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Lumines sales up nearly 6000 percent since exploit

Many modern PSP owners do not have homebrew-capable PSP systems. Therefore, when an exploit was found in Lumines that defeats protection in 3.50 firmware, many leaped at an opportunity to purchase the beloved PSP music/puzzle game. Sales on have jumped up a whopping 5,900% percent, making it the tenth best selling video game on the retailer's site. Until there's an alternative solution for those clamoring for homebrew on their systems, Lumines looks like it will be experiencing quite an incredible new revival in sales.

[Thanks, ben!]

Lumines II downloadable demo

Longtime PSP Fanboy readers know that we love Lumines II. For the unacquainted, this puzzler from game guru Mizuguchi combines music and highly addictive gameplay for a truly mesmerizing experience. Try this new demo, fresh from the game's Japanese website.

1. Download the demo EBOOT file.
2. Connect your PSP to your computer using a USB cable.
3. Go to the PSP/GAME folder.
4. Create ULJM05232 folder.
5. Copy EBOOT file into the ULJM05232 directory.

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Top 5 on PSP: Puzzle

The PSP has plenty of owners, but some claim it doesn't have many great games. With that in mind, every day this week we'll feature a new genre and list the top 5 games (according to metareviews), so no matter what you're into, you'll have some idea of what games you should own. Today the focus is on puzzle games, which the PSP first became known for. But there's more good puzzle games than just Lumines.

Top 5 Puzzle games on PSP

  1. Lumines
  2. LocoRoco
  3. Lumines 2
  4. Mercury Meltdown
  5. Exit

What makes the puzzle games on the PSP so unique is how they are audio/video showcases, which seems odd when you consider how puzzle games used to be. Of course, these 5 games are enjoyable to play as well, which is what really counts. Though I am suprised there weren't even more Q? Entertainment titles in the top 5. But what do you think about these 5 games? What puzzle games aren't on this list that you think every PSP owner should have?

If you missed it, you can check out our previous top 5 game lists:






[Data Via Metacritic]

Play Lumines-clone, for free, on your computer

Lumines goes to Xbox. Every Extend Extra goes to Xbox. Now, Lumines goes to the computer, thanks to the efforts of Bradley Eccles. Lumineccs is a pretty faithful Lumines clone, playable on your Flash 9-enabled computer. For those of you that havent played the PSP classic, you must drop blocks and arrange them to create solid 2x2 blocks. Sounds easy: but wait until it gets faster! Use the arrow keys to move your block, and the spacebar to turn. It's so easy--I know this is going to ruin a couple of productive days at the office.

[Via digg]

Mizuguchi launches in style

While the rest of the world has had the ability to enjoy Mizuguchi's Lumines II, Japan only recently got access to the puzzler. Unlike America and Europe, where the game was published by Buena Vista Games, this Q Entertainment effort is self-published in Japan, marking it as a huge milestone for the once-smalltime developer.

To celebrate the launch of Lumines II, Mizuguchi held a massive party in Air, a famous hot spot, a few blocks south of Shibuya station. Famitsu was on hand, offering tournaments, and the alcohol flowed freely. Check out IGN to see more pics and details from a night of puzzle-inspired debauchery.

See also:
PSP Fanboy review: Lumines II

Lumines invades MMO

Game Watch is reporting that popular Asian MMO Angel Love Online is receiving the Lumines treatment. While you won't be clearing blocks to music, you can alter your health bar face image to one of the very recognizable Lumines avatar or icon things. This team up is meant to help sell copies of Lumines 2 since owners of the sequel get the code for the icon off the Lumines 2 packaging. I personally would rather have my MMO avatar wear a Lumines shirt than a health bar face image, but I don't play MMOs, so my opinion on the matter is as useful as a queef.

Import game releases for the week 02/11/07

Another week, another week of import games to feature. For those not in the know, every week we profile the coming import games for that week. It's an interesting list this week, we have the Japanese version of Lumines 2 and multiple RPGs and an anime visual novel. Will you import any of these games? Check the list and let us know.

Continued after the jump ...

Continue reading Import game releases for the week 02/11/07

How different is Lumines on PS2?!

I love Lumines on my PSP and between all Lumines 1 & 2 had to offer, I didn't think the PS2 version of Lumines could get me to buy it. That is until I got an e-mail from Sony's Playstation Underground describing what Lumines Plus was like. The description says "Based on the film, a trio of unique characters use their skills to solve puzzles & succeed in combat." What a departure! Not only that, but this means there's a Lumines film in the works. Strange that the game is being released before the movie. I can only hope a combat laden version of Lumines hits PSP someday!

Deal of the Day: Lumines II, now only $20

Did you miss out on Lumines II? Most likely. Although we praised the video-enhanced puzzler, the game didn't seem to be different enough from the first Lumines to warrant a purchase for many. However, those of you that missed out on this great game now have no excuse: Lumines II is only $20 at Best Buy.

From our review: "Although the core mechanics of the game remain unchanged, the new skins, and sleeker presentation make it more than a worthwhile purchase, even for people that played the original extensively. However, with no infrastructure option, and some puzzling user interface issues, it's sad to see that Lumines Ii isn't as perfect as it could have, should have, been."

[Via CAG]

Heavenly Star now available on iTunes

Genki Rocket's Heavenly Star is now available on the iTunes Store for 99 cents. It's easily one of the fan-favorite tracks from Lumines II. Of course, if you're a PSP Fanboy, you probably already have the song for your PSP.

[Via 1UP]

Wannabe DJs compete Lumines-style

Who's Junkie XL? I don't know either. But, if you're in the DJ scene, you may be familiar with him, and the Winter Music Conference. Buena Vista Games wants to take you (yes, you!) to this event in sunny Miami, and all you have to do is play with the Lumines II video mixer. Looks a little familiar to me... Even if you don't want to enter the contest, it might be a good way to pass the time.

[Via Joystiq]

Japanese Lumines II to feature expanded soundtrack

I praised Lumines II's soundtrack for its breadth and diversity. However, it looks like the upcoming Japanese release of this puzzle favorite will improve the already impressive song lineup by adding more Japanese music into the game. 1UP reports that artists like DJ Ken Ishii and the Genki Rockets will have additional songs, making this version of the game something importers and Mizuguchi collectors will certainly want to keep an eye on.

The game's still far off: February 15th for 4980 yen ($43). The game won't be published by Bandai Namco, as previously expected. Rather, it will be self-published by Q? Entertainment, making their very first foray into publishing.

PSP Fanboy review: Lumines II

Lumines II is the hotly anticipated sequel to Lumines, a fan-favorite launch game that won the hearts of gamers and critics. The stylish combination of music, art and gameplay made for a truly surreal experience that was perfect for portable gamers on the go. The gameplay was brilliantly simple: a 2x2 block falls from the sky, and the player must rotate and position that block to create a solid 4x4 square of one color.

The simplicity of the game allowed anyone to pick up and play, and as with all great puzzle games, players started to learn more techniques and secrets to improve their performance. A typical Lumines session for a skilled player can easily span longer than an hour, but with changing backgrounds, songs, and tempos, the player constantly feels motivated.

The original introduced such a great formula, and Q? Entertainment's sequel doesn't stray too far from it--and that's a good thing in many ways. Lumines II offers a plethora of new content, and a great refinement in the user interface. However, is the game enough to warrant a purchase from those that already have the original? How about gamers that are new to this Lumines craze?

Continue reading PSP Fanboy review: Lumines II

Interview with Mizuguchi on Lumines II [m]

We got early access to an interview with Mizuguchi which will be hitting the internet tomorrow. The esteemed game master talks about creating Lumines II, and we have it available for you to download it to your PSP via Make sure you save it to the 100ANV folder, not VIDEO.

Expect an in-depth review of Lumines II in the coming days.

[Update 1: Embedded video, after the cut.]

Continue reading Interview with Mizuguchi on Lumines II [m]

Loco Roco ranks in top 100 memorable moments

Games Radar decided to go through the annals of their video game memory, and search for the 100 most memorable gaming moments they could think of. The PSP managed to get a measly two games on the list: Loco Roco and Lumines. Apparently, the moment when all the Loco Rocos get together to sing was memorable enough to mark it the 60th most memorable gaming moment of all time.

Do you agree that these games deserve to be on this list? Or, do you think any other PSP games should make the cut?

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