iDOLM@STER SP for PSP stars

 In the latest issue of Fanimitsu Magazine, Namco Bandai announced that they will be releasing not 1, but 3 iDOLM@STER PSP games. Unfortunately only 3 characters will appear in each version.

More details inside.





Final Fantasy XIII E3 2008 Trailer stars

The trailer looks great, but that's not much of a surprise. What really knocked us off our collective rockers was Square-Enix's announcement that Final Fantasy XIII is also headed to the Xbox 360 as well as the PS3. Yes, read it again: Final Fantasy XIII on XBOX 360. 

Video after the jump.

Source: 1up

Chrono Trigger DS Confirmed! stars

 Well, that didn't take long. Square-Enix has just decided to make it official: The DS is getting an updated Chrono Trigger port! Coming to North America this holiday season, Chrono Trigger DS will take advantage of the system's dual screen and touch screen functionality. Square-Enix will also include a brand new dungeon and multiplayer battles. Here's hoping that the DS version will include the anime styled cutscenes from the Final Fantasy Chronicles edition of the game.

Chrono Trigger Heading to the DS?/Countdown stars

 There is a rumor floating around that there will be a Chrono Trigger release (in the form of a port, remake, sequel, who knows?) for the DS, and earlier today Kotaku posted a scan from the newest issue of Jump Magazine that almost nudges this rumor towards a full-blown confirmation - but let's not get ahead of ourselves...until now. There's now a countdown clock active on Square-Enix's official Japanese website. But that's not all - check out the website url:
"ctds"? Chrono Trigger DS?  *Crosses fingers*
UPDATE: Looks like CTDS is U.S. bound - Check out the North American website , which looks about the same.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Gameplay Demonstration stars

The newest episode of Gamespot's weekly show On The Spot had Bandai Namco marketing rep Joon Hwang demonstrating the gameplay mechanics of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm . Mr. Hwang also let us know that a playable demo will be available sometime in July. Ok, we've had our fair share of Naruto games in the past, so what makes this any different? Well, for one, it's the first Naruto game on the Playstation 3 (it's also an exclusive to this platform), and two, it's absolutely beautiful. Check it out for yourself, and watch another cool gameplay trailer after the jump.(Click "Read more")

Be the First to Play BlazBlue At Anime Expo stars

blazblueDo you want to play Blaz Blue: Calamity Trigger ? It's a brand new high def fighter from the awesome dudes who brought you the Guilty Gear series -- But you knew all that. Ark System Works and Arksys Games (of the "awesome dudes" I mentioned earlier) will be conducting the American location test for the BlazBlue arcade machines at this years AX. It'll be available in the console gaming room all weekend, from July 3rd to July 6th, plenty of time to crowd around the machine and await your turn, just mere inches away from the sweaty guys and gals on the Para Para Paradise machines.
Full press release at the AX website

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Review

(This review is spoiler-free)
Snake has come back to us. He's a bit worse for wear, but even then the stealthy curmudgeon more than holds his own in a fight. This time, the fight has become a commodity for private military corporations to boost their fiscal year earnings. Snake is back, but what exactly for? To fight a war that has changed? Or to play pawn in a war that never changes? It's a compelling yarn, one that weaves in and out of the labrynthine tale woven by Metal Gear games past and delves into themes such as the irreparable traumas of war, the ambivalent face of technology in the increasingly impersonal battlefield, loyalty, and even patricide. The story even tackles the mammoth task of straightening out the series timeline - Not an easy feat in the very least (just as any MGS fan). There's also the trademark Kojima humor interspersed throughout all the drama, which is a nice break from overall bleakness.

Before jumping into the review I must get it out: This is the game PS3 owners have been waiting for. As a game, it staggers under its number of flaws; As an experience, it's rock SOLID, unfallible - A masterpiece. Enough hyperbole. Now, to get into the nitty gritty.
Read the rest after the jump.

Boogie with Haruhi on Wii stars

hare hare yukaiFor everyone who never got the chance to spasm out of control to the beat of "Hare Hare Yukai", here's your chance...sort of. The third game of a trio based on the hit anime will be released on the Wii, and it's a dancing game in which you time your wiimote with Haruhi and company. A few details can be glanced from two scans from Canned Dogs : There will be a story mode and a free mode in which costumes, levels, and music can be interchanged to your liking. Dreams of dancing with the entire cast of Haruhi characters may be out of reach - the dancing will be limited to three characters at one time. For the particular collector of plastic Haruhi hummels, there will be a version of the game packed with a figure.

Source: Haruhi Wii dance game at Sankaku Complex  


Girl Gamer Statistics stars

The debate for actual girl gamers have raged on in recent years, especially with the rise of portable gaming like the Nintendo DS, and online juggernauts like World of Warcraft. Apparently in a recent study conducted by the Entertainment Software Association,  38% of all gamers are female predominantly playing the DS, The Sims, or MMOs. Girls average 7.5 hours every week playing games.

Interesting, no?  

Source: dbtechno 

Mabinogi released in US stars

From 10am PST February 23rd to 10am PST February 25th, Mabinogi servers will be open to public for stability testing. Characters created during this time will be deleted when open beta test starts on March 1, 2008.

[Gaming] Mabinogi: Heroes stars

   ImageMabinogi: Heroes will be another Korean MMO releasing soon in Spring 2008; however, this will be an action MMO running Value's famed Half-life Source engine!
From what we have seen so far, the game looks incredible as it appears to resemble an action hack and slash console game than a PC MMO. Environments are fully interactive, objects are destructible and can be picked up.

We were able to locate the high resolution trailer video. Right click the link and save as.
Mabinogi: Heroes Trailer 720p (1280x720)