Nokori: Greatest Hits edition already?

News happens in Japan, or so my RSS reader leads me to believe. The problem is, it’s not always headline-grabbing news. Sometimes it’s squid heads for Street Fighter Online or an XNA conference. So it’s not really worthwhile to make each story into its own post, but combined together they’re enough for a Japanese version of Scraps.

So, let’s get into the highlights of what the Japanese sites have to offer:

First up, Square Enix has announced several new “Ultimate Hits” titles, including Drakengard, Drakengard 2, and Final Fantasy: Dirge of Cerberus. These titles are priced at 2,940 yen. Also, the PSP the Best titles for October have been announced: Gundam Battle Chronicle and SD Gundam G Generation-Portable.

The final weekly rankings for August are in, with Rhythm Tengoku Gold, Afrika, and J-League Winning Eleven taking the top three positions, respectively. Wii Fit has still managed to stay in the rankings, holding the #5 spot. Battlefield: Bad Company debuted at #7, selling 26,000 units in its first week.

Take your choice of calamari for headwear in Street Fighter Online. Well, this will be a nice addition when it comes to the more… revealing outfits that are available. In fact, it’s a promotion between Street Fighter Online and Solid Alliance, a maker of squid-shaped USB memory keys. When you buy one of their keys, you’ll get a special code to input to SFO in order to unlock these items.

Not that many of you would care, but there’s a new PV out for the latest Higurashi title. I’ve never had much of an interest in playing the games, but I’d highly recommend picking up Yen+ and reading the manga story — it’s fantastic from what I’ve read thus far. 

That’s about it for the bits and pieces of news from Japan for today. There are reports coming out of Gamefest 2008, but I’ll gather those separately — they take a little while longer to translate. And if you’re wondering, nokori is Japanese for “leftovers.” I’m so inventive, aren’t I? If you’ve got a better suggestion for this, let me know.

8BitBrian