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Pre-order Bumpy Trot, get nifty pouch

If you've been out of the loop for Japanese game releases, Irem Software has Bumpy Trot: Vehicle Battle Tournament set for sometime in July. The game is a spiritual successor, of sorts, to the PS2 game Steambot Chronicles. It hit shores outside of Japan, so this one might, too. Well, if you're an import-friendly type of person and want to jump on this with a pre-order, you'll get this really nifty PSP pouch as a bonus. Enjoy!

[Via Siliconera]

R-Type Tactics: when space-shooting goes wrong

What we've heard of R-Type Tactics is minimal, but today we've got a more comprehensive update for you to munch on, in between tidbits of PSP sales skyrocketing. Seems the concept of turning one of the more difficult side-scrolling space shooters into an SRPG was good on paper, but according to 1UP, something was lost in the creation of this hex-based tactical adventure.

The game plays out like a hexagon-checkerboard-style Jeanne D'Arc -- that meaning you generally move from the left to the right of a given map, issuing commands to all your units in one "phase". Each unit has a plethora of innate abilities and the options are, well, there are a lot of options for even the simplest of missions. This can prove frustrating, unless you're very much into the intense micromanagement of classics like Ogre Battle. Also, load times are horrendous: waiting for an attack animation to load every single time would probably grate on your last nerve after a few minutes. This hasn't been slated for a release outside of Japan, but let this serve as a warning to the SRPG importer -- this one might be a bit much to handle, even if you've got a pretty good grasp of Japanese. It's a shame, we would've liked to see an R-Type game of a different genre stand out.

TGS07: Mawaskes -- puzzle fighting both cute and confusing

Irem Software's new puzzle game Mawaskes sounds like a mix between the PlayStation Network's Piyotama and something like Tetris. That's probably the best description we'll be able to give without actually getting our hands on it, but we'll try to clarify what we mean. Every dropped block is the same size, but with different shapes imprinted on them. These blocks will have one to three spots available for linking with other blocks, allowing you to create shapes. Let's see ... that sound like if you had a bunch of blocks with triangles on them and one block with a giant circle, you could arrange the triangles around the circle to make the image of a sun. That's just an example, since a circle apparently isn't a shape in the game, but that's what we get from the description.

There are plenty of versus modes offered as well, so if you and some friends are really into puzzle games, this one seems like it'll give you a lot to do. Aside from the regular versus modes, you've got a mode where you and a friend share the same "pit" and scramble to assemble the largest shape possible in order to win. Once you complete a shape, we imagine they're set in stone and can't be moved. Otherwise, there's not much of a point. Sounds complicated on paper, but once you get it in your hands, we're sure it's fairly straightforward.

Bumpy Trot franchise gallops onto PSP

It really does seem like Irem Software wants this franchise to get more attention. Bumpy Trot: Vehicle Battle Tournament has been announced for the PSP and will take a different approach to the series. It's kind of like a mecha-style Super Smash Bros. game, from what we could ascertain, allowing four players to duke it out in a plethora of robot suits. Sorry, "Trotmobiles". This seems nifty enough, but for those who don't get around to playing ad hoc titles much, we hope there is some kind of single-player aspect to the game. If not, then, we'll probably pay more attention to the PS3 title's progress.

[via SiliconEra]

Import R-Type Tactics if you dare

It's no secret that among the horizontal scrolling shooters, Irem's R-Type and Konami's Gradius series' are the best of the best. If you disagree, go play them. Seriously. Anyway, we were alerted via e-mail today that Play-Asia is selling R-Type Tactics today, as it was released overseas. Normally, importing games requires some kind of knowledge of another language, unless you don't mind having no idea what's being said, but this is R-Type at its core. The story won't revolve around much more than "kick ass, don't take names, but do it tactically this time." So go ahead, if you really want, snag this game and take advantage of the region free PSP! We're tempted to.

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