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9:15 PM on 12.05.2014

Nintendo's Code Name: STEAM launches in March

Code Name: STEAM launches on Nintendo 3DS March 13, 2015, Nintendo announced this evening at the Game Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. The strategy game comes from Fire Emblem developer Intelligent Systems, and will feature both local and online multiplayer.

Kyle MacGregor


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The Firefly Diary flies to PS Vita in February, 2015 photo
The Firefly Diary flies to PS Vita in February, 2015
by Kyle MacGregor

Nippon Ichi Software's htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (yes, that's seriously the title) will launch on February 24, 2015 in North America and in Europe the very next day.

The PlayStation Vita puzzler follows a pair of fireflies helping guide a young girl through a maze of ruins. NIS president Sohei Niikawa has compared the title to an indie game in the past, it being an experimental project developed by a small team at the Disgaea studio.

The game will get a physical release via NISA's online shop exclusively in the United States.

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Idol RPG Omega Quintet hits PS4 in spring 2015 photo
Idol RPG Omega Quintet hits PS4 in spring 2015
by Kyle MacGregor

Omega Quintet is coming to North America and Europe next spring, publisher Idea Factory International announced today. The PlayStation 4 role-playing game stars a group of idols who must save the world from darkness with their sonic weapons.

The title is both Compile Heart's first foray into the new generation and the first PS4 title to take advantage of PlayStation Move. It released in Japan this October, selling in excess of 9,000 copies in its opening week.

Idea Factory International [Twitter, Omega Quintet]

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BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend coming to Steam photo
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend coming to Steam
by Kyle MacGregor

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is heading to Steam next month, H2 Interactive has announced. It will feature both online and local multiplayer as well as English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese language options.

The pulbisher released Calamity Trigger, the first title in Arc System Works' vaunted fighting game series, on Steam earlier this year. Perhaps we can look forward to seeing Chrono Phantasma on PC sometime in 2015.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend to be Released on Steam [H2]

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Fighter Under Night In-Birth gets a due date for PS3 photo
Fighter Under Night In-Birth gets a due date for PS3
by Kyle MacGregor

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late is coming to PlayStation 3 in North America on February 24, 2015, localization house Aksys Games announced today.

The anime-style 2D fighting game was developed by Japanese independent studio French Bread with netcode assistance from BlazBlue maker Arc System Works. The European release is being handled by NIS America, who are also targeting a 2015 launch.

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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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