July 25, 2016

Mobius Final Fantasy pre-registration tops 150,000

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Jason Nason

Square Enix debuted a teaser trailer for their upcoming mobile Final Fantasy adventure RPG mobile game, Mobius Final Fantasy. The game will feature fast paced action battles, deep character customization and console-quality HD visuals that push the boundaries of the mobile platform.

Mobius Final Fantasy tells the story of a man who wakes up in a world called Palamecia with no memory of his past. There, he finds himself tasked with bringing hope to the world by unraveling a mysterious prophecy around the legendary warrior of light. The game is being created by an all-star development team including producer Yoshinori Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima – known for their work on the acclaimed Final Fantasy VII and upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake.

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Repairing The ‘SNES PlayStation’ Answers One of Gaming’s Big Mysteries

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Back in the late 1980s Nintendo of Japan announced a partnership with Sony Corporation to build a CD-based add-on for the then-upcoming Super Famicom (Super Nintendo).  After years of development one of the most public schisms between the then fledgling video games industry giants occurred during the 1991 Consumer Electronics Show. Though, this dissolution may have ultimately favoured Sony as any list of top-selling games these days will inevitably feature Playstation games, but back then, Sony was humiliated at that 1991 show. In the span of two days not only did Sony announce a CD-based add-on for the SNES, called the ‘Nintendo PlayStation, but Nintendo of America also announced a partnership with Phillips to produce officially licensed games.z

After Engadget went hands-on with an early prototype ‘Super Nintendo PlayStation’ decades of speculation roared to life within the gaming enthusiast community. For more than 20 years this add-on was a phantom, the only tangible evidence was thought to be a single controller (that we now know looks nothing like this prototype’s controller) that appeared online in 2007, some concept drawings and Sony’s original 1991 CES press release. For years fans had wondered – Did the SNES CD add the capabilities of the PlayStation 1 (called the PSX in early marketing materials)? Or was it an entirely new beast?


Thankfully well known hardware tinkerer Ben Heck was able to negotiate a deal with the owners of the SNES PlayStation system, allowing Ben to take a crack at restoring some of the functionality. After two painful weeks of waiting for Ben’s entire video series to be complete – from tear-down to repair of this once mythical prototype – we now have some tangible details about the ill-fated add-on.

The SNES PlayStation did not contain any of the hardware that would later be found in the PSX, instead it appears to be very similar in design to a Japanese SNES with a CD-tray under carriage, extra memory and control chips designed to run unreleased CD based games. Now that the full specs of the SNES PlayStation prototype have been published by Ben we know that the unit would have used the stock 3 MHz processor from the SNES for most of its number crunching. Also we know that the SNES PlayStation had an additional 2mhz co-processor and added 256K of Working Memory to allow for smooth playback from the 2X CD-ROM drive.


Ben Heck is actually able to restore a lot of function to this patch-work prototype – replacing a number of the aging capacitors and cleaning up some of the internal components. Once this was done he was able to restore function to both the under carriage CD-ROM drive, view the CD-ROM self test, play SNES / Super Famicom Games and even get the CD-ROM drive to open and close. Sadly, without any proto-type CD-ROM software to test the unit with, we’ll never get to see the SNES PlayStation reach its unrealized potential.

So there you have it, one of the longest standing mysteries that plagued young Nintendo fans in the early 90s finally solved. Check out the pair of videos below if you’re interested in the entire restoration process that the SNES PlayStation underwent.


Just Deserts Deploys on Steam

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Sekai is teaming with Vifth Floor to bring military dating sim action to all of you! If you like fighting aliens, cute girls or VN’s your going to want to check out this all new release.

Love is just a sand dune away, but first it is time to give these alien invaders their “Just Deserts!” Sekai Project, a publisher and licenser of Japanese new media and electronic entertainment, in partnership with Vifth Floor, today announced the military-themed action dating sim, Just Deserts is now available on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This game is really mostly about getting cute girls to love you. It does have some plot and a little action, but its a VN through and through.

But like plot?

YAh its got a plot, in case your not just here for the cute girl. Sekai says

“In Just Deserts players will step into the combat boots of a soldier who must defend Aquarine City, after the neighboring city of Quentine was obliterated by a mysterious race of alien invaders. Assigned to a troop of highly-skilled and dangerously captivating girls, players will set out to save humankind and maybe even capture the heart of their dream girl(s) in the process.”

The plot is about aliens invading earth, and of course there are some cute girls to fight them off, and you need to do things for the cute girls.


You said fighting aliens?

Honestly I give exactly 0 craps about what the game is about, I am literally just here for the cute girls.  In case you really do care, here is a list of features. With a wide spectrum of fun activities to engage in, a robust management system, hundreds of in-game items to use and collect, turn-based battles, and more, Just Desertswill keep players enlisted and engaged for countless hours.

Just Deserts Features:

  • 5 unique heroines with different personalities and interests
  • Full English voice acting for each heroine
  • 3 in-game languages (English, Indonesian, and Japanese)
  • 7 different endings, based on your status with each of the heroines
  • Interactive and engaging turn-based battles with the invading aliens
  • List of activities which can be done alone or together with your favorite heroine
  • Management system with energy, health, money, day/night time, and love status
  • Hundreds of items to use as gifts, food, or aide in battle
  • Mini-map that allows players to travel across the desert area and within the city
  • A beautiful soundtrack composed by Ecky from the Vesuvia Circle
  • Steam Trading Cards and Achievements

So get out there and date the cute girls, because in celebration of the highly-anticipated release, Just Deserts will be 10% off of its regularly listed price of $9.99 for the first week!


Pair of New Sonic Titles Announced During 25th Anniversary Celebration

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

During the San Diego Comic Con SEGA held a 25th anniversary party for their iconic mascot Sonic The Hedgehog. The publisher held a multi-hour live stream on Twitch and it wasn’t without its share of gaffs and errors. Audio would periodically drop out, there was a persistent hum during early sections of the broadcast and one of the surprise reveal trailers had to be played twice because the in-person audience in California couldn’t actually see the video.

Sonic Mania is a brand new 2D entry in the franchise inspired by the classic Genesis titles being developed by SEGA of America in collaboration with Christian Whitehead (aka TaxMan), who handled the iOS ports of various classic Sonic titles.  Sonic Mania will revisit classic zones like Green Hill Zone from Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and Sonic CD but it will also introduce brand new acts and levels.

Here is Sonic Mania’s debut trailer:

“Project 2017” is an upcoming console Sonic title aiming for a holiday 2017 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo’s unrevealed NX platform. Details on the game is very scarce aside from the game’s tagline “Join The Resistance”, a brief debut trailer that appears to carry a darker narrative tone than some contemporary Sonic titles and the appearance of “Classic Sonic” from Sonic Generations.  Sonic Team has said this is not Generations 2 and that it is not a direct sequel to any other game in the Sonic franchise.  

Here is the debut trailer for “Project 2017”:

If you missed out on the 25th Anniversary party for Sonic The Hedgehog and don’t want to watch the entire live-stream Jim Sterling has compiled a super-cut of some of the more cringe worthy moments. 

The jokesters over at NeoGAF have already coined this live-stream as the successor to Konami’s disastrous E3 2010 presentation. All of this resulted in sets of hilarious gifs, wonderful photoshops and pages upon pages of complaints about the event.




Technical glitches aside, from a content perspective I think SEGA nailed it with the quality of their reveal trailers & seeing Crush 40 perform live was a nice treat.


Lego: Dimensions Wave 7 Includes Sonic, ET & Another 80’s Mainstay

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Warner Bros Interactive’s Lego Dimensions series successfully fused several unconnected famous properties into a well received toys to life last year. Now, the publisher is bringing one of gaming’s fastest mammals, a few 1980’s cultural icons and a shapeshifting dog from an apocalyptic future with the upcoming Wave 7.

SEGA’s 1990s iconic Sonic The Hedgehog, Steven Spielberg’s E.T: The Extraterrestrial, 1980’s cult film Gremlins, popular Cartoon Network series Adventure Time and J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beast & Where To Find Them will all be receiving playsets that include franchise specific figures and playable levels.


Here is a small sampling of what WBIE plans to include in each of the Wave 7 playsets:

Sonic: The Hedgehog will include that series’ classic gameplay mechanics complete with blazing speeds. Players will be able to race through environments inspired by Greenhill Zone, Emerald Coast and others. Gameplay mechanics borrowed from the main Sonic titles include the ability to grind on rails (ala Sonic Adventure 2).

Musing muggles will be able to explore a slice of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise with the Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them playset. Based on the upcoming Warner Bros produced film this set includes access to six individual levels as Newt Scamander helps build the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA).

Fans of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time can take joy in the fact that Marceline The Vampire Queen will be getting her own Lego Minifig alongside two brand new abilities for her to use – Sonar Smash and Bolt Defender. The Adventure Time add-on pack will be exclusive to Toys R Us for a limited time in North America before it is available at other retailers.

More information about upcoming Lego Dimensions packs can be found on their official website. Lego Dimensions Wave 7 will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii U.



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