Friday, September 21, 2007

Hilde evolution or alternate costume? (UPDATED!)

Hilde seems to have gotten a major detail upgrade in the new Soul Calibur IV trailer unveiled at Tokyo Game Show 2007 (available on US Xbox Live and Japan PSN store as well as everywhere on the net). At least that’s the way it seems when you compare her look now to her first appearance in the 2nd teaser trailer.

Here’s some screen grabs from that 2nd trailer. Her under garment is flat black and there is nothing hanging off her armor.

In the latest trailer, she clearly has tassles, belts, undercoat with tails, and even a mini cloak thing on her shoulder. I’m really hoping the early outfit was just the test run for this new version. It would be a shame for her second outfit to be a plainer alternate of her main costume.

UPDATE: Hi-res Hilde art below!

No More Heroes…
…is officially coming to America! Yay! These super short clips are pretty cool.

Virtua Fighter 5 Xbox 360
There is a new wallpaper section with online Xbox Live branding.

For 2D sprite fans

SNK is finally releasing King of Fighters XI and Neo Geo Battle Coliseum in the US! The best news is that Amazon has them listed for $14.99 a piece (EB wants $19.99). You can even qualify for free shipping if you buy both even though they come out on different days! I’ve had my eyes on the imports for a long time, but I don’t have the space to keep a Japanese PS2 hooked up. NGBC has gotten decent reviews and it features a very wide variety of SNK characters. Aside from KOF 98, the consensus is that KOF XI is one of the best in the series.

Couple these releases with the news that came out today about other SNK games being prepped for these shores and you’re 2D sprite fix is taken care of for a long while. The funny thing is I just recently sold off my Neo Geo home cart system, and now I can totally re-buy the titles I want for a fraction of the price.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Fully clothed Soul Calibur IV female appears!

The mystery of the armored warrior seen previously has been resolved, sort of. New scans show off newcomer Hilde and she is covered from head to toe unlike the other ladies of SCIV. She’s not out of the overexposure woods yet though. There’s still the matter of the 2P costume. Hopefully we can have at least one modest female in the game.

Also shown are Raphael and Astaroth. Scans courtesy of Majoria’s News.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Metroid update coming

The fact that the suit Samus wears gets upgraded through the course of the game shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans familiar with Metroid, but I didn’t want to start posting the various versions of what it looks like until a few weeks post release.

It’s not that they are shockingly different than her standard suit, but I know I got a big kick out of the visual tweaks so don’t want to ruin that first impression for anyone else out there.

You have two more weeks till minor spoilers are posted!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Coming to US shores?

Ever since I saw this teaser art page for Valkyrie of the Battlefield, I was hooked. It has that Studio Ghibli look, but also its own thing going on.

Scans from Famitsu look very cool and I’m hoping this is that unique title that can help the PS3 stand out more in the US.

Having recently returned to playing Odin Sphere, I was super psyched to see that Vanillaware’s next game, Oboro Muramasa Youtouden, would be in the Wii and maintain their trademark 2D style.

Of the two Youtouden has a better chance of making it here due to the popularity of the Wii.

A few more shots of Coul Calibur IV hit the net this week. This one in particular looked quite comic. Ivy must have a bionic spine not to break her back from this move.