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‘Touhou: Lost Word’ Takes The Touhou Series Deeper Into Mobile

At the very least though, the game may perhaps become Touhou’s most collaborative fanwork collection ever.

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NextNinja and Good Smile Company (yes, that Good Smile Company) opens with a massive announcement of an upcoming Touhou Project game title. Officially named Touhou: Lost Word, it is designated as a mobile RPG to be released for iOS and Android devices.

This shocking reveal of a new game project comes not only as a simple report but rolls along with the launch of an official Twitter page and website. The Twitter page currently has all posts related to upcoming in-game promos at the start, while the official website presents character profiles and a link to a teaser trailer.

Game details are still not available at the moment, though we can draw a few speculations from the in-game promo details and the fact that it is a mobile RPG. The character profiles at least, confirm that main Touhou regulars Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Remilia Scarlet, Youmu Konpaku and Reisen Udongein Inaba will be present.

As for the teaser trailer, both the video and the YouTube channel was also created today. Like all the other sources currently unveiled though, no other important details were revealed by this short 15-second announcement.

Notable though, despite the lack of details for the game itself, producer Masayuki Yamagishi did state that the game project will be a massive collaborative effort between many different creators. We presume that ZUN, the series original creator, will also be involved in some advisory manner with the project.

The information that this will be an “official” Touhou Project game alone (in terms of development) is already a headline unto itself, but for Good Smile Company to be involved is also a slightly weird surprise. Though the company did dabble in specific product-related game console titles a few years back, it is far better known for its Nendoroid and Figma series of plastic figure products.

As for NextNinja, the subsidiary game company currently has two games under its portfolio, Grand Summoners (iOS, Android) and Kyub (Xbox One, PC). Not much impression on its game list that would provide clues on Touhou: Lost Word’s, however.

This is not exactly the first time that Touhou Project was involved in the development of a mobile game. Touhou Cannonball, a game currently in development by Quatro A in collaboration with Aniplex, was unveiled last March of this year.

Nevertheless, the development of another mobile game for the franchise would strike most of the series’ fans as weird. Touhou Project has been long known as one of the largest franchises that are built upon a solid foundation of fanworks whether it is a fan-made game, artwork, music, or even readable media such as comics.

The series did have a few titles released for commercial game consoles, such as Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity by Ankake Spa. But these were technically ports, and the original versions were still fan-made games for the PC.

Would Touhou games initially developed for mobile devices be a good or bad thing then? We certainly hope it does become good, at least game system-wise.

As for the collaborative element mentioned at the announcement of the game, it most likely points to media stuff for the game. As it is a mobile RPG that would have certain gacha elements to it, it is very perceivable that the artwork and theme music for character-based stuff will feature many different talented artists from many Touhou fan circles.

This will be in a manner that is very much similar to other mobile games that commission artwork from various artists, such as Idola or SINoALICE.

Should this be proven to be true, Touhou: Lost Word may be the biggest collaborative visual and audio fanwork collection that will ever be made for the franchise. And maybe, just maybe, it might even include some of ZUN’s glorious original Touhou Project artwork.

Touhou: Lost Word is currently holding a pre-registration campaign for all players that are interested to avail the starting in-game promos.

Christian is a passionate geek who loves to let everyone know the latest in science and technology. He is also a gamer at heart and is often looking for a balanced compromise that could allow him to present both sides of his interests appreciably.

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‘Mega Man X DiVE’ Closed Beta slated for a major PvP update

It’s a multiplayer jump n’ shoot fest.

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Rockman X DiVE, now with the official international name of Mega Man X DiVE, has announced updates for its upcoming closed beta test event this end of August. Among the new information revealed, are details of its PvP system.

Mega Man X DiVE will be directly implemented with PvP mechanics that preserve all gameplay elements of the Mega Man X series. As you can see from the trailer, its an all-out battle royale with charged shots, multi-jumps, dashes, slashes, as well as, a dazzling array of new and old special weapons.

Being that it is a mobile game, there might be a few balance-related concerns for such versus system built directly from what originally was a platforming system. However, given that mostly PvE action mobile titles such as Honkai Impact eventually got implemented with PvP mechanics, and since this is Capcom Taiwan, we should at least give its developers the benefit of the doubt of its potential fun factor.

On a less competitive note, Mega Man X DiVE tweaks the classic ability acquisition from robot masters with the Chip system. While players would still get new skills from defeated enemies, it would be in the form of a chip that requires to be equipped in order to use that specific skill.

Take note that the term used was “enemies”, specifically referring to mini-bosses and similar types of heavier reploid foes that are not classified as robot masters. Since we already have a huge number of such major stage enemies from throughout all the Mega Man X titles, players should have lots more skills for players to work their Maverick Hunters with using the Chip system.

Last but not least, it has always been the tactical default modus of the Maverick Hunters to provide navigators for their field agents. In Mega Man X DiVE, things are no different with the introduction of the cute, blue-haired reploid assistant RiCO.

There are no specific details as to how much will she be implemented in the game’s interface and access menus. Though, she would most likely give a helping hand to newer details that players might not be familiar with this upcoming mobile game.

As announced before, the CBT for Mega Man X DiVE is slated this coming August 23rd. You can register for the event at its official recruitment page, but keep your fingers crossed for that confirmation email.

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Man Sells Old NES Game for $9,000

Way more than just a delightful attic find.

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Scott Amos, a man from Reno, Nevada, was reported to have discovered a perfectly preserved copy of the NES classic game Kid Icarus and was able to sell the mint-condition vintage cartridge for $9000.

The report came from the local newspaper of his city, and it details much of the circumstances that led to both the discovery and the eventual purchase of the game. According to his account, it was possible that the game was supposed to be a Christmas present from 1988, but was somehow forgotten and had stayed in his home’s attic since then.

Mr. Scott had said that he already knew that the game was worth something based on its vintage profile and level of preservation. But he did not expect it to be so much more valuable. Only after consulting with people who are more familiar with the pricing of such vintage games did he realize its additional worth.

As for the fate of the cartridge itself, it was sold for the aforementioned amount shortly after the following days upon its discovery.

The discovery of the Kid Icarus cartridge may not seem important for people unfamiliar with the game industry, but it represents a historical relic of the time. Even more so, since the game was found in perfect mint condition, almost fresh out of the game store within the year, it was actually bought. In fact, the purchase receipt was even in the packaging, clearly indicating the year it was bought.

As such, though it may have costed a fortune, it surely would have been worth it for the collector that would now own the preserved copy.

So what exactly did Mr. Scott do with the money? Well, the report also detailed something along the lines of “just having fun with it.” He also planned to split the earnings with his sister evenly.

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‘Street Fighter V’ Update Gets E.Honda, Poison, And Lucia

Now the entire classic Street Fighter II roster is complete.

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The teaser trailer for the latest DLC pack for Street Fighter V is finally up and uploaded today. As announced prior, this update will include fighters E. Honda, Poison and Lucia.

This announcement first came from last week’s Evo fighting tournament, when during a break from the event, the information was revealed to the attending audience. This was, of course, met with the usual enthusiasm as far as new character reveals on fighting games go. However, there were some very interesting points to the characters that will be added in this update.

E. Honda, for example, is important for this DLC update because he is the only character from the original Street Fighter II that is yet to make an official appearance as a playable fighter in Street Fighter V. A fact that the teaser trailer, of course, makes apparent immediately during its very first few seconds.

The next two characters are Poison and Lucia, which were originally from Capcom’s Final Fight series. Poison had at least the opportunity to appear previously on another Street Fighter title. Thus her appearance is more or less somewhat expected. Lucia on the other hand, was one the main characters on Final Fight 3, but this will be her very first time to appear in this particular game.

In fact, she rarely had appeared, if at all, on any other Capcom title outside her original appearance in the SNES title. For Street Fighter V, she sports her updated fighting gear, which is significantly different from her very first original getup. No worries though, her original one is also available as an alternate skin.

In addition to the three characters and their alternate skins, E. Honda’s classic bathhouse stage will also be available.

The new character DLC update for Street Fighter V is scheduled to be available this coming Sunday, August 4th, to coincide with the finals event of this year’s Evo fighting tournament.

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