Those eager to splash out on Namco Bandai’s upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will no doubt be thrilled to learn about the title’s European collector’s edition. The premium bundle – which is set to release alongside the standard version of the title on 25th January – includes a copy of the game,...
SoulCalibur V has been supported by a steady stream of downloadable content since release, but this new wedding pack is the most noteworthy expansion yet. Available now from the PlayStation Store for £1.99 / $2.99, the content allows you to live out your wildest fantasies – such as walking down the aisle with Seung Mina, and...
Doggy dogg world
In perhaps the most baffling announcement of E3, Namco Bandai has announced that famous rapper Snoop Dogg will make a cameo appearance in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The Doggfather of Hip-Hop will be found perched on a golden throne in the background of an arena based on the musician. The stage will be available early to anyone that...
Elle of a sequel
Namco Bandai’s ongoing teases have concluded with the announcement of Tales of Xillia 2. The PS3 sequel is set a year after the original title, and is due out at some point this winter in Japan. The game follows the escapades of Ludgar, an adventurer joined on his travels by a cat called Lulu and a mysterious girl named Elle...
Seven months out
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the much-anticipated collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli, lands on PS3 in Europe on 25th January 2013. The adventure contains English and Japanese voice overs as well as subtitles in French, Italian, German and Spanish, so most European players should be able to enjoy it. Here's a...
We have no words
Legendary SEGA arcade racer Daytona USA and Namco's Ridge Racer finally collide after years of taking separate racing lines, with Ridge Racer on Vita set to get the legendary Daytona Hornet as DLC. The car hits Japan on 6th June, alongside a song called Ridge Racer: Ridge Racer USA Mix, which we can only assume mashes up the famous...
While the status of Namco Bandai’s topsy-turvy shooter Inversion remains unclear in Europe, publisher Namco Bandai has confirmed that the title is still on track for its scheduled 5th June release in North America. A representative confirmed the fist-pumping news in a statement to Joystiq earlier this evening. It's unfortunate news...
Saber Interactive’s intriguing gravity-based shooter Inversion has been delayed until July. The game was originally scheduled for release on 5th June, but is now back on shaky ground. Namco Bandai has yet to comment on the delay, leaving us a little baffled by the late change. We can only assume that the publisher wanted to avoid...
Find a friend
The follow-up to the most popular Tekken title in recent memory, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, is set to punch its way onto PS3 this September. Publisher Namco Bandai has attached an 11th September release date to the tag-team brawler in North America, with a European launch set to follow on 14th September. In Europe, the release date...
Namco Bandai has revealed the first (and presumably last) batch of downloadable characters for the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Challengers include the lovely Michelle, Angel, Ancient Ogre and Kunimitsu. The characters will be free for anyone that pre-orders the game, which is due to release in September. After a short window of...
Are you sitting comfortably?
Fans of Japanese RPGs will be able to get their fill on 31st August, when Tales of Graces F concludes its voyage overseas. The updated Wii title – which dropped in North America earlier this year – will launch with an original soundtrack, behind the scenes documentary and a hardback art book. It’ll also come with...
In completely unexpected news, it looks like Namco Bandai is readying a Dragon Ball Z HD Collection for PlayStation 3. The news comes courtesy of Spanish retailer Xtra Life, who has a track record for correctly leaking HD collections. Details are scarce, but the listing does include a 12th October release date for the compilation. Excluding...
What do you get when you combine PlayStation Move, tiny monkeys and stripping? Dancing Eyes is the answer — or, at least, it was. Famitsu (via Andriasang) reports the game is now cancelled and won't see the light of day. Namco Bandai hasn't given any reason for the cancellation, but we imagine it's something to do with the tiny monkeys...
Tag, you're it
Namco Bandai announced a September release date for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 last week – but it’s sealed the deal today with a brand new trailer featuring Kanye West. How original. The trailer bangs on about the Tekken franchise’s accomplishments, but sneaks in a fistful of gameplay footage for good measure. Spoilers: it looks a...
"Ready or not, here I come!"
Namco Bandai’s delayed the North American release of Level-5 and Studio Ghibli’s ultra-pretty PS3 exclusive RPG Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch until next year. The altered Q1 2013 release puts the title in line with its previously announced European date. To prove that the game isn’t vapourware, Namco Bandai...
Start getting your thumb muscles in shape, because Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is swapping onto PlayStation 3 sooner than expected. Namco Bandai announced a September release date for the hotly anticipated brawler sequel overnight, which is significantly earlier than the publisher’s original “Holiday 2012” forecast. The console version of...
Namco Bandai has announced that its crossover brawler featuring the characters of anime One Piece and the gameplay of Dynasty Warriors is heading to the West. Try to sound excited, won’t you? One Piece: Pirate Warriors puts you in control of popular characters from the manga and sees you fighting thousands of enemies in true,...
Given the PS Vita’s continued struggles domestically, we’re surprised that Sony hasn’t just outright phased out its predecessor. But here we are, reporting on another big PSP announcement for Japan. Remember that mysterious Namco Bandai teaser website we told you about yesterday? Well, it turns out that the title in question isn’t for PS...
Famous face buttons
Earlier in the week, Namco Bandai released a mysterious Japanese teaser website hinting at a brand new “action adventure” title. That website has now updated with images of the PlayStation’s face buttons, hinting at some form of exclusivity. It’s unclear what the game is or which PlayStation platform it is for, but...
Xillia buy it?
Last week we reported that publisher Namco Bandai had filed a trademark for Tales of Xillia in Europe. It has since followed up with a similar registration in North America. The move pretty much confirms that the RPG is heading overseas, after selling just shy of a million copies in Japan last year. Let us know if this is a game...
Race without restraint
With Ridge Racer Unbounded gearing up for release next week, publisher Namco Bandai’s driven the game’s launch trailer out of the garage. The footage focuses on the game’s destruction elements but also takes a moment to show off the racer’s construction suite. It’s hardly ModNation Racers, is it? Still, props to...
Trademark says so
The latest entry in the long-running Tales series, Tales of Xillia, could be coming to Europe if a trademark is to be believed. Seasoned snoops Siliconera uncovered a listing for the title that was filed by publisher Namco Bandai earlier in the week. These things usually turn out to be true. Namco Bandai has yet to comment on the...
Vita sales up... Just
Namco Bandai’s rip-roaring PlayStation 3 exclusive One Piece: Pirate Musou has enjoyed a second week at the top of the Japanese sales charts after blowing the doors off the week prior. Despite selling way over 500k units last week, the PS3 release still managed to rustle up another 90,133 sales, bringing its overall tally...
The free-to-play market is blowing up in PC and mobile sectors, but it’s still yet to really take off on consoles. Sony’s hoping to change that, by commissioning content such as Free Realms and the upcoming DUST 514 – and it looks as though other publishers are finally starting to take notice. Namco Bandai has announced...
If you’ve been sorely missing the melodrama of JRPGs on PlayStation 3, then Namco Bandai’s got your back. The Japanese publisher is preparing to release Tales of Graces F in the US this week, and it’s celebrated with a trailer packed with cut-scenes and gameplay from the main game. Sadly those of you in Europe will have to wait...
Ridge Racer Unbounded might have been delayed indefinitely in the US, but the racer’s still on track for its end of March release in Europe, and in order to celebrate, Namco Bandai’s released a brand new trailer highlighting the game’s explosive traits. If you’ve got a morbid fascination with car crashes, then there should be...
Touch My Katamari is not a conventional game, so the fact that Namco Bandai’s announced a bunch of Pac-Man DLC for the PS Vita launch title does not surprise us in the slightest. The additional mission features characters dressed as Pac-Man and the Ghosts, and sees you collecting power pellets and fruits from a maze like stage. As...
We know what you’re thinking: why can’t I drive a car with a hot anime girl emblazoned on the side? Well, in real-life you might get a few funny looks – but in Ridge Racer Vita it’s totally fine. In fact, it’s more than fine, because Namco Bandai has announced plans to release 13 Idolmaster themed car liveries for the game...
Massive numbers for PS3 exclusive
One Piece: Pirate Musou – also known as One Piece: Pirate Warriors – gave the PlayStation 3 one of its strongest ever Japanese software debuts this past week, as it topped the charts with a whopping 655,774 units sold. Just to put things into perspective, it outsold the combined total of the remaining 19 titles...
No date in sight
Namco Bandai’s confirmed that it’s keeping Ridge Racer Unbounded, er, bounded for the foreseeable future. Following on from the game’s European delay, the publisher has announced that the racing reboot will not launch in North America until “later in 2012”. That doesn’t sound very promising, does it? A new release date...
Free DLC too!
While Japanese and European gamers are already enjoying Ridge Racer on their Vita systems, North American gamers have been patiently waiting for the game to make its appearance. Well the wait is almost over. Namco Bandai has just announced that Ridge Racer will now be released on 13th March in North America and the company is even...
Long wait ahead
Much anticipated Level-5 and Studio Ghibli team-up Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is getting a full European translation ahead of its release in early 2013. In the next 12 months Namco Bandai will localise the game with full English voiceovers — though the Japanese voice track will stay — and subtitles in English, French,...
Not quite raring to go
If you were looking forward to pulling some right-angle drifts through oncoming traffic in a couple of weeks, we’ve got some bad news. Namco Bandai has announced that it has delayed the scheduled 2nd March release date for BugBear’s uncharacteristically crashy take on the Ridge Racer series, Ridge Racer Unbounded, until...
Set phasers to fun
Digital Extreme’s exciting PlayStation Move supported Star Trek title has got a new publisher and release date. The title will now find itself rocketing onto store shelves in early 2013, shortly before J. J. Abram’s next big theatrical release. It’ll be handled by Namco Bandai, who’s signed a co-publishing and distribution...
From what we’ve played of Ridge Racer on the PlayStation Vita, it’s a solid entry into the franchise. But the game’s slender content offering has (rightfully) prompted some fierce vitriol from fans of the drift-heavy series. With just three tracks and a handful of cars on offer out of the box, the game’s a tough proposition...
What better way to kick off Soul Calibur V's release week than with a spot of cosplay? It's a shame Namco Bandai didn't splash the cash on a full Voldo costume for someone to embarrass themselves in
In fact, on second thoughts: we don't want to see that. Once the gameplay kicks in though, this is a pretty exciting trailer. We hadn't been...
The most recent iterations of the Soul Calibur series have boasted some pretty meaty character customisation features -- and the upcoming Soul Calibur V will be no different
But if you feel that the game's on-disc content is lacking bikinis, wings and, erm, face-paint, then the game's upcoming DLC should have you covered. From February 3rd you'll be able to purchase the aforementioned bikinis,..
Mega Man fans feel bitter
Their favourite protagonist has not starred in his own game for a while, and the cancellation of Nintendo 3DS exclusive, Mega Man Legends 3, cut deep. So naturally, when Capcom announced the inclusion of the rotund, 80's boxart Mega Man for inclusion in Street Fighter X Tekken, fans of the pint-sized hero had their pitch-forks at the ready. But chatting on Twitter,..
Sony's lined up another two exclusive characters for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Street Fighter X Tekken
As previously hinted, both Pac-Man and Mega Man will be entering the crossover fray — the latter of which sporting his awful 1980's boxart get-up. In the spirit of crossover fun, the dev team wanted both Capcom and Namco's mascots to join the fray in a slightly silly,..
If you thought it had all gone a bit quiet on the Inversion front, you weren't wrong
The topsy-turvy third-person shooter was originally due out next month on the PlayStation 3, but Namco Bandai's now said it won't arrive until "early 2012". The game's release was pulled into question when retailers started updating their internal databases with a March 27th date, as opposed to the..
Street Fighter X Tekken has one hell of a roster -- and it just won't stop growing
In a trailer released earlier today, Capcom's confirmed a bunch of new faces for the brawler, including Balrog, Juri, Vega, Paul, Law, and Xiaoyu. But while that's all fine and dandy, it's the teaser at the end of the trailer that's got our hearts pounding. We already know that the PlayStation versions of Street..
With Street Fighter X Tekken already confirmed for release on the PlayStation Vita, Tekken overlord Katsuhiro Harada has hinted that Namco's own brawler, Tekken X Street Fighter, may get a handheld release too
For those of you that haven't been keeping up, Capcom and Namco's crossover partnership will spawn two products — one created by Capcom, and the other by Namco. The game that's coming first..
With games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048 in PlayStation Vita's launch window, it's unsurprising to see Acquire's quaint ninja title, Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen, flutter under the radar a touch
But that's unfortunate, because, as the game's latest trailer proves, it's actually looking pretty cool. The footage hones in on all of the title's key components, outlining the game's plot,..
While Soul Calibur IV's online features were good enough, they lacked some of the more sophisticated social functions popularised by other fighters
Soul Calibur V hopes to change that, with an enhanced lobby system underlining the game's multiplayer upgrades. Demonstrated in a new trailer, the updated multiplayer will allow spectators to comment on in-progress matches while they occur. We suspect..
The Katamari franchise is well renowned for being a little bit eccentric, but the upcoming PlayStation Vita release, Touch My Katamari, looks poised to take the series to new heights
Don't believe us? Watch the game's "Prologue" trailer after the break. We're not sure whether to laugh or cry. We might do a bit of both.
If you've fallen in love with the rock hard Dark Souls, then you might want to know what's next for developer From Software
Hint: it's not the involving fantasy adventure you might be hoping for. No, instead it's Armored Core 5 — the latest release in the long-running mech action series. Assuming you're not instantly put off by the word "mech", then you might like to know that publisher..
Ignore the innuendo in the headline for a moment while we get down to business
It's been a while since we posted an update on Noby Noby Boy — mainly because players have spent the last couple of years stretching GIRL from Jupiter to Uranus. But finally, she's made it! GIRL's next destination is Neptune, which is set to be quite the journey for...
Sony's announced that a batch of anticipated demos are days away from launching on the PlayStation Store
Amongst the retail samples include Final Fantasy XIII-2, Asura's Wrath and, our most anticipated, Grand Slam Tennis 2. The news comes via the American-arm of the PlayStation Blog, meaning the news relates to the US PlayStation Store. There's an unlikely chance, therefore, that the demos could..
Publisher Namco Bandai's celebrated the completion of Soul Calibur V with a bevy of new videos showing off the stage of history
The game's gone gold today, meaning that it's been sent off for production ahead of its January 31st release date. There's a surprisingly low level of hype for the upcoming weapons based brawler, which is staggering considering we lived through the era when Soul Calibur..
Oooh, you gamers really are eagle eyed folk
A screenshot for Street Fighter X Tekken uploaded to the XBOX Live Market Place (we know!) has inadvertently revealed Tekken's jailbait hottie Xiaoyu and Street Fighter's trend-setting M. Bison for the crossover fighter. Joystiq reports that the new additions bring Street Fighter X Tekken'
We distinctly recall unlocking an upgrade for Paul Phoenix in Tekken 5 that attached a puppy to his hair-sprayed quiff
That was pretty weird, but totally awesome at the same time. Thankfully it looks like Tekken Tag Tournament 2's not planning on forgetting the franchise's bonkers routes. A new, low quality Japanese trailer shows Ganryu sporting a pair of fancy wings and Roger the kangaroo kitted..
The hot rumour spilling out of this week's edition of Japanese video games magazine, Famitsu, pertains to the PlayStation Vita's first Gundam game
According to a report on Andriasang, the magazine's latest issue includes a first look at Gundam Seed Battle Destiny for the PlayStation Vita, which is supposedly being developed by Artdink and targeting a Spring release. Details are scarce, but the game..
Earlier in the year, we distinctly remember writing something along the lines of: "Man, it's going to be weird seeing a PlayStation platform launch without a Ridge Racer game
" That was in about April, before Ridge Racer Vita had been announced. Pay careful attention to the dates here, because it's important. Then at E3 in May, Ridge Racer Vita suddenly appeared as a launch title — albeit in..
As far as trailers for Street Fighter X Tekken go, this is one of the most conventional
Sure it features females fighting on top of moving trucks, but y'know, at least there aren't bears and stuff in it. The cinematic focuses on the females of Street Fighter X Tekken, with Cammy and Chun-Li duking it out against Asuka and Lili. It's a neat little short packed with bittersweet pop music and..
Namco Bandai's cooked up a brand new trailer for upcoming PlayStation Vita launch title, Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen
The footage is packed with orchestral swirls and overdramatic dialogue. It looks cool though, and it's being produced by Acquire who sharpened their blades on the popular Tenchu and Way Of The Samurai franchises. The trailer's included after the break. You can hunt out more details..
Amongst the hype for The Last Of Us and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Namco Bandai's Tekken Tag Tournament 2 announcement got a little bit lost
Which is a shame, because we're big Tekken fans and even we missed it. But now the storm has settled, it's time to get some hype. The fighting game's coming in 2012. No platforms were announced, but it's very safe to assume the game's coming to..
Namco Bandai has finally confirmed a Western release date for Tales Of Graces F
The PS3 title will officially bring its own unique brand of pig-tails and infectious pop music to the 'States come March 13th. Hit the jump to see the game's first localised trailer, but beware, there's some seriously bitter-sweet audio within. Key change.
Soul Calibur's well revered for its melodramatic narrative, and it looks like the upcoming Soul Calibur V will remain faithful to the franchise's sweeping scores and tales of warriors with swords bigger than their bodies
"17 years ago, the ultimate clash between Siegfried and Nightmare brought a cataclysmic conclusion to an era and ignited a new one," reads the official blurb. "Since..
Following the revelation of Ridge Racer Vita's limited on-cartridge content, publisher Namco Bandai has confirmed that it intends to bolster the package's volume with a variety of DLC set to launch this coming winter
According to Famitsu, the deluge of DLC will begin on December 22nd with a free music pack. The content will allow you to race to Ridge Racer's classic tunes, with more music due over..
The schedule in full
The news that Ridge Racer will only launch with three courses and five cars attracted some raised eyebrows, but for Namco Bandai it's all part of a bigger plan: a plan that will see the game milked for all its worth increase its value proposition over the coming months. We should also point out that Ridge Racer will cost...
Zany PlayStation Vita launch title Touch My Katamari wasn't always intended for Sony's new handheld system
At a Japanese press event overnight producer Toshiyuki Nakanishi revealed that the game's development originally started on PlayStation 3. Upon switching to PlayStation Vita, the game's development team decided to implement touch screen controls in addition to dual-analogue support, hoping..
Even Sony suit Kaz Hirai must be shaking his head in disappointment right now
At a Japanese press event overnight, Namco Bandai released some more specific details about Ridge Racer Vita. And the news isn't particularly good. The company admitted that, while it's very pleased with the racer's visuals, the game features just five cars and three tracks[/em] out of the box. The tracks themselves are..
Tekken fans unite
Namco Bandai has released the first seven minutes of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie, and it's yours to watch for free if your nimble. For the next seven days, the opening scenes will be available on Namco's official YouTube channel. That means you've got until November 24th to watch the sneaky short. Theres a lot that Tekken fans will learn when they watch Tekken: Blood..
If you're the kind of person that constantly demands more, then this bit of Street Fighter X Tekken news should satisfy you no end
Capcom's released details about the game's alternate costumes — and they are amazing. Instead of changing each character's costume colours, Capcom has instead opted to dress the roster in clothes from other characters in the game. For example, above you'll see a..
The pack leader?
As you'd expect from the series' graphical heritage, Ridge Racer on Vita is one of the better looking games racing towards the system for launch, as this new trailer from Namco Bandai below reinforces. The video briefly introduces the game's new customisation features, but mostly it's all about drifting and driving really, really...
Namco Bandai couldn't resist keeping tradition, announcing a PlayStation Vita version of Ridge Racer would be ready in time for the system's launch at this year's E3
But despite the game's imminent release date (in Japan anyway) Namco Bandai hasn't really shared much official footage of the game. It's rectified that today with an official promo trailer. You'll see vehicles drifting around corners..
We wrote several paragraphs trying to summarise this introduction movie for the upcoming PlayStation Vita launch title Touch My Katamari
But we realised not one of the sentences we wrote did justice to the madness within. We can do no more other than simply recommend you watch it. All those of nervous disposition: look away now.
Capcom is famous for re-releasing "updated" versions of its games
You only need look to this month, when it is scheduled to release Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. The non-Ultimate version released earlier this year. But chatting with Gematsu, Capcom fighting guru Yoshinori Ono has told the website not to expect any boxed versions of future Street Fighter X Tekken updates: "I would say that you..
You can't beat a bit of cross-promotion
And these Tekken themed downloadable aircrafts for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon are about as good as it gets. They're due out on November 15th, though no price has been announced just yet.</em>
We wouldn't be surprised if Sony executive -- and life-long Ridge Racer fan -- Kaz Hirai didn't force Namco to release an entry in its arcade racing series for PlayStation Vita
The build-up to the game has certainly been unusual. Prior to E3 the game didn't even exist, and it seemed likely that series was about to miss out on its first PlayStation platform launch. Then a tech demonstration suddenly..
Our friends over at TheSixthAxis have managed to nab a few new screenshots from Namco Bandai's PlayStation Vita launch title, Ridge Racer
The screens show a couple of car models, in addition to some in-game gameplay. The environments still look a bit messy, but the vehicles themselves are outstanding. The game's set to launch alongside the PlayStation Vita on December 17th in Japan. Check out the..
Street Fighter X Tekken looks ace
But in a way, it feels familiar. The Tekken characters slip easily into Capcom's inky Street Fighter IV aesthetic, giving the game a generally cohesive look. Henceforth, we're more excited about getting our first glimpse at Tekken X Street Fighter — Namco Bandai's bite at the cherry. That game will see Street Fighter characters super-imposed into Tekken's 3D..
Developer Bugbear is almost ready to release its controversial Ridge Racer reboot, Ridge Racer: Unbounded
The surprisingly destructive arcade racer has been steered towards a release date of March 6th by publisher Namco Bandai. We know fans have got some concerns with the game's Burnout inspired edges, but having spent some hands-on time with the game recently, we think it's going to surprise some..
Namco Bandai's confirmed that Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen will launch alongside the PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe
The game — developed by Acquire — sees players assume the role of a ninja assassin in a war-torn landscape. With three opposing factions fighting for control, players "must choose which of these forces to support by taking on various missions". Your choices..
Are you a fan of the Soul Calibur games? You might want to prepare yourself for Soul Calibur V with an official Mad Catz Arcade Stick
Entitled the — wait for it — Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Soul Edition, the peripheral's been designed with Namco Bandai's weapon-based brawler in mind. The arcade stick will be made available in Europe, North America and Japan.
Namco Bandai released a new trailer for Inversion at the Golden Joystick Awards
But seeing as most of you folks didn't attend the ceremony, the publisher's been nice and shared the footage on YouTube. You can catch the goods after the break. You know, for as generic as everything else in Inversion looks, we're actually quite taken with the mind-flipping gravity stuff. It definitely looks like top..
Picture the scene
It's February 22nd and you're going to pick up your PlayStation Vita. You've got a wad of cash bulging in your pocket (most of which is assigned to that over-expensive memory card) and you know which launch games you desire. "Can I help you, sir?" asks the kind, helpful cashier. "Yes," you respond jovially, "I'd like to collect my PlayStation Vita."..
Namco Bandai's pledged support behind Sony's February 22nd Western release for PlayStation Vita
The publisher's planning a trio of games in Europe and North America, including: Ridge Racer, Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen and the brilliantly named Touch My Katamari. As with all PlayStation Vita games, the titles will be available digitally or at retail. So thankfully you'll never have to go into a..
What the heck? We'd seen the rumours claiming Ezio was set to make a guest appearance in Soul Calibur V, of course
But we avoided posting them because, well, we thought they were fake. We were wrong. We're sorry. Namco Bandai has just confirmed that Assassin's Creed protagonist Ezio Auditore de Firenze will appear as a secret unlockable character in its upcoming weapons-based brawler. The game will..
What's out on day one?
Now we know PlayStation Vita's release date it's time to start learning what games will be available alongside the console on 22nd February in Europe and North America. Long-time Sony supporter Namco Bandai has just come out and revealed which three titles it's sending out from the very start. To nobody's surprise, Ridge Racer...
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon topped the Japanese sales charts this week, scooping up just shy of 150,000 units sold
It was a pretty uneventful week for PlayStation software elsewhere, with Dead Rising 2: Off The Record the only new entry. PlayStation hardware numbers remained static, with Sony's home system sitting at sales of around 28k and the PSP settling just a little lower on 25k. Nintendo's..
We've never understood the fascination with speed-runs
Apparently the draw is all about pushing a game beyond its defined boundaries. That's all well and good for a game like Super Mario 64, but when you're talking about Dark Souls — notably one of the most challenging games ever released — you're clearly clinically insane. Embedded after the jump is the first video in a seven part series..
Ni No Kuni is officially coming to Europe and North America, so there's no need to dream
Your wish has come true. Exactly how long it will take adopted publisher Namco Bandai to localise the Level-5 and Studio Ghibli collaboration is still unclear, but the game's due out sometime in 2012. With the Japanese release date nearing, there's going to be an influx of trailers heading from the East. If you..
Level 5's announced that Namco Bandai will be handling publishing duties for Ni No Kuni in North America and Europe
As previously alluded, the game will travel to the West under the name, Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch. It's due out sometime in 2012. Ni No Kuni is a traditional RPG featuring the artwork of Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli.
We're Tekken fanboys, so obviously the idea of being able to kick Ryu's head-in with our much-loved Kazuya is appealing on its own
But from what we've played of Street Fighter X Tekken, it's actually a genuinely brilliant versus brawler. And thus we've been hotly anticipating a release date for some time. Capcom's finally lifted the lid, revealing a March 6th 2012 release date for the bizarre..
It's certainly a unique sight: a demo kiosk labelled with the Ridge Racer name, showing vehicles smashing through stone pillars and crashing into each other
Regardless of whether Ridge Racer Unbounded turns out to be the best racing game ever conceived, Namco's got its work cut-out convincing long-time fans that a more destructive racer is what they want. It's a catch-22 really. If it dares to..
We've already established that Tekken Hybrid on its own is a bumper package
Spanning Tekken: Blood Vengeance the movie, Tekken Tag Tournament HD and a prologue version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, it's quite the collection. But, as we reported earlier in the week, the Collector's Edition includes even more — with art-books and soundtrack CDs thrown in for good measure. Now Namco Bandai's announced..
Y'know, we really liked Enslaved, but there's an irony to developer Ninja Theory's whiny public perception
Prior to Enslaved's release, studio gaffer Tameem Antoniades talked up the benefits of going multiplatform after its previous PlayStation 3 exclusive project — Heavenly Sword — didn't meet expectations. But since Enslaved sold similarly poorly, the studio has turned its attention to..
Namco Bandai's released some impressive figures for its Ace Combat: Assault Horizon demo
According to the publisher the sampler has been downloaded more than 1.2 million times. The game itself launches next week. Admittedly it is a slow news day. [Thanks Eurogamer]
Tekken Hybrid is already a pretty comprehensive package
Not only do you get CGI movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance on Blu-ray, but the package also includes Tekken Tag Tournament HD and a prologue version of the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. But if you pick up the game's Collector's Edition, you'll be privy to a bevy of additional bonuses, including...
A protagonist with a shaven head. Enemies wearing silly suits. Cover points made from inexplicable, half-constructed walls. And dreary, muddy environments. But while Saber Interactive's Inversion seems totally generic, its underlying gravity mechanic is what pulls it into an entirely new dimension. Shootouts might be flat and predictable on their own, but they're significantly twisted..
Dark Souls topped the Japanese sales charts this week, shifting a monstrous 279,567 copies
We're starting to wonder if Sony regrets not pushing Demon's Souls harder worldwide now, with success pretty much guaranteed in the West too. Sony's ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Collection had a similarly strong opening, scooping up the second, 14th and 20th spots. EA's Shadows Of The Damned wasn't so..
From Software has announced it's preparing a patch to fix online issues in the Japanese version of Dark Souls
A number of Japanese players have been reporting freezing issues since the game's release yesterday. From Software said it has isolated the issue and will release a patch in the coming days. Until then, From has suspended the online component of the game. [Thanks Andriasang]
Ninja Theory's Enslaved sure had its flaws when it released on PS3 last year, but we loved every minute of it regardless
With stunning visuals, quality character development and some breath-taking set-pieces — what the game lacked in polish it made up for in heart. But a sequel's not going to happen according to Ninja Theory boss Tameem Antoniades. "Enslaved should have done better," he..
This is great
According to Japanese blog Esuteru, those picking up illegitimate pre-release copies of Dark Souls are set to get punished by overpowered, maximum level Black Phantoms which developer From Software is dropping into the game-world. The irony is whether players will even notice the retribution. After all, those picking up the sequel to Demon's Souls are probably expecting to die lots.
From Software's attached an all-new January 26th release date to its mech title Armored Core V
The title was originally due out next month in the region, but was pushed back earlier in the year due to feedback from the game's beta. Namco Bandai has already signed up publishing duties in the West.
This ball gets around
The Prince's giant, ever-growing ball of indiscriminate junk adds one more handheld to the heap as Namco Bandai announce Katamari Damacy for PS Vita. The game utilises the Vita's touch screen to direct the ball about the world, while the rear touch pad enables the player to pull at the ball's dimensions to squeeze through tight...
Namco's maintaining a tradition by getting a new Ridge Racer title ready in time for the PlayStation Vita's launch
The problem is, the publisher doesn't have much time left — and we're still yet to really see anything of its new racer. Fair enough there's a teaser trailer after the jump but we'd have expected a good few minutes of gameplay footage by now. The game's due out December 17th anyway..
Katamari Damacy was once a truly original delight
It's been overplayed since, but even though the concept's not so quirky anymore, the series feels like a natural fit for PlayStation Vita. Namco Bandai was keen to share the news about the Vita version of the title on the PlayStation Blog, where the system's rear touch-pad will be used to squeeze and stretch your Katamari, opening up brand new..
Namco Bandai has released the first trailer for its long awaited conversion of Gundam Extreme VS for PlayStation 3 today
The trailer hones in on some of the game's new features, such as Extreme Burst, Trial Mission Mode and Online Battle. Catch it, as always, after the break. [Thanks Andriasang]