News: You can also touch little boys in Doki Doki Majo Shinpan

littleboys.jpgDengeki Online has some new info for the upcoming DS game Doki doki majo shinpan! by SNK Playmore, revealing three more witch suspects that you’ll have to check in the game. This is all very normal aside from that fact that it has revealed that one of the suspects is a guy. As we can see from the screenshot that goes with this post, there will be lots of intimate male bonding while we try to get his heart beating faster and faster by touching his body.

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News: G-Stream emulated

gstream-01.pngIt’s not too old, but rather obscure. G-Stream, the only game from Oriental Soft, was one of the very last shooting games with 2D graphics without MAME emulation, aside from Cave’s titles. Supposedly, ex-Seibu (of Raiden fame) staff (which partially would form up later Triangle Service) worked on it. Though it lacks full sound emulation for now and seems there are some graphic glitches, as this screen shows, the next MAME version will support it. Now you know.

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News: Creanimax Intl. Game Dev Contest

Although Creanimax (a conference and games expo) is just having its second edition next October, and it’s safe to say it is already the most important animation and videogames festival in Mexico. This year’s Creanimax Game Development Contest is open for international entries. The rules are pretty open, restrictions are just a few, and even small cash prizes are present. Don’t miss this chance to participate, you have roughly 3 months to have your entry ready, so good luck and see you there!

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News: Poll on game audio

Our audio columnist for Game Developer has put up a poll asking a few questions about game audio, for use in his august column. The aim is to inform audio professionals about consumers’ opinions of game audio, so it actually might be a useful thing to fill out!

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News: Shin Chuka Taisen changes target platform

Shinchuuka_01.png We told you Famitsu announced a remake of Taito’s classic shooting game for the PS2 but seems Starfish changed its mind, ’cause the magazine’s latest issues are showing the first pictures from the game as a Wii title. It’s quite silly, if you think about it, ’cause now they’ll have to carry out a new feature which makes use of the remote, and which nobody in his right mind will care about for this game. Anyhow, the first horizontal-scrolling shooting game from the company was really nice, despite its portable condition. The screens and art in this week’s Famitsu are really promising, revealing hi-res 2D graphics. First Wii game to get that, hey.

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Report: 2D roundup – Odin Sphere aftermath

artonelico2.pngSo Odin Sphere has succeeded, Shining Wind did even better and the only question now is what’s next for us sprite lovers who understand that handhelds aren’t a proper way of gaming. (Brandon’s note: meanwhile all I play is my DS) While we’re waiting for Starfish to reveal its actual plans for Kiki Kaikai 2, some other nice-looking projects for the PS2 have been announced in the past weeks.

Ar Tonelico II (pictured above) will be the second Gust-cross-Banpresto production, with a similar setting to its predecessor and a slightly modified combat system. It looks much more promising than Gust’s other project currently in development, by the way, namely Mana-Khemia, which continues the popular Atelier series. It’s interesting seeing this doujin-origin company producing three games per year which even get versions for Western markets, isn’t it?

Much like Mana-Khemia, Super Robot Taisen OG has a close release date, and this time it seems to be for real. From the videos Banpresto has shown, the animation and sprite work will be only comparable to those of Odin Sphere.

We gotta love Banpresto, indeed. It announced the past week via Shounen Jump a brand-new Flight Plan-developed Summon Night for the PS2, no less. With luck, it’s another action-oriented spin-off in the vein of Extacy, given that the fourth episode in the main series is far too recent.

We’re a bit oversaturated of Tactics Ogre-inspired S-RPGs, to be honest. As if we didn’t get enough in the recent months, Enterbrain (formerly “Ascii”), will be publishing Magician’s Academy next month, based on a comic and with the help from the original author for the character design.

Less interestingly, we believe, Giga’s Baldr Bullet Revellion (Baldr Force’s sequel) is being ported from the PC to the PS2, with no explicit sex, but new content and a new name. The same can be said about Izumo Zero, Castle Fantasia: Arihato Senki and Majokko A-La-Mode II, this one already mentioned on IC. And to finish with this group of “adventure-with-some-kind-of-combat games” (though not ported from the PC, this time), take a look at Simoun, Marvelous’ Sakura Taisen wannabe based on a TV series.

Let’s not forget that Guilty Gear XX Accent Core launches on the PS2 next week, too. Final game in the GGX series? Some say so.

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