February 15, 2007 - Lumines was arguably the best of the limited lineup when Sony launched the PSP back in 2004. But, more significantly, it was also the first title out of Q Entertainment, a new studio that was getting attention primarily due to its chief creative master, Tetsuya Mizuguchi of Space Channel 5 and Rez fame.
How fitting that [Register or Login to view links] should represent an equal landmark for the company. The original was published by Bandai. For the sequel, Q has gone out entirely on its own. In Japan, Lumines II is the tiny developer's first self-published title.
The game hit Japanese shops on Thursday morning, but the real fun was to be had when the sun went down and the kids came out to play. In typical Mizuguchi fashion (remember the Yokohama rave event for Rez?), the official Lumines II launch event wasn't held at a Yodobashi Camera or a Tsutaya, but at a Shibuya club. The venue was Air, a famous hot spot in Daikanyama, a few steps south from Shibuya station.