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Dissidia and Patapon 2 dated, new bundles announced

SCEJ just dropped a ton of information concerning several major PSP titles for the remainder of 2008. Three huge games are now officially slated for this holiday season in Japan, and two of them are certainly games you probably won't want to miss importing. Dissidia: Final Fantasy is now set for a December 18 release, while Patapon 2 Donchaka and Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam will both be out November 27 and 20, respectively.

All three games will be sold alongside bundled packs that include the new bright-screened PSP-3000. Patapon 2 Donchaka not only dons a new subtitle, but will also be available as a PS Store download for those who want to save a couple of bucks over the UMD version. This is a similar strategy as seen by Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or2 and Bleach Soul Carnival. Tax-inclusive prices for games and bundles are after the break ... just in case you wanted to know how much money will be leaving your wallet this holiday season.

[Via press release]

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Xbox Japan's most popular game, Idolmaster, moves to PSP

For some crazy reason, Namco Bandai decided to release the very Japanese Idolmaster game exclusively on Xbox 360. It quickly became the system's most popular game ... but that doesn't say much for those that follow the Japanese charts every week. Looks like Namco Bandai realized that the franchise needed to jump ship to a much more popular platform. And it has -- the PSP.

The [email protected] SP looks to be based on the arcade original, with downsized PSP graphics. You play as a producer that must work with a variety of underaged pop idols. To ensure maximum profitability, Namco Bandai is releasing three versions of the game, each with three characters. (Wondering Star will actually feature four. Terrific value!) Considering the incredible desire of nerds to manage anime pop stars, we have a feeling this will do very well when it debuts in Japan.

[Thanks, Joe!]

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 website and first screenshots

The first screenshots from Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 have been released by Famitsu on their website, along with a single one from Dengeki Online. The official site has also been launched here, even though there isn't any information in it other than the game is slated for a winter release in Japan. It also appears Veigue from Tales of Rebirth will make an appearance. There isn't much to go by at this point, but take a look at the three screenshots over at PSPHyper.

Source -- PSPHyper
Source -- Official website
Source -- Famitsu
Source -- Dengeki Online

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 announced

Surprise, surprise -- a Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 has been announced in Japan. We were pleasantly surprised to see in this week's issue of Shonen Jump details on another Radiant Mythology game. Details are scarce at this point, but like the previous Tales of the World games, it is a crossover title with characters from different Tales games. The character count is reportedly over 50, more than double the less than 20 characters of the first game. Even the formerly exclusive Xbox 360 character Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia is in it. Take a look at the other characters in the scan over at PSPHyper. The first Radiant Mythology title was released in the US, so we are hoping this sequel does the same. Stay tuned for more info!

[Thanks, Shawn and Saigon!]

Macross Ace Frontier announced

Macross Ace Frontier has been announced as a new mecha title for the PSP. Developed by Art Dink and published by Namco Bandai, the title is aiming for a Fall 2008 release in Japan. The game will include mechs from Macross, Macross Plus, and Macross 7.

Currently, the game is 60 percent complete; glad to hear Art Dink is going to work their butts off to pull off that remaining 40 percent in time for autumn. Unlike some other games and dev teams ... we're looking at you Dissidia! Anyway, check out what the game looks like over at Jeux-France.

New Naruto Heroes 2 vids are 'Jutsu' beautiful

Excited for more Naruto? Perhaps you'll want to take a look at these two new vids of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2. These vids showcase the ultimate Jutsu attacks for both Naruto and Sakura. IGN, where these clips originally came from, plans on taking a look at all the other characters and their Jutsu attacks in upcoming updates this month. So look out for that, check out the second clip after the break, and look forward to the game coming out this month on June 24 in North America. Don't forget about that pre-order bonus folks.

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Code Geass: Lost Colors trailer features talking, rock music

It's time for an anime-inspired trailer. You're looking at the latest trailer for Code Geass: Lost Colors, which seems to be your typical adventure novel style of game. Apparently, you even get to have awkward conversations in a hot springs -- a convention that's found in nearly every anime remotely centered around a relationship. If it's your type of game, cool! But for those who don't know Japanese, it's a tough sell.

Tales of Rebirth official website updated with new screenshots

The official Japanese website for Tales of Rebirth has been updated with more screenshots. Judging by what we see, the former PS2 game is transforming smoothly into a PSP game.

As the Japanese release of Tales of Rebirth is just a little under a month away, it can be expected there will be even more to check out on the official website in the coming weeks. We still haven't heard of a North American announcement yet, or any plans of bringing the game anywhere outside Japan for that matter. What does that mean for us non-Japanese? It's just one more game to fuel our bitter jealousy.

[Via PSPHyper]

GDC08: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 incoming

You can always rely on anime games to come out with Madden-style annual updates. Namco Bandai and CyberConnect 2 have announced Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Herores 2: The Phantom Fortress for PSP this June. The fighter will feature twenty characters from the popular series. According to IGN, "Phantom Fortress' story mode will have Naruto and his pals battling through a flying fortress that has descended on Hidden Leaf Village." There will also be more than just fights: there will be quizzes and mini-games.

Just like the previous iteration of the franchise, the game will take advantage of ad-hoc multiplayer (no infrastructure, we're sad to report). Game Sharing returns -- a huge plus of the original. Stay tuned for more.

Gallery: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2

The first Tales of Rebirth trailer appears

It's time to finally see some Tales of Rebirth in action. Well, via this small video screen that shows an even smaller PSP screen (only for a little while, though!). The remake seems to be moving along towards its March release in Japan fairly well. We're very excited Namco Bandai decided to keep the game 2D at heart. As much as we loved Symphonia and Abyss (what do you mean, Legendia? Don't joke with us), we can't ignore the originals in 2D that just felt more ... special. Enjoy!

Peachy keen new Tales of Rebirth screens

Seems that Jeux-France has gotten hold of some fascinating new screenshots for the upcoming PSP game Tales of Rebirth. As with most Tales games, it has a great visual flare and the new screens show us some of what appear to be regular magic spells with a large piece of art depicting the character casting the spell. You also get a glimpse at the "Dramatic CD" you'll never see stateside. The game looks great -- we're very pleased they stuck to a 2D sprite mechanic. Those were the better ones anyway.

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