Atelier Ayesha Plus available now on PS Vita


Lovers of “JRPG’s” or (Japanese Role Playing Games) will be happy to know that Atelier Ayesha Plus-The Alchemist of Dusk is now available for download on the Playstation Store as of yesterday.

Atelier Ayesha Plus

The game was developed by GUST, one of Koei Tecmo’s teams in Japan.

Chin Soon Sun– Community Manager, Koei Tecmo Europe had this to say;

“Atelier Ayesha Plus (or Atelier Ayesha PS3) is the first game/entry for the DUSK Trilogy (which will follow by Escha & Logy and Shallie), you will find Dusk World a little darker than Arland because the land has gone through many eras of destruction and recovery”.

“There are countless ruins to be found in this beautiful yet fleeting world”.

Atelier Ayesha Plus tells the tale of a girl, Ayesha Altugle, who after the death of her grandfather and the disappearance of her younger sister Nio, now lives alone blending healing cures to sell in her workshop. Upon a vision of Nio appearing near her empty grave, Ayesha is convinced Nio is still alive and begins her search to save her sister.

This enhanced PS Vita version will bring new features including dual audio (English and Japanese voices), new bosses, new costumes, a Hard mode, and the Album missions which unlock exclusive costumes and gameplay features and the ability to change party members at any time – As an added bonus  if you download it from January 13th to February 10th, you’ll receive Bonus costumes as a bundle.

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Atelier Ayesha Plus

The full download is 2.95 GB and also supports and is playable on Playstation TV.

Check the US official site to find out more information about it here: http://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/ayeshaplus

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Bravely Default Gameplay Trailer


First announced in Jump Magazine, Bravely Default: For The Sequel returns to the 3DS on December 5th, 2013 in Japan. The game will have support for save data from the original Bravely Default. According to the Japanese website, the game will have over 100 improvements and new features. Chief among them is support for Japanese or English voiceovers and text in Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish.

Check out the awesome trailer below. Bravely Default comes to the Nintendo 3DS early 2014.

Square Enix raises outlook thanks to FFXIV: A Realm Reborn


Japanese publisher is expecting a stronger first half of the fiscal year thanks to better than expected sales of the latest Final Fantasy.

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn

Square Enix today announced that it’s revising its first-half fiscal forecast for the period ended September 30. For the six-month period, the company is now expecting to report net sales of 61.7 billion yen and net income of 2.6 billion yen, as compared with the previous outlook of 59 to 63 billion yen in sales with a net loss of 1.3 billion yen.

Square Enix said the upward revision is mainly attributable to software sales of online RPG, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which was released in August; the publisher also credited console software sales in North America, sales of arcade game machines, and continued group-wide efforts of cost reduction. While Square Enix altered its first half outlook, it’s not adjusting its full-year numbers for the fiscal year ending next March, “due to the uncertainties in the second half of the fiscal year.”

Square Enix recently revealed that Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn had exceeded 1.5 million registered players in the two months following its release on PC and PS3.

Square Enix has been dealing with some tough times of late, losing more than $130 million in the last fiscal year despite putting out multi-million selling titles like Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution and Sleeping Dogs. The games failed to meet internal sales expectations, and in early 2013 Yoichi Wada stepped down. His replacement, Yosuke Matsuda, has described an “urgent” need for reform to get the publisher back on track.

 

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Pokemon X and Y top 4 million in first two days


Nintendo series’ first simultaneous worldwide launch becomes fastest-selling 3DS title to date.

Pokemon X and Y

Some 17 years after the series debuted, Pokemon is still going strong. Nintendo today announced that the weekend launch of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y in Japan, Europe, and the Americas–the first simultaneous worldwide launch for the series–saw the 3DS games rack up sales of more than 4 million units. If one were to consider the two games as one title, it would be the fastest-selling 3DS game to date.

“The early response to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokemon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers are eager to experience the franchise for themselves,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said in a statement.

Nintendo said X and Y are tracking ahead of last year’s Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 by more than 70 percent. Despite the strong start, X and Y have a long way to go before they match the sales figures of their predecessors on the Nintendo DS. The 2007 release Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, the best-selling DS installment, posted total worldwide sales of 17.63 million. To date, the Pokemon franchise has sold a total of 245 million games.

 

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