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PSP Fan Art Fridays: Riviera

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When Riviera came out on the GBA, it developed a small following, but didn't quite hit it big. Hopefully that will change when the PSP redux comes out next month. With that in mind, we have this colorful and cute Riviera fan art. This great work is done by Nuriko-kun. There's a great sense of lighting on the image, that is pretty remarkable. If you like the above fan art as much as we do, check out Nuriko-kun's deviantArt page to see her other work. That, or you can let Nuriko-kun know what you think of the art in our comments section.

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English Riviera screens are titillatingly funny

The upcoming RPG, Riviera: The Promised Land, has certainly gone on a long journey. It first appeared on the WonderSwan Color. Then, it was enhanced and ported over to the Game Boy Advance. Now, it makes yet another appearance on the PSP, with newly revamped everything. (Sounds like another RPG that's heading to the system.)

New screenshots from Atlus have revealed something we didn't expect: a surprisingly sharp-tongued script that seems a little heavily focused on the feminine figure. Seriously, you won't count just one reference to bust size in our new gallery.

Although based on years-old tech, these screens look pretty sharp. Good 2D never goes out of style, right? Expect more on Riviera as we get closer to its release next month.

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Riviera: The Promised Land makes it way to the US

Like Disgaea, Riviera is a 2D sprite-based RPG that hardcore gamers seem to be entranced by. However, unlike NIS's darling, Riviera is actually finding a US release. It'll arrive in June, featuring new event scenes, a CD-quality soundtrack and a dual-language track for voice acting (wow!). That's something the GBA version never could've handled. Heck, even the DS wouldn't be able to do that.

[Thanks, Bud! Via RPGFan]

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First Riviera: The Promised Land video released

PSP getting ports from new sources

It's no secret that the PSP (as with any system) gets ports of games from other consoles. Most of the ports to PSP logically come from the PlayStation 2. But all that is starting to change. With the PS3 on the rise and the PS2 on the decline, PSP is starting to get ports from some unexpected places.

The DS has many a game that it's shared with the GBA, but recently it seems like more and more GBA games are jumping over to Sony's portable. The most obvious of these are all of the recently announced Final Fantasy projects. From Final Fantasy Tactics to just plain ol' Final Fantasy, these GBA remakes are being remade again for the PSP. But it doesn't just end there, the PSP will also see a port of the GBA RPG title Riviera (which is great for me, since I never played that game).

Of course, while it seems like quite a few PSP games are from GBA land, that isn't the only system sending off titles to PSP's library. Xbox games like Xyanide and Painkiller: Hell Wars are reported to have versions coming out this year for PSP and the DS racer Asphalt Urban GT 2 will be out shortly. Even the PC isn't exempt as fantastic physics platformer Gish has a release date for our system of choice.

The future though seems to be the Wii and PSP connection. While Alien Syndrome is one of the only Wii/PSP games announced so far, the fact that Wii games have to be developed independently from the rest of the home consoles means many developers may be looking to PSP versions as another source of profit. Of course as with any business move, these ports will have to make money if this is to become a serious trend.

First Riviera: The Promised Land video released

First Riviera: The Promised Land video releasedBack in August, Famitsu broke news of Sting's Rivieria: The Promised Land, the GBA tactical RPG, being ported to the PSP. Well now, the first video has been released, and you can see it here.

Although, most of the text that accompanies the video is in Japanese, you can still get the gist of what the game is all about, just in case you haven't previously played it. While the graphics do look a bit crisper, the main "upgrade" from the GBA version is the inclusion of voice acting.

On Sting's official site, they have loads of Riviera PSP content available for download. C'mon, I know you're a sucker for cutesy 2D sprites!

[Via DCEmu]

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