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Live NIS America 2010 Press Event Coverage

NIS America's press event is kicking off tonight at 6PM PST tonight in San Francisco. Apart from Ar tonelico 3 which will most likely be announced, we're also expecting a possible dungeon game for the PSP and a special guest from Nippon Ichi Software Japan to be in attendance... We'll be there providing you live updates, photos, and coverage on our twitter feed, so be sure to keep an eye there!

If you have any particular questions or concerns you would like us to address during event, feel free to post in the comments.

[An embargo was placed on the contents of the press asset CD until 12PM on 7/16/2010, which we honored. There was no mention of an embargo on the event itself.]

Last Window Dated in Europe

While it was only a cult favorite, Hotel Dusk: Room 215 has a sequel dated in Europe for September 17. Titled Last Window: The Secret of Cape West, it stars Kyle Hyde one year after Hotel Dusk and features the same noir style graphics. Fans of visual novels should enjoy this story driven series that makes good use of the stylus controls. Sadly, the original developer, CING, is bankrupt. The title is being published by Nintendo, but no word yet on an American release. If it does well enough in Europe, perhaps we will see it come over to American shores, a possible revival of CING, and maybe even a third game...?

[Source: Joystiq]

Sengoku BASARA Comes October 12!

Japanese history lovers can rejoice! Sengoku BASARA: Samurai Heroes will come to North America on October 12. It will be available for both the Wii and Playstation 3 - odd choice of consoles, considering the performance differences. Based on the description of the game and gameplay videos we've seen, it looks like a hack and slasher. It will be interesting to see it compete with the current king of hack and slashers, Tecmo Koei, and its titles coming out later this year - Samurai Warriors on the Wii and Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Official description from Capcom following the jump.

New Arc System Works Game?

A quick visit to Arc System Works' homepage will reveal a countdown timer, which will hit zero on July 23. Most of the time, these countdowns lead to a new game announcement. Considering that BlazBlue: Continuum Shift just hit Japanese consoles earlier this month and will come to American shores on July 27, it’s unlikely that a new one would be announced so soon. On the other hand, Guilty Gear has been on hiatus for a while now and Daisuke Ishiwatari has stated that a title is in the works. We can only wait ten more days and see.

[Source: Arc System Works via Flowerpoop]

EVO2010 Results

This year's Evolution Fighting Game Championships boasted some of the most surprising results to date. These included two pad players, Shizza and Vance “Vangief” Wu, placing top eight in Super Street Fighter IV, Taiwanese sensation Bruce “Gamerbee” Hsiang eliminating US champion Justin Wong, and top two placers for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix were both new school players, shutting out legends like Daigo Umehara and Jason “Afrocole” Cole. To America's devastation, Umehara managed to take the gold in Super Street Fighter IV, keeping northern California's EG.Ricky Ortiz at second place. A stream was available at both G4TV and Shoryuken, but it crashed several times throughout the weekend due to technical difficulties, most notably during the Super Street Fighter IV grand finals. Hopefully this won’t be an issue next year and the stream’s producers, Level|Up, will take note. Videos of the finals are available at EVO’s Youtube channel here. Results after the jump.

[Source: Shoryuken]

Japan Reveals New PS3 SKUs

Starting July 29, new white and black 160GB PS3 and black 320GB PS3s will be available in Japan. These will retail for ¥29,980 ($342) and ¥34,980 ($399) respectively. The white PS3 is certainly good news because there’s no indication that it is a limited run, which will open it up for people who want to buy systems in different colors but not want a decal that says “Final Fantasy XIII” on it. The slowly increasing hard drive size is becoming a bit of a nuisance, considering that few things can actually take up the 120GB on current models, much less the 160GB or 320GB that will be available. Considering that the old models will be replaced by the newer models, however, at least consumers won’t have to pay extra and a lucky few can even snag the remaining older models at discounted prices. No word yet on a US release.

[Source: GameSpot]

Playable Titles at Quakecon

In addition to being a competitive tournament and free LAN party, Quakecon shows off several notable games from id Software and its associated companies every year. This year is no different, with id Software confirming Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, and Hunted: The Demon's Forge. Seeing as how these games were all present at E3, press and industry members really have nothing to be excited about. On the other hand, fans should take advantage of this and make plans to attend Quakecon 2010. Quakecon 2010 will take place from August 12-15 in Dallas, Texas and is free to register. For more information, visit Quakecon's website here.
[Source: GameSpot]

Final Fantasy XIV Release Details

Shown off at E3, Final Fantasy XIV will be released on September 30, 2010. For those who want to get in on the beta, the PC collector's edition will offer beta keys starting early July. While the beta is a nice treat for fans who will buy the collector's edition, it seems like they won't get much time with it before the game comes out. It's also a shame that the standard version won't include a beta; it would have really hyped up the game for players who did not play Final Fantasy XI or did not want to drop almost 80 dollars on a game. Hit the jump for system requirements for PC players, new features, and exclusive collector's edition contents.

Level-5 Studio in the US?

Level-5, famous for the Professor Layton series, will be opening a development branch in both the United States and Europe. The United States branch should open in Santa Monica later this year around September. We can only imagine how this would improve the Professor Layton series, which is already popular in the west. Perhaps the studio will create a brand new series that appeals to the west and gets imported to Japan instead? We'll have to wait and see.

A Chance to Attend the NIS America Party!

NIS America announced on Friday in a newsletter that they are offering two lucky groups of fans a chance to attend their annual press event in San Francisco on July 15, 2010. NIS America has mentioned that they may be bring a few industry guests from Japan, typically members who are related to whatever game they are announcing at the event. In this case, our bet will probably be staff members from Gust for the pending release announcement for Ar Tonelico 3. Our guess is that Ar Tonelico 3 will be playable at the event with kiosks set up around, so this a great chance to try the game and give the company your feedback. Talk with the company's representatives, mingle with members of the media, and of course chow down on the free food ans drinks! You can enter the contest here.

Check out our reports about the past NIS America press events here and here.

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