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14 September 2006 @ 01:15 pm
LEGO Transformers!  

I'm sure that everyone who cares has already heard about it, but Nintendo had their big press conference last night and this morning. The important bits are the Revolution is coming out on Nov. 19th in the US and two weeks later on Dec. 2nd in Japan. In the US it will cost $250 and come with the "Wii Sports" game and one controller. The Revolution will be theoretically region free, but there will be a bit the developers can turn on if they want their game region locked, although Nintendo says they won't use it themselves. In the US at least the Revolution will be out 2 days after the PS3. At first i thought that was a very bad thing but upon further thought i'm not sure. Both of them will sell out regardless, but i'm thinking the media, with its typical short term memory, _may_ focus more on whichever one sells out _last_.

In other news, the new LEGO Star Wars, about the old Star Wars movies, came out on the 12th, and it looks really cool. (Jmpava and coraa already had the chance to get a copy =P) It was also recently announced that a LEGO Batman game is in development by the same people, which seems like it may very well be cool, but not nearly as cool as the Star Wars ones. However with that whole set of info lurking in the recesses of my brain, when i was listening to a song today which compared someone to both Darth Vader and Optimus Prime in the same sentence something just clicked in my head and "OMG! LEGO Transformers!" popped right out :) It would be a lot cooler than LEGO Batman i think, even if not quite up to coolness of LEGO Star Wars. You'd definitely have tons of characters, though choosing how to model the different Transformers would be interesting. But it would totally make sense when everything exploded apart into lego pieces upon death :)

I sooooo want that game, though i have no idea if the appropriate people have even thought of the idea. Maybe after the Transformers movie comes out someone will get the idea...

Ooohh! Follow up thought! LEGO Thundercats!! Even less likely to get made than LEGO Transformers, but i'd buy a copy :)
 
 
 
Kirin: jigenkirinn on September 14th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
There was a great ad on when akiko was watching TV for the new LSW. Empire scene, saber duel between Vader and Luke in the Cloud City central shaft. Vader cuts Luke's hand off. Luke shrugs and puts it back on. ^_^ Vader goes GRRR, rips it off again, and tosses Luke down the shaft. And then tosses the hand after him for good measure.

So, will I be able to avoid the temptation to buy a Wii before the PS3 price comes down in a few years? Not that I have to think about this now... with a DS in the house now along with the PS2, I've easily got enough interesting upcoming games to keep me busy 'til like next summer. :P
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 15th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
No, you won't be able to resist the temptation at all, especially not when Chrono Trigger and other Squenix goodness starts coming out on the VC :)

I just saw that scene in the game while over at jmpava's place yesterday, except that luke didn't stick the hand back on. I wonder if that's a bonus cutscene you can unlock later.

You got DS? Woot! When did that happen? What games have you gotten for it so far?
Kirinkirinn on September 15th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
Dude, I can play Chrono Trigger on my PS*. :P

Technically, akiko got a DS, for NIntendogs. ^_- She's also picked up Trace Memory and Harvest Moon for it (HM just came out).

All I've got for it so far is NewSMB (which you should know if you've been reading my LJ) - recently beat it, going back to the extra worlds now. I've also pre-ordered Contact, the very strange-looking action RPG-ish thing coming out from Atlus. I'm also planning to pick up Dawn of Sorrow soon if Capcom bothers to reprint it (Amazon seems to think they will), or maybe Portrait of Ruin otherwise.

Then there's a scary *ton* of interesting things coming out later, some of which were just announced:
- Final Fantasy 3
- Zelda Phantom Hourglass
- Elite Beat Agents
- FF12 Revenant Wings
- Heroes of Mana (SRPG?? fascinating.)
- It's a Wonderful World (weird Nomura thing in Shibuya)
- Atelier Lise

Basically, it's gotten so popular in Japan that everything is coming out on it and I'm gonna die. That and my upcoming list for PS2 (Okami, FF12, DDR SuperNova, possibly Valkyrie Profile 2, Dawn of Mana) are why I'm not wasting ten seconds even *thinking* about next gen decisions until like next summer or something.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 15th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
Huh, i remember angry hornets, conventions, and crime scenes, i'll have to go back and look for the DS bits :)

And are you _sure_ you can play Chrono Trigger on your PSX? Have you actually tried it? ;) Admitedly FF5 on the PSX isn't _that_ bad, the slowdown is noticeably but not horrible, but the screen getting scrambled about 50% of the time when you try to save isn't so hot. And do you remember, wasn't there a way in FF5 for the SNES to switch between characters with full time gauges in battle? I thought there was but i can't figure out any way to do so in the PSX version.
Kirinkirinn on September 15th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
The NewSMB mentions in my LJ were mostly footnotes at the bottom of unrelated entries.

And, yeah, I *did* play CT on one of my PS's, and got all the endings. I don't remember it being particularly bad. I also beat FF4, I think, which had some load times but no nasty glitches I noticed (except the soundtrack double-time if you play in enhanced mode). I don't think I've gotten around to FF5, but hey, 5 and 6 are coming out as even better GBA ports that can be played on DS. ;)

(And, what character switch trick? You only ever *have* 4 characters in FF5. Oh wait, you mean skip to another character's active turn... uh, I dunno, it was just some button... don't recall.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 15th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the skipping turns thing. But you actually remember there being such a feature in FF5? I wasn't sure if it actually existed or if i was conflating it from later games.

Speaking of which, i need to decide if i'm going to get new versions of the games for the GBA or for the VC :)
Kirinkirinn on September 15th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
No, honestly, I have no idea whether it was in 5. I think it was probably in 6, and I'm fairly positive it was in 7 and 8.
Pavajmpava on September 15th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
Eh, I imagine the media won't even notice the 2 day difference and, if they mention them at all, will simply indicate that "they both came out at the same time in preperation for the holiday rush and parents everywhere had to go ask for Christmas bonuses as a result" or something like that.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 15th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
Well i'm sure the media will mention them, they always go nuts about people waiting in line for anything around christmas. There were lots of news stories about the XBox last year and i'm sure there will be lots about the PS3 and Revolution this year.

The media may not notice, but if nothing else the 2 day gap will prevent Sony from using weasel words like "the newset console" to imply that it's somehow better than Nintendo and Microsoft's offering just by that sole "virtue." (Note that although i'd be happy for the PS3 to outdo the XBox in the long run, that doesn't mean that i approve of all or even most of their marketing tactics.)
Vespera: kitty frogsol_rei on September 18th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Right now I am LOVING Lego Star Wars on XBox 360! Wheeeee! I would die to see a Lego Star Trek game! DIE, I tell you!