Namco Bandai’s Katsuhiro Harada revealed on Twitter that fellow Tekken colleague Masamichi Abe, who also directed Pikmin and Pikmin 2, is in Kyoto working with Nintendo on an “original title.”
Abe was part of Nintendo Software Technology in Redmond, Washington, where he helped develop Metroid Prime: Hunters, Aura-Aura Climber and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again.No comments
Namco Bandai’s Project Soul team, the group behind the Soul Calibur series, sat down with Examiner.com to talk about the upcoming HD remake of Soul Calibur II.
When asked why the team was skipping the Wii U and Vita, they explained that is was just a lack of demand.
“We have always been willing to try any platform if there is enough demand. Project Soul doesn’t have any attachment to a particular console; only the desire to achieve the greatest results possible for the platform chosen.”
It’s unfortunate that they aren’t able to take a chance on the Wii U. With Heihachi and Spawn coming back for the 360 and PS3 releases, it would have been nice to see Link return as well.
Soul Calibur 2 HD Online will be out for the 360 and PS3 later this year.
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It doesn’t look like the Tales series will be leaving the PS3 any time soon. Speaking with Joystiq, series producer Hideo Baba revealed that there are currently no plans to bring the series to the Xbox One, PS4 or Wii U.
“Compared to the existing consoles like the Xbox 360 or PS3, the PS4 and Xbox One have much improved CPU, GPU, and memory,” Baba told Joystiq. “So I think they [have] more potential, especially with visual effects. I’m afraid I don’t have any plans to release for titles for the Xbox One or PS4, because my policy is to release Tales titles to the console which most of the fans want to play on.”
When asked about the possibility of bringing the series to the Wii U, Baba said, “Same as the Xbox One and PS4, I don’t have any plans to release titles for the Wii U.”
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Europe’s getting all the early Project X Zone love. After releasing the “A Lethal Surprise” demo yesterday in the eShop, Namco Bandai has announced a second demo: “Dark Hours”, which is set to come out on June 27.
Unlike the previous demo, which featured took place in Sakura Wars’ Imperial Theater stage, “Dark Hours” will take place in a Ghosts’n Goblins level.
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A demo for Banpresto and Monolith Soft’s Namco/Capcom/SEGA 3DS crossover RPG is coming to Europe’s eShop this Thursday.
Despite the game coming out in North America sooner than in Europe, 3DS owners stateside won’t be getting the demo just yet. According to a Namco Bandai representative speaking to Siliconera, “We will not be releasing the demo here this week. Once I have a solid date for the North American release, I’ll be happy to share that with you.”
Project X Zone comes out in North America on June 25 and in Europe on July 5.
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Namco Bandai and Disney Japan are teaming up to make Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life for the 3DS.
From the trailer, the game appears to be a Disney-themed take on the Animal Crossing formula, but with your character living in Disneyland instead of a random village. To help set itself apart, there’s also some real-time RPG-esque fighting segments.
There are more than 80 characters from the Disney universe to meet, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Winnie the Pooh.
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life launches on July 11 in Japan. A limited edition gold and white 3DS XL bundle is being released to commemorate the release. It’s priced at ¥24,380 (≈$261).
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A leaked scan from the latest issue of V-Jump confirms that Tri-Cresendo and Namco Bandai are working on bringing an updated version of last year’s PSP RPG Digimon World Re:Digitize to the 3DS.
The port, titled Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode, will have new Digimon to train. So far, Omegamon X-Antibody, Dukemon X-Antibody and Dorumon have been announced.
There will also be two new story missions to play through: The Scheming Demon Lord and The Lamentful X-Antibody.
Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode is planned for release in Japan sometime this year.
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Banpresto and Monolith Soft’s crossover RPG Project X Zone will be coming to 3DSes in North America, Europe and Australia this summer.
Released last October in Japan, Project X Zone features characters from various Namco Bandai, SEGA and Capcom franchises in a tactical RPG. The game’s website claims the game features more than 200 ally and enemy characters. This number doesn’t include characters that appear in event cutscenes.
Namco Bandai hasn’t announced a specific release date, but at least we know it’s coming.
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Namco Bandai’s arcade-game-turned-Wii-U-launch-title Tank! Tank! Tank! will be the first retail game to adopt a free-to-play model in Japan.
The game will be available for free in the eShop as a demo of sorts. Players will have access to single and multiplayer modes and the basic city map for all of them, but the demo will be limited to three plays per day.
However, players can remove the restriction by purchasing additional DLC.
It’s unknown whether the free-to-play model will be applied to the game in other territories.
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