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2:30 PM on 02.05.2014

There's a Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call 3DS XL

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is a thing that's happening, and as a fan of the first game, I couldn't be happier. It'll have 200 songs across the entire Final Fantasy series, and to celebrate, Japan is getting ...

Chris Carter



Persona 4: Dancing All Night & Persona 4 Arena's future photo
Persona 4: Dancing All Night & Persona 4 Arena's future
by Steven Hansen

The lengthy interview with Katsura Hashino wasn't just about Persona 5. The whole gamut of Atlus announcements were touched on, including the wonderfully named Persona 4: Dancing All Night. "[W]e'd actually been thinking about making a ryhthm game with Persona music for a while," Hashino explained, but they didn't have the expertise to do it. That's where the partnership with Dingo came in.

"It's actually similar to how Persona 4 Arena was created. We wanted to bring Shigenori Soejima's character art to life by way of a fighting game and this time we thought it would be nice if Shoji Meguro's music had its turn in the spotlight."

Hashino also said it was a gesture towards fans that purchased a Vita just for Persona 4: Golden, giving them more Persona 4 as a thanks for their support. "Life can be rough out there in the world these days...It's meant to be a light and sort of bubbly experience."

Of course, that doesn't mean it will be without a story. And, speaking of Persona 4's spin off stories, Hashino explained that Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold is meant to "give that storyline some proper closure and tie everything up nicely," and that any continuation "would likely be as part of a new story altogether." 

And here’s the complete and final version of the interview [Pepsiman Tumblr]

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Review: Soul Fjord photo
Review: Soul Fjord
by Darren Nakamura

Ouya users have not had a lot to be excited about for a while now. Excepting a few titles like Towerfall, there is not much worth owning on the microconsole, and especially few games that are not available elsewhere. As one of the more hyped titles, Airtight Games' Soul Fjord was looking like it could be a good reason to own an Ouya.

The elevator pitch is great. Soul Fjord is a rhythm-based, hack-and-slash roguelike with a truly unique setting that crosses 1970s funk and 13th Century Norse mythology. Protagonist Magnus Jones has to fight for his right to party after being denied access to Valhalla. Unfortunately, unlike Jones's expertly coiffed afro, Soul Fjord falls flat in its execution.

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10:30 PM on 01.15.2014

Senran Kagura creator helms rhythm game for PS Vita

Champions of vocaloid rhythm games rejoice. Be merry. Frolic. Go dance in the streets. Okay, stop. Come back. I have important things to tell you. Important things, I say. Marvelous AQL is developing something called IA/...

Kyle MacGregor



Kim Swift's Soul Fjord out this month, still Ouya only photo
Kim Swift's Soul Fjord out this month, still Ouya only
by Steven Hansen

The new game Airtight Games and Kim Swift (Portal, Quantum Conundrum) joint, Soul Fjord, will be released on January 28 exclusively for the Ouya. A year ago, the exclusive inspired faith in the platform. After subsequent Ouya backlash and eventual cold indifference, it just seems a bit sad to see the 70's soul viking game release to the Ouya.

It would be nice if, like Towerfall, this can get itself extricated from the Ouya eventually, but Ouya funded development so it looks like it's stuck. Hopefully I can at least buy the Austin Wintory (Journey, Banner Saga) soundtrack separately. Love me some good funk.

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7:00 PM on 01.13.2014

New tracks from the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy sequel

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy was the first game I bought for 3DS. If you like Final Fantasy music or rhythm games, it's a wonderful time. If you like both, it's a meditative haven. It's getting a huge sequel, Theatrhythm Final...

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 01.13.2014

PC Port Report: KickBeat

Last year, KickBeat released on PS3 and PS Vita, and we quite liked the "music dressed up as a fighting game." The final word on it was that it featured solid rhythm gameplay, but was held back by a few questionable song choi...

Darren Nakamura





1:00 PM on 01.13.2014

Rhythm Thief on iOS is not the same as the 3DS game

As you may have noticed, Rhythm Thief hit the iOS marketplace last week, but it's not the same game as the 3DS version. Even though I knew they'd be different, after some extended testing, I discovered for myse...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 01.09.2014

Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper hits iOS today

Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure was released on the 3DS in 2012, and I absolutely loved it. It's not perfect by any means and has a few glaring flaws, but it's filled to the brim with charm and I loved the anime style...

Chris Carter

11:15 AM on 12.12.2013

Runner2 releasing on Vita in less than a week

The PlayStation Vita keeps proving itself to be a serious contender for independent games, with titles like Terraria, Rogue Legacy, and Spelunky either already on the platform or in the works. To add to that list, Gaijin...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians photo
Review: Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians
by Darren Nakamura

Genre blending is becoming more and more common as developers explore different gameplay styles. As with puzzle and role-playing, rhythm elements are often folded into otherwise unrelated games to various degrees.

BeatBuddy: Tale of the Guardians puts quite a bit of focus on the musical gameplay. It is sometimes about exploration, sometimes features puzzles, sometimes requires combat action, but is always considering how those affect the overall audio character. Music is the entree here, and everything else serves as garnish.

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12:30 AM on 12.03.2013

Persona 4: Dancing All Night screens look just amazing

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a real thing that's happening. Even a week after its unveiling, there's still probably more than a few devout Atlus fans left paralyzed by the announcement. I can picture them now, staring blan...

Kyle MacGregor

2:15 PM on 12.01.2013

Sup Holmes is stabbed by sound with Michael Molinari

Today on Sup Holmes we kick off Adult Swimember with Soundodger+ and Basketbelle's Michael Mollinari. Rumor has it that Michael also on the iOS version of Bit.Trip BEAT, which is one of my favorite games ever. Michael's relat...

Jonathan Holmes

5:31 AM on 11.24.2013

Persona 4: Dancing All Night waltzes to PS Vita next fall

Put this atop the list of things you never knew you always wanted. Persona 4: Dancing All Night is bumping and grinding its way to PlayStation Vita, Atlus announced tonight via its revelatory NicoNico broadcast. Th...

Kyle MacGregor

2:15 PM on 11.06.2013

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f dancing to PS Vita in 2014

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f is bumping and grinding its way to PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe early next year, Sega of America has announced. The publisher cites the successful launch of the nearly identical Pl...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 11.05.2013

Indie DROOL unveils trailer for rhythm racer THUMPER

The F-Zero series may be the king of the "go really fast and repeatedly run into walls until you explode" genre of games, but indie developer DROOL apparently wants to try its hand at it. The interesting bit is that DROOL is...

Darren Nakamura