Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Next Week's Arrival - Cross Edge PS3 - In Stock 6/2

Price - $49.99
Release Date:
UPC: 857823001413
Genre: RPG
Company: Koei
Version: USA
-from publisher-
Cross Edge is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between five major Japanese game publishers. Nippon Ichi Software, Capcom, Namco Bandai, Gust, and Idea Factory have joined forces to create a Strategy RPG unlike any other and exclusive to PlayStation 3.

Cross Edge features characters and storylines from popular franchises including: Darkstalkers, Disgaea, Mana Khemia, and Spectral Souls. Cross Edge is action-packed with memorable characters, amazing items, and over-the-top battles to deliver an once-in-a-lifetime gaming experience.

This Week's Arrival - Gyakuten Kenji DS - 5/29/09

Our Price: $59.99
Release Date: 05/28/2009
UPC: 4976219029131
Genre: Action
Company: Capcom
Version: Japan
-from wikipedia-
Gyakuten Kenji is an adventure video game to be released for the Nintendo DS handheld video game console by Capcom in Japan. It is a spin-off of the Ace Attorney video game series. The game began development under the name "NEW Gyakuten NOT Saiban", reflecting that while it would involve similar characters, the gameplay would be different from the other games in the Ace Attorney series, or maybe just that the game's title would include "Gyakuten", but "Kenji" instead of "Saiban". In late March 2009, Capcom registered a United States trademark for Ace Attorney Investigations. This is thought to be the game's English name.
  • Capcom has confirmed the starring characters to be Miles Edgeworth and Dick Gumshoe. The game is said, according to Capcom, to take place near the time of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations, and will contain other characters from the series. A new female character also appears in the trailer, whose name was recently revealed to be Mikumo Ichijō. The gameplay revealed in the video shows that the game is similar to "point and click" adventure games, requiring the player to direct Edgeworth around crime scenes to collect evidence. The developers have stated that they have taken care to capture the animations correctly, for example making sure that Edgeworth's running animations were "graceful, while exerting effort".
  • Unlike the previous Gyakuten Saiban/Ace Attorney games, this game will not be directed by Shu Takumi, but instead by Tsuyoshi Yamazaki. As of mid-April 2008, Capcom announced the game was approximately 40% complete.
  • Full details of Gyakuten Kenji's gameplay are not yet known. Unlike the previous games in the series which are visual novels with adventure game elements, this game is closer to a standard "point and click" adventure, with the player controlling Edgeworth's movements and what he interacts with. For each case, the goal is to collect evidence to determine who the perpetrator is, how the crime was committed and their motive.
  • During the investigation, for movement, players can either touch a small image representing the place on the touch screen, or use the D-Pad. When the player collides with an examinable object or an NPC, they can either touch a "Talk"/"Check" button or press the "A" button. Touching the "Partner Button" or pressing the "Y" button will take to an interface similar to the "Talk" interface in the Gyakuten Saiban series, where they can talk with Edgeworth's actual partner. Touching the "Logic" button or pressing the "L" button will lead the player to the "Logic Mode" interface. And touching the "Investigation Log" button or pressing the "R" button will lead to the "Investigation Log" tab, where evidence and profiles are filed, replacing the well-known "Court Record" from the Gyakuten Saiban series.
  • From what is known, cases is divided in three parts, or phases:
  • -Investigation Phase: Consists in collecting evidence from the crime scene and examining it, also examining the crime scene itself. Evidence is filed, as always, in the Court Record, and information on the crime scene is then examined in the second phase, Logic Phase.
  • -Logic Mode: This mode consists in examining and linking of the important or curious clues found in the crime scene in the form of a visual equation, in order to answer questions that appeared during Investigation Phase. For example, the player may be asked to determine why a crime was committed in a particular room, and will point to clues about the nature of the room and the crime scene to establish this fact. If the player tries to incorrectly link two unrelated factors, he/she takes damage from a life bar (similar to the one in the Gyakuten Saiban series). If this bar reaches zero, it's game over. The information retrieved in this mode is then discussed with certain characters in the Confrontation Phase.
  • -Confrontation Phase: Similar to the Cross-Examination part in the Gyakuten Saiban series, this phase consists in discussing the results of both Investigation and Logic phases with key characters to the plot's development. This "confrontations" may lead to new information being revealed, or even a confession from the murderer.[16] As Confrontation is the Gyakuten Kenji equivalent to Cross-Examinations, it's equivalent for Witness' Testimony, as shown in the game's demo version, is the confrontated character's Deduction.
  • On January 27, 2009, a Famitsu scan revealed a new gameplay system: the Crime Scene Reproduction Gadget. This new system consists of reproducing an image of the crime scene with a handheld device of Mikumo's, basing it on current information. When new information is input, or the actual information is proven wrong with evidence, the output projection is altered to reflect the new facts. It is yet unknown when the player will be able to use this feature.
  • It's unknown what the general plot of the game is, but, according to scans, there are at least 4 crime scenes (Edgeworth's Office, an airplane's elevator, a "Mirror House"-like building and a back alley close to the Wright and Co. Law Offices), and two suspicious-looking locations, a water park and a music concert venue.
  • To date, two episodes have been revealed:
  • -Episode 1: Turnabout Visitor. Shinji Nakamato's corpse appears in Edgeworth's office, and he decides to investigate it. Prosecutor Makoto Yūki appears, and accuses Gumshoe of murdering Shinji Nakamado. Maggey Byrde will make an appearance. According to scans, one of Episode 1's Confrontations will have Yūki as the target.
  • -Episode 2: Turnabout Airline. In the middle of a flight, Edgeworth and flight attendant Ichiru Konomichi discover a dead body in the plane's elevator, and Edgeworth is treated as the culprit. Zinc White, Franziska von Karma and Mikumo Ichijō appear for the first time in this episode, along with Konomichi.

Next Week's Arrival - Claymore: Gingan no Majo DS - 6/1-6/5

Price - $59.99
Release Date: 5/28/2009
UPC: 4571262541038
Genre: Action
Company: Digital Works Entertainment
Version: Japan
-from wiki-
In the fictional world of Claymore, yoma are a species of humanoid monsters, believed by some to be a type of demon, that coexist with humans, feeding on their internal organs. Most are similar in size to humans, though some are noticeably larger and more heavily muscled.

Most have rows of stubby spikes growing from their upper backs, with elongated limbs that end in clawed digits, large fang-filled jaws and pointed ears, giving them a bestial appearance. Yoma have greater strength, speed, and durability compared to humans, being capable of extending their limbs and digits, and are capable of both regenerating after being wounded and shape-shifting to appear completely human.

Taken a step further, they can eat a human's brain to absorb their memories and completely replace them. Yoma are identified by their 'yoki', or life energy, which can be sensed by other yoma and by claymores.

A Claymore video game for the Nintendo DS will be released in Japan on May 28, 2009. The game is titled Claymore: Gingan no Majo and will be released by Digital Works Entertainment. In the game, the player controls Clare by using the touch screen and stylus.

This Week's Arrival - Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days DS - Friday 5/29/09 Noon Time

Price - $60.99
Release Date: 5/30/2009
UPC: 4988601006002
Genre: RPG
Company: Square Enix
Version: Japan
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days pronounced "Kingdom Hearts Three-Five-Eight Days over Two") is an upcoming action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for the Nintendo DS with assistance from h.a.n.d. It will be a new installment in the best-selling Kingdom Hearts series. The story is a interquel taking place between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. The game centers on the daily life of the main character Roxas, exploring the time from his creation during the first game, Kingdom Hearts, and leading directly into Kingdom Hearts II. It is planned to feature 3D graphics, and single and multiplayer modes of play.
  • Cooperative multiplayer was one feature on display at the 2007 Tokyo Game Show demonstrating that players can work together, in addition to the traditional use of AI controlled partners. This is the first Kingdom Hearts game to feature multiplayer. The multiplayer gameplay is separate from the single player story and will be mission-based, which include cooperative and competitive player battles. It will allow up to four players to play as one of the thirteen members of Organization XIII, with each member having different weapons and skills. 358/2 Days' multiplayer will also feature a chat system for communication between players, but will differ from PictoChat in that everyone will draw on the same screen.

This Week's Arrival - Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days DSi Hori Case

Price - $24.99
Release Date:
UPC: 4961818010864
Genre: Accessory
Company: Square Enix
Version: HDL-246
I know many of you have been pre-ordering the new Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Protect Case DSi (HDL-246). I just spoke to a few suppliers in Japan and this week, supplies are short for these cases. We'll fill as many orders as we can this week, with the bulk of backorders filled early next week.