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Idolmaster on PS4 finally photo
Idolmaster on PS4 finally

PS4 Idolmaster game readied for 2016, gets a name


I'm Ready, I'm Lady
Jan 26
// Josh Tolentino
It took them long enough, but Bandai Namco's finally making good on its promise to put an Idolm@ster game on the PS4. Details and screens have arrived in the latest issue of Famitsu, giving the game a name and a timefram...

Nintendo 3DS's spring is an oasis of JRPGs

Jan 26 // Steven Hansen
Project X Zone 2 is full Japanese gaming fan service with appearances by the likes of anyone from Street Fighter's Ryu to Devil May Cry's Dante and Vergil to Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki to SPace Channel 5's Ulala. It's coming to 3DS February 16. Bravely Second: End Layer hits Europe on February 26 and the states on April 15. There are 12 new jobs in this old school JRPG from Square Enix, including Catmancer, a class that trains cats to use enemies' skills (like the past game's Vampire). Another involves throwing cake at people. It also tried to "take the pain out of the grinding" with a "let it ride" system where random battles will flow into one another so you don't have to run back and forth to trigger another. The caveat is that if you finally lose, there goes all the accumulated experience from those battles. It also "might be longer than Bravely Default." Plus, here are some actual lines of dialogue from Bravely Second: End Layer. Note: "Ba'als" is pronounced "balls." Like balls. "She studies Ba'als." "Ba'al buster Magnolia Arch is on the job." "A new Ba'al is headed this way and it's my job to bust it." "It's...it's huge [referring to a Ba'al]." "I'm Magnolia Arch and it's time to bust some Ba'als." The localization team went Ba'als to the wall with this joke. Oh, hey, Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow -- yes, the originals -- are coming to the 3DS eShop on February 27? Time to find out how well that game is actually balanced 20 years later. Also to argue over which version's sprites were best. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past are also coming to 3DS in 2016, with Dragon Quest VII coming first. It won't have random battles, instead getting treats like Dragon Quest VIII with enemies on a world map and other additions.
JRPG spring lineup photo
Six within a month
Fire Emblem Fates is just a few weeks away (February 19) and I'll finally have a reason to re-glue my face to my 3DS and play nosy match-maker. But the two versions of Fates are just, uh, two of the JRPGs (and adjacent genres...

Pokken photo
Pokken

The Pokken Tournament controller's limitations have been confirmed


Based on UK listings
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
When the beans first spilled for the Pokken Tournament controller, things didn't look good for prospective buyers. Apparently it not only can't be used by player one, but it also will not work with other games. It is now...
One Piece: Burning Blood photo
One Piece: Burning Blood

One Piece: Burning Blood EU release date confirmed


US should be coming soon, we hope!
Jan 26
// Vikki Blake
Bandai Namco has confirmed that One Piece: Burning Blood will release on June 3 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One. Although the North American date has yet to be finalised, we are expecting to see Burning Blood...
Dark Souls III photo
Dark Souls III

Those Funko toys everyone loves are going Fallout, Dark Souls


Red Knight
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
Every time I walk into a store, it feels like their Funko sections grow double in size, and provide figures for franchises that are increasingly obscure. Well a lot of parents are probably going to be puzzled by this toy when...
Tekken photo
Tekken

Akuma is likely coming to Tekken in Japanese arcades in February


Tekken 7 Fated Retribution
Jan 18
// Chris Carter
It's official: Akuma is invading the Tekken world, and he's probably coming to Japanese arcades soon by way of a series of location tests. If you happen to reside in Tokyo, Fukuoka, or Osaka, you can catch the tests...
Project X Zone 2 photo
Project X Zone 2

Project X Zone 2 is getting a 3DS demo later this month


Right on, demos
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
Did the holidays completely warp your sense of time? Because Project X Zone 2 is coming out next month internationally. And before it's out, you'll have a chance to play its demo in North America. It'll arrive on January 26, ...
Pokken Tournament release photo
When your hunger is Pokken at you
Just last night we heard about Chandelure joining the cast of fighters in Pokkén Tournament, which immediately increases my interest in the title. Sure, it makes sense for Lucario and Machamp to be fighters in the game...

Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

Another new fighter revealed for Pokken Tournament, and it's a hot one


Can(dle) you guess who it is?
Jan 14
// Ben Davis
Earlier this week we found out about three new Pokkén Tournament fighters joining the roster: Garchomp, Braixen, and non-shadow Mewtwo. However, none of them matched the clue Bandai Namco gave earlier this month, teasi...

I'm a regular Jack Nicholson at Winning Putt

Jan 14 // Steven Hansen
[embed]334326:61872:0[/embed] First, remedying a legitimate problem I had when I was just playing Hot Shots, Winning Putt has an incredibly in-depth character creator, as often seems to be the case with Korean games (their regional MMOs, at least). Aesthetics aside, you also choose from two classes: power and accuracy. Beyond the character creator, Winning Putt leans into the MMO classification with tons of stat-heavy gear and clothing. Different balls produce different visual effects, but also affect things like shot distance. You basically, "craft, enchant, and reinforce" gear picked up from digital pro shops accessed from a town square sort of area you can chill in, talk to other golfers, or start a round from. You can even create guilds, nab private guild quarters to post up in (some proper country club exclusion!), and earn guild-wide bonuses. The actual golfing is straight forward and mostly realistic (made in CryEngine) and "faithful to all the rules of golf." Click the mouse to start a meter, try to click it at 100% (without going over, resulting in a bad shot), and then try to click again for accuracy to avoid slicing the ball. There's also a Stamina and Mentality meter that drains as you play, but particularly when you use skill shots. The Fade Shot, for example, is good for curving your shot around obstacles (like trees). Using these shots eats at those two meters, and also makes them more difficult to execute by, for example, speeding up the power and accuracy gauge. Taking advantage the minimal boost things like skills offer will probably separate dedicated and casual players (and a stroke or two off handicaps). Every swing nets you experience, which levels your character. Gold (for buying things) and experience are also granted for doing certain "missions," like shooting for birdie on a particular course. And things get granular when you talk about expanding inventory slots in your golf bag for more consumables, applying patches to clothing for additional stat boosts, or upgrading clubs for benefits like a slower meter or wider accuracy range. Paying gold will permanently increase base stats and I imagine that's a big part of the monetiziation plan as the team promised unlimited play. Having never played a golf game with a mouse and keyboard, it felt a bit wonky switching between the golfer's view and GPS view (to estimate where your shot will land), but the golfing itself is all solid. The MMO elements don't appeal at all to me -- I prefer antisocial golf that's 100% skill-based rather than mired in RPG/experience trappings -- but it seems like it'll function as a free, easy to jump in golf game for anyone who just wants that, too. Winning Putt will launch with seven courses at the start of today's open beta, four of which will need to be unlocked. You can also specify how many holes you want to shoot or time of day. The team was particularly proud of an upcoming course that's set on an alien planet and even has weird mechanical platforms to tee off from and small trash drones wandering around cutting grass and whatnot. There's also an "instanced speed run" mode where multiple players play the same hole in real time and you see shot arcs for all the other players while you're shooting in a race to finish the hole first, which is a neat idea.
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New golf MMO from Bandai Namco
Bandai Namco had us drive all the way out to San Francisco's Presidio for its latest game announcement this week. That's the National Park at San Francisco's northern tip overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, which is red, actu...

Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

Three new Pokemon confirmed for Pokken Tournament


Still no sign of Vanilluxe
Jan 13
// Joe Parlock
Last week we reported that Nintendo and Bandai Namco were teasing a new Pokémon being announced for Pokkén Tournament on January 15. Before that announcement, Serebii.net spotted Japanese magazine CoroCoro ...
Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

A new Pokken Tournament character is being teased, and will be announced next week


Who's that Pokemon?!
Jan 08
// Joe Parlock
Nintendo and Bandai Namco have teased that they will be announcing a new playable character for Pokkén Tournament on January 15. Apparently, the Pokémon will have the character ラ (“ra”) in it...
Endless clicker / tapper photo
Endless clicker / tapper

Tap My Katamari - Endless Cosmic Clicker is now available on mobile devices


If you live outside of the US
Jan 05
// Jed Whitaker
So the free-to-play Tap My Katamari - Endless Cosmic Clicker is finally available on Android and iOS devices, pending you live outside the US, but hopefully that will be remedied soon. Since I haven't played the game, a...
Tekken 7 photo
Tekken 7

Akuma is likely the only Tekken 7 crossover character


Don't expect much
Jan 05
// Chris Carter
Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada recently had a chance to clarify the Akuma and Tekken 7 crossover, noting that he was the only planned Street Fighter character at this time that would make an appearance. Harad...
Tales of Berseria photo
Tales of Berseria

Namco Bandai shares new details for Tales of Berseria


Also, new character overviews
Jan 04
// Chris Carter
Tales of Berseria is still a ways off (it doesn't even have a release date in Japan yet, though a localization has been confirmed), but that hasn't stopped Namco Bandai from sharing some new information. Apparently the theme ...
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Bandai Namco

New Sword Art Online coming to PS4, Vita in 2016


Asuna!
Dec 26
// Kyle MacGregor
The fourth Sword Art Online game, Hollow Realization, is coming to North America and Europe next year on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, Bandai Namco announced this week. This entry sees protagonist Kirito explore a new v...
God Eater photo
God Eater

Not one, but two God Eater games coming west


Summer 2016
Dec 26
// Kyle MacGregor
After establishing God Eater as a popular franchise in Japan, Bandai Namco is working to bring its response to the Monster Hunter phenomenon to the rest of the word next year. This week, the publisher announced plans to local...
Katamari Damacy photo
Katamari Damacy

Tap My Katamari is coming soon so you can click click click while you poop poop poop


Your iPhone or Android will be filthy
Dec 22
// Zack Furniss
Just a few weeks ago, Jordan "Eagle Eyes/Good Legs" Devore wrote about Bandai Namco filing a trademark for Tap My Katamari. Now we have confirmation that it'll be what kids call a "clicker," and it's coming soon. You can find...
Tales of Symphonia photo
Tales of Symphonia

Tales of Symphonia coming to PC in February


Free if you preordered Tales of Zestiria
Dec 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Tales of Symphonia is coming to Steam on February 2, Bandai Namco announced today. The GameCube classic will be available free to anyone who pre-ordered Tales of Zestiria via Steam prior to its October launch, though there's ...
Julien Merceron photo
Julien Merceron

The creator of Metal Gear Solid V's Fox Engine lands a new job at Bandai Namco


Seems to still be making engines
Dec 22
// Joe Parlock
Back in September, Konami’s worldwide technology director Julien Merceron left the company after their reported shift away from AAA development (which no longer appears to be the case). He was the lead architect on...
Gundam VS photo
Gundam VS

Gundam Extreme Vs. coming Stateside on Vita


Dibs on the Char clone
Dec 21
// Nic Rowen
After years of surviving on a thin stew of import model kits and Crunchyroll viewings of Iron Blooded Orphans, North American Gundam fans are finally getting some love. Namco Bandai is bringing Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs....
Joey JoJo photo
Joey JoJo

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven is coming west


From CyberConnect 2
Dec 21
// Chris Carter
If I hear the phrase "CyberConnect 2," I'm usually in. Although they've been consigned to creating licensed anime games for years, they've also crafted a few original joints, most notably Asura's Wrath -- one of my perso...
Not PS3 photo
Not PS3

Tales of Berseria is coming to PS4 and PC in the west


First woman-led Tales tale
Dec 21
// Steven Hansen
Bandai Namco's Tales of Berseria was announced in the middle of this year for PS3 and PS4 in Japan. That has since received a 2016 launch date in Japan. Today, the company confirmed its plan to bring the newest Tales of game...
God Eater photo
God Eater

God Eater Resurection may be coming west


Per a European trademark
Dec 20
// Kyle MacGregor
God Eater Resurrection, a remake of Bandai Namco's take on the Monster Hunter formula, looks like it's coming west, or so suggests a European trademark filing made December 18. In January of this year, the publisher also file...
Bandai Namco photo
Bandai Namco

What is Bandai Namco teasing?


'Can you feel the hunger?'
Dec 18
// Joe Parlock
Bandai Namco has just released a countdown site, teasing the announcement of uh… something. Right now it’s anyone’s guess as to what it could be, as “hunger” doesn’t give us a lot to go o...
Noby Noby Boy photo
Noby Noby Boy

After six years, Noby Noby Boy's Girl has completed her journey


Ending sequence revealed!
Dec 15
// Ben Davis
Well this was sudden! We just heard last month that Noby Noby Boy's Girl had finally reached Pluto. Shortly after, she has already looped around and made her way back to Earth, ending her journey where it began. I figured it ...
Tales of Berseria photo
Tales of Berseria

Tales of Berseria has a silly name, but it's still looking great


New trailer
Dec 15
// Chris Carter
Tales of Berseria will launch next year on PS3 and PS4, Bandai Namco has confirmed. Accompanying the announcement is a new trailer, which actually gives us a hefty amount of gameplay, both in terms of combat and field explora...
Pokken photo
Pokken

Japan is getting a special Pokken Tournament controller for Wii U


Uhhhh
Dec 15
// Chris Carter
When I played Pokken Tournament over in Japan, the first thing I noticed was the controller. It has a distinctive look and feel to it, and although it's not the most comfortable thing in the world, it works. To celebrate...
Lizard ppl are the NWO photo
Lizard ppl are the NWO

Sceptile confirmed for Pokken Tournament


Farfetch'd!!!
Dec 09
// Jed Whitaker
The grassy lizard Pokémon Sceptile has been confirmed for the upcoming Pokken Tournament via the Japanese trailer above. As someone who played Pokémon competitively for a while, this game makes no sen...
Revenant Kingdom photo
New Level-5 RPG coming to PS4
I was just thinking recently about how quiet Level-5 has been with Ni no Kuni since 2013's Wrath of the White Witch and, well, there's that. During the PlayStation Experience, Namco Bandai (its international publisher) annou...


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