PS4 gets Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest crossover cover plate in Japan

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Sony is holding a contest from February 24 to April 26, with the opportunity to win a special PlayStation 4 cover plate that features art from both the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series. The cover plate’s design features a Slime (a traditional monster from the Dragon Quest series), and a Moogle (a recurring race in the Final Fantasy series). The contest will be a lottery, and Sony will only make 100 copies of the cover plate.

Potential applicants will need to complete three steps to acquire a lottery ticket to win the cover plate.

Step 1 can be completed with any one of the following methods:

  • Purchase the “Dragon Quest Metal Slime Edition” PS4, enter the included special product code in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the PS4 Dragon Quest Heroes game‘s limited first edition, and enter the special item code for the “Dragon Quest III Hero Costume” in the PS Store, and download the special item.
  • Purchase the digital download edition of Dragon Quest Heroes for the PS4.
  • Purchase the digital download car edition of Dragon Quest Heroes for the PS4.

Step 2 can be completed with either one of the following methods:

  • Purchase the “Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Suzaku Edition” PS4, and enter the included special product code for Final Fantasy XV – Episode Duscae in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Ultimate Box for PS4, and enter the included special product code for Final Fantasy XV – Episode Duscae in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD limited first edition for PS4, and enter the included special product code for Final Fantasy XV – Episode Duscae in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the digital download edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for PS4.

Step 3 can be completed with the following method:

  • Download the “PS4 Dragon Quest x Final Fantasy Double Purchase Campaign Lottery Ticket”, for free.

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The 100 potential winners will be drawn from the users who successfully complete these steps and acquire the lottery ticket. The contest will run from February 24 to April 26.

All applicants will also receive a special Playstation 4 Dynamic Menu theme, with background art featuring the same art from the cover plate.

Dragon Quest Heroes is a roleplaying game in the long-running Dragon Quest RPG franchise. The game will be developed in collaboration with KOEI Tecmo Games’ Omega Force team, which also developed theWarriors series of games. In addition to being the first action RPG in the Dragon Questseries, the game will also be the first title in the series in ten years to be released on a PlayStation system. Yūji Horii is serving as the general director of the game, and Koichi Sugiyama is composing the soundtrack.

The story takes place in the kingdom of Elsarze, where humans and monsters work hand in hand, and everything is peaceful. However, one day, the monsters turn violent, and begin attacking the humans. Captains of the imperial guards Akt and Mare stand up in order to bring back the original hearts of the monsters, and bring peace back to Elsarze once more.

Square Enix shipped the game in Japan on Thursday, February 26. Square Enix has not yet announced a North American release date.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is the high-definition PS4/Xbox One port of Square Enix‘s original Final Fantasy Type-0 on the Playstation Portable system.

Square Enix describes Final Fantasy Type-0 HD:

“Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighboring Empire. Using the powerful abilities and magic of all fourteen characters in fast-paced action RPG combat, players must face the brutality and injustices of war to uncover the secrets of its genesis.”

Square Enix will release the game in North America on March 17, in Japan on March 19, and in Europe on March 20.

Sony makes Korean gamers’ dreams come true by finally giving them Metal Gear and Dragon Quest

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Korean gamers and netizens are crying tears of joy now that Sony has announced it will be translating some of the most popular Playstation titles into Korean for the first time. This might come as a surprise for many considering the popularity of video games in Japan’s close neighbor, but for years fans of these series were deprived of the ultimate gaming experience in their native tongue. However, that will finally change this summer.

Described by many netizens as a “dream come true,” Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced recently on their official website and blog that two of the most popular series available on the PlayStation, Dragon Quest and Metal Gear Solid, will be localized into Hangul, slated for release in summer this year. This strategic move is accompanied by the release of the PlayStation 4, also localized, and was announced by SCE Korea CEO Shiro Kawauchi. Korean fans can definitely look forward to an epic summer of endless gaming.

This move by SCE Korea generated much buzz on social media, and netizens have expressed nothing but immense joy at this news:

“Currently, the most likable Japanese person in Korea is the CEO that announced the news.”

“I can’t believe this is happening in my lifetime!”

“Kawauchi actually shed tears and told the Korean users, ‘Thank you so much for waiting.’ What a great guy.”

“I am cancelling all my summer vacation plans to buy the PS4.”

Looks like Sony played their cards right this time. Not only are Korean fans super-hyped for the PS4, their CEO also shot to fame as one of the most popular Japanese people in a country where netizens are often hostile to the Japanese.

Cute animals in powered exoskeletons: 6 wondrous items from the 2015 Wonder Festival (Japan)

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The latest edition of Japan’s bi-annual Wonder Festival brought out both male and female cosplayers, plus Sailor Moon figurines, which are well-known stalwarts of any good event celebrating anime and the creative arts. But what about the actual handmade models that put the wonder into the festival?

Amateur hobbyists converge at the event to display and sell unique goods, resulting in an array of never-before-seen models and items that can’t be found anywhere else. From ramen kewpie dolls to seductive vegetables, we’ve got photos of the most imaginative and eye-popping goods you’ll see this season.

Sylvanian Families powered up in exoskeletons

These little guys are a great introduction to the creative, no-holds-barred, mixed influence nature of the show. The cute, furry animal characters won’t put up with any funny business in these outfits.

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▼ 2,000 yen (US$16.84) for an exoskeleton set? You won’t find these sets at your local toy store.

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Ramen Kewpie Dolls

Incredibly popular in Japan, cherub-faced Kewpie Dolls are always up for a bit of creative cosplay, having appeared in the past as fish roe, balls of algae and all manner of fruit and vegetables. Popping up in a bowl of ramen, however, complete with cascading locks of noodles, is a surprising scenario, even for this character.

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Relive memories from long-lost amusement parks

The model kits at the Yukinonz stand might look ordinary, if not a little amateurish, to the untrained eye. Nostalgic hobbyists, however, would see this as a unique chance to breathe life back into old fun parks which have sadly disappeared or fallen into disrepair.

Nara Dreamland once shuttled happy passengers around the park in a shiny, three-carriage monorail. Today, it sits lifeless amongst dilapidated buildings, visited only by curious haikyoists, or urban explorers.

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▼ The submarine is another abandoned monument from Nara Dreamland.

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Takarazuka Family Land once had a glorious ropeway in operation. Sadly, the ropeway and amusement park no longer exist.

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Vegetables with attitude

Otonamiya is a company that uses resin and clay to create an extensive range of goods, including the Kewpie Ramen figures featured above. It’s their remarkable harvest of carrots and radishes that really steals the showm though.

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Optimus Prime featuring Original PlayStation

If you’re a fan of the original PlayStation console and have a soft spot for Transformers toys, this is the stuff dreams are made of. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S is set to release this kit on 28 February. Standing at 19 centimetres (7.5 inches) tall and retailing for 10,800 yen (US$90.94), Optimus Prime folds up neatly into a replica original PlayStation console, complete with memory card and controller.

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Venus de Milo action figure

The Figma doll series, produced by Max Factory and distributed by Good Smile Company, has done more than just give this famous beauty arms, creating a fully poseable Aphrodite to keep artists and fans of classic sculpture entertained for centuries to come.

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There are some great gems to be unearthed at the Wonder Festival. With the next event scheduled to be held at the Makuhari Messe Convention Centre on Sunday 26 July 2015, we’ve still got some time to save up for our upcoming wondrous purchases!

20th Anniversary PS4 00001 Model Sold for $130,000 USD

To mark the 20th anniversary of the original PlayStation, Sony has released 12,300 PlayStation 4s in the original-Playstation gray. The limited edition consoles are regularily priced at $615 USD — with the exception of the first production model with serial code 00001, which was put on auction in Japan.

The winning bid for the console was ¥15,135,000  JPY (approximately $129,000 USD). The price was unexpected even to Sony employees as one representative told The Wall Street Journal we appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations.

Although some may think its absurd to pay such a steep price, the bid may seem more sensible knowing all proceeds go towards Save The Children Japan.

 

Gilded Gaming: 24-karat gold gaming controllers by Colorware

 

Get some Nintendo on your Sony with these PS4 skins

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As odd a concept as it may sound to some, had the 1991 deal between Nintendo and Sony gone off without a hitch, not only might the PlayStation brand as we know it today not even exist, but gamers the world over might be able to play titles like Super Mario 3D World and Wii Sports on Sony-made hardware. Instead, with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft all vying for our hard-earned cash, console gamers are faced with a choice: choose a platform to invest in or live on nothing but baked beans for a year and buy them all.

If you’re a Sony fan and have already picked up a PS4, no doubt you’re as pleased with your purchase as we were with ours. But there’s no denying that Nintendo’s creations have a certain appeal to them, and few of Sony’s first-party characters could ever compete with Mario et al. Thankfully, third-party retailer LUCKY D has you – and your PlayStation – covered, as they’re selling sticker skins for PlayStation 4 featuring everything from Pikachu to Evangelion‘s Asuka.

We’ve seen all manner of limited-edition PlayStation 4 case designs since the console’s arrival just over a year ago. Besides the beautiful real-wood PS4, few have really caught our eye, though, and for those who picked up their console at launch it can be irritating to see alternative designs coming out just months later.

LUCKY D, however, has a solution. With their “PS4 Skin Seals” PlayStation owners can deck out their console with all manner of alternative designs. Nintendo fans especially will be pleased to learn that the Japanese retailer stocks two special skins which permit the unholy matrimony of Nintendo and Sony to take place, offering a sticker set featuring Mario and friends, and another which turns your PS4 into everyone’s favourite yellow lightning rat, Pikachu.

According to their Amazon JP listing, the stickers come in pieces, covering the PlayStation 4 console itself, DualShock 4 controller, and even the tiny touch panel on the controller’s front. It looks like the stickers wrap right around the PS4, too, giving the underside a splash of colour – something which those who stand their console vertically will no doubt appreciate.

▼ Mario and pals

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▼ LUCKY D is also offering this rather sexy Black Rock Shooter skin,

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▼ a tremendously cool skin featuring Asuka from Evangelion,

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▼ Boob pillow-cum-virtual idol Super Sonico,

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▼ and this Kantai Collection skin, which is sure to please fans of all things moe.

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The skins retail for between 3,200 and 3,672 yen (US$27-31) on Amazon JP. We’re sorry to say that our favourite of the lot, the yellow Pikachu skin, is already out of stock, however, so you may want to bookmark that page and check back regularly. As for whether these things are officially licensed, or how long Nintendo will allow the LUCKY D to use their characters on stickers designed for a rival console, only time will tell, so if you’re looking to add some Nintendo to your Sony, you may want to move quickly.

Mortal Kombat X Gameplay Trailer

After announcing the reprise back in the summer, here video game audiences are treated to a new peek at the gameplay from Mortal Combat X. Releasing across PlayStation and Xbox platforms, the game finds fan-favorite characters such as Princess Kitana and Kung Lao returning to the ring, executing penchant fighting styles and combinations in glorious high-definition.

The above clip introduces the aforementioned characters, as well as offers interested parties a chance to unlock champion fighter Goro if they pre-order the game. Enjoy the trailer above and look for Mortal Kombat X to drop in stores on April 4, 2015.