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Arc System Works action game hits Vita in December photo
Arc System Works action game hits Vita in December
by Kyle MacGregor

Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy is punching and piledriving to PlayStation Vita in North America on December 2.

The action game, developed by Guilty Gear and BlazBlue developer Arc System Works, is said to feature four-player co-op and luchadores. Yes, you'll be able to beat up monsters with the power of friendship and lucha libre moves. Sounds like a romp.

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PS3 role-player Atelier Shallie comes west this March photo
PS3 role-player Atelier Shallie comes west this March
by Kyle MacGregor

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is coming to PlayStation 3 in North America on March 10, 2015, Koei Tecmo has confirmed. Gust's latest role-playing game will then arrive on European shores a few days later, March 13. Who's ready to get craftin'?

Koei Tecmo America [Twitter, Koei Tecmo Europe]

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Akiba's Trip coming to PS4 on November 25 photo
Akiba's Trip coming to PS4 on November 25
by Kyle MacGregor

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is coming to PlayStation 4 on November 25, XSEED Games unveiled today.

The otaku beat-'em-up arrived on PS3 and Vita back in August, and earned a favorable appraisal from our own Brittany Vincent. In her review, Brittany called the game "an interesting culture shock of a good time," recommending it to fans of quirky Japanese games.

The PS4 version vaunts a number of enhancements unseen in the original release, include upgraded visuals, a host of customization options, chat commands that can impact gameplay during livestreams, plus more dialogue scenes and folks walking around Akihabara.

It also bundles in all downloadable content released for the PS3 and Vita iterations as standard, but carries a slightly more expensive price tag at $50.

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Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11 photo
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11
by Kyle MacGregor

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit launches in North America on November 11, Marvelous announced today. The PlayStation Vita exclusive will then arrive in Europe the following day.

The rhythm game is a spin-off of "the popular bouncy ninja series," which sees the girls set aside their weapons for a change to engage in a cooking competition. Bon Appétit features ten "infectious" songs as standard, with more coming later as downloadable content.

Marvelous says all character and costume DLC from Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus is compatible with Bon Appétit. Furthermore players who purchase the "Gessen x Hebijo DLC pack" will have access to the game's soundtrack via a bonus music app.

Both the base game and expansion will retail for $15 apiece.

Senran Kagura Bon Appetit! Hits Vita Exclusively on 11/11 [PlayStation Blog, PS Blog EU]

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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley sprouts November 4 photo
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley sprouts November 4
by Kyle MacGregor

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley launches November 4, Natsume announced today.

The 3DS farming simulator marks the first occasion Natsume has internally developed a Harvest Moon title. All previous entries in the series came as localizations of Marvelous' Bokujō Monogatari franchise, the latest of which is coming west this winter as Story of Seasons.

Natsume [Twitter]

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Captain Toad tracks treasure starting December 5 photo
Captain Toad tracks treasure starting December 5
by Kyle MacGregor

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launches in North America on December 5.

The Wii U puzzler is based on a minigame from Super Mario 3D World, and sees the eponymous protagonist explore a myriad of locales in search of hidden loot.

Captain Toad will retail for $40 and support select amiibo figures sometime next year. Nintendo has yet to reveal what sort of functionality the toys will add to the experience.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launches November 21 photo
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launches November 21
by Kyle MacGregor

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will launch in North America on November 21, Nintendo of America announced today. The fighting game will then release across Europe on December 5.

It will support amiibo compatibility at launch. The figures will be available the same day for $12.99 each. Twelve different models will hit shelves at first, with six more coming in December.

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Terra Battle swipes to iOS and Android next week photo
Terra Battle swipes to iOS and Android next week
by Kyle MacGregor

Terra Battle launches on iOS and Android devices on October 9, Mistwalker announced today.

The tactical role-playing game is the latest brainchild of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, who drew inspiration from shogi to devise a combat system based around flanking enemies.

Mistwalker plans to continue adding new content as the install base grows. The studio's outlines for various milestones include new music from famed composer Nobuo Uematsu, co-op and versus battle modes, and a console game set in the same universe.

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Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus hits Vita next month photo
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus hits Vita next month
by Kyle MacGregor

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is cutting a trail to North America on October 14, XSEED Games announced today. The PlayStation Vita brawler will strike Europe the very next day.

The story is a continuation of Senran Kagura Burst, wherein groups of teenage ninja girls fight one another with stuff like giant frogs and huge stacks of pancakes. You know, because reasons.

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Bloodborne comes west on February 6 photo
Bloodborne comes west on February 6
by Kyle MacGregor

Bloodborne will launch across North America and Europe starting February 6, Sony has announced. The PlayStation 4-exclusive from Demon's Souls developer From Software will also receive an $80 collector's edition, which includes an ornate case, art book, and a digital soundtrack. 

Along with the news comes a new trailer that provides a peek at the title's online functionality.

Bloodborne Coming 2/6/2015 to PS4, Collector’s Edition Detailed [PlayStation Blog, PS Blog EU]

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releasing in March 2015 photo
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releasing in March 2015
by Kyle MacGregor

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is launching worldwide next March, Square Enix announced today.

The remastered role-playing game will debut in North America on March 17, followed by releases in Japan on March 19 and Europe on March 20. The publisher also confirmed a downloadable demo of Final Fantasy XV will come included with the package.

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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse launches next month photo
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse launches next month
by Kyle MacGregor

WayForward is targeting a mid-October release for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse in the United States, the developer announced this week via Twitter. No word on a specific date just yet.

The studio also indicated the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platformer will have a later arrival across Europe and Australia due to the localization and submission processes. Please understand.

WayForward [Twitter]

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Rejoice, Europeans as you get to experience The Evil Within early photo
Rejoice, Europeans as you get to experience The Evil Within early
by Alasdair Duncan

As someone living in the UK, it's super frustrating to see notifications pop up on a console or Steam showing my North American friends playing new releases when I usually have to wait a few more days to get my hands on the same game. Well, Bethesda is being nice to us Europeans and releasing The Evil Within on October 14, the same date of the North American release. 

This includes all platforms, both physical and digital in Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, and India. If you're in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, you'll still have a couple more days to wait for The Evil Within but I'm really happy by this move.

As I mentioned earlier, it's annoying to see my friends playing the latest games while I'm stuck waiting for the preferred retailer release date -- especially when it's a PC game. 

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Bloodborne is releasing in Japan on February 5 photo
Bloodborne is releasing in Japan on February 5
by Steven Hansen

From Software's (Dark SoulsBloodborne is coming to PS4 in Japan on February 5, 2015. 

Given that we expected an early 2015 release for Bloodborne globally, hopefully we won't have to wait too long after that for the North American release. 

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Bayonetta 2 dated for October 24th photo
Bayonetta 2 dated for October 24th
by Chris Carter

Nintendo has sent word that Bayonetta 2 will be hitting the Wii U on October 24th. In case you haven't heard of it yet, she'll also gain access to a new "snake transformation" that will let her navigate water, and of course, the first game will be bundled with it with all of the Nintendo costume options we've seen so far.

I had a chance to play Bayonetta 2 recently and enjoyed it. It's pretty much a faithful recreation of the crazy and technical action systems present in the first game, and I'm very happy that Platinum Games is keeping things simple with tactile control options.

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Wasteland 2 will be released on September 19 photo
Wasteland 2 will be released on September 19
by Alasdair Duncan

Just a few weeks ago, we let you know that the much anticipated Wasteland 2 was being delayed a few weeks into September. Now we've gotten word from inXile head Brian Fargo that the game will finally be with us on September 19. 

If you read Alessandro's interview with Brian, you can tell how much of a labor of love this whole project has been; Wasteland 2 has been a game that he's wanted to make for years and it's just a month from being released. I've enjoyed what I've played of the beta and I don't think Brian will have to worry too much about how the game will be received.

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