Videos: Super Robot Wars BX Latest Promo
With the release of Super Robot Wars BX looming, we've been graced with a new promo. It shows a lot of new animation and the game is looking great really. Bandai Namco...
Toys: DX Chogokin VF-19 Advance
One of the more interesting releases from Bandai as of late has been their DX Chogokin VF-19 Advance as seen very briefly in the second Macross Frontier movie. As there...
We’ve now got some more bits and bobs on the upcoming Gundam Breaker 2. Notably that you can square off against battleships now, which is pretty great, as well as the ability to use the FXA-08R Mega Rider from ZZ Gundam. Bar new units and characters, the big new stuff we thought we should mention is that the game engine has had a decent amount of work done on it. It’s clear that Bandai have put a bit more budget behind this one. The game is set for a December 18th release and you can pre-order it here.
Well we’ve just had this year’s All Japan Model & Hobby Show and a lot of very cool stuff was revealed. Notably that of the Perfect Grade Unicorn Gundam (shown above), which will have an internally lit psycho-frame. Considering it’s been a while since we had a PG kit, this is a rather a big deal. Following that we had all manner of toy reveals, with Megahouse’s Orguss tempting us with regular brilliance (come on, just release it already!). Then Bandai’s explosion of various new Robot Damashii figures, including the upcoming Metal Robot Damashii Hi-Nu Gundam. In any case, AmiAmi has a lot of great photos and our friends from HobbyLink.tv also went (we’ve linked their video below too). So if you want to see more, then have a look here, here, here, here and here.
Whilst this year’s Tokyo Game Show lacked any new From Software mecha games, it seems that we might be getting a new announcement in November. Whilst we don’t know for sure that this will be a new Armored Core game, considering the history of the studio it seems likely (or at least a new mecha game anyway). In addition, we may now also start to hear more announcements from other Japanese studios on new games in development. As a lot of stuff is currently being worked on it seems.
First off, apologies for the lack of updates. Things have been pretty bizarre as of late and have only just started to somewhat calm down. In addition, there aren’t that many mecha games to talk about at the moment – though more as to why a bit later. However, we did manage to make it to this year’s Tokyo Game Show and briefly hang out with the nice people at HobbyLink.tv.
Anyway, the console side of things is in a bit of a transition. Most publishers thought, incorrectly, that consoles were dead and as such didn’t bother to develop many games for the newer consoles. Cue the release of them last year and their crazy high sales, publishers freaked and started developing new games for them. The problem is that most big games take at least 2 years to get off the ground. We are halfway through that, so this year’s show was a little barren. It’s also why there aren’t many mecha games on the horizon, yet! This means stuff like Armored Core is very likely being worked on but isn’t quite in a state to be shown to the public at large.
We took lots of pictures though and we also helped out the HobbyLink.tv people, with the video of that shown below (I am the chunky British guy, obviously). The pictures and some gameplay impressions are after the link.
Over the last two weeks, a large number of new Gundam Side Stories DLC has been released by Bandai Namco. Last week saw the release of the RGM-79N GM Custom and RGC-83 GM Cannon II . Both first appearing in the Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memories OVA, they are available for 300 yen each. Along with these two mobile suits, VR Mission 107 was released free of charge. This week saw the release of the EMS-10 Zudah . Initially appearing in the MS Igloo CGI OVA, the Zudah is a Zeon mobile suit devised as part of an extensive Zeon propaganda campaign. The Zudah was described as the new “secret weapons” that would demolish the Federation’s famed Gundam and lead Zeon to victory. The Zudah is now available on the Japanese PlayStation Store for 400 yen. Along with this new mobile suit, this week’s update includes VR Mission 108 as a free download.
In addition to the weekly DLC, Bandai Namco has partnered with Kadokawa Comics to release a Full-Armor Variant of the Slave Wraith. First appearing in the Missing Link campaign, the RX-79[G] SW Slave Wraith is a custom ground mobile suit. The Full Armor variation of this unit has increased defensive capabilities, providing extra protection against the light weapons used by Zeon’s mobile suits through shock absorption. Released on August 26th in Japan for 580 yen, the first volume of the Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories manga includes a DLC code for this new unit.
Over the weekend, Makuhari Messe in Tokyo (well, technically Chiba) hosted yet another event, that of Chara Hobby 2014. Prior to that Bandai announced a new line of toys called Metal Robot Damashii. We held off on mentioning the latter because we guessed (correctly) that the new toy line would be shown at Chara Hobby. Well, it turns out the first figure in the new toy line will be the mighty RX-93-v2 Hi-Nu Gundam (pictured above). You may be thinking, didn’t they already release a Hi-Nu Gundam recently? The answer would be “yes” (we reviewed it too) but this has all manner of diecast in the joints and other detailing. Subsequently, it looks utterly glorious. No word on price point or release date as yet but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. In the meantime check out the video of the new metal infused Hi-Nu Gundam below.
As for the rest of Chara Hobby, there was a lot of cool stuff on show. From the eye wateringly expensive Soul of Chogokin Gaogaigar which is out in December, to the gorgeous Megahouse Orguss. Anyway, check out the coverage here, here, here, here and here.
If you’re looking for more Gundam Breaker action, fear not! Bandai Namco have announced Gundam Breaker 2 for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita for Winter 2014. Not much is known about the title so far, such as possibly carrying over your units from the first game or what new units will be added, but we’ll let you know as soon as more information comes out. Until then, check out the teaser video below!
Like clockwork, Bandai Namco has graced us with their weekly round of Gundam Side Stories DLC. This week we visit UC 0080 with the RX-78NT-1 Gundam “Alex” and the MS-18E Kämpfer. A prototype Federation mobile suit specifically developed for Newtypes, the Alex first appeared in the 1989 OVA Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket under the control of test pilot Christina Mackenzie. Also making it’s first appearance in War in the Pocket, the Kämpfer is a Zeon mobile suit designed for fast and efficient combat. The Kämpfer took on the Alex in 0080 but fell prey to it’s wrist gattling cannon. Both suits are now available on the Japanese PlayStation Store for 400 yen each. In addition to the new mobile suits, this week’s update includes VR Mission 106, which is free to download. It is a ground-based mission that incorporates the Alex as an enemy if purchased.
Another week, another wave of Gundam Side Stories DLC, this time it being the RX-81 LA G-Line Light Armor. A variant of the RX-81 G-Line series, it made it’s first appearance in Kunio Okawara’s Missing Mobile Suit Variations. The Light Armor RX-81 saw a redesign by Katoki Hajime for the 2009 PS3 title Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record U.C. 0081. In U.C. 0081, the RX-81LA G-Line Light Armor was assigned to the Earth Federation Forces’s Phantom Sweep Team as a means to combat the Invincible Knights Zeon remnants. Now available on the Japanese PlayStation Store, the G-Line LA can be yours for the low low price of 300 yen. This mobile suit is playable in both ground and space based missions. It should be noted, however, that this week’s update does not include any new VR Missions, but we know that they’re coming based on the information provided in the Famitsu Visual Complete Guide.