Hemispheres – March 21, 2011

Welcome back, Hemispherians. It looks like things are finally getting back to normal, so ol’ link-pushin’ Phil’s got a big fat sack o’ links and news for you. Put this in your pipe and smoke it:

  • First, your mandatory dose of Catherine news, which come as very late news to anyone who saw me gushing about it on Twitter: The voice actor for Catherine-with-a-C is http://www.siliconera.com/2011/03/09/laura-bailey-is-catherine/”>Laura Bailey. With the announcement of Troy Baker as Vincent, that means the only remaining major player to be cast is Katherine-with-a-k. Fun fact: you might know Laura Bailey better as the voice of Platinum the Trinity (BlazBlue), Raspberyl (Disgaea 3), Cloud of Darkness (Dissidia), Serah Farron (Final Fantasy XIII), Chun-Li (every recent fighting game starring Chun-Li), or Jaina Proudmoore (where else? World of Warcraft).
  • Nothing goes together quite like slimes and mechs. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, one of the earliest titles for the Nintendo DS, finally gets a sequel on the 3DS! Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3: The Great Pirate Ship and Tails Troupe is slim on details right now: it’s an action-adventure game (so basically just like the first one) and has multiplayer support of some kind. Apparently this time, instead of giant slime land tanks, Rocket will be taking to sea to pilot giant slime ships.
  • 5pb is evidently readying a multi-platform, multiple-viewpoint mystery game set in a near-future world where a nuclear explosion has caused genetic mutations. Hmm. Too soon? Anyway, if you’re interested, Andriasang has a first look at this game – Dunamis15.
  • I wasn’t even sure if I should include this or not, but hey, why not: the Nintendo 3DS has a chip exclusively for making volumetric fog. Suddenly I’m reminded of the N64, where everything looked foggy all the time anyway.
  • This week’s jump apparently has a few more looks at Final Fantasy Type-0, which I think is the title formerly known as Final Fantasy XIII Agito, re-released for the PSP instead of mobile phones. I think. This actually looks significantly interesting to me, as opposed to the previous Final Fantasy outings, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
  • Proving that anything the US can do, overseas game creators can do… better? … some Italian students made a shooter that may actually be worse than Big Rigs.
  • Dear Europe, I kinda-sorta hate you now: Final Fantasy III came out on the Virtual Console in the EU, and we still don’t have it in the US. Then again, as far as I can tell, this is kind of like Chrono Trigger in that the EU never got it the first time around, so maybe it’s only fair. This is one of those few games for me where even when the rose-tinted goggles come off and I play through it, I never get tired of it. (You know what I mean – a lot of retro games inspire memories of “hell yes, that was awesome,” but if you actually sit down to play it, you find a less-than-stellar experience awaiting you.)
  • Well, I never thought I’d see this in my lifetime: a new Wizardry game is leaving Japan, thanks to Xseed. The Wizardry series, which had a few entries over here, has never been as popular here as, inexplicably, it has been overseas. Excellent news for old-school pen-and-paper nerds like yours truly.
  • Speaking of the earlier mention of River City Ransom, did you know Kunio-kun did a period piece? It’s so true. It’s got its own English patch, too. Basically it’s all the kids from RCR literally acting out a period piece. Too wacky.

That’s all for this week. In return, if someone wants to buy me one of these PlayStation business card holders, licensed by Sony Japan, I wouldn’t say no.

About PhilU

Phil, better known as Stop from The Stoppable Force, has been blogging since 1999 and gaming for even longer than that. He is avidly polygamerous, splitting his time between a PC, PS3, PSP, and DSi, with a Dreamcast and an SNES hooked up and ready to go. (Resquiescat in pace, Xbox 360.) He is a fan of MMOs, JRPGs, action-adventure games, and is terrible at first-person shooters. Phil will talk your ear off about the Shin Megami Tensei series if you let him. Phil will be your friend on the PSN if you like – his PSN username is PhilCharisma.