDY AND MARY

Sgt. Frog:
Kero! To MARCH – Kakuda Nobuaki & Ihata Juri

Soreike! Anpanman:
Anpan-man no MARCH – DREAMING

Tiger & Bunny:
MISSING LINK – NOVELS
ORION o nazoru – UNISON SQUARE GARDEN

Tales of the Abyss:
Bouken suisei – Enomoto Kurumi

Toriko:
Gatsu Gatsu!! – Kushida Akira

Uta no Prince-sama:
BELIEVE☆MY VOICE – Mamoru Miyano

Zatch Bell!:
Kasabuta – Chiwata Hirdenori

You can also check out the full database of songs on the official website!

New J-Stars Victory Vs. trailer released!

Every few months, a new video game is released that you would really like, but once in a blue moon a title comes across that you feel that you need. How many times have you sat down with your friends and debated on who would win a fight – Goku, Naruto or Ichigo? Or maybe even, Oga Tatsumi or Medaka Kurokami? Well, now you’ll be made to put your money where your mouth is with J-Stars Victory Vs. – a fighting game developed by Namco Bandai Games that is due out in Japan for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on 19th March, 2014!

The game was announced a while ago, but a new trailer has surfaced today, which adds Koro-sensei from Assassination Classroom and Neuro from Neuro – Supernatural Detective to the cast (the former as a playable character, the latter as a support character).

Unfortunately, the game will most likely not be released outside of Japan – namely because the various properties represented are owned by so many different licensors, including FUNimation, Viz Media and Sentai Filmworks. However, Sony are cool and neither the PlayStation 3 or Vita are region locked, so you can import a copy of the game! Yay!

 

The shared cast of Bravely Default and Sword Art Online

If you have followed my activity on Twitter as of late, you will know that I absolutely love the recently released Square Enix JRPG Bravely Default, having previously campaigned for the localisation of the Nintendo 3DS game under the name OperationBrave. I am also a fan of the anime series Sword Art Online, which is set in the virtual reality MMORPG game Sword Art Online, where players are trapped until they either beat the game, or they die (which will cause them to die in the real world too).

To try and help promote Bravely Default, I have been writing a series of weekly articles on WiiUAndMii.com titled Brave Friday and while researching about the game, I came across quite an interesting discovery: Bravely Default, which was released in Europe last Friday shares a few significant voice actors with Sword Art Online, which has its first DVD and Blu-Ray volume set to be released on Monday.

The Protagonist:

Kirito Tiz

Tiz Arrior is the main male protagonist of Bravely Default; a former resident of the now destroyed Norende Village who is on a journey to help Agnés purify the four crystals to save the land of Luxendarc , as well as revive his fallen home. Tiz Arrior’s voice is provided by Bryce Papenbrook, who also gives life to Sword Art Online‘s protagonist Kirito, who finds himself trapped in the Sword Art Online virtual reality MMORPG and has to clear the game to escape. In a sense, both Tiz and Kirito are fighting to be reunited with their home once more.

The Feisty Swordswoman:

Leafa Lee

Bravely Default‘s Edea Lee and Sword Art Online‘s Leafa have four key things in common (aside from having similar hair styles – they totes co-ordinated that) – they are both the secondary female protagonist of their series (with Agnés and Asuna taking those roles in Bravely Default and Sword Art Online respectively), they both received tutelage in wielding a sword, they both have a big secret they wish to conceal and they are both voiced by Cassandra Lee Morris.

The Fairy Helper:

Yui Airy

In Bravely Default, the four heroes are guided in their journey across Luxendarc to purify the crystals by the Cryst-Fairy named Airy. In Sword Art Online, Kirito and Asuna come across quite the oddity during their journey through the world of Aincrad; the artificial intelligence that is Yui. In Sword Art Online’s Fairy Dance arc, Yui appears in the form of a navigation pixie to aid Kirito in his mission there. Both of these fairies have their English voices provided by Stephanie Sheh.

The voice actor of Sword Art Online‘s Klein (Kirk Thornton) also provides his voice for a role in Bravely Default, although which character in particular has yet to be confirmed (although I have reached out for some confirmation on this and other roles).

Remember everynyan, you can purchase Bravely Default, which is exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS, from Nintendo’s online store and you can pre-order the first volume of Sword Art Online from Amazon!

Wii U Karaoke adds Japanese songs, including some anime themes.

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Have you tried the Wii Karaoke U app on Nintendo’s Wii U console? Or maybe you’re like me and don’t even try because the one time you sang in the shower, you were yelled at to shut up. Anyways, Nintendo have recently added some Japanese songs to their already large database and as you can expect, as well as featuring songs by idol groups like AKB48, the list of new songs includes various tracks that were used in numerous anime series’. Will you be brave enough to try and sing along to any of these:

A Certain Scientific Railgun:
only my railgun – fripSide

AnoHana:
Aoi shiori – Galileo Galilei

Brave Story:
Ketsui no asani – Aqua Timez

Captain Tsubasa:
Moete HERO – Takemoto Takayuki/Ogai Youk

City Hunter:
Get Wild – TM NETWORK

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion / R2:
Mozaikukakera – SunSet Swish
O2 ORANGE RANGE – alexis
WORLD END – FLOW
Yuukyou seishunka – ALI PROJECT

Digimon Adventures:
Butter-Fly – Wada Kouji

Doraemon:
Doraemon no uta Yamano Satoko

Dragonball/Z/GT:
DAN DAN kokoro hikareteku DAN DAN – Field of View
Dragon Soul – Tanimoto Takayoshi
Maka fushigi ADVENTURE! – Takahashi Hiroki
WE GOTTA POWER – Kageyama Hironobu

Galaxy Express 999:
Ginga tetsudou 999 – Sasaki Isao/Suginami jidou

Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl
Os uchujin – Erio o kamattechan

Haganai:
Zan-nen kei rinjinbu – Tomodachi tsukuritai

Hyouka:
Yasashisa no riyuu – ChouCho

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere:
TERMINATED – Chihara Minori

Infinite Stratos:
STRAIGHT JET – Kuribayashi Minami

K-ON!:
Go! Go! Maniac – Houkago TEA TIME
Listen!! – Houkago TEA TIME

Lovely Complex:
KISS -kaerimichi no LOVE SONG – Tegomasu

Maria+Holic:
HANAJI – Kobayashi Yu

Mazinger Z:
Majinga Z – Mizuki Ichirou

Miyuki:
Omoide ga ippai – H2O

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack:
BEYOND THE TIME〈EXPANDED VERSION〉-TM NETWORK(TMN)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED:
Annani issho dattanoni – See-Saw

Naruto:
Yellow Moon – Akeboshi

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind:
Kaze no tani no Naushika – Yasuda Narumi

One Piece:
BRAND NEW WORLD – D-51
Kokoro no chizu – BOYSTYLE
One day – The ROOTLESS
Share The World – Touhoushinki
WE ARE! – Kitadani Hiroshi
WE GO! – Kitadani Hiroshi

Sailor Moon:
Moonlight Densetsu – Dali

Saint Seiya:
PEGASUS FANTASY – MAKE-UP

Samurai X:
San-bun no ichi no junjou na kanjou – SIAM Shade
Sobakasu – JUDY AND MARY

Sgt. Frog:
Kero! To MARCH – Kakuda Nobuaki & Ihata Juri

Soreike! Anpanman:
Anpan-man no MARCH – DREAMING

Tiger & Bunny:
MISSING LINK – NOVELS
ORION o nazoru – UNISON SQUARE GARDEN

Tales of the Abyss:
Bouken suisei – Enomoto Kurumi

Toriko:
Gatsu Gatsu!! – Kushida Akira

Zatch Bell!:
Kasabuta – Chiwata Hirdenori

Multiple Persona games announced!

Today, Japan concluded its 72 hour long “Teaser! Persona Event”, which had been streamed via the NicoNico video service and on giant screens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai and Sapporo. During the event, four upcoming games for Atlus’ Persona franchise were announced. That’s right, four.

Name: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Developer: Atlus

Despite previous Shin Megami Tensei games having been released on Nintendo consoles in the past (such as the recent exclusive Shin Megami Tensei IV), an entry in the Persona side-series had yet to be announced for any console made by the Kyoto-based gaming company, until today. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, a role-playing game that mixes the casts of both Persona 3 and 4 was announced for the Nintendo 3DS.

On the last day of the Yasogami High culture festival an ominous bell tower appears on the school grounds, an event that is witnessed by both the cast of Persona 4 and Persona 3 – with the latter finding themselves transported into the time of the former. The two groups find themselves trapped in the school, which is now covered in “Shadows”, as well as two amnesiacs called Zen and Rei, who might just hold the key to this strange mystery. Players can choose to take on the role of the silent protagonist from either Persona 3 or Persona 4, with their choice affecting which side of the cast receives more attention and how the story develops. The game will be released in Japan on 5th June, 2014.

Name: Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Platform: PlayStation Vita

Developer: Atlus and Dingo

A “sound action” rhythm game featuring songs from Persona 4. Half a year after the resolution of the Inaba City serial murder case, rumours start to emerge that say that if you see a strange video playing on a certain site at midnight, you will find yourself transported to the “other side”, where you will never wake up. You and the cast of Persona 4 must engage in dance battles with the Shadows. The game will be released in Japan next autumn.

Name: Persona 4: The Ultimate Ultrasuplex Hold

Platform: Arcade and PlayStation 3

Developer: Atlus

And the winner of the award for “Video game title you do not want to recite while drunk” is…Persona 4: The Ultimate Ultrasuplex Hold, a sequel to the critically acclaimed Persona 4 Arena. Set only days after the events of the preceeding game, time has become warped and when Inaba City is covered in a mysterious red fog, people start to disappear. Yukari and Junpei of Persona 3 have arrived in the rural town, declaring their intent to the students of Inaba City that they will protect their upperclassmen. The game will be playable in Japanese game centres from this Thursday, while the PlayStation 3 version will be released next summer.

The game will also feature the ability for players to play as “Shadow-type alter egos” of existing characters.

Name: Persona 5

Platform: PlayStation 3

Developer: Atlus

The final title shown during the event was a brief teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Persona 5, which will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 3 next winter.

Will you be picking up any of these games?

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