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News: Sony Warns Earthquake Could Delay NGP Release

Sony Warns Earthquake Could Delay NGP Release

Still recovering

Sony may have previously hoped to release its next handheld gaming system, NGP, worldwide by November 2011, but now the Tokyo-based company is warning that production of the device has slowed due to the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, and may push back its release. Sony has closed numerous production facilities...

News: PlayStation Network Donantions Drum Up $1.3 Million In Japanese Relief Aid

PlayStation Network Donantions Drum Up $1.3 Million In Japanese Relief Aid

Sony's announced that the Japanese donation area of the PlayStation Store has raised a whopping $1

3 million over the past couple of weeks. “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by Great East Japan Earthquake,” said SCE boss Kaz Hirai. “While we continue to make every effort to help the recovery of the affected communities in the region, I would like to express our..

Feature: How Sony Can Stave Off The 3DS With Two Third-Party Releases -- 'Twiggy' The Push Square Opinionator Returns

How Sony Can Stave Off The 3DS With Two Third-Party Releases -- 'Twiggy' The Push Square Opinionator Returns

This week the PSP reclaimed its crown at the top of the domestic hardware sales charts in Japan, despite Nintendo's 3DS releasing just a month ago

Numbers for Nintendo's systm were also disappointing across Europe, with exact figures in North America seemingly hush-hush. It's worth stressing that the 3DS represents Nintendo's best ever launch, but with its predecessor exceeding the lofty..

News: Irem Cancels Even More Of Their Upcoming Video Games Lineup

Irem Cancels Even More Of Their Upcoming Video Games Lineup

The recent events in Japan have had some pretty tragic consequences on millions of people, and we must never lose sight of that

But one company that seems to have been hit hard by the disaster is Irem, who recently outright cancelled the release of Disaster Report 4 and the production of the rest of the series. Not content with pulling an entire popular franchise though, Irem's also announced that..

News: Sony Conquers Japanese Video Game Market In 2010

Sony Conquers Japanese Video Game Market In 2010

It's been a while since Sony was the dominant force in the video game industry, but numbers coming out of Japan show that the platform holder is back on top in its home region as of 2010

The fiscal year — which ended, like, overnight — has concluded with PlayStation 3 on top of the Wii, and the PSP on top of the DS. Enterbrain notes that this is the first time both Sony platforms have come out..

News: Vanillaware Announces Grand Knights History For PSP

Vanillaware Announces Grand Knights History For PSP

The developer behind cult PlayStation 2 title, Odin Sphere, has confirmed its next project is an RPG for the PSP called Grand Knights History

The game was revealed in Japanese magazine Famitsu, and pitched as a traditional turn-based RPG. Details are scarce, but it sounds like you'll play as one of three factions of knights in a land called Ristia. You'll need to manage your squad by tweaking stats..

Rumour: Irem Ceases Production Of Old Disaster Report Titles

Irem Ceases Production Of Old Disaster Report Titles

Not content with outright cancelling the latest Disaster Report title months before its release, it looks like Irem's putting a stop to the franchise full-stop

Japanese retailer Famicom Plaza reports that Irem has put a stop to the productions of all Disaster Report games after this month's events in Japan. Joystiq notes that the report has caused prices of

News: Donate To The Japan Tsunami Effort On PlayStation Network, Get A New XMB Theme

Donate To The Japan Tsunami Effort On PlayStation Network, Get A New XMB Theme

Sony's opened up donations for the Japanese tsunami effort on the PlayStation Network

You can donate via the American or European PlayStation Store. “You can make donations from your wallet in the PlayStation Store,” wrote SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton. “With your donation, you’ll get a free theme for your PlayStation 3. In order to make a donation, go to the “Aid Japan” area under..

News: So, Erm, There Might Be Another River City Ransom Game

So, Erm, There Might Be Another River City Ransom Game

According to AndriaSang, a sequel to the NES classic side-scroller, River City Ransom, is in development at Japanese developer Miracle Kidz

The original game released a whopping 22 years ago. Apparently Miracle Kidz has called on the developers of the original game to help work on the game, which is due on "consoles" this Summer. No specific consoles were mentioned, but we have to assume..

News: GDC 2011: The Last Guardian, Art, Computer Entertainment, And 'Oh My Goodness We Can't Wait!'

GDC 2011: The Last Guardian, Art, Computer Entertainment, And 'Oh My Goodness We Can't Wait!'

There's a beauty to The Last Guardian that's evident each and every time the game is shown

It's not necessarily a technical thing — the game is definitely pretty, but certainly not on par with the likes of Uncharted or Killzone. It's something to do with the art, colour palette, and perhaps, most importantly, the animation. There's an endearing soft look to it. As such, if there's anyone..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Catherine Shifts A Whopping 141k On PlayStation 3

Japanese Sales Charts: Catherine Shifts A Whopping 141k On PlayStation 3

Looks like all the intrigue surrounding Atlus' puzzle-platformer, Catherine, has really paid off -- the game debuted on top of the Media Create Japanese software sales charts this week, shifting a whopping 141,816 units on PlayStation 3

Despite hardware sales being slightly down, a 25k showing for the PS3 helped Sony secure another one-two, with PSP sales still strong after the release of Monster..

News: SCEJ Boss: NGP Creators Feel Like An Integral Part Of The Hardware Design Process

SCEJ Boss: NGP Creators Feel Like An Integral Part Of The Hardware Design Process

The technical challenges of the PlayStation 3 are well documented

While most developers are now up-to-speed with the ambitious hardware, it's taken a good for years to get to this point. A mandate Kaz Hirai set when he took over as president of SCE was to get Sony's Worldwide Studios involved in hardware development. In the latest issue of Famitsu, SCEJ boss Hiroshi Kawano has detailed the extent..

News: Japanese Gamers Really, Really Want Sony's NGP

Japanese Gamers Really, Really Want Sony's NGP

If the PSP is a muted success globally, it's a rip-roaring Goliath in Japan

Sony's first portable gaming system is frequently the most purchased gaming system in Japan, despite waning support worldwide. So it's little surprise Japanese gamers are hyped for the console's successor. In a reader poll published in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, 76.2% of Japanese gamers stated they wanted the..

News: Kaz Hirai: Sony Aiming To Match And Exceed PSP's Install-Base With NGP

Kaz Hirai: Sony Aiming To Match And Exceed PSP's Install-Base With NGP

The PlayStation Blog's put up an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai regarding the NGP

While the interview is naturally light on new details, a tired looking Kaz does discuss some of the reasoning behind the handheld's January announcement (nothing to do with 3DS, honest), as well as talking about Sony's success barometer. Kaz admits that Sony aim to match the original..

News: Sony Cool With Expanding PlayStation Suite To Other Platforms, Focusing On Android For Now

Sony Cool With Expanding PlayStation Suite To Other Platforms, Focusing On Android For Now

While Sony's PlayStation Suite will have humble beginnings as a PSone emulation service for Android devices, Sony's clearly aiming bigger with their mobile gaming initiative

We already know Sony plans to extend the service with new bite-sized content, but it sounds like the platform holder's also keen to bring the program to as many platforms as possible. "We have a completely open..

News: Original PSP UMDs Could Be Re-Released On NGP Gamecards

Original PSP UMDs Could Be Re-Released On NGP Gamecards

If you were smart (like us) you would have switched to purchasing your PlayStation Portable content via the PlayStation Store a long time ago

UMDs were clearly a dead format many years ago, regardless of your stance towards digital download content. Paying a little extra for digital games this past few years has paid off though. While the Next Generation Portable will not support UMD playback, it..

News: A Lot Of People Are Working On NGP Games, Including Suda 51

A Lot Of People Are Working On NGP Games, Including Suda 51

Check this list out

We already knew Sony was supporting its Next Generation Portable (NGP) with big franchises like Uncharted, Killzone and Resistance thanks to the recently revealed line-up trailer, but the fate of third-party support for the device still remained unknown. A full list of publishers and developers working on games for the NGP has...

News: PlayStation Meeting 2011: NGP's "Near" Application Tracks Your Location

PlayStation Meeting 2011: NGP's "Near" Application Tracks Your Location

Amongst its ridiculously powerful specifications and control interfaces, Sony's NGP also has some pretty neat GPS functionalities

An application built into the device called "Near" is an ongoing map allowing you to track where you are and where you have been. Near connects with the PSN to find out what games are popular in your current location, allowing you to buy games on the spot and..