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Monday, February 20, 2017

The catch-up coffee: NISA Event Wrap-Up, February 2017


News by Britta S. and Matt S.

Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s regular catch-up news feature. With each issue we will bring you the best news that you may have missed. Grab the biggest mug you’ve got, fill it with your favourite brew, and catch up with us (and our favourite news anchor, Dee Dee)!

This morning's edition is slightly different from the norm, in that we are exclusively featuring our favourite news from NIS America's February 17 press event.

Strategy deck-building card game Culdcept Revolt coming west to 3DS


NIS America announced at its press event on February 17 that it is bringing Culdcept Revolt to the Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe, both physically and digitally, this summer. Culdcept is a virtual collectible card board game developed by Omiyasoft since 1997. The first installment to reach the West was an expanded port of Culdcept Second released in North America in 2003 — titled simply ‘Culdcept’ — for the Sony PlayStation 2. Culdcept Saga was released, again only for North America, for Xbox 360 in 2008. Culdcept had one previous Nintendo release with Culdcept DS in Japan in 2008.


This new iteration, Culdcept Revolt, was released in Japan last year and offers familiar board-game mechanics with extensive depth and strategies, over 400 unique cards, and multiple deck-building strategies. The game offers a Story Mode as well as a Free Play Mode to practice with your decks. Additionally, there is an online mode where players can participate in online 2-player or local 4-player co-op. The scores will be tracked via online leaderboards.

The publisher details the story for Culdcept Revolt:
"As the Culdcept series celebrates its 20th Anniversary, the addictive card-meets-board game is back, bigger and better than ever with hundreds of new cards, inventive boards, and exciting multiplayer gameplay! Follow Allen, a new recruit for the rebel Free Bat forces as you fight for freedom from the tyranny of Count Kraniss. Build your deck, create new strategies, and dominate the board in Culdcept Revolt! With all the classic elements veterans love yet a gentle learning curve for newcomers, Culdcept Revolt is the best Culdcept yet!"

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana coming west for PS4, PS Vita, PC


NISA is bringing Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana physically and digitally to PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PC via Steam in North America and Europe this autumn. It offers dual audio support (English and Japanese) with English and French text options. Watch Toshihiro Kondo, president of Nihon Falcom, introduce the game:


NIS America gives this overview of the game:
"Ys returns with a brand new adventure for the first time in 8 years! Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in a unknown world. Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the blue-haired maiden Dana in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana."

The Ys series is Nihon Falcom's flagship franchise of fast-paced action RPGs and this year celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Tokyo Tattoo Girls will let you ink your favourite new waifu


NISA has announced that it will be localising the Japanese strategy game Tokyo Tattoo Girls for PlayStation Vita and PC. The basic idea of this game is to conquer all the wards in a map of Tokyo, and do so by powering up girls by tattooing them.


If that sounds as weird and delightful to you as it does to us, there's seems to be a lot of quality and effort going into the game, too. The game's tattoos have been designed by a celebrity tattoo artist in Japan, Koji Tanaka. There will be a lot of fanservice too — what did you expect in a game about tattooing girl's bodies — but other than that there's not a lot known about the game at the moment. The trailer doesn't give much away, but it does show that we've got a lot of pretty girls to look forward to.

RPG Maker Fes for 3DS coming west this summer


Thanks to NISA, RPG Maker Fes for 3DS is getting released in North America and Europe this summer (both physically and digitally). It will support English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish text. The game first launched in Japan in November 2016 and enables players to make their own RPGs using a library of pre-made assets, simple but powerful customisation tools for everything from characters and world maps to story sequences and more. A free RPG Maker Fes Player companion app, to be released on the Nintendo eShop, will allow all users to browse and download creations made with RPG Maker Fes.


The publisher details further:
"Ready to become a game developer? RPG Maker Fes makes it easy to develop any RPG you can imagine with no need for programming know-how! Simple, but powerful tools let you bring to life the amazing stories in your head! Customize the characters, stories, combat and more to become the next great developer! Then, share your creations and play others with the RPG Maker Player! What story will you share?"


The catch-up coffee: NISA Event Wrap-Up, February 2017
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