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Natsume Announces Afrika for PlayStation 3 is Now Available

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260w ago - In Afrika for PS3, players step into the role of a freelance photographer exploring a brand new African wildlife conservation area.

They'll document the wildlife and photograph incredible sights such as a titanic clash between hippopotamuses, a pride of lions watching over its playful cubs, and a cheetah's lightning-fast chase as it runs down its prey!

Press Release: NATSUME ANNOUNCES AFRIKA FOR PLAYSTATION 3 NOW AVAILABLE

Highly-Anticipated Title Puts Players In Role Of Freelance Photographer In Safari Experience Of A Lifetime

Burlingame, Calif., October 6, 2009 - Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today announced that Afrika for the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system can now be snapped up at retail. Afrika, Natsume's first title for the PLAYSTATION 3, is a wildlife photography adventure set in a lush, unexplored region of Africa.

The game is available at an MSRP of $49.99 and is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

"We are very excited about Afrika's release today. We know many PlayStation 3 owners out there have been itching to get their hands on the game," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. "It was a real pleasure to work with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios...
 

Afrika for PlayStation 3 is Finally Coming to North America

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279w ago - Natsume announced today that they are bringing the PS3 title Afrika to North America this fall finally.

To quote: Developed by Rhino Studios, Afrika is a photography simulator with adventure elements.

Boasting licenses from Sony and National Geographic (to name a few), Afrika places you in the vast African wilderness as you attempt to capture images of the various animals and plants with your trusty camera.

Afrika is divided into several different modes, though all of them revolve around the "one with nature" design theme. The Safari mode is divvied into three parts: the Safari Game, the Photo Gallery and the Big Game Trophy mode. The GEO Afrika section of the game is also split into three segments: the Afrika Field Guide, the National Geographic Library and the Afrika Viewer.

The Safari Game is the bread and butter of the Afrika experience. In it, you'll choose between a male or female photographer and set up a large tent in the African wild, which serves as your base of operations. Here, you can sort through your various cameras and lenses, study maps of the surrounding environments and check your PC for email and more.

Emails are the key to accepting missions in Afrika, and missions are the primary gameplay component of the experience. You'll be tasked with pursing...
 

Afrika Debuts at Two in Japan, not a PS3 System Seller

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317w ago - The latest sales figures show that Afrika managed second spot in the weekly software sales for Japan. However, the PS3 didn't even manage to break five digits selling just 9,775 units in the week which was WAY behind the Wii's 35,755 weekly sales.

Conclusion? Afrika is not a system seller, at least in Japan...

To quote: The rest of the top ten was mostly older games. Wii Fit took fifth place with 31,134 units, and was followed by, Inazuma Eleven (Level-5, DS, 29,245), Battlefield Bad Company (Electronic Arts, PS3, 25,603), Dragon Quest V (Square Enix, DS, 23,389), Phantasy Star Portable (Sega, PSP, 23,106), and Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii, 22,621). Of these, Battlefield was new, although the PS3 version trailed the 360 version's June release.

In hardware, DS Lite was at the top once again, pushing 56,439 units. This was way ahead of the PSP's 41,664 units and the Wii's 35,755 units.

The PS3 got close to five digits, but didn't quite make the cut, finishing with 9,775 units for the week. Below it were PS2 at 8,810 units and Xbox 360 at 3,124 units.
 

Afrika for PS3 Japanese 2008 Promo video available!

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330w ago - Here is a peek at a brand new 2008 promotional trailer of the fabulous looking game known as Afrika for the PS3...

To what lengths would you go to capture nature in its wildest state?

Video below, courtesy of GameTrailers- Enjoy!




 

No Afrika for Europe, says Sony

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331w ago - A Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesperson has confirmed that it will not publish Rhino Studios' forthcoming "safari-simulator" Afrika in European territories, according to a Eurogamer report.

Initially announced during E3 2006, a coming soon teaser page for Afrika was recently launched on the company's Japanese website. Little is known about the title thus far, but from looking at the released screenshots it does appear to be a photography game in the vein of Pokemon Snap – except with, you know, real wildlife.

Note that this does not rule out another publisher picking up the title for a European release in the future. A North American release has yet to be announced.
 
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