PS Vita is in the pink
Women’s fashion brand Mercury Duo is teaming up with Sony for a stylish “premium limited edition” Mercury Duo PlayStation Vita.
With a pink back and white front, the Wi-Fi model PS Vita bundle comes with a Mercury Duo white lace-decorated pouch and a special cleaning cloth to wipe away any smudges or fingerprints. Also included is an 8GB Memory Card, and USB and power cables.
Mercury Duo is known for its soft, elegant designs, and Sony has done its best to bring that aesthetic to this Vita bundle, which goes on sale Nov. 13 for ¥20,980.
“Pokemon” goes alpha and omega
Originally released in 2002, the “Ruby” and “Sapphire” versions of “Pokemon” were the biggest-selling games for the Game Boy Advance. Now, 12 years later, remakes “Omega Ruby” and “Alpha Sapphire” are headed to the Nintendo 3DS with beefed-up graphics, new Pocket Monster “Mega” evolutions, and even Pikachu cosplay — if you’ve ever thought Pikachu might benefit from a frilly pink dress in a character fight, well now you can find out.
As with other Pokemon games, there are two versions of each of these, both with exclusive Pokemon characters. The box art indicates that Pocket Monster Kyogre is slated for “Alpha Sapphire,” while Groudon will appear in “Omega Ruby.” Pick the exclusives you like best when deciding which version to get.
Priced at ¥4,571, “Omega Ruby” and “Alpha Sapphire” will be released on Nov. 21.
More bikini-clad chaos
One of Japan’s most eyebrow-raising franchises is back. “OneeChanbara,” a portmanteau of “oneechan” (big sister) and “chanbara” (sword play), features a sword-wielding protagonist in a cowgirl hat and swimwear. This time, “OneeChanbara Z2: Chaos” features four characters — cowgirls Aya and Kagura, and gothic lolitas Saki and Saaya) — which players can alternate between during play, providing a new and incredibly frantic gameplay experience.
It would be easy write off the “OneeChanbara” as mere titillation. But, as ridiculous as it seems, it does also provide a solid gaming experience, with players unleashing a slew of satisfying slices in over-the-top battles.
“OneeChanbara Z2: Chaos” for the PlayStation 4 runs at a smooth 60 frames-per-second, is in full HD and is rated Cero Z (age 18 and up). It will be released on Oct. 30 for the PlayStation 4 at ¥6,800.
A smashing New Nintendo 3DS LL
While “Super Smash Bros.” for 3DS is a fantastic game, one complaint that some gamers have is that it’s sometimes hard to follow the action on the small screen. The “Super Smash Bros.” New Nintendo 3DS LL is for those folks.
The recently released New Nintendo 3DSLL is the same size as the regular 3DSLL but comes with a second analog controller called the C-Stick, which makes Smash Attack moves easier in “Super Smash Bros.”
For those diehard “Smash Bros.” fans looking to upgrade, this handheld is worth a look. Be aware, though, that this special-edition does not come with a copy of the game, and AC adaptors are sold separately for all NN3DS units.
The “Super Smash Bros.” New Nintendo 3DSLL will be released on Nov. 8 for ¥18,800.
Some serious military hardware
One of this year’s biggest games, “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” is getting a special military-style Xbox One.
The black and gray console and controller have been designed with the game’s Sentinel Task Force in mind and the bundle comes with the Xbox One, a headset, a controller, the game, extra downloadable content and a 14-day Gold Membership for the Xbox Live online service. The console also has unique sound effects from the game.
But the real star here isn’t the fancy design and extra content, it’s the console’s onboard hard drive. The regular Xbox One sports a 500GB internal hard drive, but this “Call of Duty” console has an unprecedented 1TB. That gives gamers a ton of storage.
Out on Nov. 13, the “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” Xbox One bundle is priced at ¥49,980.
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