Google Issues Pokemon Challenge

In a move that must be taken seriously on this, the first day of April, Google has taken to Youtube in search of their next Pokemon Master. Interested players who aren’t afraid of scaling a cliff face without equipment should observe the promotional video – available on the YouTubes – and begin the rigorous application process post-haste.

While you’re at it, ask for a pony.

Dark Souls 2 Media

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Persona Q Gets 3DS XL Bundle, Adds F.O.E.s, Dungeon Mapping

Another day, another Nintendo handheld version, and another bundle for said handheld; Atlus has announced that Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be getting a 3DS XL bundle. The bundle includes a stylized system cover featuring the entire cast of Persona 3 and 4, and will be available on launch day in Japan (June 5) for 25,380 yen.

Additionally, the latest Famitsu revealed more tidbits about the game’s dungeon crawling. In a nod to Etrian Odyssey, dungeons will include special F.O.E.-like shadows that are considerably more dangerous than normal enemies. These appear as you walk around and can be avoided, and players can expect a tough fight should they choose to engage one; that said, apparently the difficulty can be changed at any time.

Also on loan from Etrian Odyssey is the mapping system, which has players use the bottom screen to plot out the dungeon’s layout. Players unfamiliar with the system can instead activate the auto-mapping feature, though tutorials are on hand to explain how to draw your own maps.

Source: Gematsu

Hyperdimension Neptunia Series Gets New Titles

Two new titles are being developed for the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Compile Heart recently announced. The first, Chou Jigen Action Neptune U, will be more of an action game, while Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II appears to stick to the series formula. Platforms and release dates have not yet been announced.

Source: Gematsu

Theatrhythm Curtain Call Gets SaGa Music DLC

Square Enix will be adding songs from the SaGa series to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call: “Sewers” from Romancing SaGa, and “Four-aristocrat Demon Battle 1″ from Romancing SaGa 3. The DLC was not given a release date; Curtain Call itself hits the 3DS in Japan on April 24.

Source: Gematsu

Diablo III PS4 Playable at PAX East

Blizzard announced that Diablo III for the PlayStation 4 (subtitled Ultimate Evil Edition) will be playable at PAX East. The Penny Arcade Expo in Boston will run from April 11 to 13.

Source: Gematsu

Dark Souls II Co-Director Interview

In a recent 4Gamer interview, Dark Souls II Co-Director Yui Tanimura spoke about the title’s development and contrasts with the first game. In particular, Tanimura mentioned how they wanted to make the game “harsher;” described as imbuing players with “a sense of responsibility” in exploration and character building, as opposed to simply killing the player more. The elemental switching on weapons was mentioned as one example of such changes, encouraging the player to adjust their strategies over time.

Tanimura also mentioned efforts to avoid one single ‘best route’ to the end of the game; that no route is particularly safe relative to the others, and different players will find different paths easier to manage. Additionally, the change to invasion mechanics – allowing invasions to occur while the player is Undead – was made to emphasize the difference in statistics between Human and Undead forms; the idea being you may be attacked at any time, and so you may want to be at your best when it happens.

Source: Gematsu

Square Enix Details Drakengard 3 Preorder Bonuses

Square Enix has lifted the lid on more Drakengard 3 preorder bonuses, previously separated into three tiers based on date of order. The first tier includes Japanese voiceovers as DLC, while the second includes a Nier costume pack and the Emil Hat for your dragon; the third tier has yet to be revealed.

Those who preordered the game prior to March 4 are eligible for all three tiers, while any who preorder by April 8 will still have access to tiers two and three.

Source: Gematsu

Conception II Gets Demo This Month

For those who simply can’t wait to have children and then take them on adventures, Atlus plans to release a demo of Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars for both PS Vita and 3DS versions. The demo will be available on March 25, and completing it will unlock bonus items in the full game, which in turn launches on April 15.

Source: Gematsu

Denpa Men 3 Confirmed for NA/EU Release

The Denpa Men 3: Rise of the Digi Toll has been confirmed for release in North America and Europe. The latest entry in Genius Sorority’s RPG series will be available on the 3DS eShop this summer; exact dates were not given at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Natural Doctrine Details: Dragon Tribe and Bonuses

More Natural Doctrine details have emerged, this time revealing more about the game’s dragon tribe. Specifically, elemental-themed Blue and Red Wyverns hound the player as they approach the tribe’s territory, an area called the Dragon Cemetary. After fleeing said wyverns, the player is introduced to the tribe proper by a bizarre goblin, who apparently is one of the few of his kind that can understand human language.

Outside the game, different retailers will reportedly offer different bonuses for copies of the game. Imagine will include a specially-drawn cloth poster, Furu 1 Online throws in a small soundtrack disc, and Geo adds an original PS Vita skin.

Source: Gematsu

Costume Quest 2 in Development

A follow-up to Costume Quest has been announced by Double Fine Productions and publisher Midnight City. Costume Quest 2 once again follows the adventures of trick-or-treaters Wren and Reynold, and will feature new costumes, battle system updates, and a quirky “unmistakably Double Fine” story. Console and PC versions are expected, but specific platforms were not part of the announcement.

Source: Gematsu

Mass Media 03-02-14

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Personas 5, Q, 4 Arena Ultimax, and Dancing All Night Confirmed for North America

Sensing that fans have been kept in suspense long enough, Atlus has at last confirmed that the plethora of Persona games being discussed lately – Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and of course Persona 5 – will all be seeing a North American release. Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS) and Arena Ultimax (PS3/360) are planned for Fall releases this year, while Dancing All Night (PS Vita) and Persona 5 are listed for 2015.

Source: Gematsu

Theatrhythm: Curtain Call Details Revealed

Square Enix has released a few more tidbits about Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. In particular, the sequel will add Machina and Rem from Type-0 as playable characters, while new enemies include Golbez, Zeromus, Gigantuar, Goobbue, Sahagin, King Behemoth, Braska’s Final Aeon, Bomb King, Reno, and Magitek Armor.

More notably, the game will feature a one-on-one Versus Battle mode, where players compete against both computer controlled enemies and each other for the high score. Quest Medley is another new mode, putting players on a “Chaos Map” where they complete variable-length quests; you’ll also receive quests through StreetPass.

Curtain Call is set for an April 24 release on the 3DS in Japan.

Source: Gematsu

Natural Doctrine Delayed to April

Kadokawa Games announced that Natural Doctrine is being pushed back to April, past its planned March 19 launch date. No exact date was given, and no specific reason was cited for the delay.

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Drakengard 3 Story DLC Set for March Release

The first story add-on for Drakengard 3 will be available on March 6 in Japan, according to this week’s Famitsu. Consisting of memories of the Utautai sisters, the DLC will be released in weekly installments for 600 yen apiece, each one covering a different sister. The follow-up DLC will launch on March 13, March 20, March 27, and April 3.

Source: Gematsu

Demon Gaze Gets Disgaea Characters via Free DLC

Demon Gaze will be adding Disgaea characters Etna, Flonne, Sicily, Asagi, and Prinny as party members via DLC, NIS America announced. The content will be downloadable on launch day – April 22 for North America, April 25 for Europe – and will be free for the first month following release.

Source: Gematsu

Next Seiken Densetsu Bound for iOS/Android

Square Enix is developing Seiken Densetsu: Rise of Mana for iOS and Android, this week’s Famitsu revealed. The game will follow the typical free-to-play format, featuring microtransactions for certain items, and supports up to eight-person multiplayer. Storywise, Rise of Mana follows a hero who is both an angel and a devil in the same body; the plot seems to center on how they ended up in this predicament, with players switching between the two during gameplay.

No release date was given at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Shin Megami Tensei 1 Getting English Release on iOS

Atlus has announced that the very first Shin Megami Tensei, which has not left Japan thus far, will at last be getting an English release on iOS. A port of the 2003 GBA version, Shin Megami Tensei will be available on iOS next month.

Source: Gematsu