- Barbie Fashion Show: An Eye for Style
- Brain Quest Grades 3 & 4
- Brain Quest Grades 5 & 6
- Di-Gata Defenders
- Dinosaur King
- Disgaea DS
- Hi! Hamtaro Ham-Ham Challenge
- Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Lego Batman
- Margot's Word Brain
- My Japanese Coach
- My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie's Party
- My SAT Coach
- Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase
- Pipe Mania
- Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure
- Shaun the Sheep
- SimCity Creator
- Time Hollow
Before we get started, however, check out that Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia art. It's easily among the best Castlevania art we've ever seen.
- Time Hollow, the time-traveling adventure game from Shadow of Destiny creator (and Suikoden IV producer) Junko Kawano, is coming to Europe this November!
- The magic-themed Animal Crossing-esque communication game Tongariboushi to 365-nichi no Mahou is being released in Europe as Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry.
- Winx Club Secret Diary 2009 -- pretty much Diary Girl in a Winx Club theme -- coming out in Q4 of this year.
- Media: new screens for Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, in addition to the new games!
Time Hollow has you going back in time to fix small things that will affect the outcome of future events, like an accidental death or the end of the world. This is all accomplished with a magic pen that you control using, you guessed it, your stylus and touchscreen.
The game didn't sell too well when it came out in Japan last month, so we haven't heard many import impressions for Time Hollow. If you've played it, we would love to hear if you can use your pen to hunt down dinosaurs, Ray Bradbury-style.
Pokemon Ranger: Batonnage was once again the best-selling DS game, but newcomer Tottado! Yowiko's Deserted Island Life (which is about famous Japanese comedians being stranded on an island) did well, also. In hardware, the DS was crushed for the second week in a row by the PSP, which had its sales boosted by Monster Hunter and Star Ocean 2.
- PSP: 120,964
- Nintendo DS: 55,190
- Wii: 44,618
- PlayStation 3: 11,303
- PlayStation 2: 10,423
- Xbox 360: 1,452
The story is similar in software, as DS titles came no where near to matching the sales of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, yet there was still a lot of DS representation in the top thirty, as usual. New titles rleased last week that made the cut include Mobile Suit Gundam 00, which debuted in third, Vitamin X Evolution, Lux Pain, and Home Teacher Hitman Reborn!
Towards the bottom of the software chart, New Super Mario Bros. reappeared while Taiko Drum Master hung stubbornly onto the thirtieth spot. To see how other games were rearranged, just check after the break for the listings.
The top of the heap was none other than Pokémon Ranger: Batonnage, which completely crushed the competition in its debut week. Sim City 2 DS did well also, ending up in the number four spot. In fact, this is the best an EA game has ever done in its first week in Japan, with the exception of the FIFA titles. Time Hollow and Super Dodgeball are some other notable new releases, ending up in spots ten and seventeen, respectively.
After watching the videos, we can only say one thing: we want a damn pen like that.
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- Diary Girl
- Fantasy Aquarium by DS
- GoPets: Vacation Island
- Lost in Blue 3
- Sega Superstars Tennis
Despite the fact that, as alluded to in the post title, this stuff is basically marketing for other games, we love it when game music turns up in rhythm games. It may have something to do with the fact that video game music is awesome, especially from companies like Konami that care enough about music to make whole games about it.
This video is from the Japanese PS2 game Dance Dance Revolution Supernova 2 Super DREAM, and features original Time Hollow animation to go along with the game's surprisingly cool theme song. The song sounds vaguely Akira Yamaoka-esque (Yamaoka's works have also appeared in DDR games), though it was composed by Masanori Akita.
But, wait. What is this? More screens? We're excited yet again! Glowing pen want.
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We still think it's worth clicking through the reams of text to experience this demo, if only to have a look at the wonderful presentation of the game. The backgrounds are beautiful, and the music is lush (if a bit overwrought.) You'll also see a short cutscene or two showing the time-travel-pen gimmick.
This thing looks to have had money poured into it, so we wouldn't be too surprised to see Konami selling it worldwide.
Famitsu has a few new screens of the game along with their announcement of the release date. In addition, Siliconera is reporting that the Japanese release of Dance Dance Revolution Supernova 2 will include the Time Hollow theme as a playable song. It's a big day for ... that one adventure game!
The screens show a fairly standard-looking adventure game's 'investigation' style gameplay, but with surprisingly high production values. If Konami's willing to put a high budget on a graphical text adventure like this, maybe they'll localize it!
We would like to experience the story for ourselves. We really want to know more about hero Horo Tokio's cat, who was prominently featured in the game's trailer. He has a character portrait! Does that mean that he has dialogue?
Basically, the game involves you, as high school student Horo Tokio (a pun on "Time Hollow"-- "Horo" is a Japanicized pronunciation of "hollow", and "Toki" is Japanese for "time"), using a magic pen to draw circles around things you want to go back in time and fix. Key events are saved as "flashbacks" which you can then revisit and mess with using your tiiiiime pen. In the example scenario, you circle and fix the gears on a girl's bike so she doesn't die in a wreck. Charming!
This game is set for a Japanese release in January of next year, which seems very soon for a newly-announced title. Hopefully Konami can use some of that same speed in producing a localized version.