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News of the Month – March 2017

| By: Bismuth

Do your friends talk about Nintendo Switch a lot throughout this month? Do you see the news about Nintendo Switch everywhere this month? Yes, Nintendo‘s newest console, Switch, has finally launched in this exact March! No wonder so many people and news are talking about it! However, in addition to Nintendo Switch’s release, we also have a lot more updates happened this month to give to you.

GENERAL

Special highlight

  • Nintendo Switch

Nintendo NX Revealed as Nintendo Switch

The long awaited console, Nintendo Switch, is finally launched in this month! It’s such a remarkable event as Microsoft and Sony congratulated Nintendo for the launch!

  • Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary - Feature

Square Enix released a new trailer to celebrate Final Fantasy‘s 30th anniversary! The trailer is titled “Timeless Legacy”, allowing us to look back and see how far Final Fantasy has become over the years.

  • Ys VIII

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana’s

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana also gets its fair share of information this month. Special mention goes to its new battle system which can be showed here in the form of screenshots and video.

New games announced!

  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory Western Release

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth series gets a new entry titled Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory. The game is launching for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in Japan this year!

  • Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2

Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 Announced for 3DS!

A sequel of the 2015 game, Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 for Nintendo 3DS will be released by Atlus and Spike Chunsoft!  It is not yet known if they are planning to release the game globally, though. While waiting, let’s check the trailer here!

  • Hakoniwa Company Works

Sandbox RPG Hakoniwa Company Work Announced by Nippon Ichi, First Screenshots Revealed!

Nippon Ichi Software announced a Minecraft-styled RPG titled Hakoniwa Company Works. The game will release for Playstation 4. Not only Minecraft-styled, it also has some RPG element! How is it possible? Check the detail here!

  • Megadimension Neptunia VIIR

Megadimension Neptunia VIIR - Feature

Compile Heart has announced that its upcoming title, Megadimension Neptunia Victory II Realize or Megadimension Neptunia VIIR is coming with PlayStation VR support! All we have for now is that the game will be releasing this Summer in Japan. Check the debut trailer for more detail!

  • Seiken Densetsu Collection

Seiken Densetsu Collection

Square Enix announced that they will be releasing Seiken Densetsu Collection for Nintendo Switch.  This version will add some new features into the collection that can be checked here!

Collector’s Edition

  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII - The Zodiac Age - Limited Steelbook Edition

Square Enix announced a Limited Steelbook Edition as well as Collector’s Edition for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. It also shows some gameplay. Both of the collector edition and gameplay can be seen here!

  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia

Fire Emblem Echoes Trailer

Nintendo has revealed that Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is getting a limited collector’s edition for both North America and Europe! Check the contain and teaser clip here!

  • Hakuoki: Kyoto Wind

Hakuoki Kyoto Winds - Limited

Idea Factory International announced that otome VN Hakuoki: Kyoto Wind will be having a western limited edition! The pre-orders will be available as soon as April 18th on Idea Factory’s website.

  • Ray Gigant

Acttil announced that they’re going to release a physical edition of the RPG VN Ray Gigant! There will also be limited physical edition that will be sold at April 14th at Limited Run Games‘ website.

Release Date Revealed

  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Danganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyPreviously a Sony console exclusive game, Spike Chunsoft finally announced Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony to release for PC in the same day as the console versions, September 26th, 2017. But, it will be released earliar, January 12th, 2017, in Japan, and later, September 29th, 2017, in Europe.

  • NieR: Automata

NieR: Automata

Square Enix finally confirmed the official release date for NieR: Automata. Before, it was predicted to be released on March 10th, 2017. But now the official date for the release is March 17, 2017. No more prediction or assumption, it’s the real date! Fans can finally relax and wait for the game to be released.

  • Tokyo Xanadu

Tokyo Xanadu

A cute girl group from Tokyo Xanadu brings you the great news of the game release date! They even sing it for you! June 30th, 2017. But no, the date is actually announced by the game’s publisher, Akyss Games.

  • Cyber Danganronpa V: The Class Trial

Cyber Danganronpa V: Class Trial

After the announcement of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony announcement date, now we have Cyber Danganronpa VR: The Class Trial announcement date! Give many thanks to Spike Chunsoft, because it will also be released this year! Specifically this month. March 7th for North America, and March 10th for Europe.

  • Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

A mature-rated RPG VN that will have a sequel this fall, Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception finally got a release date from Atlus, this spring, with a specific date of May 23rd, 2017.

  • Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds

Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds

Another VN within the Hakuoki series, previously called Hakuoki: Shinkai Kaze, now called Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds by Idea Factory International, finally got a released date! May 16th, 2017 for North America, and May 19th, 2017 for Europe. Fans of the series can now look forward to it and have a taste of the game; the moments with so many attractive guys.

  • The Caligula Effect

The Caligula Effect

Just another RPG by Atlus, The Caligula Effect is getting a release date for the western release! May 2nd, 2017 for both North America and Europe. One month earlier than the Japanese release, no?

  • Cosmic Star Heroine

Cosmic Star Heroine

Once a Kickstarter-project game developed by Zeybod Games, now the game have an official release date, April 11th, 2017 and will be available for Playstation 4 and PC. It will also be available for Playstation Vita after the first release. Those who supports the game on Kickstarter can finally play the game.

  • Akiba’s Beat

Akiba's Beat

A magical girl who gives you lots of love! But, no, this is not a normal magical girl, because ehe brings an exciting news! Sadly, the news isn’t about magical girl RPG. Akiba’s Beat by XSEED Games and PQube that previously got delayed, finally got another release date. This time, it’s legit. The game will be released on May 16th for North America, and May 19th for Europe.

  • Valkyria Revolution

Valkyria Revolution

Don’t get distracted, people. Don’t. Because you’ll miss something important! This tactical RPG by Sega got the release date announced! It will be available on June 27th and June 30th in North America and Europe respectively.

Re-port/Remastered

  • Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: DaybreakA Visual Novel by PQube! Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak previously already available for consoles, but now it gets the PC version! Those who don’t have the consoles can now look forward to play it on PC!

  • Rewrite

RewriteAn old school Visual Novel by Prototype that got remake for Playstation 4. Fans will be able to enjoy the VN again, and on HD! Sadly it will only available in Japan, for now. Just hope that the remake VN will gets a western release.

  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

Previously a Nintendo DS game called Radiant Historia, now the game gets a Nintendo 3DS version! It is now called Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. In this version, the game gets a new scenario after completing the main timeline. Curious, no?

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey

Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey

Another game from Atlus, but this time it is a remastered of the 2009 Nintendo DS game, Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey will be released for Nintendo 3DS with new features!

Release Date Delayed

  • The Alliance Alive

Alliance Alive release date

FuRyu‘s The Alliance Alive is getting delayed again! As it currently stands, the game will be released for 3DS on June 22nd. The delay happened as the developer wants to polish the game’s quality. In addition, a special CD soundtrack and themes are given as a pre-order compensation!

  • God Wars: Future Past

God Wars: Future Past Western ReleaseGod Wars: Future Past is getting delayed again for the second time! Kadokawa Games cited that they’re trying to further improve the game’s quality as the reason for the delay. Currently, the game is planned to release on June 22nd.

Localization to English Announced

  • 428: Shibuya Scramble

Spike Chunsoft announced western edition for the popular live-action VN 428: Shibuya Scramble! The game will be released on both PC and PlayStation 4 as soon as Spring 2018! The VN itself is originally released in Japan back in 2008, for the Nintendo Wii.

  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory Western Release-5Bandai Namco‘s Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory is officially announced for western release! The popular series will be coming to both North America and Europe as soon as early 2018!

Game Update

Important Company / Console Update

  • Nintendo Switch

Nintendo SwitchNintendo Switch is now officially launching! The Switch is now on sale for $299.99 USD with more than a dozen game titles ready to be played! And guess what? Even Microsoft and Sony congratulated Nintendo for the Switch release!

  • Playstation 3

PlayStation 3Time to say goodbye to PlayStation 3! Sony finally announced that the production of PS3 is officially ended in Japan. The console was originally released back on November 2006 in Japan, followed by the western release in March 2007, and subsequently getting various version releases.

Important RPG update

  • Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade

Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade - The Emperor

Square Enix adds The Emperor from Final Fantasy II into the villain roster of Dissidia Final Fantasy for Arcade. Emperor Mateus will be added into the game in a later date in March. Click here to see the full report.

  • Persona 5

Persona 5 - Caroline and Justine - Featured Image

Atlus released two new trailers for Persona 5 in English: one to introduce Caroline & Justine, who are the guards of Velvet Room, and the other one is to give an overview of what the game is about.

  • Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross]

Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] - Logo

Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] at PAX East 2017, a rebranding of the existing Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ to further expand the mythology of the series. See the full report here.

  • Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood - Trailer Screenshot

Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida hosted a panel at PAX East 2017, where he answered various kinds of questions regarding the upcoming expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, as well as the plans for the future.

  • World of Final Fantasy

World of Final Fantasy Patch 1.02 Will Launch at January 12 in Japan

Square Enix previously announced at PAX 2017 that Balthier from Final Fantasy XII will be joining as a DLC champion for their newly released World of Final Fantasy, and now the DLC is available for download.

  • Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV - Episode Gladiolus DLC - Featured Image

Square Enix shared some new information at PAX East 2017 on the upcoming Episode Gladiolus DLC for Final Fantasy XV with a trailer, screenshots, and a key visual. See the full detail here.

  • A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV

A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV is Available Now for Free and gets a Launch Trailer!

Previously announced as a Gamestop exclusive bonus, A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV is now available for free for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Check out the full detail over here.

  • Mary Skelter: Nightmares

Mary Skelter: Nightmares Premise and Battle System Explained!

DualShockers had the chance to discuss about the upcoming horror but moe dungeon crawler, Mary Skelter: Nightmares with publisher Idea Factory International at GDC 2017. Check out the full detail here.

  • Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X

Card Battle RPG Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X Trailer!

Bandai Namco will be releasing Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X for Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game itself will be quite similar with Dragon Ball Heroes that is available only in Japanese arcade. Click here to see the full detail.

  • Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin

Valkyrie Anatomia - NieR Automata - 2B

Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin is getting another crossover, Square Enix announced. This time, it’ll be with the newly released NieR: Automata, bringing its protagonist ‘2B’ into the mobile game as a playable character.

  • Vikings – Wolves of Midgard

Action RPG Vikings - Wolves of Midgard Gets Launch Trailer; Available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Vikings – Wolves of Midgard, an RPG based on the Norse mythology by Game Farm, is now released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One with a launch trailer to celebrate.

RPG/VN Cross-Media

Movie

  • Pokemon The Movie 20: I Choose You

Pokemon the movie 20: I Choose You!In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon series, a new Pokemon movie is being prepared! Nintendo revealed that the new movie will retell Ash‘ story right from the beginning. The film will release in Japan on July 15th, while no western release has been announced yet.

Music

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of The Goddesses TourPlayed the latest Zelda series yet? Shortly after the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a live concert tour is already in plan! The tour, dubbed Symphone of the Goddesses will play all around the world, bringing the fresh music of the newest title alongside other arrangements of the series!


And with this, March has finally ended. Nintendo Switch’s release is surprising, but Sony‘s decision to end PlayStation 3‘s production is surprising as well, in a sad way. Despite those news, we fortunately get relieving news this month including release date for certain long-awaited games and announcement of new games and remastered games! My personal favorite news are Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey and Nier: Automata PC version. Which is yours? Write your comment below!

 

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  • Alexander

    Personally excited for the Digimon news! Yay!

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