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PlayStation 4 Yukimura update to add features, accessibility options

PlayStation 4 (System) White System Dual Shock 4 Controller

Sony has announced that they are prepping the next update for PS4. Update version 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is scheduled to go live on March 26 and is set to add a number of features. Some of the additions include Suspend/Resume, allowing players to pause their game by putting the system into Rest Mode and resuming by pressing the PlayStation button on the controller; the ability to back-up data onto an external USB drive, such as game saves, settings, screenshots, patches, and video clips; and improved accessibility options, with functions to zoom, and invert colors along with enlarged text and text-to-speech for the interface, apps, and browser. The new visibility options will not apply to games or third-party apps, though they will be added to PS Vita and mobile devices via PS App in their own respective updates whenever Yukimura is released.

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Android, Apple Handheld, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Etrian Mystery Dungeon free and for-pay DLC detailed, media released

Atlus has more in store for Etrian Mystery Dungeon than another character reveal with news about upcoming free and for-pay DLC. From release date until May 5, buyers will be able to download five new quests for free, with each requiring that players track down missing adventurers. After May 5, the quests will cost either $1.49 or $1.99. Details for each are available below. A paid theme will also be available on March 31; the $0.99 download, demonstrated here, will feature scrolling 3D and hand-drawn character art, custom folders, and the theme song. And of course, a new trailer was released along with new screenshots for the latest class reveal, the Wanderer. These sword-wielders are experts at attacking animals, clearing paths, and escaping dungeons, capable of getting the party to safety without sacrificing their items.

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3DS, DLC

Screenshots, details released for Natsume’s A-Train: City Simulator

A-Train City Simulator (3DS) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Natsume has released some new screenshots from their upcoming traffic-management sim A-Train: City Simulator. Described as “a cross between a social experience and a deeply involved city building simulator,” the game puts players in the shoes of a transportation supervisor tasked with keeping traffic running like a well-oiled machine in a variety of situations, from cities to suburbs. Players will have access to a variety of support structures, including subways and bus terminals, to augment their services and keep their job as they progress from the steam era to electric. Custom scenarios will also be possible with an included map editor.

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3DS

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 crushes mobs in new trailer, screenshots

Bandai Namco has released a new trailer and a handful of new screenshots for One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3. The media is pretty much all action, not surprising given it’s from Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force, with the screenshots offering stills of the mob-bashing moves showcased in the trailer. At a little over four minutes long, the video features more characters than the shots in addition to some rocking tunes.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Nintendo to get into mobile market, partners with DeNA

Nintendo (Company) DeNA Partnership Announcement - Header

It seems as though Nintendo will be getting into the ‘smart devices’ market. According to a recent announcement, Nintendo and DeNA have formed an alliance that will see the two assisting one another in upcoming ventures, with Nintendo acquiring 10% of DeNA and DeNA 1.24% of Nintendo. The partnership will involve “leveraging the strength of Nintendo’s intellectual property (IP) and game development skills in combination with DeNA’s world-class expertise in mobile games, both companies will develop and operate new game apps based on Nintendo’s IP, including its iconic game characters, for smart devices.” The plans are open for “all Nintendo IP,” and a membership service is also slated to launch next fall, which will span 3DS, PC, Wii U, and smart devices.

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3DS, Android, Apple Handheld, PC News, Wii U

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy gets dozen-plus new shots

Operation Abyss New Tokyo Legacy (PS Vita) March Screenshots Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new batch of screenshots has gone live from NIS and Experience Inc.’s upcoming dungeon crawler Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy. The new set focuses on combat, with the player’s party battling a variety of the Variants that are running amok in Tokyo.

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PlayStation Vita News

Etrian Mystery Dungeon gets fancy with the highfalutin Sovereign

Etrian Mystery Dungeon’s Sovereign class makes its debut today. Following the Ninja with a new batch of screenshots and a new trailer, the Sovereign wears heavy armor, allowing for them to take large amounts of damage, and bestows buffs on their fellow party members. Sounds like a Bard-style tank—a winning combination.

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3DS

SMT: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker’s SpotPass, StreetPass detailed

Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (3DS) StreetPass, Spot Pass Details Announcement - Screenshot 1

Atlus has revealed details about SMT: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker’s SpotPass and StreetPass functionality. The company plans on releasing SpotPass content in waves, with the first set to release after the game is available, consisting of new demons and skill add-ons. The feature will also allow players to get a magic skill, normal skill, and a recommended physical skill for their skill pool to assign to their characters. StreetPass will assign random stat and skill bonuses to the player’s demons. And to show a bit more of what’s in store, new screenshots have been released, and a new Twitch stream is planned to go live today at 4:30 p.m. (CST). Note that the stream will contain spoilers for those who haven’t played the original version.

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3DS

Atlus bringing PS3, PS Vita tactical-RPG Lost Dimension stateside

Atlus has announced a second new title this week, a new tactical role-playing game from Lancarse, Lost Dimension. The sci-fi-tinged mystery pits players and their 11-character party, the Special Forces outfit Sealed, against an alien known as The End. Throughout the game, players must form relationships and psychic links with their squadmates in order to enter their minds to find out if they’re a traitor. Those that seem guilty will be put on trial at the end of the link, but players won’t know if they ferreted out the guilty parties until the last battle, at which point they will turn and join The End for the final battle. Traitors are randomly determined at the beginning of each new game, ensuring that no two games are alike.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

Get the traps! Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters released for PS3, PS Vita

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3, PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1 (PS3)

Aksys has released a new hybrid visual novel and strategy role-playing game for PS3 and PS Vita, Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters. Up for download on PSN and en route to store shelves, Aksys’ latest has players take on the role of a new student at Kurenai Academy who suddenly finds themselves helping to protect Tokyo from evil spirits as a ghost hunter. Players must undertake 13 missions, planning their strategy and laying traps beforehand, and communicate with other characters to forge relationships that impact the storyline.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News