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29. May, 2015 18:33 (HKT)

JUNE IN JAPAN: Japanese game release highlights for June (Part 1)


SHIREN THE WANDERER 5 PLUS

PlayStation®Vita [Dungeon RPG / Rogue-like] Release: June 04, 2015 [JPN]

Shiren the Wanderer is coming to the PSVita! Originally released for the Nintendo DS Spike Chunsoft will be adding additional content to the game in the form of new dungeons (unlocked after completion of the main story), camera controls, as well as widescreen and Trophy support.

Shiren the Wanderer is a rogue-like dungeon RPG, which means the game randomly chooses from a set of static dungeons that can be different every play-through. Further keeping the rogue-like feel alive dying resets Shiren's level to 1 and all non-stored items are lost, although players can save at various points. In fact, a lot of reviewers initially docked marks from their reviews because the game was too hard! Kind of missing the point of an 80's-style rogue-like if you ask us!

As you move through the dungeons via turn-based movement you'll be required to outwit your enemies using your superior tactics and clever puzzle solving skills while finding mysterious items, numerous spells, and other equipment to help you on your journey.


Fushigi no Dungeon Fuurai no Shiren 5 Plus: Fortun Tower to Unmei no DicePlayStation VitaJPN US$ 54.991w

STELLA GLOW

Nintendo 3DS™ [Simulation RPG] Release: June 04, 2015 [JPN]

In celebration of their 10th year anniversary Imageepoch (Time and Eternity and Luminous Arc) are releasing Stella Glow, a simulation RPG where you take on a world full of swords, 'Song' magic, and Hilda the Witch of Destruction.
Players take on the role of Alto, a young knight tasked with convincing Witches throughout the Regnant Kingdom to join his side and stop Hilda and her lackeys. Each chapter is split into two sections: free time and tactics, where you engage in strategy RPG battles. The central theme of the gameplay is making use of the forgotten magic of songs by 'tuning' allied Witches.

The below video should give you an initial look at the game's battle system in action, as well as character bonding, orbs and orb skills, missions during your free time, treasure hunts, side jobs, the Witch's Spirit World, and a whole range of activities you can do in your 'free time!'

The Sync system is increased by having conversations and spending time with other characters, this progress will unlock 'Sync Skills' that are used in combat! Weapons can also be customized with the use of Orbs, which are placed in a slot on the weapon and will modify and add new skills.

In order to acquire the very important Song Magic players will need to dive into the heart of one of the witches and take on a beast from within! Defeating the beast will unlock her Song Magic and awakens her goddess form.


Stella GlowNintendo 3DSJPN US$ 54.991w

NATSUIRO HIGH SCHOOL SEISYUN HAKUSYO

PlayStation®3 PlayStation®4 [Open World Love-Adventure] Release: June 04, 2015 [JPN]

Introducing D3 Publisher's open world love-adventure and photography game! As you arrive on the island of Yumegashima for your three month stint at Natsuiro High School you'll join a full cast of characters, including the all-female journalism club that have enlisted you as their new photographer!

Players can freely explore their new island home by choosing between over 150 quests to carry out, interacting with the 300 inhabitants, fishing for strange items, and of course taking pictures of whatever, or whomever, inspires you!

Throughout the game players will see characters with an exclamation mark over their head, which indicates that players will have to make a decision when talking with them. This will often mean, but is not limited to, choosing whether or not to accompany a girl from the journalism club as their photographer. Visiting the correct locations could mean changing the outing from work-related to a date!

The protagonist doesn't always have the best of intentions when he is behind the camera, and as a result the subject matter is as lewd as you want to be; from panty shots to those of scenic vistas and everything in-between. You'll have to watch your back though as there is:

A whole list of activities that could put the police, or your school counselor, hot on your trail:

  • Intentionally bumping into other people with no reason.
  • Lying on the ground either face up or down and obstructing other people from going about their business.
  • Trying to enter locations where men are off limits.
  • Brushing up against people while bicycling.
  • Riding a bicycle inside a building without permission.
  • Trying to take photos from low angles without permission.

READ MORE: Love, an open world, and photography in Natsuiro High School for PS3/4!

First-print copies Natsuiro High School: Seishun Hakusho will include a 'Mini Bikini Golden Ball' set of costumes.


Natsuiro High School Seisyun HakusyoPlayStation 4JPN US$ 69.991w
Natsuiro High School Seisyun HakusyoPlayStation 3JPN US$ 58.9924h

SHIN ATELIER RORONA: HAJIMARI NO MONOGATARI THE ALCHEMIST OF ARLAND

Nintendo 3DS™ [RPG] Release: June 4th, 2015

Originally exclusively for PS3 and PS Vita,  Shin Atelier Rorona: Hajimari No Monogatari The Alchemist of Arland (also known as Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland) will be ported to 3DS on June 4th in Japan with chibi characters and revamped battle system. 

Follow chibi Rorona - a world famous alchemist from Arland to improve her alchemy skills and defeat all the scary monsters with her friends, this time, with the new redesigned system, players will be able to use grid for measuring the attack range and come up with better tactics in the battlefield. As well, new features like "Auto Battle Mode" and "Back Attack Mode" will also be seen in this installment; gamers will be granted the capabilities to make one ally automatically fight one certain foe as well as gaining players' advantage by hitting the foe's back.   

Besides, more playable characters and new costumes as well as accessories will also be introduced to this remake title; featured new costumes and accessories include bikinis, nurse uniform, various garments, and even adorable puni hood! As well, adding Atelier Astrid Mode, players will be able to enter into the earlier life period of Astrid and Sterk when certain conditions fulfilled.

Shin Atelier Rorona: Hajimari no Monogatari The Alchemist of Arland [Premium Box] will be released at the same date with its regular version including extra character metal charm set (5pcs), cleaner cloth pouch, and mini wall scroll.  


Shin Atelier Rorona: Hajimari no Monogatari The Alchemist of ArlandNintendo 3DSJPN US$ 49.991w
Shin Atelier Rorona: Hajimari no Monogatari The Alchemist of Arland [Premium Box]Nintendo 3DSJPN US$ 69.9924h

PlayStation®Vita [RPG]   Release: June 11, 2015 [JPN]

Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki FC Evolution, also known as The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Evolution, is an enhanced PS Vita port with remastered high definition graphics and full voice-overs as well as extended storyline. This title will be released on June 11th in Japan alongside with its limited edition and Chara-Ani limited box set. 

This story is set in Liberl Kingdom - a country thrives of its precious materials and state-of-the-art technology. People here live in a peaceful life until one day Erebonican Empire attacks the realm for snatching resources. Follow Estelle and Joshua, to defeat the enemies and explore the dark secrets of the kingdom!

This installment features its new Field Attack system; Players will be able to attack the on-field enemies before battle and gain player advantages as well as increasing escape chance. As well, this title will cover over 50 songs and redesigned facial expressions as well as new added characters like Agate Crosner, Tita Russell, Klose Rinz and etc. Besides, a whole new user interface design and PS Vita exclusive S-Craft skill will also been shown in this port.

As for the limited edition bundle, it will conclude extra DVD: Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen, original artbook: The Legend of Heroes SORA NO KISEKI First Chapter Evolution Archives (Joshua version).

And for the Chara-Ani limited box, besides the DVD in limited edition, it adds original artbook: The Legend of Heroes SORA NO KISEKI First Chapter Evolution Archives (Estelle version), original rubber strap set and original leather accessory case.

While for the limited edition & Chara-Ani limited box set, it will conclude all the five extra items listed above plus one DVD: Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen (Chara-Ani Limited Edition Original Package).


Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki FC EvolutionPlayStation VitaJPN US$ 64.991w
Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki FC Evolution [Limited Edition]PlayStation VitaJPN US$ 89.991w
Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki FC Evolution [Chara-Ani Limited Box]PlayStation VitaJPN US$ 229.991w
Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki FC Evolution [Limited Edition & Chara-Ani Limited Box Set]PlayStation VitaJPN US$ 354.991w

RHYTHM TENGOKU THE BEST +

Nintendo3DS [Rhythm] Release: June 11, 2015 [JPN]

Rhythm Tengoku: The Best + is the fourth game in the Rhythm Heaven franchise, which first began way back as a Japan-only Gameboy Color title, and will contain a mashup of music mini-games, including 70 different minigames from the previous three games, and 30 new minigames that are new additions to the series for that 'Best of' feeling.

The controls are very easy to learn and understand. Players use the A button, B button, and cross pad. If you prefer tapping with a stylus there is a touch screen mode.

In the story mode of this game, the player helps a character named Tebiri back to their hometown by playing and beating each rhythm based minigame that is presented to the player.

This game will feature co-operative play where specific minigames will be able to be played with up to four players total. The game will reportedly use the Download Play feature, meaning some games can be played even if only one person owns the game.


Rhythm Tengoku The Best +Nintendo 3DSJPN US$ 44.9924h

DRAGON BALL Z: CHOU KYUUKYOKU BUTOU DEN / EXTREME BUTOUDEN

Nintendo 3DS™ [Fighting] | Release: June 11, 2015 [JPN]

Developed by Arc System Works (BlazBlue, Guilty Gear), Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butouden is an upcoming fighting game for the Nintendo 3DS that will feature over 100 characters from the incredibly famous anime and manga series.

Story Mode will consist of seven Sagas in total (Saiyan, Frieza, Cell, Buu, Battle of Gods, Broly, Bardock) and a separate Adventure mode entitled "Makafushigi Adventure" which will be where players go to unlock characters and Z-Assists. Players will find themselves fighting alongside both heroes and villains throughout their favorite arcs, starting all the way from the first Saiyan Invasion!

Tenakichi Budokai Mode, or the World Tournament Mode, is where you will take on the best of the best fighters that Extreme Butouden has to offer, watch out because these opponents will be way more difficult than any other mode in the game!

Players will also be able to challenge their friends to combat over a local connection. The Street Pass functionality of the Nintendo 3DS will allow players to trade Guild Cards to see how a player's relative strength. If you engage in Street Passes seven times the mighty Shenron will appear and allow you to choose from a variety of wishes!


Dragon Ball Z Chou Kyuukyoku Butou DenNintendo 3DSJPN US$ 59.991-5d

Below you can find a translated V-Jump scan that details all the playable characters in the upcoming game!

(Scan courtesy of ShonenGameZ.com, Son Goku (Super Saiyan God SS) is also playable but missing from the image)


CHAOS;CHILD

PlayStation®4 PlayStation®3 PS®Vita [Adventure] Release: June 11, 2015 [JPN]

"If you are God, and the delusion becomes reality. About what kind of the noids you get? Is it the sensual world? The despotic society? The destructive sanctions? Or...?"

Following Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate and Robotics;Note, Chaos;Child is the fourth game in the Science Adventure series. Originally released exclusively for Xbox One, this franchise will be ported to PS3, PS4 and PSVita by 5pb. on June 25, 2015! 

The story is set in October 2015 - six years after the "Shibuya Earthquake" of its prequel - Chaos;Head Noah. This time, players will follow a talented newspaper club member - Miyashiro Takuru to discover the truth about multiple mysterious death cases. In order to find the murders, players need to use their investigation skills to analyze every detail and link them together. 

Adding whole new Mapping Trigger system, this title grants players the ability to nail proof photos and relevant materials on the map for further research. Players will utilize this map to do inductive reasoning based on all the possible clues. Screening fake proof and overcoming inner fear, the plot will only proceed when players have solved each case. As well, different level of investigation skills will directly affect the story ending.

Also, Chaos;Child will come out alongside a limited edition for each platform containing an additional special booklet & Drama CD. 


Chaos; ChildPlayStation 4JPN US$ 69.991w
Chaos; Child [Limited Edition]PlayStation 4JPN US$ 99.991w
Chaos; ChildPlayStation 3JPN US$ 84.991-5d
Chaos; Child [Limited Edition]PlayStation 3JPN US$ 99.991w
Chaos; ChildPlayStation VitaJPN US$ 59.9924h
Chaos; Child [Limited Edition]PlayStation VitaJPN US$ 99.991w

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