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DQIX dated for March release in Japan


We're narrowing in on the release date for Square Enix's upcoming DS RPG, Dragon Quest IX. The company announced today that Japanese gamers can expect to get their hands on the game in March of next year. As for an exact date, they weren't willing to divulge that information at this time.

So who's dying to get their hands on this?

Gallery: Dragon Quest IX

DS Daily: Whither Professor Layton?


So, uh ... we all bought Professor Layton and the Curious Village, right? If not, trust -- you are really missing out. But that's not the point of today's morning chitchat. No, instead we'd like to ask a burning question: where the hell are the other two Layton games? We hoped to see them announced at E3, but it didn't happen. Think the second one will be announced before the end of the year?

Chrono Trigger gets date for North American release


It looks like the early December release that GameStop predicted is false. Chrono Trigger will be hitting North American shores a week earlier, on November 25th. The rest of the press release is kind of bare, with the exception of one thing: Arena mode.

At the end of the features section, it reads that "brand-new dungeons" and "an Arena mode" will "add exciting new dimensions to this timeless classic." Is this the two-player mode that we're all in the dark about? Sounds like it to us, meaning Chrono Trigger could allow for co-operative play in these new dungeons, as well as some kind of versus mechanic in this Arena mode. We might be reaching a bit, though, with the reality of it most likely being the new dungeons are only accessible from the single-player campaign and the Arena mode will let you and a friend do a boss rush or something.

Gallery: Chrono Trigger

Final Fantasy IV coming in July


Did you miss the date for Final Fantasy IV in the last issue of Nintendo Power? We did, and so did many others; we were all too busy reading the incredible ten page spread on the game to look at the chart on page 18. Now RPGFan is also reporting that the game will ship this July, so it should be only a matter of time before Square Enix confirms the release. At this rate, we can expect Final Fantasy VI (also known as the one we're waiting for on the DS) in July of 2009. Can we get on that, guys? Not that we aren't excited about Final Fantasy IV (we are!), we're just ... uh ... looking ahead.

Gallery: Final Fantasy IV


[Via Gemaga]

Contra: Dual Promoters


Contra 4 has really undergone some serious changes for its Japanese release and it's getting less manly by the moment. In fact, these people promoting the game don't seem to have a single chest hair. There's nary a headband in sight. Those muscles are absolutely pitiful. What have you done, Konami? This is the last straw! Someone needs to draw mustaches on these girls and maybe whip up a couple of protein shakes immediately.

Where's Nintendo Power? They know what Contra is really all about: pure, undiluted beefcakery. Accept no substitute.

Gallery: Contra Japanese promotion

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Square Enix aiming for simultaneous game releases

One thing that we constantly gripe about is localization. There are many games that we'll never see translated, and the ones that do make it over often take (what seems like) forever. Our mothers always told us that patience is a virtue, but as far as we're concerned, patience can take a hike.

Maybe we're natural born whiners, or maybe companies like Square Enix just like to torture us by releasing games in Japan so much earlier than they do in rest of the world. Take, for example, Final Fantasy IV and Dragon Quest IV, which have been out in Japan for months and not even announced for localization. We also have The World Ends With You, which is coming to America and Europe in April, although it was released in Japan last July. It's understandable because most Squeenix games are text-heavy RPGs, but it's still not fun to wait, nonetheless.

The company is trying to cut down on its localization times, however, and Square Enix's president Yoichi Wada is aiming for simultaneous worldwide releases. In fact, he said that the company would be "making simultaneous releases the norm." While it's hard for us not to laugh out loud and praise Wada for making such a funny joke, we think he's actually serious.

Does that mean it will happen? Probably not. But we appreciate any effort by the company to shorten the waiting time for those of us who don't live in Japan.

[Via NeoGAF]

Japan hit by ASH in October

No wonder we've been seeing so much on Archaic Sealed Heat in the magazines lately -- it's scheduled for release in Japan in early October. They must have been working overtime at Mistwalker, because this is no cobbled-together piece of work ... ASH looks like it could end up being one of the most amazing games we've seen on the DS to date. And now, it seems very likely that we'll be seeing a lot more in the coming months. Let's hope for some proper screenshots and a video or three!

Phantom Hourglass due for June, saves summer



Last year's middle months were starved for high-profile releases -- publishers held back the big guns for the holiday season, and the Nintendo DS relied on Big Brain Academy and third-party GBA games to fill out its summer schedule. The latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu reveals that this year could be different with the early release of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass on June 23rd.

After seeing that the only Phantom Hourglass previews available at GDC were of the game's multiplayer mode, we didn't think that Nintendo would have Link's new adventure ready until Christmas. The announced date is for Japan, of course, but we don't expect a significant delay for its North American arrival. The series has always experienced more success in the US, sales-wise.

June 23rd happens to fall on a Saturday, which is unusual when you consider that outside of Dragon Quest and hardware debuts, most games in Japan are brought out on Thursdays. Could a Zelda-themed DS Lite also be in the works? We've got our fingers crossed!

Nintendo dishes out the goods on Q2 release list for Europe

Who doesn't love lists? We know we certainly do! And this list we have, oh boy is it a big one. It's chock full of the type of information you want in your list, namely release dates for all the upcoming DS and GBA games releasing in Q2 for Europe. So, you wonderful European reader, maybe you should head past the post break and see what you're getting?

We'd suggest it.

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Upcoming releases for Europe

If you are the kind of person who might have a few euros in your pocket, then you might want to break out a calendar and that special red pen, because the latest list of upcoming DS releases is full of stars. Even better? The next two months are pretty packed. Makes up for a few of those lackluster weeks, eh?

Hit the jump if you wish to grok the list in fullness, and remember, this is by no means complete. Do we need to mention also that it's subject to change? In fact, since it's a European list, we're pretty sure it will change, and probably often.

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DS releases for the week of April 2nd

What a week! At this rate, we could almost use a DS drought, just to give us time to save up some cash! But we shouldn't complain, since our counterparts in the UK and Australia aren't having much of a week as far as releases go. Isn't that always the way of it? One week, we get a ton of games and they get none, and the next week it's reversed. The only thing we can ever count on is that Japan is going to debut a veritable truckload of new titles. No matter what's going in the rest of the world, the Japanese must have their new DS games.

US releases

  • Cake Mania
  • Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales
  • Honeycomb Beat
  • Konami Classics: Arcade Hits

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DS releases for the week of March 26th

It's a busy week for new releases, no matter where you are in the world -- so long as you've got a DS, there'll be something for you to do. And for those of you with an eye toward importing, Japan has their usual allotment of 3,527 new DS titles. Seriously.

So anything tickle your fancy this week? Perhaps you're into the classics, Konami-style, or maybe you plan on settling down. Or maybe, just maybe, you happen to really dig certain licensed games. It's okay, you can tell us if you love Disney. We won't laugh. Probably.

On with the releases!

DS releases in the U.S.

  • Disney's Meet the Robinsons (also GBA)
  • Honeycomb Beat
  • Konami Classics: Arcade Hits
  • Purr Pals
  • The Settlers
For the rest of the globe, check the lists after the jump.

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DS releases for the week of March 19th

It seems like we only just found out about Theme Park DS and here it is, shipping to stores everywhere this week. We're willing to bet that a few of you will be bending the stylus in the pursuit of your dream park by the weekend. But hey, if parks aren't your thing, there's a ton of games out this week. Helps to make up for some of the recent lackluster weeks, eh?


DS releases for the U.S.
  • Custom Robo Arena
  • Major League Baseball 2k7
  • Puzzle Quest: Challenge of WarLords
  • Steel Horizon
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Theme Park
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007

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DS releases for the week of March 12th

After a jam-packed week, it looks like we're back down to our regular schedule. That means a lull in releases and a distinct lack of information on weird Japanese housewife sims. We're as sad as you are, and we know you're sad ... unless you're not in the U.S. You guys get no less than 8 million DS games this week (just replace "8 million" with "several" for that pesky accuracy).

This week in the U.S.:
  • Mind Quiz: Your Brain Coach
  • Herbie Rescue Rally DS
For the rest of the globe, check after the jump.

Continue reading DS releases for the week of March 12th

DS Opera Browser coming to the US in June

Used this picture like FOUR timesObviously, wireless tube extension technology was only in its infancy here in America when Opera released its own internet browser for the Nintendo DS mid-last year. Tucked away in a laundry list of releases, however, we've noted that Opera has finally decided to port the darn thing over for our enjoyment, coming on June 4th.

Though no pricing has yet been revealed, one has to wonder exactly how many of these they're going to sell. It's nice to be able to browse in a hotspot without the bulk of a laptop, but as our sister site Joystiq notes, it lacks Flash, sound, PDF, and video support. Exactly how badly do you want to check up on DS Fanboy every hour?

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