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Custom consoles and controllers, plus new versions of classics

PlayStation 4 gets covered in slime

To mark the upcoming release of “Dragon Quest Heroes,” a hack-and-slash spinoff unlike any “Dragon Quest” game to date, Sony is releasing a unique PS4 console, designed after the metal incarnation of the character Slime.

The 500-GB console features Slime motifs etched on the hard-drive bay, which has a special dripping Metal Slime USB cover that can be removed. It also comes with a matching silver DualShock 4 controller.

“Dragon Quest Heroes” won’t be out until next February, but if you get this console, you’ll receive a special download code that unlocks the game a day before its release.

The PlayStation 4 Dragon Quest Metal Slime Edition will be available from Dec. 11 for ¥49,980.

www.jp.playstation.com/ps4/hardware/cuhj10006.html

Re-mastering the horror

One of the scariest “Resident Evil” games is getting an HD remake. First released in 2002, “Resident Evil” for the GameCube was lauded by gamers and critics as a landmark survival-horror title. Interestingly, though, that game itself was a remake, its original being the 1996 “Resident Evil” title. So this new HD version is actually a remastered version of a remake.

The spruced-up “Resident Evil HD Remaster” features more than just better-looking graphics, though. To make it even more frightening, the sound has been enhanced, and it has new optional settings that include wide screen and a tweaked controller layout. Classicists fear not, though, players can also still enjoy the game with its original controls and 4:3 aspect ratio.

“Resident Evil HD Remaster” was released Nov. 27 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 at ¥3,990 for the PS3 packaged version, and ¥3,694 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 download. The game will hit the PS4, Xbox One and PC early next year.

www.capcom.co.jp/biohd/ja

A new smash hit for Wii U

Back in September, “Super Smash Bros.” was released for the 3DS and became one of the biggest sellers in Japan this year. So how do you convince players to shell out even more for something that hit portables in fall? With Wii U specific features, apparently.

The biggest new feature is that the Wii U version allows eight players to brawl at the same time. Multiplayer chaos like that is best experienced on a giant television screen, and the game, which runs at 1080p HD, also features some stunning graphics. Other Wii U-specific features include more characters, stages and challenges — basically, more of everything.

“Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” is shaping up to be the definitive version, and hardcore “Smash Bros.” players will be happy to know that it’s also possible to use a GameCube controller via an adaptor.

“Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” will be released Dec. 6 for ¥7,200.

www.smashbros.com/jp

A controller to beat

Every once in a while, a truly unusual controller hits the market — the Taiko Type Controller Pro is one of those. Created by Hori, famous for quality gaming peripherals, the Taiko Type Controller Pro is designed specifically for Namco’s “Taiko no Tatsujin: Tokumori!” Wii and Wii U drumming game.

Measuring 36-by-30-by-12 cm, weighing 2.5 kg and priced at ¥27,593, this is no small purchase. But you’ll get a sturdy controller that comes with drumsticks, a drum holder and an anti-slip mat, which amounts to a realistic drumming experience — like the kind you get at arcades.

The Taiko Type Controller Pro goes on sale Dec. 4.

www.hori.jp/products/wiiu/wii_taiko/spec.php

Yokai, watch this space

2014 has been a great year for “Yokai Watch.” The games and the anime have gone supernova, spawning a slew of licensed products and legions of fans.

This December, the latest Nintendo 3DS sequel, “Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Headliner),” hits retailers, joining the two previously released versions of “Yokai Watch 2” — “Ganso” and “Honke.”

“Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi” has a new plot episode that deals with the secret of the birth of “Yokai Watch,” new ghouls and monsters that have not appeared in earlier editions and more. Players can also transfer their saved game data from “Ganso” and “Honke” to this third entry.

Expect “Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi” to be a smash hit, helping to bookend an incredibly impressive year for its developer Level-5.

Priced at ¥4,600, “Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi” goes on sale Dec. 13.

www.youkai-watch.jp/yw2/game/game01.html