Posted on : 29-04-2014 | By : donkey show | In : Videos
Spoilers ahoy! Looks like the Full Armor Unicorn Gundam will be the next mobile suit to join the Gundam Extreme Versus Maxi Boost roster in May. Coming in as a 3000 cost suit, the FA Unicorn will battle in three stages that visibly purge when moving onto the next. Each stage will of course have different armaments ranging from anti warship armaments to a bendable mega beam launcher. Since this is coming in before the release of episode 7 of Gundam Unicorn, there are other attacks in the video that I won’t mention if you are concerned with spoilers. If not, definitely check out the link below!
Most people don’t get to see or hear about things like this but From Software has changed owners, from IT company Trans Cosmos to intellectual property magnate and publisher Kadokawa. This new arrangement has had Kadokawa taken an 80% stake in From Software. Now these things happen all the time and normally the company in question doesn’t undergo any changes. However, Kadokawa is a pretty monolithic institution and this could go either way. We are surprised that Bandai Namco didn’t become the new owners though (as they have a vested interest in terms of the Souls series of games, at least outside of Japan). Anyway our collective fingers are crossed at this news and hope our friends at From Software are weathering this change comfortably.
Posted on : 25-04-2014 | By : Cacophanus | In : Toys/Kits
Hardware: PlayStation 3
We now have concrete details on Bandai’s YF-30 Chronos toy as seen in Macross 30. Released in August for 21,600 yen this will not be a webshop exclusive. Instead it will be a regular release. This is obviously utterly fantastic news for fans around the world (as ordering from the Bandai webshop exclusive items can be pretty damn expensive if you live outside of Japan). We’ve also checked out the toy at the Akiba Showroom and it looks fantastic up close. So this is something we will be definitely acquiring in August.
Posted on : 22-04-2014 | By : Cacophanus | In : News
We’re happy to know that the excellent Gunhound EX will be receiving a Western PC release on Steam and Playism. This looks like a PC version of the PSP game, fully localised into English. As the original Gunhound and EX already had PC releases, this is welcome news. Apparently the Playism release will also be DRM free and also come with a corresponding Steam key, which is nice of them. For those unaware, the Gunhoud games are very inspired by the Assault Suits games from the 90s and they also have kickass music. In any case, what with the recent news of a Steam release for Gigantic Army having another great little mecha shooter added to that is rather brilliant really.
Posted on : 22-04-2014 | By : Cacophanus | In : News, Videos
Hardware: PlayStation 3
In a slightly bizarre move, Bandai Namco in the US have decided to release Shin Gundam Musou as Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn this July. The bizarre part is that unlike the Japanese release last year, this will be a digital only release and then only for the PS3 (with the Vita version being ignored entirely). Compared to the previous Gundam Musou enties, the latest entry is somewhat of a disappointment and likely explains why the new US release is being slipped under the radar. In any case, the announcement trailer is shown below.
Posted on : 09-04-2014 | By : donkey show | In : News
Hardware: PlayStation 3
Gundam.info has recently released news on next two units coming to Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost for the PS3. They are Cucuruz Doan’s Zaku II (1000 cost) and Anavel Gato’s Gelgoog (2000 cost). Doan’s Zaku II, from the Doan’s Island episode of Mobile Suit Gundam, is one of the genuinely “new” additions to the roster as it is neither a pilot swap or reshuffled suit, similar to the GNXIII. True to the episode it hails from, Doan’s Zaku II fights throwing rocks and using mobile suit martial arts with Amuro’s core fighter assist. Gato’s Gelgoog, from the beginning of Stardust Memory, differs from Char’s Gelgoog by having a single shot charge shot attack, a Rick Dom assist instead of Lalah’s Elmeth, and a halberd throw. Each of these units will cost 381 yen before tax. Here’s to hoping we see more DLC down the line after this bunch is released, preferably brand new units this time!
Posted on : 09-04-2014 | By : Cacophanus | In : Reviews
Hardware: Nintendo 3DS
Considering that the Super Robot Wars games started out on the GameBoy, their most natural state is generally on similar portable consoles. This has been proven time and time again with all manner of handheld releases, with the recent PSP games being thoroughly excellent.
However, whilst the more recent PSP games have been great the earlier GBA and DS games had issues. This is not to say they were bad games, as they were decent fun overall. It’s just that battle animation technology and assets were very basic. To make matters worse these same resources were re-used multiple times, rather than investing in new R&D. As this entry is on the 3DS it’s been a worry whether Bandai Namco would not fund the release as per the PSP games. Well they have funded it and it looks so much better for it.
Posted on : 08-04-2014 | By : donkey show | In : Videos
Namco Bandai is bolstering the Gundam Extreme Versus Maxi Boost roster with another one of Lockon Stratos’ suits, Gundam Zabanya. Coming sometime in early April, Zabanya will be a 3000 cost unit for those looking for a high powered ranged suit to master. True to its nature as seen in the Gundam 00 movie “A wakening of the Trailblazer,” Zabanya is all lasers galore with its GN Pistol Bits firing all over the place and filling up the screen. It’ll be interesting to see how well the unit plays in the upcoming weeks in real match scenarios, but at the very least it looks like it will be fun annoying opponents with a constant beam barrage. Check out the video below!
Posted on : 07-04-2014 | By : Cacophanus | In : Toys/Kits
Hardware: PlayStation Portable
Courtesy of our good friends at HobbyLink Japan, we’ve been sent a toy from Change!! Shin Getter Robo to review. Specifically, the Getter 1 by Sentinel that’s on sale. In addition, to give the toy some context, we’ve also linked some anime and gameplay footage of it in action at the end of the review.