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Tokyo Game Show News and Notes – 9/21/2007

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Here are the latest headlines and stories from this year’s Tokyo Game Show:

– On the heels of announcing Yakuza 3 for the PS3 in Japan, Sega also has announced that Yakuza 2 for the PS2 is on its way to North American shores. Sega also announced Dinosaur King and Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer for the Nintendo DS. All three games are slated for 2008 releases.

Sega will also be showing off several games at TGS this year, including: Nights: Journey of Dreams, Sonic Rush Adventure, The Golden Compass, Virtua Fighter 5 for the Xbox 360, and Sega Rally Revo. Sega also predictred sales of 4 million units worldwide for Mario and Sonic at the Olympics on the Wii.

– SNK has made several announcements in the past few days. Among the large ones are Metal Slug 7 on the DS, SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 for the PS2 and PSP, Samurai Shodown Anthology for the Wii and PS2, as well as Metal Slug 3 and Samurai Shodown 2 for Xbox Live Arcade.

Arcade games from SNK were also announced and shown, specifically The King of Fighters XII, King of Fighters: Maximum Impact Regulation “A” 2 and Samurai Shodown Sen. Hooray for fighting games!

– Hudson is bringing us more Bomberman, with Bomberman Land for the Wii and PSP and Bomberman Land Touch! 2 for the Nintendo DS. All three games are multiplayer mini-game compilations, but that also includes Battle Pack Mode, which is the classic Bomberman multiplayer fun that Hudson is known for.

– Outside of their keynote, Konami has announced a contest to design a new character for Contra 4 Mobile. Winners get credit for their creation in the game, as well as a special Contra 20th Anniversary prize.

– Speaking of mobile games, Capcom has announced five of them (RockMan Dash: The Great Five Islands Adventure, Resident Evil 4 Mobile Edition, Devil May Cry: Dante X Virgil, Sengoku Basara (Devil Kings) Tactical RPG, and Breath of Fire 4 Action RPG Edition). They also announced three new titles in Japan for the PS2 and PSP: Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories (PS2 and PSP), Arcana Heart (PS2) and MotoGP (PS2).

Also, Capcom announced that Resident Evil 5 will be set in the nation of Haiti, home to voodoo, zombies, and all that fun stuff. The announcement likely came to give a better explanation of the game’s setting after controversy following the game’s E3 trailer.

– Square Enix showed off many of their upcoming titles, including the upcoming game Lost Odyssey that they are working on with Blue Dragon developer Mistwalker. The game is supposedly going to be 4 discs, with 40-50 hours of game play.

But that’s not all, as Square Enix also announced three new Kingdom Hearts titles: Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep for the PSP, Kingdom Hearts: Coded for mobile phones, and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days for the DS.

– Ubisoft didn’t have much of a presence at TGS, but they did make one big announcement: they will be publishing No More Heroes in North America. Heroes is the latest title from Grasshopper Manufacture and Suda 51. The title is slated for a February 2008 release.

– A new game company came by TGS to say hello. Called The Easy Company, this Czech-based studio is made up of former employees from Illusion Studios has been around for 14 months. They also came packing info on their first game, a PC racing title called Motorm4x. The game will use 4WD vehicles and each one will have a simulated GPS to act as your guide. The racing fan inside of me is actually pretty intrigued.

– Takashi Morinaka spoke on Koei’s Dynasty Warriors 6, stating that online play is currently not built into the game, but that could change. Morinaka also said that the game’s A.I. is much improved, and that both your allies and enemies will react to your attack patterns, not just stand around like a bunch of idiots.

– Rumor is spreading that Jonathan Mark, creator of the upcoming title Everyday Shooter, is being talked to by Sony about a multi-game deal for the Playstation Network service. No other details are known at this time, but this would be a pretty big victory for Sony against Microsoft and Xbox Live Arcade, as well as Nintendo and the Virtual Console/WiiWare.

– That Game Company announced their newest title, a sequel to their smash hit fl0w called, appropriately, fl0wer. So far, there appears to be some similarities to the first title from That Game Company, and it’s a PS3 exclusive.

– Namco Bandai showed off another DS “feel ‘em up” game called Duel Love. Unlike SNK’s Doki Doki Majo Shinpan, this game features nothing but anime-styled male characters. Guess all those female DS owners in Japan needed another reason to pick up their handhelds.

They also took the time out to show off a new Soul Calibur IV trailer, which looks pretty awesome.

– Oh, and speaking of Doki Doki Majo ShinpanSNK is advertising a sequel.

– Microsoft made most of their major announcements at last week’s pre-TGS keynote. Sony made many of their announcements at their pre-TGS keynote as well, including announcements about the new Playstation Eye and DualShock 3 peripherals and about a delay on Playstation Home until spring 2008.

That’s all for today. Keep checking back for the latest news from Tokyo Game Show 2007!

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