PS2 Ad

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An ad from Sony in the latest issue of TOKYO WALKER (a bi-weekly city guide) advertising the big PS2 releases this holiday season. Pictured (clockwise from bottom left) are RACHET & CLANK 3, DRAGON QUEST VIII, GRAN TURISMO 4, METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER, TALES OF REBIRTH, and KESSEN III. It’s interesting to note that the release date indicated for GT4 is December 3, but just last week Sony announced that it was yet again pushing it back some more. Makes me wonder what last-minute problem is causing this new delay.

Dragon Quest 8

Today marks the release of the very long-awaited DRAGON QUEST 8. As every poster advertising the game announced, the game went on sale at 7 this morning. This of course meant lines galore.

About 300 people had lined up outside the main Yodobashi Camera store outside Shinjuku Station’s west exit by 7 a.m. on Saturday, the time that the game went on sale.

Read the entire MDN article here.

Touch! Exhibition: Feel the DS

I was walking around Harajuku earlier tonight, and when I stopped by Beams-T, I noticed a huge Nintendo DS display with 3 playable systems, part of something called the Touch! exhibition, also featuring Berlin’s Lodown. I had a chance to play the new MADE IN WARIO game (TOUCH! MADE IN WARIO) and Sega’s FEEL THE MAGIC: XY/XX. Both were just so damn fun, and really, you have no idea how great the DS is until you get a chance to play some of the games. The Wario game uses the stylus — the same kind you use with PDAs — and it was a total blast rubbing objects into movement, with the same adrenaline rush of previous Wario games. Same for the Sega game, which is a stylish graphic story with mini-games that pop up here and there. One of them had me rubbing stomach juices into movement to get a guy that had swallowed some goldfish to get rid of them, and then digging in the sand for a sweet honey’s lost jewelry. I really had a hard time stopping, and can’t wait to get one of these systems for myself — which is going to be a while, as it’s already sold out, even before the official launch (tomorrow). Oh well, I still have GTA: SA to keep me busy. But now Yuko is saying she wants to play the soon-to-be-out DRAGON QUEST VIII…

PSP Everywhere

Get ready for PSP madness to hit the street — alongside the Nintendo DS madness, that has already made it impossible to get a system because they can even match all the pre-orders — with this wacky marketing initiative:

According to Shibuya Keizai Shinbun, the company will be promoting the PSP in Tokyo by showcasing thirty mannequins that will be holding the handheld with stunned looks on their faces. It seems that this avant-garde ad campaign will be targeted at young, working age consumers (who have money to burn) rather than kids, as the mannequins will start off by appearing at popular coffee shops and interior showrooms in the fashion district of Tokyo, followed by shopping centers and other locations throughout the city. (Gamespot)

The image I have in my head is of OH! MIKEY style mannequins holding the PSPs.

San Andreas

OK, I’m coming clean. The site hasn’t been so active these past few days because my life has been completely taken over by GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS. I’m living/breathing the game. I spent countless hours this past weekend stealing, killing, pimping, racing, exploring… The game is truly mind-blowing. I know I’m late to the GTA party (I never really got a chance to play the other ones), but man, better late than never.

Lumines

Well, this piece of news sure makes me want to get a PSP.

Fans of Space Channel 5 and Rez will have something to look forward to on the PSP as Bandai will release Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s Lumines on December 12. Mizoguchi was the creative lead on both SC5 and Rez.

And that video I’ve just seen of RIDGE RACERS in action doesn’t hurt either — you’re basically playing the PS2 version of the game on a portable player. But on the minus side, the battery life is supposed to be just awful (about 2 hours on graphic intensive games, like the above mentioned racer).

As for gaming at Casa Snow, it’s pretty much all about GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS, with side-orders of RATCHET AND CLANK: GOING COMMANDO and BURNOUT 3: TAKEDOWN.

Roppongi Hills Monopoly

I saw a blurb on this Murakami Takashi designed Roppongi Hills version of Monopoly about a month ago (at the time of the Monopoly World Championships) in TOKYO WALKER, and here comes METROPOLIS with the following info:

Every four years—just like the Olympics—40 players from around the world gather to battle it out over a board game in the Monopoly World Championships. Just last month, Roppongi Hills played host to the 2004 extravaganza, with Spaniard Zafra Fernandez ousting Japan’s Utaka Okada as world champion.

To commemorate the Japanese competition, Hasbro asked artist Takashi Murakami to oversee the design of a special Roppongi Hills board. The properties on the board are all shops within the RH complex, and the pieces reflect the best of Murakami and Roppongi Hills—the counters are designed in the shape of the Mori Tower, and the set even comes with a Roppongi Hills handbook. For Japanese readers 8 years old and up, 4,179 yen with tax.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here before, but I absolutely love board games, and Monopoly is one of the classics — I even have the Japanese Star Wars edition, which I bought during my first visit to Tokyo 6-7 years ago, bringing it back with me to China. Wouldn’t mind owning this one.