25. Oct, 2013 16:32 (HKT)

Pre-Order News: Dark Souls II, Taiko No Tatsujin: Wii U, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost

Welcome to our Pre-Order News! Great games seem to keep on coming, with no shortage of releases in the future - we hope that this highlighted selection of pre-orders strikes your gamer fancy!



Taiko madness returns in the Wii U version of Taiko no Tatsujin! Aside from the famous arcade style gameplay, this instance of Taiko comes to the screen in full HD. As well, backwards-compatibility for previous controllers and support for new controllers allows players to choose their preference of drumming away to Japanese hits. 

With a songlist starting at 70 songs and future updates, both complimentary or paid, taiko fans will have much to do. Genres stem from famous J-pop songs, Anime hits, Video game classics, Namco originals and for the first time ever, the introduction of the Vocaloid genre, ensuring that people from all walks of life will feel the pulse of Taiko.

As well, in addition the the 2 to 4 player coop mode, a new mode called the Baton Pass makes an appearance in which players clear songs and pass the Wii U Gamepad to the next player.

Taiko No Tatsujin comes in two sets, the individual game version as well as the bundle set which includes the special Taiko and Pachi set controls.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Wii U VersionWii UJPN US$ 23.9924h
Taiko no Tatsujin: Wii U Version [Bundle Set with Taiko & Bachi]Wii UJPN US$ 112.9924h


PlayStation®3 [Fighting]

Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS. Full Boost is the sequel to the fan favorite Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS.  Like it's predecessor, this arcade based Gundam on Gundam fighting game blazes through with increased features and epic battles akin to the Gundam Extreme series. As a port of the arcade version, expect additional units exclusive to the PS3.

Gameplay revolves around strategically choosing a squad and sending them into battle; there are many Gundams to choose from, from vague one shot characters to famous flagship mechas from almost every series. In battle, there is the standard arcade mode faithfully representing it's source material as well as an amalgam of extra missions and content. Actual gameplay changes are the introduction of 2 important additions: the Extreme Action where players have the ability to dash-cancel attacks for chaining complex combos and the Extreme Burst, a super mode reminiscent of the original's Awakening mode. During the Extreme Burst, an ultimate attack called the Burst Attack can be used, and each mobile suit has two types of this attack to choose from.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost will be released for the PS3 on January 30, 2014.

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full BoostPlayStation 3 (PS3)JPN US$ 39.9924h
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost [Premium G Sound Edition]PlayStation 3 (PS3)JPN US$ 59.9924h


PlayStation®3 [Peripheral]

For the authentic Full Boost experience, Namco Bandai will be releasing in tandem with the game an option to purchase the Arcade Stick! Faithfully recreating the feel found exclusively in Japanese arcades, the only thing missing from this special arcade stick is the cabinet itself. Featuring a robust weight, extremely tactile button response and  customizable inputs, play Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost the way it was meant to be played.

To see the stick in action, check out the Play-Select team as they play the alpha version with said peripheral! 

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost Arcade Stick for PS3PlayStation 3 (PS3)JPN US$ 399.991-2w


PlayStation®3 Xbox360™ PC [Survival Horror Action RPG]

In 2011, gamers were subjected to a gaming experience like no other; in Dark Souls, a practiced methodical approach in the face of overwhelming odds took players to a time reminiscent of old school games where difficulty was a welcomed feature, unlike modern titles and their tendency for hand holding.

Lauded as one of the most difficult games of this generation, nothing surpassed the feeling of defeating the game's sadistic trials and gaining a sense of true achievement. Dark Souls became an overwhelming hit, and those who had the perseverance to brave through found themselves masochistically wanting more.

With the announcement of the sequel, Dark Souls Fans voiced their biggest fear: that the sequel's difficulty would be watered down for the sake of attracting a new audience. Despite this, From Software's development team has ensured that the punishing difficulty remains; veterans and newcomers will be assaulted by new challenges adding to the experience – enemy AI has been completely improved with reactive and adaptive tactics tailored to give grief to the player, boss fights forgo any sense of predictability, and new environmental traps are engineered for many a frustrating return post death.

Dark Souls II continues in the series approach towards a psuedo-online experience, but different from it's predecessors are the new dedicated servers. For serious PvP Dark Souls players, this perhaps is the biggest change; no longer are lagging back-stabs an issue.

Also, in support of this change, the “Humanity” mechanic has been changed to “encourage” online play – there are punishments for constantly playing offline, but easier means to the online features, such as message leaving, finding jolly-cooperation, summoning and covenant features.

Graphically, Dark Souls II achieves new heights compared to it's predecessors Demon Souls and Dark Souls; aside from the new advanced lighting technology, every detail and texture is extremely well realized, creating an extremely immersive experience. Enemies and bosses look even more foreboding making for great visual clues for would be explorers.

The Black Armor Edition contains:

  • Steel Case Box
  • Dark Souls II OST CD

The Collector's Edition contains:

  • 12" Warrior Knight Figuring
  • Collectible Art Book
  • A Cloth Game Map
  • Steel Case Box
  • Dark Souls II OST CD
Dark Souls IIPlayStation 3 (PS3)US US$ 13.9924h
Dark Souls IIXbox360 (360)US US$ 22.991w
Dark Souls IIPlayStation 3 (PS3)JPN US$ 29.991w
Dark Souls IIPlayStation 3 (PS3)EUR US$ 24.992-4w
Dark Souls IIXbox360 (360)EUR US$ 19.992-4w
Dark Souls II (DVD-ROM)PC CD-ROM (PC)EUR sold
Dark Souls II [Collectors' Edition]PlayStation 3 (PS3)JPN US$ 259.991w
Dark Souls II [Collectors' Edition]Xbox360 (360)JPN sold
Dark Souls IIPlayStation 3 (PS3)JPN US$ 77.991w
Dark Souls IIXbox360 (360)JPN US$ 49.991w
Dark Souls II (Collector's Edition)PlayStation 3 (PS3)US sold
Dark Souls II (Collector's Edition)Xbox360 (360)US sold
Dark Souls II (Black Armour Edition) (DVD-ROM)PC CD-ROM (PC)EUR US$ 64.995-15d
Dark Souls II (Black Armour Edition)PlayStation 3 (PS3)EUR US$ 79.992-4w
Dark Souls II (Black Armour Edition)Xbox360 (360)EUR US$ 69.992-4w

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