Beach Resort Lounge Hits the Japanese PlayStation Home

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244w ago - Today Irem has announced that it is offering a new Beach Resort Lounge and also bringing a variety of beach wear to the Japanese PlayStation Home.

Items include the following, roughly translated:

Straw hats in a variety of colors, hard hats for cave exploration complete with helmet lights, bikini tops and bottoms, sports towels, sandals and tenderloin feet (flippers), water glasses (goggles), surf shorts, and mosquito coils.

There is also an area for you to go underwater, until your Air Gauge runs out of course.

Enjoy the diving and beach resort.. Beach resort is up!
 

Japanese Adult HD Movie Distribution Hits the PlayStation 3

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245w ago - Perhaps Sony's PlayStation 3 just won the console war, for some anyway.

Kotaku (linked above) reports today that Japan's DDM.tv is bringing on-demand Blu-ray quality HD adult movies to the PS3.

Apparently the service requires a broadband connection, an HDMI cable and a PS3 console... the only device the service works with presently.

To quote: "Before downloading the movies for a fee, users must log onto the DMM.tv Blu-ray Web site and can search for titles like by keywords, actress, genre, etc.

Discerning titles include the likes of Yuma Asami and the 100 M'baters. All hundred of them. On your PS3. In full HD. Yeah."
 

Japanese Console Hardware Sales for July 6 - July 12, 2009

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248w ago - There's an underlying trend beneath this week's Japanese hardware sales rankings - every console that Dragon Quest IX cannot be played on sank like a stone made of lead.

Every console on which Dragon Quest IX can be played skyrocketed like a sky... rocket. Do you see the lesson presented here, gaming hardware manufacturers?

If you don't have Dragon Quest IX on your console, you should probably get up on that. Then again, you could just start painting your consoles red. That seems to work too.

To quote: The Squeenix-developed RPG - which is apparently perfect - sold an absolutely staggering 2,318,932 copies in its first two days on store shelves. After running the numbers, we've calculated that during those two steamy Akihabara nights, 13.2 copies of Dragon Quest IX were sold every second. (Seriously.)

We've also discerned that Square Enix will harvest a million buckets of money from the Japanese sale of this game alone - but it's nice to see Nintendo's catching a few pails of their own.

• DSi: 118,202 (up) 71,347 (152.27%)
• PSP: 26,527 (down) 6,322 (19.25%)
• Wii: 22,141 (down) 2,830 (11.33%)
• DS Lite: 10,161 (up) 2,654 (35.35%)
• PS3: 9,864 1,332 (down)(11.90%)
• Xbox 360: 3,561 (down) 2,315 (39.40%)
• PS2:...
 

PS3 Gets Its First Pay-To-Play Game via Japanese PSN Network

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248w ago - According to TheSixthAxis.com (linked above), Trash Panic has hit the Japanese PSN Store today under the name Gomi Bako in its native country.

The title has been re-released as a pay-to-play game: for ¥100 you get 3 lives, and unlike the 'full' PSN game, you can unlock Home Rewards.

To quote: 100 Yen is roughly 69p, which gives you an idea of the cost. Whilst I'm all for new ideas, this one makes me feel a little uneasy - I'd rather pay more up front and keep the game free, and yes in this case that's entirely possible but if Sony go down this route for other games in the future they'd be on groundbreaking territory.

Still, it's probably more effective than a demo, especially with the Home Rewards. There are no PS3 Trophies for this version of the game.
 

Japanese Brawler Kenka Bancho 3 to Hit PSPs in North America

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250w ago - Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today revealed that it has secured the publishing rights to Kenka Bancho 3, a Japanese beat'em up for PSP system.

The game, which puts players in the role of a high school student on a class trip to a historic Japanese city, includes no shortage of fist-to-face and knee-to-gut action, and all in the name of pride and bragging rights.

Press Release: ATLUS TO BRING JAPANESE BRAWLER KENKA BANCHO 3TM FOR PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) SYSTEM TO NORTH AMERICA; FANS TO BE GIVEN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO NAMING PROCESS

What's in a name? You tell us.

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - JULY 7, 2009 - In an unprecedented move for the publisher, Atlus will look to fan input in the process of choosing a title for the game's North American release.

"Kenka Bancho 3 is a terrific brawler with all the action and humor PSP system owners crave," said Aram Jabbari, Manager of PR and Sales for Atlus. "That said, the game is also called Kenka Bancho 3, which, without translation, may not be the most intuitive title for non-Japanese speaking gamers.

Therefore, we're going to open things up for our fans to help us pick the game's new North American title. We wouldn't be in this situation if my suggestion for the title, Buncha Banchos, had been accepted," Jabbari added...
 







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