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My Japanese Coach needs a release date coach

It's a little odd when Amazon is the main source of information on a game, and when it comes to My Japanese Coach, nearly all the substantive news has come from the online retailer, from screenshots to release dates. According to Amazon, the training title, which was originally scheduled for September 18, has been delayed to October 14. My Japanese Coach was already previously bumped, but only for a week.

There were some concerns over the game when those first, very early (and very rough, in places) screens appeared, and that, combined with the double delay, makes us wonder if there aren't some fixes in the works for the title. But who knows? It could be something as simple as inauspicious scheduling.

We hope to actually see My Japanese Coach in mid-October.

Gallery: My Japanese Coach

Valkyrie Profile delay softened by new footage

Square Enix has delayed the Japanese launch of Valkyrie Profile: The Accused One by four weeks, citing a need to improve the game (in ... four weeks?!); the title has now been shifted to October 30th.

While we immediately began to fret over the implications of this development, Square Enix skilfully took advantage of our famously short attention spans and chucked a new video our way, one that left us gurgling with pleasure at some of the ridiculously over-the-top attacks that will be available. Honestly, give us some bright colors and fast-moving images, and you've got our undivided attention.

Source: Nooo! Delay!
Source: Yaaay! Video!

No Chrono Trigger for Europe this year

But rest assured European gamers, you are getting Chrono Trigger DS. It just won't be hitting your shores for awhile now, as the window for the game's release has been pushed back to "early 2009." One would assume that to be Q1, but you all know what your teachers told you about assuming.

So who's looking forward to the DS update of this classic RPG? Some consider it to be the greatest game ever made, you know.

Gallery: Chrono Trigger

A delay for Dokapon

Dokapon Journey is just so cute that it couldn't even make its forthcoming release date. At least, that's our first guess. They might have just been low on insults. Whatever the reason, the Japanese release for both the DS title and the Wii's Dokapon Kingdom has been bumped to late next month. We would moan and complain about the possibility of the delay affecting the US release, but -- oh, that's right. There isn't one. Only the Wii game is scheduled for localization.

Bitter? Us? Maybe. If you need us, we'll be scribbling "Buttface" on all Atlus materials until we get an announcement about the DS game. We won't even mind if it takes a while to get here. See? We're nice.

Gallery: Dokapon Journey!

NIS announces Disgaea delay, releases English trailer

If this Disgaea DS trailer seems familiar to you, it's because we posted the clip a week ago, only in Japanese! If you missed out on the SRPG when it debuted on the PlayStation 2 in 2003, this localized video should give you a better idea of the Disgaea series' unique mechanics -- tossing players, bribing the senate, etc. The English trailer also shows new additions to the DS port, like a playable Pleinair and commentary by a disgruntled Prinny. Supposedly, Disgaea DS will also feature an "all new story focus" with "a new experience and a new ending."

Despite initially announcing a July release for North America, NIS America has revised its schedule to ship Disgaea DS in the states this September, instead. With Final Fantasy IV, Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2, and Civilization Revolution all coming out in July, perhaps it's for the best!

Gallery: Disgaea

Rumor: Harvest Moon: Delay of Frustration

Once mooted for a June 8th release, Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness now looks like being held up for almost two months, after Gamestop listed a revised release date of July 29th.

Oh, sure, that's not the same as official confirmation from Natsume by any means, but we won't lie to you: we're all worried sick. Our cow, Clover (far right), is so concerned she's barely yielding any milk, the sheep are bleating more than usual, while mealtimes at the old farmhouse are now conducted in deathly silence. Even the chickens look sort of anxious.

[Via Go Nintendo]

Hori Charge Stand delayed, coming to America?

We hope you haven't already put in a preorder for Hori's upcoming DS Lite Charge Stand! When we last previewed this accessory, Play Asia had put up a product page promising to deliver the stylish dock to your doorstep for $16.90 (plus $5.90 s/h) once it debuted in Japan this month.

Checking the online import shop earlier today, we spotted a pair of notable details, bad news and good news, if you will:.
  • Bad news: The charging base's shipping date has been moved to May
  • Good news: There is now a listing for the White DS Lite Charge Stand bearing a US flag, scheduled for June and priced at $14.99.
Is Hori's North American arm planning to bring the dock to the states as it has with many of the company's other DS accessories? If so, it might worth waiting an extra month to pick up the Charge Stand at a local store for a few bucks less. Hit the gallery below for glamour shots of the White and Black models.

Gallery: Hori DS Lite Charge Stand

The Twin Age gets a new start date

Summoning Summon Night: Twin Age into North American stores is proving to take longer than expected for publisher Atlus. When the localization of the stylus-controlled ARPG spinoff was first announced, it was given a release date of May 20th. Atlus just sent a press release out stating that they've delayed the game two weeks to June 3rd. That's a couple more weeks to play Drone Tactics, at least!

That just means that every DS game ever is being compressed even more tightly into the same release period. Eventually, the entire 2008 DS lineup will be released in June.

Gallery: Summon Night: Twin Age


[Via press release]

Bangai-O Respite: Possible two-month delay

Normally, the idea of waiting longer for Bangai-O Spirits would totally ruin our day, but to be honest, we were relieved when we saw that Gamestop has changed their release date to August 12th (Amazon still says June 24th). There is just way too much DS stuff coming out in June -- especially for people of a 2D action/shooting persuasion. It's a bad situation not only because it's really expensive to get all the new stuff at once, but because it forces non-crazy people to choose, hurting sales of everything that comes out then.

We don't expect Bangai-O Spirits to be a massive hit (though it should be), but we at least want all the DS shooter fans to be able to space it out a bit from Space Invaders Extreme, in order to maximize its sales in that group.

Gallery: Bangai-O Spirits

Pirates arrrr coming to the DS in June

Many of you fancy yourselves swashbuckling fiends, which means you grab onto any pirate-related news as if it were treasure. At least, Oxygen is banking on this, which is why they're bringing Pirates: Duels on the High Seas to the DS.

Originally, the game was supposed to end up in Europe on April 18th. Oxygen revealed today, though, that the game's release was pushed back to June. The title seems to have a lot of gameplay content (multiple single player modes, single-cart multiplayer, varying tasks, etc.), but we suppose we'll have to wait until June now to see if it's actually any good.

You can also expect a a WiiWare prequel for this game at some point this summer (called Pirates: The Key of Dreams) to expand upon the story of Duels on the High Seas.

[Via press release]

Rumor: Drone Tactics' April release gets squished

We've been buzzing (har) with anticipation for bug-based strategy title Drone Tactics since we first discovered that Atlus was localizing the game, but recent developments have caused some confusion about when we'll getting our hands on it.

Things seemed perfectly clear earlier this month, after Atlus themselves told us we could expect the title on April 8th. Now, however, both GameStop and GameFly have Drone Tactics listed for release on May 13th and May 15th respectively.

Concerned and frightened, we contacted Atlus for clarification, though have yet to receive a definitive answer. As soon as we know more, dear reader, so will you!

Gallery: Drone Tactics

Insecticide's release date repelled

Bad news for bug-detective adventure-platform action game fans: Insecticide isn't ready to emerge from its cocoon just yet. Amazon sent a notice out to an Insecticide preorderer that the game would ship out on March 11, instead of the previous February 12 date. The product listing has also been changed accordingly, and GameStop has updated their listing as well.

Our Gamecock contact confirmed the delay, which is the second so far. He wasn't sure of the exact issue, but suggested it had to do with needing more time to manufacture a sufficient number of copies. So we don't get our own copies as soon, but there's a higher possibility that we will all be able to find one at all.

Gallery: Insecticide

[Via GoNintendo]

Europe will wait to assassinate

Europe has to wait for games so often that we should just assume all announced games will be delayed (low blow, sorry), but we digress. The latest game to avoid European release is the DS version of Assassin's Creed, which is now scheduled to come to continent on March 28th. On the bright side, we haven't heard many Europeans (or anyone in general) champing at the bit for this game, so those of you who live across the pond might not even mind this delay too much.

The North American date for Altair's Chronicles is still marked as February 5th, giving Europe enough time to find out whether the game is any good before committing to buy it.

Super Dodgeball Bummers: Arc delays the game

Japanese publisher Arc System Works announced that they're delaying the release of the Japanese version of Super Dodgeball Brawlers from February 21 to March 19, citing the usual desire to improve the game.

We asked American publisher Aksys Games if the delay would affect the U.S. release, which, according to Nintendo's gigantic list, was slated for April. The Aksys rep told us that the game had never actually gotten a confirmed release date, but that since the American version is built from the finished Japanese game, Aksys will certainly have to wait for the final version before releasing it elsewhere.

In happier news, Aksys posted another spate of wonderful special-attack videos, this time focusing on the French team. The new Fake Shot (above) may be the most diabolical throw in the history of the series.

Our Video Game Delay

Our Video Game Certification (or Our Video Game Exams, however you'd like to refer to it) is one of the weirdest games coming in 2008, and as both DS fans (and therefore training fans) and retrogamers, we were looking forward to it with genuine interest.

Even importers will have to wait to test their skills with teensy bits of Xevious and Mappy, as Namco Bandai has announced a delay of the title, from March to a vague "2008." The stated reason is to improve the game's quality, which could mean anything from more Wonder Momo content to less Wonder Momo content. We're a little upset about having to wait, but to be honest the first half of 2008 looks to be so comically overloaded with games that most of us would be forced to pass on an import gem like this anyway.

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