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Tecmo Koei President Says XBox 360 is Doing Better in Japan

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286w ago - Kenji Matsubara, global President and CEO of Tecmo Koei Holdings, has said that despite a difficult start in Japan, Microsoft is doing better with Xbox 360 than it did with the original console.

To quote: "Xbox 360 as a business is doing better than the old Xbox," he told Kikizo.

"They have a good opportunity for growth, but of course Sony is a Japanese company and Microsoft is known as a business software company, so brand image is one point. But Microsoft is doing well, especially considering how difficult it is these days.

"I think they have good growth potential for the future depending on the titles. We have a close relationship with Microsoft so I hope we can be a part of that."
 

Koei MMORPG Uncharted Waters Online Coming to Japan in 2009

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319w ago - Dynasty Warriors and Romance of the Three Kingdoms series developer Koei is bringing their popular MMORPG, Uncharted Waters Online, to the PlayStation 3 in Japan during 2009.

According to Siliconera, the game is based off the Uncharted Waters series of games, the first of which was released on the Super NES in 1992.

This MMO sends players into the ocean, but not as pirates. Taking cues from history, Uncharted Waters is set in the Age of Discovery when Europe explored the seas- picking one of six nationalities, and one of the three basic classes in order to engage in trading, exploration and sea battles.

No information regarding pricing or subscription fees have been released at this time. Sadly, Uncharted Waters Online and its expansion (Cruz del Sur) are currently available only in Asia, so it seems unlikely this PS3 version would make it into the Western market.
 

Koei Announce Monster Racers for Nintendo DS

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324w ago - Koei have announced Monster Racers for the Nintendo DS today. Monster Racers utilizes side-scrolling platform-style action to race through tracks while avoiding obstacles.

Up to four friends can compete in race tournaments. "Monster Racers will feature Wireless DS Single-Card Download Play and Wireless Multi-Card Play. Players can also download courses and share their race times via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection," said Hisashi Koinuma, KOEI's producer for Monster Racers.

Press Release: Monster Racers utilizes side-scrolling platform-style action to create a racing experience that everyone can easily learn and enjoy. For first time in the genre, challenges will use the player's skill in controlling speed and reaction time, in fun and familiar settings.

Throughout each race, players will gather power-up items while avoiding obstacles such as "icicles", or "meteors". With a wide variety of courses and monsters, players can choose which monster is best suited for each race.

Up to four friends can compete in race tournaments. "Monster Racers will feature Wireless DS Single-Card Download Play and Wireless Multi-Card Play. Players can also download courses and share their race times via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection," said Hisashi Koinuma, KOEI's producer for...
 

KOEI Announces Dynasty Warriors: Multi Raid for the PSP

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328w ago - Today KOEI announced 'DYNASTY WARRIORS: MULTI RAID' for the PSP platform. In Japanese, you might know this as 'Shin Sangoku Musou Multi Raid'.

This PSP game is based on 'Dynasty Warriors 6', but also adds new features and abilities such as the 'Shin Musou Kakusei'. There will also be new Stages and a somewhat upgraded version of 'Musou Rage' which is similar to 'Super Saiyan Effects' for you Dragonball Z fans out there.

In the title, we know that all characters will be able to transform into 'super' versions of themselves. Set for release this Winter in Japan, no North American date has been announced yet.

The first scan from Shonen Jump magazine can be found below!
 

Tecmo Rejects Square Enix Bid, in Talks to Merge with Koei

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329w ago - Square Enix announced its proposal last week to acquire a controlling stake in Tecmo. While the bid was set to expire later today, Tecmo formally rejected the offer this morning, as they believe a merge with Koei would be more fitting.

From the released statement, translated by Reuters:

Through a merger, we expect we can grow further by respecting both companies' identities and having an environment in which employees can fully exhibit their skills.

Koei, eh? Makes sense. Tecmo is popular here in the West with titles like Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive, while Koei is well-known for its Dynasty Warriors series, which is a huge hit in Japan.

So a merge would give them significant market share in both countries. Given the current state of the company, it's rather surprising that Tecmo passed up on Square's offer indeed.
 
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