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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax hits PS3 in Japan on August 28.

satoshi-mochida:

From Gematsu:

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will launch for PlayStation 3 in Japan on August 28 for 6,980 yen, this week’s Famitsu reveals.

As leaked earlier, Rise Kujikawa, who acted as navigator in the first game, will be playable in the fighting game sequel. A Shadow version of Rise will also appear.

A new “Golden Arena Mode” has also been added. A battle tournament incorporating RPG elements, players will be able to raise their levels, learn over 150 skills, customize their favorite characters, and build Social Links with the navigator character.

This mode will also be implemented in the arcade version at the end of April.

Outside of the new mode, it appears the story for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax might tie in with that of Persona 4: Dancing All Night.

Plugging for one of my employers~

Secret favorite bit about this leak from Japanese sources is Rise’s fighter title: 完全変態☆スーパーアイドル

Very hard to translate well because it’s a multifaceted pun that plays really well on her character development in the original game. Literally that first bit can either mean “complete metamorphosis” or “complete/raging pervert” and the latter is just “super idol.”

Me? I’d probably do something like “The Beauty and the Beast.” Hard to say. Never envied the folks at Atlus USA tasked with coming up with official lines for that stuff since a lot of the Japanese ones are super good.

Still way more excited for this craziness than I should be either way!

eirikrjs:

pepsimangb:

eirikrjs:

I GOT IT
The price in Nipponbashi was ridiculously lower than it was online. Now, still need to find the Gradius Gaiden OST before I leave…

God almighty, what a price indeed. Color me jealous! Now your used Japanese Xbox purchase has been legitimately justified beyond being the SMT: Nine machine!

Yeah, I did a double take! This is like the grand daddy of them, but are there any other worthwhile Japanese Xbox OG exclusives? (SMT:NINE is not a worthwhile J-Xbox OG exclusive)

I’m not super knowledgeable about Japanese exclusive Xbox games since even in the best of times the games that stayed in Japan weren’t really worth paying attention to from what I’ve seen. That being said, the apt, but anticlimactically named Dinosaur Hunter is pretty well regarded from I’ve read. It’s supposedly a very loose adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle novel The Lost World where the emphasis is less on shooting things and more on tracking the dinosaurs and whatnot. Seems pretty neat from what I’ve seen and is on my personal to-do list. Beyond that, Rent A Hero No. 1 is a Sega RPG that’s also generally well liked, although that also came out on Dreamcast. (There’s also a complete unreleased English version circulating online if you ever wanted to go down that rabbit hole of making it run.) Apparently some unique version of Castle Shikigami, Shikigami no Shiro Evolution Aka, also came out for it, although I’m personally only able to really appreciate that series in the context of the stupendously poor localization jobs the first few games got. The official Xbox collector’s thread on NeoGAF knows more than I do and this post in particular seems to have most of the other vaguely prominent ones I know of. There are more posts on Japanese in the latter half of the thread, so it might not hurt to skim it a bit.
Nothing that really screams out as a classic in the way that even Metal Wolf does, but much of it is probably still better than the dumb shit I brought back with me because of 100 game bin madness. Hope it helps!

eirikrjs:

pepsimangb:

eirikrjs:

I GOT IT

The price in Nipponbashi was ridiculously lower than it was online. Now, still need to find the Gradius Gaiden OST before I leave…

God almighty, what a price indeed. Color me jealous! Now your used Japanese Xbox purchase has been legitimately justified beyond being the SMT: Nine machine!

Yeah, I did a double take! This is like the grand daddy of them, but are there any other worthwhile Japanese Xbox OG exclusives? (SMT:NINE is not a worthwhile J-Xbox OG exclusive)

I’m not super knowledgeable about Japanese exclusive Xbox games since even in the best of times the games that stayed in Japan weren’t really worth paying attention to from what I’ve seen. That being said, the apt, but anticlimactically named Dinosaur Hunter is pretty well regarded from I’ve read. It’s supposedly a very loose adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle novel The Lost World where the emphasis is less on shooting things and more on tracking the dinosaurs and whatnot. Seems pretty neat from what I’ve seen and is on my personal to-do list. Beyond that, Rent A Hero No. 1 is a Sega RPG that’s also generally well liked, although that also came out on Dreamcast. (There’s also a complete unreleased English version circulating online if you ever wanted to go down that rabbit hole of making it run.) Apparently some unique version of Castle Shikigami, Shikigami no Shiro Evolution Aka, also came out for it, although I’m personally only able to really appreciate that series in the context of the stupendously poor localization jobs the first few games got. The official Xbox collector’s thread on NeoGAF knows more than I do and this post in particular seems to have most of the other vaguely prominent ones I know of. There are more posts on Japanese in the latter half of the thread, so it might not hurt to skim it a bit.

Nothing that really screams out as a classic in the way that even Metal Wolf does, but much of it is probably still better than the dumb shit I brought back with me because of 100 game bin madness. Hope it helps!

eirikrjs:

I GOT IT
The price in Nipponbashi was ridiculously lower than it was online. Now, still need to find the Gradius Gaiden OST before I leave…

God almighty, what a price indeed. Color me jealous! Now your used Japanese Xbox purchase has been legitimately justified beyond being the SMT: Nine machine!

eirikrjs:

I GOT IT

The price in Nipponbashi was ridiculously lower than it was online. Now, still need to find the Gradius Gaiden OST before I leave…

God almighty, what a price indeed. Color me jealous! Now your used Japanese Xbox purchase has been legitimately justified beyond being the SMT: Nine machine!

kawaiikochan:

NOW I UNDERSTAND!!IT’S RYUNOSUKE. BUT…?!
Recent “Shock!!” of the new “Lawyer Battle” announcement. Naruhodo-kun and Phoenix-kun of different dimensional space.. “Meiji Era Ryunosuke-kun” throws it all into confusion!! How can we—?! Such a thing!! You won’t be confused anymore, with Maji-san’s setsumei.
It’s the famous “Los Angeles Senshi”, fufu. Lion Maru.

kawaiikochan:

NOW I UNDERSTAND!!

IT’S RYUNOSUKE. BUT…?!

Recent “Shock!!” of the new “Lawyer Battle” announcement. Naruhodo-kun and Phoenix-kun of different dimensional space.. “Meiji Era Ryunosuke-kun” throws it all into confusion!! How can we—?! Such a thing!! You won’t be confused anymore, with Maji-san’s setsumei.

It’s the famous “Los Angeles Senshi”, fufu. Lion Maru.

oldgamemags:

Geez man, calm down, I’ll buy Virtua Cop 2!

Follow oldgamemags on Tumblr for more awesome scans from yesteryear!

oldgamemags:

Geez man, calm down, I’ll buy Virtua Cop 2!

Follow oldgamemags on Tumblr for more awesome scans from yesteryear!

tinycartridge:

New Ace Attorney 3DS game unveiled ⊟
According to this Famitsu scan posted by @Lite_Agent, this new game takes place during Japan’s Meiji period (1868 - 1912, a.k.a. Rurouni Kenshin times) and naturally features a new star — it looks like that star is an ancestor of Phoenix Wright?
The full title, according to @CourtRecords_, is Dai Gyakuten Saiban - Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken, or Grand Turnabout Trial - The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke. As mentioned previously, Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi is once again heading the project, after taking a break from the series with Dual Destinies.
BUY Ace Attorney games, upcoming releases

My inner translator awaits with bated breath as to how Capcom USA is gonna make this take place in NOT JAPAN again, should they choose to localize it. Totally understand as a writer myself why they made that decision with the initial games, but from what I hear about how 5 turned out, that decision is increasingly biting it in the ass.
Still super interested regardless! Definitely a hell of a tangent to go on settings-wise!

tinycartridge:

New Ace Attorney 3DS game unveiled ⊟

According to this Famitsu scan posted by @Lite_Agent, this new game takes place during Japan’s Meiji period (1868 - 1912, a.k.a. Rurouni Kenshin times) and naturally features a new star — it looks like that star is an ancestor of Phoenix Wright?

The full title, according to @CourtRecords_, is Dai Gyakuten Saiban - Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken, or Grand Turnabout Trial - The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke. As mentioned previously, Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi is once again heading the project, after taking a break from the series with Dual Destinies.

BUY Ace Attorney games, upcoming releases

My inner translator awaits with bated breath as to how Capcom USA is gonna make this take place in NOT JAPAN again, should they choose to localize it. Totally understand as a writer myself why they made that decision with the initial games, but from what I hear about how 5 turned out, that decision is increasingly biting it in the ass.

Still super interested regardless! Definitely a hell of a tangent to go on settings-wise!

jeffgerstmann:

patbaer:

Happy Easter, everyone.

Not everyone. Just your Xbox.