Thanks to Tytygh for the heads up!
When Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO, and KAITO take center stage in Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX this September, there will be 48 full-length songs to play through - but that's just a fraction of all the gameplay packed into the upcoming Nintendo 3DS™ rhythm game!
For the U.S. release, the songs in Project Mirai DX are fully rendered in Miku's 3-D Nendoroid style, allowing players to customize their characters, or even swap them out in songs. One of the game's special features is being able to change the character who performs a particular song - if you account for the additional vocal tracks, the playlist balloons up to 79 songs in total.
Project Mirai DX blends traditional rhythm game elements with companion-based events, simple creativity tools, and sharable customization. During rhythm gameplay, players can customize the size, color, and even behavior of the rhythm icons, so as players get more comfortable with higher difficulties, they can adjust the display to fit their play style.
Theatre mode lets players relax from tapping or button-pressing and watch the music video. The videos are browsable, so players can skip to their favorite parts, and make playlists of their favorite songs. It's even possible to create scrolling messages on the videos (a la Nico Nico Douga), which can be shared via StreetPass, and updated via SpotPass. Theatre Mode also has "Jam Along" mode, which lets players interact and add their own sound flairs to songs!
San Francisco, California - June 30, 2015 - Meet IMPORTED, a groundbreaking collaboration album created by some of Japan's top game composers specifically for their fans abroad. With skyrocketing prices of game music imports from Japan, this group of talented artists--which includes Katamary Damacy composer Yuu Miyake, Mega Man 9 composer Yu Shimoda, Street Fighter IV composer Hideyuki "eiceph" Fukusawa, and the musical debut of Super Mario RPG game designer Akira Ueda--wanted to make their music more readily available, and have done so through this free original album that features a variety of musical styles, from rock and electronic to ambient and jazz.
Featured composers include (in order of appearance):
Tenpei Sato (Disgaea series)
eiceph (Street Fighter IV)
Go Sato (Raiden series)
Dr. COVA (Phantasy Star Online and Sonic series)
Takayuki Nakamura (LUMINES series and Rodea The Sky Soldier)
Yu Shimoda (Mega Man 9 and 10)
Jupiter-B (DARIUSBURST series)
Takahiro Izutani (Metal Gear Solid and Bayonetta series)
Marusho (F-Zero GX and Yakuza series)
Yuu Miyake (Katamari Damacy series)
Akira Ueda (Super Mario RPG game designer)
Producer Kevin Pescoran developed the concept for IMPORTED and assembled the extensive list of talent after becoming frustrated with the lack of availability and high cost of importing his favorite game music from Japan:
"I grew up listening to soundtracks for games like Street Fighter II, Metroid Prime and Sonic Adventure 2," reflects producer Kevin Pescoran. "But when I tried to get my hands on more recent soundtracks like Sonic Unleashed, VANQUISH, or Bayonetta, I could only find them for $80 to $100, and realized there was a need for an easier way to get this music to fans around the world."
Pescoran and the contributing composers look forward to creating similar projects in the future. With platforms like Bandcamp putting music creators and fans closer together than ever before, it's the perfect time for composers in Japan to reach out to their fans abroad.
"I am actually a game designer, so composing game music is sort of like a hobby to me," notes Akira Ueda discussing his debut on IMPORTED. "I was in charge of the sound effects for Final Fantasy IV and background art and map design for Seiken Densetsu 2 and Super Mario RPG, but when I think of my favorite games, I reminisce each game with its music together. My musical skills are limited but I had pleasure creating for this album!"
Stay tuned to the IMPORTED Bandcamp page for future updates.
Thanks to RikuKH for the heads up!
This next one goes out to all the shield-carrying, plate-wearing, unsung heroes in all of RPG-dom. Sure, they may mitigate tons of lethal monster damage and keep the rest of your party safe with guard abilities, but at the end of the day, holding a shield just never gets the same respect as those flashy magic spells or the glint of cold steel as it hacks monsters in twain.
WELL, TODAY IS YOUR DAY! We're giving a big ol' RPG salute to the key of any party - the tank. And in Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold's Story Mode, your tank is Bertrand, the loyal (albeit reluctant) Protector. Your party comes across Bertrand and the war magus Chloe in the early areas of the Ginnungagap Ruins and they'll join up with Flavio, Arianna, and you!
The Protector's skills are incredibly useful - early on they get abilities that boost a line's defense, and skills to protect against elemental damage. They also can provoke enemies into attacking them, and even retaliate with shield attacks. And while Bertrand and Protectors are quite good at soaking up damage, they even have some abilities to heal themselves and allies as well.
Protectors do have support and a few offensive skills, but their skillset leans overwhelmingly towards defense, so they're probably best left to the tank role.
YES! We've got a demo! Beginning July 14, anyone can download an Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold demo off Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS and check out the starting floor of Story Mode! Demo save data will transfer to the full game.
Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows – Coming Very Soon!
The wait for Plague of Shadows is almost over! This free update will definitely hit digital platforms BEFORE the boxed version. We’re in the home stretch and are polishing every detail, pixel, and potion right now. Check out some screens before the final version is released!
Even in the chaos of all this new stuff, we are still plugging away on new features. New single player adventures are always fun, but it will soon be time to shake it up in Battle Mode! Lots of playable characters, stages, battle types, options, and more are coming! We hope everyone is looking forward to the wild battles!
Wow…was that too much information? Stay tuned this coming month because we have even more crazy cool news to reveal. For instance, a final Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows release date and trailer! Also… we’ve heard the cries of bringing more exclusive content to Nintendo platforms. It might not be quite what you expect… but keep an eye out for another MEGATON announcement soon!
Will Shovel Knight take over the world? What will the new content be like? What is happening with the Nintendo versions? So many questions! Please let us know what you think of everything in the comments!
North America: October 13, 2015
Europe: October 16th, 2015
Available on Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, (PC – Europe only)
Pre-Orders should be live at your favorite retailer: Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, Gamestop, Amazon…you name it! To make as big of a splash as possible, and to let retailers know that they need to stock up, you should definitely pre-order now!! We’d consider it a huge personal favor; thanks in advance!
What’s in the box?!
The physical version of Shovel Knight contains everything we’ve released so far. First, there is the original Shovel Knight campaign with all the content you know and love! Also included is Shovel Knight’s first content update: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. Finally, there’s a full-featured Challenge mode with more than 50 crazy challenge levels to explore!
Of course, like the digital version, every boxed version will also receive FREE future updates as they become available:
Specter Knight’s Campaign – A full campaign starring the shadowy scythe spinner!
King Knight’s Campaign – A crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself!
Battle Mode – Duel with up to 4 players as your favorite heroic or villainous knight! (Wii U/PS4/XB1/PC exclusive)
Body Swap Mode – Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a dude? Well, now you’ll be able to change them all around, along with the rest of the cast!
Oh, and one more thing: every boxed copy of Shovel Knight will include a lavish instruction booklet similar to the Kickstarter reward. No 2-page inserts here! You deserve a full manual, to hold in your hot little shaking hands and pore over as you wait to get home!
Yacht Club Games – Now a Publisher!!
Wait, but who is publishing the game?! We are! Yes, us! That’s right! The Yacht Club Games crew has joined the world of physical publishing. But we’re getting a big helping hand from our distributor U&I Entertainment, who will be shipping the game out to stores for us. They have done an amazing job with Telltale’s games like The Walking Dead, as well as Divinity: Original Sin, so we know they are up to the task! Fun Fact: they even shipped the original PlayStation back in 1995!
This is a whole new frontier for us, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have the amazing team at U&I at our backs to help us bring Shovel Knight to store shelves! This is just the beginning!