2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Atlus’s dungeon crawling RPG series Etrian Odyssey. Series character designer Yuji Himukai tweeted a gorgeous illustration to commemorate the milestone featuring the many party classes found throughout the series. Originally released on January 18, 2007 on Nintendo DS, Etrian Odyssey provided a new twist on the dungeon crawler format with dual screen information display and map drawing with a touch screen. Powerful enemies roaming the labyrinths called F.O.E. add tension to the exploration, as these monsters can still walk around on the map and enter your on-going battle against a different enemy should you attempt to escape their pursuit. The series’ lead composer is Yuzo Koshiro, a name that might sound familiar to long-time SEGA fans, as he worked on the soundtrack for the Streets of Rage games and The Revenge of Shinobi.
Funimation and Crunchyroll have announced a SimulDub/Simulcast for Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas, an anime based on Sega’s popular mobile franchise Chain Chronicle. The release consists of three theatrical films and a televised anime. Crunchyroll will stream the first movie (with English subtitles) on December 16th at 11AM PST for premium users of the Crunchyroll service worldwide (excluding Asia). Movies 2 and 3 will air on the service in January and February respectfully. Funimation will provide an English dub on their own streaming service shortly after the airing of the movie.
Sega and Deep Silver have announced that Valkyria: Azure Revolution will be released to North America and Europe some time in Q2 2017, under the name “Valkyria Revolution“. It will release for Playstation 4, Vita, and the Xbox One, in a rather surprising move. The PS4 version of the game will have a physical copy while the Vita version is digital only. John Hardin has also recently confirmed the inclusion of dual audio tracks in the Western releases of the game, as well!
Sega of Japan posted a new trailer for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS compilation Sega 3D Reprint Archives: Final Stage, the third collection of classic Sega games remastered with 3D effects. The trailer is a highlight reel of the nine games included in the package as well as the opening to the collection itself. The collection includes the following games:
Developer Grounding Inc. (Crimson Dragon, Sakura Samurai), in collaboration with SEGA, have announced the latest entry of the Space Channel 5 series titled Space Channel 5 VR: Ukiuki Viewing Show to be demoed at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show 2016. Using the HTC Vive VR headset technology, fans can watch Ulala’s Swingin’ Report Show like they never have before. Whether or not this will become a full game or made compatible with other VR equipment has yet to be revealed. You can visit the official Japanese website here. By clicking on the graphics shown on the page, you can find more information about the event, if anyone is thinking of trying the demo in person at the Tokyo Game Show.
In the latest issue of Famitsu, Sega announced the latest entry for the Puyo Puyo franchise, Puyo Puyo Chronicle. The game is being developed for the Nintendo 3DS, and is scheduled to be released on December 8th in Japan. The game’s standard edition will retail for 5,490 yen. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the franchise, an Anniversary Box edition will also be made available for 9,490 yen. This limited edition contains a soundtrack, vocal tracks CD, a drama CD and a special Anniversary theme for your 3DS.
Humble Bundle and Nintendo are releasing a Humble Bundle for various Nintendo Wii U and 3DS games titled Humble Friends of Nintendo. Among the titles, Sega’s rhythm game Rhythm Thief, as well as the Atlus published Citizens of Earth are part of the deal. Other games of interests include Freedom Planet, Retro City Rampage: DX for 3DS and Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for Wii U and 3DS. Additional games will unlock on May 3rd. There is no telling if any more Sega or Atlus games will be added, but it’s a fantastic deal regardless! The promotion will end on May 10th.
A few days ago we’ve reported that the Nintendo DS RPG Infinite Space will be restocked at the Canadian video game retailer Video Games Plus, and turns out various Atlus Playstation Portable games as well as both Trauma Center games for the Nintendo DS will be restocked as well! Video Games Plus explained in a tweet that these recent restocks are in fact new reprints of the DS games, and that almost any new DS game sold on the market today has been reprinted, unless the game underperformed in sales.
Canadian video game retailer Video Games Plus announced that they will restock Sega’s Nintendo DS space simulation/RPG Infinite Space on May 2nd for $49.99CDN. Video Games Plus is based in Canada, but the store can ship internationally. Make sure to change the currency listing above the site’s header for an accurate price in your region.
Idea Factory International has announced that they will bring over the Playstation Vita RPG Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls to North America and Europe this Fall. If you want to catch up with information about the game, feel free to take a look at our earlier articles. Unlike previous entries of the Neptunia franchise which featured Neptune as the main character, the ones in the starring roles are now If (representing Idea Factory, and a best friend of Neptune) and SEGA Hatsumi, a new moe anthropomorphized version of our favorite video game company.